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rb library march exterior 340 255Eisner Memorial Library
84 West Front Street, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Tel. 732-842-0690 Fax. 732-842-4191  

Adult Programming
Red Bank Regional Strings Ensemble: The Library will host RBR Visual and Performing Arts strings teacher Jeffrey Boga and his string quartet ensemble. Please join us on Wednesday, June 8 from 7:00 -8:30 p.m. for this special performance. Our monthly Adult Author Talks series which normally takes place on the second Wednesday of each month will resume in July.

The LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE discussion series continues on Wednesday, June 29 from 7:00 -8:30 p.m.  Join us for this special program in remembrance of the church shooting that took place one year ago at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. There will be an important discussion featuring our community’s spiritual leaders.  The Red Bank Public Library invites you to participate in this necessary conversation that explores race and culture in the context of literary works and the social mores of cultural identity and class.  Mixed media presentations and guest speakers support the theme of the discussion.  An open and honest dialogue is encouraged. The previous sessions have generated enlightening and informative discussions, and this one promises the same. Registration is requested. Please contact the Library at 732-842-0690 or visit the Reference Desk to register for this free program.
The next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is on Thursday, June 2 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.

Conversational English Summer Classes begin on June 16. The classes run through August 11 and meet 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.


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The Red Bank Public Library hosts an adult book discussion group, Readin’ on the River, on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Red Bank Public Library. The group’s next meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 15 at which time they will discuss Train To Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell. For details about this month’s book, contact the Library at 732-842-0690.   
The River Read Reading Series is an adult poetry reading series that meets on the second Saturday of each month, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. upstairs at the Red Bank Public Library.  Enjoy readings from selected authors of poetry, prose, spoken word, and other genres, followed by an Open Mic for anyone who would like to share original work in a supportive, welcoming atmosphere. Free and open to all. Upcoming River Read Events include:  
    Saturday, June 11, featuring poets Laura McCullough & Sean Singer.
    Saturday, July 9 — “Poems by Others,” a River Read once-a-summer tradition! Bring your favorite     poem or 2 to share at our casual roundtable.
    Saturday, August 16, featuring poet David Crews with Open Mic to follow.

Free one-hour, one-on-one Computer Tutor classes are available at the Red Bank Public Library at the following times:  Thursdays 3-6 p.m., Fridays 2-5 p.m. (three sessions available on each day).   Learn computer and internet basics from our knowledgeable and patient volunteers. Please visit the Reference Desk or call 732-842-0690 x111 to register.

*NEW TIME/NEW TEACHER: The Red Bank Public Library offers free weekly one-hour Yoga for Adults with yoga instructor Jeanette Sealy 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.
The Jersey Inchkins is a club for adults who do “very little work.”  Club members build houses, rooms, scenes, and vignettes in miniature, usually on a scale of one inch to one foot.   They meet at the Library on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. through June.  The group welcomes new members 18 and older interested in developing their skills in this creative field.
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.

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 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 June 9. Everyone is welcome.
You can support the Friends when you shop Amazon online. Just log on to Smile.Amazon.com, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library. Just click the button and start shopping.

Starting on July 9, 2016, please join us on the second and fourth Saturdays from 10:15-10:45 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room for a half hour of meditation. Take a break from the week and join instructor DonnaLyn Giegerich for this meditation session, suitable for beginners and Zen masters alike. For more information call 732-842-0690 or visit our webpage.

Artwork on Display: 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.”

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.

Teen Programming:
Red Bank teens, 6th grade and older, are encouraged to participate in Get in the Game: READ!, the Red Bank Public Library’s teen summer reading program. From June 18 to August 20, teens are invited to complete boxes (books/activities) on a bingo board for prizes, as well as take part in special events offered throughout the summer.  Summer reading books for school will count towards rewards, and we even included service activities like “Help in the Children’s Room” and “Read to a child” that will count, too. Special events this summer will include book-themed programs, Fiction Writing, Chess, a Gaming Event, Poetry Slam, and Make &Take crafts and food.

Teens are invited to our Summer Reading Launch Party on Saturday, June 18 at 11:00 a.m. Register and pick up your Summer Reading bingo board and learn how to earn prizes. Build your own ice cream sundae, and join other teens on the Library’s back lawn to play games and be entered into a prize raffle.
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 at 4:00 p.m. to watch anime. Have a snack, paint, draw and learn about Japanese culture, too! For ages 10 and up.  Registration is not required.

YA Wednesdays – Every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., come for the Anime Club, Chess, MineCRAFTS, Snack Attack, and several Make & Take events.

The Harry Potter Countdown Event will take place on Thursday, June 30 from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. — inspiring new Harry Potter fans and allowing die-hard fans a place to gather in anticipation of the newest Harry Potter book, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, to be released on July 31.  We will meet again for Harry Potter Night on August 11 from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. to celebrate the new book with a discussion, games, and trivia. Potter-themed food and drink will be served at both events.

Teen Fiction Writing with Red Bank resident and talented creative writing student Lola Todman will take place every Wednesday in July from 7:00 -8:00 p.m. outside on the Library’s back lawn.
Children’s Programming
On Your Mark, Get Set, go! READ, MOVE, LEARN, CREATE & PLAY when you register for our 2016 Summer Reading Program. Children ages 3-12 will be encouraged to become “record breaking readers” through incentives and prizes. And special children’s programs and activities will take place all summer long! Registrations begin on June 18 at our Annual Ice Cream Party. The Summer Reading Program is supported by generous contributions from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library and McDonalds, Shrewsbury Ave., Tinton Falls. More information is available in the Children’s Room or by calling 732-842-0690 x115.

Children of all ages are invited to celebrate the start of summer and kick off our Summer Reading Program with a cool treat at our Annual Ice Cream Party on Saturday, June 18 at 11:00 a.m. Build your own sundaes, enjoy games and crafts, and register for the Summer Reading Program while you are here.   

Ready, Set, Tell – a program of interactive storytelling for children ages 7-9.  Children will draw, fold and cut to tell stories! They will perform Reader’s Theater and stretch their imaginations by learning a new story each week.  Every Wednesday evening beginning on June 22 through August 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room.  Registration is recommended. Contact the Children’s Room 732-842-0690 x115 for more information.  

Ready, Set, Move – for ages 4-7. Friday, June 24 at 3:30 p.m. Join the fun and explore how to make objects roll, fly and soar by creating a marble-run, paper airplanes and a wind tunnel! Each session will begin with a related story and a snack.  Come back in July for Ready, Set, Create! And again in August for Ready, Set, Go…to the Olympics! Registration is recommended. More information is available in the Children’s Room or by calling 732-842-0690 x115.

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.

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!

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.

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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