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rb library march exterior 340 255RED BANK, NJ –  The following programs are scheduled at the Red Bank Public Library, W. Front Street, Red Bank during the month of May 2016:

Adult Programming
Visit the Library on Thursday, May 5th from 5:00 -9:00 p.m. when we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with refreshments, new Library Card Membership, music and more. There will be a special make ‘n take craft in the Children’s Room, too!  Come find out what the Library can offer you!

The Let’s Talk About Race series continues on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. Please join us for this dynamic series of discussions held each month that explores race and culture in the context of literary works and the social mores of cultural identity and class.  The May and June programs will be moderated by local resident Patricia Whyte.  An open and honest dialogue is encouraged. The previous sessions have generated enlightening and informative exchanges, and this one promises the same. This series is supported by a generous contribution from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library. The programs are held on the last Wednesday of every month. Registration is preferred.

Seamus McGraw will be the featured author of Author Talks on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m.                          
Seamus McGraw is the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed The End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone, and Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories from the Front Line of Climate Change. Seamus has been a regular contributor to many publications, including the New York Times, Huffington Post, Playboy, Popular Mechanics, Reader’s Digest, The Forward, Spin, Stuff, and Radar, and has appeared on Fox Latino. He has received the Freedom of Information Award from the Associated Press Managing Editors, the Golden Quill Award, as well as honors from the Casey Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Enjoy refreshments, a book signing and local company, too! Author Talks are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and present a different local or area author. Registration is preferred but not required.  All are invited to this free program.
Artwork on Display through June:  The next time you visit the Library, be sure to take some time to view the artwork of Lynne Kennedy and Lisa Bagwell, which will be displayed at the Library through June.
As you enter the building, Lynne’s “Hopes and Dreams” display can be viewed on the wall behind the circulation desk. Her digital art involves applying further layers of technology to modify her photographs after they have been taken. In the words of the artist, “The images here on display at the Red Bank Public Library represent the simplest of my digital pieces, and for most, the only changes were to add some texture or framing. There was little need to alter such beautiful creatures after the image was recorded, as the original subjects, birds and dragonflies, speak so clearly for themselves.”


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Lisa Bagwell, a graduate of Rutgers with a B.S. in Ecology, has worked as a naturalist for the park system and schools, as a vegetarian cook and farm worker. For the past 8 years she has worked for the City of Long Branch building and broadening their community and public gardens to include and benefit low income and immigrant populations, the elderly and disabled. She frequently displays her work at several galleries in NJ including the Monmouth Museum, Belmar Arts Council, Gallery 125, Gallery U, Aljira Center for Contemporary Arts in Newark and locally at the Red Bank Public Library. She is a member of the Monmouth County Arts Council, The Belmar Arts Council, The New Jersey Artist Registry and works with Clean Ocean Action and other local environmental groups to help promote their causes and educate through environmental sculpture. She lives in Red Bank, building with her trash in the bleak hope that she can express through sculpture the cumulative guilt she shoulders on behalf of the human race for having so inelegantly damaged the earth’s complex ecosystems.

The next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is on Thursday, May 5 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Artists seeking inspiration, motivation, and time to devote to their work are invited to attend on the first Thursday of each month.   Red Bank artist Joe Bergholm is the Workshop’s Artist-in-Residence and consults with the artists as a group as well as individually. He offers suggestions for subjects as well as guidance in principles of art such as color, composition, and the selection and use of materials.   The “Artists’ Workshop” is free and no registration is required.  Participants should bring their own drawing and painting materials, although oils are not permitted because of ventilation concerns.  The program is supported by a generous contribution from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.

English as a Second Language classes for adults 18 and over are conducted by the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at the Red Bank Public Library from September through June. The class meets weekly on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  New participants are always welcome. Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website at www.lvmonmouthnj.org for more details.  You can also find information about volunteer tutor training classes, and English conversation classes throughout Monmouth County.

The Red Bank Public Library hosts on site an adult book discussion group, Readin’ on the River, on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The group’s next meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 18, at which time they will discuss The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. For details about this month’s book, contact the Library at 732-842-0690.   
The Red Bank Public Library welcomes The River Read Reading Series to the Library. The series is dedicated to bringing original poetry and other literary genres to Red Bank residents and visitors. All are welcome to come and listen to featured readers and participate in the Open-Mic sessions.  The group meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Library from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Come to listen—come to share. The next event will take place May 14 featuring Tony Leuzzi & Steven Huff.

Free one-hour, one-on-one Computer Tutor classes are available at the Red Bank Public Library at the following times:  Thursdays 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays 3:30 p.m. (one session available).  Learn computer and internet basics from our knowledgeable and patient volunteers. Please call or visit the Reference Desk to register.
*NEW TIME/NEW TEACHER: The Red Bank Public Library offers FREE weekly one-hour Yoga for Adults on Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.  The class is appropriate for all levels of yoga experience. Please bring your own yoga mat.  Registration is not required.  Participants attend on a first come, first served basis up to a total of twenty people.
Yarn Arts is a new group of like-minded crafters who knit and crochet. They meet to work on their own projects on the first and third Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Library’s downstairs meeting room.  Anyone is welcome to join in, whether experienced or novice. This program is free and no registration is required. Contact the library for more information at 732-842-0690 x 111.
Looking to pick up some great books at a great price? Save the date for the first Tuesday and Wednesday of every month when our Book Sale Room holds a $5.00 Bag Sale. We provide the bags – you fill them with books, CD’s, and DVD’s! Or purchase a Friends of the Red Bank Public Library canvas tote bag for $10 and fill it for free. Inquire at the Circulation Desk for more information.
The Red Bank Senior Center in cooperation with the Red Bank Public Library hosts a book discussion group on the last Monday of each month at the Senior Center at 1:00 p.m., except in December.  Borough residents age 60 and over may join the Center and participate in this or any of its other great programs.
The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library hold their monthly meeting every second Thursday starting at 3:00 p.m. The next Friends meeting will be May 12, 2016. Everyone is welcome.

On Friday, May 6, the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library will host a reception on the night of the Spring Concert at St. Anthony’s Church in Red Bank.  The Friends will also be raffling an amazing “Weekend in Red Bank” basket. Last year nearly 200 people attended this festive program. The night begins at 6:30 p.m. when the Library will present an hour of Hors d’oeuvres and the special raffle basket that includes overnight stays in both Oyster Point and the Molly Pitcher Inn, a RiverCenter gift certificate, and more! All proceeds will support the Red Bank Public Library. We invite you to join us at this special occasion for the Red Bank community. Tickets may be purchased at St. Anthony’s and the Library.
The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library are organizing the 9th Annual Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale for Saturday, May 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  To register, please fill out a form and mail it or drop it off with a $10 check to the Red Bank Public Library, 84 West Front St, Red Bank, NJ 07701.  The fee will cover printing and publicity costs, and proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.  Applications can also be found on the Library’s website www.redbanklibrary.org. Register between Wednesday, April 20 and Wednesday, May 5 at 5:00 p.m.  Maps with addresses of participating homes and descriptions of items for sale will be posted online the Friday before the sale.  Paper copies will be available at the Red Bank Public Library, Rook, and Coffee Corral.

We are excited to announce that we have launched our new Enterprise catalog system, and have been receiving positive feedback from users here at the Library! Enterprise incorporates some great new features into our online catalog, including a streamlined search bar and easier access to your LMxAC account library. Look for Enterprise on our redesigned web site – coming soon!  

Teen Programming:
Poetry Workshops for middle and high school students!  Led by National Student Poet Eileen Huang, this series of workshops has been a great success. Eileen attends High Tech High and is one of 5 students in the country to receive the nation’s highest honor for youth poets in 2015.  She recently presented her work in a private reading ceremony at the White House hosted by First Lady, Michelle Obama.   Her workshops at the Red Bank Public Library include spoken word, written poetry and more. Join us for the final session on Wednesday May 4 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Library’s historic Eisner Room.  Register at the Reference Desk, on the library’s Facebook page or just by showing up!
Check out our new Anime Club! If Anime is your passion, this club is for you!  Meet up with other anime fans on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month to watch anime. Have a snack, paint, draw and learn about Japanese culture, too! Our first meeting will be Wednesday, April 13 at 4:00 p.m. For ages 10 and up.  Registration is not required.
Children’s Programming
The Children’s Room offers free drop-in Story Times for young children with a caregiver every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Join us for fun stories, musical activities, and a related craft.  Call the Children’s Room for more information at 732-842-0690 x115.

Bring a friend and join Miss Maria for Bilingual Story Time. At this monthly event, stories are read in both Spanish & English, and there are special crafts and activities, too!  The next Bilingual Story Time will be on Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m.   
Hang out with friends at Movie Time when we watch a fun family film and enjoy a snack. Every 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Library meeting room.
Saturday is Game Day in the Children’s Room.  Drop in every Saturday any time between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for board games, coloring sheets, and a special make ‘n take craft!
Kids ages 5 and up are invited to try something new at the upcoming session of Artsy Smartsy – Zentangles! Saturday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m.  Zentangles are like structured doodles and are viewed as a way to help one focus and meditate through drawing.  We will make “tangles” with repetitive lines, marks, circles, and shapes and then combine them into cool patterns. Join the fun and make your own special masterpiece!  This program is free.  Registration is recommended.
COMING SOON:  Our 2016 Summer Reading Program with incentives for reading plus special programs and activities all summer long! This year’s theme is On Your Mark, Get Set … Read! The program is for kids ages 3-12 years and will begin mid-June.
Monday            10:00 a.m.  –  5:00 p.m.        Thursday           1:00 p.m.  –  9:00 p.m.
Tuesday           10:00 a.m.  –  5:00 p.m.        Friday                 1:00 p.m.  –  5:00 p.m.
Wednesday       1:00 p.m.  –  9:00 p.m.        Saturday          10:00 a.m.  –  2:00 p.m.

MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY CLOSINGS:  Saturday, May 28 and Monday, May 30.
Check out our calendar at www.redbanklibrary.org for more program offerings!
The Red Bank Public Library is located at 84 West Front Street in Red Bank. For additional information about these and other free programs please stop by in person, visit our website at www.redbanklibrary.org, call us at 732-842-0690, or check out our Facebook page.  You can also receive timely and helpful news, messages, and alerts from the Library and other Red Bank Borough departments by signing up at the Borough’s website www.redbanknj.org.

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