RED BANK, NJ – Red Bank Public Library Introduces Rosetta Stone® Library Solution, Now Available to All Patrons … Supporting the Language Learning Needs of all Library Patrons from ESL to Business and Vacation Travel. Red Bank Public Library patrons can now enhance their language learning goals with access to Rosetta Stone® Library Solution from EBSCO Information Services. Whether you are looking to learn a brand new language, further your ESL learning as non-native English speakers, or brush up on a language for business or vacation travel, Rosetta Stone Library Solution is the perfect solution.

Rosetta Stone Library Solution offers libraries and their patrons the proven immersion method that more than 22,000 schools and 12,000 businesses have trusted for over the last 20+ years. The award-winning interactive approach has been used by millions of learners around the world and now is accessible in the Library — or anywhere, anytime.

This vital resource includes 30 languages! Learning is structured around core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills and also includes focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more. Patrons can also take advantage of available mobile apps that enable learners to reinforce their language learning wherever they may be.

Contact the Reference Department or visit to learn more about accessing Rosetta Stone Library Solution at the Library, from home, or on the go. To learn more about Rosetta Stone Library Solution itself, please visit:

Author Talk – Meet the Author
Please join us on Wednesday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. for a riveting conversation of a new book that tells the saga of a Mexican-American Border Family in crisis. Set in El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Mexico, Marta Elva’s novel tells the bittersweet story of a Mexican-American family’s struggle to stay together as tradition collides with the social upheaval of 1960s America.


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As Michael Winship, senior writer for Moyers & Company of PBS writes… “Marta Elva’s American Tumbleweeds is both a moving coming-of-age story and a compelling tale of border intrigue that goes back in time to give a human face to some of the most divisive and hotly debated issues facing contemporary America. Elva shows an uncanny knack for dialogue and plot as in each chapter she moves back and forth among her characters, unrolling the narrative through each individual’s unique point of view.”

Marta Elva was born in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and raised in El Paso, Texas. She spent many years living in New Jersey with her family. Her career as a writer, producer, editor and camera operator in television and independent film spans over three decades and includes several Emmy-nominated shows, notably PBS WNET New York’s “Setting the Stage.” Registration for this program is suggested.

Jazz on the River with the al wright Unit
 On August 24, bring a lawn chair or spread a blanket on the back Library lawn from 6:30-8:30 pm. when the Library hosts The al wright Unit, a jazz trio who has previously performed at the Library. Under the direction of Al Wright, the founder of the group and also the drummer, along with vocalist wife Ruth, and Mark Cohn at the keyboard, the trio presents many of jazz standards.

Al and Ruth Wright grew up in Red Bank and still live in town. Both have been playing music for decades, traveling in countless cities throughout the United States and world-wide. They travelled with the Sun Ra Arkestra for many years. Al also taught in the Red Bank Middle School for over 20 years.

This program is free. Please note that in the event of inclement weather, the program will take place inside the Library.

New Summer Meditation Classes reveal the “who, what, and how” of meditation. No experience necessary! For the month of August, classes will be offered on the second and fourth Saturday from 10:15-10:45 a.m. Please join us on August 13 and 27 for a half hour of meditation in the downstairs meeting room or outside on the lawn, weather permitting. Take a break from the week and join instructor DonnaLyn Giegerich for this meditation session, suitable for beginners and Zen masters alike. For free articles that support a meditation inspired life, go to For more program information, call 732-842-0690 or visit our webpage. Join us to demystify meditation basics!

The “LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE” series returns in August with a powerful program in which the Reverend Gilbert Caldwell will be at the Library. On Wednesday, August 31 from 7:00-8:30 p.m., Rev. Caldwell, a retired member of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, co-founder of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, and co-founder of United Methodists of Color for a fully Inclusive Church will be our featured speaker. He will be discussing with others racial challenges and opportunities of these moments today, in response to President Obama’s “We are not as divided as we seem speech”.
Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell first met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1958 while he was a student at Boston University. Described as a “foot soldier” in the civil rights movement, Rev. Caldwell marched with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He actively participated in the 1963 March on Washington, the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer, the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, and the March in Boston protesting public school segregation, 1968 Poor People’s Campaign. Rev. Caldwell has also advocated for the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the United Methodist Church.

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 suggested. Please contact the Library at 732-842-0690, ext. 111 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, August 4 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 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 for more details.  You can also find information about volunteer tutor training classes, and English conversation classes throughout Monmouth County.

Need some help learning to use your computer, tablet, or phone?  Individual computer tutoring sessions are available on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Learn computer and internet basics from our knowledgeable and patient volunteers. Please visit the Reference Desk or call 732-842-0690 ext. 111 to make an appointment.

The Red Bank Public Library hosts an adult book discussion group, Readin’ on the River, on the third Wednesday of each month at the Red Bank Public Library. The group’s next meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 17 at 7:00 p.m. The August book selection is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruger.  It is available now at the Circulation Desk. For more information, contact the Library at 732-842-0690.  

Please join us in celebrating the joy of words. The Red Bank Public Library welcomes The River Read Reading Series to the Library. The adult poetry reading series is dedicated to bringing original poetry and other literary genres to Red Bank residents and visitors. The next program will take place on Saturday, August 13, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Featured readers will be David Crews and Matt Spano. An open-mic session follows the features.  The group meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Library from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Your co-hosts, Linda Johnston Muhlhausen & Gregg G. Brown invite you to come to listen—come to share. Open to all.

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 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, 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.

Volunteer at the Library! RBPL’s Volunteer Program includes a wide array of volunteer opportunities that truly meet the needs of our public library and its surrounding communities. With our increased amount of programs and many children’s events during the summer, we need more volunteers than ever! From putting away materials, to helping with copying our flyers, to joining the Friends group, we offer many opportunities for volunteers. If you are a student looking for community service or a new retiree, we encourage anyone who might be interested to get involved with the Library.

In addition, we are always looking for volunteers to work as computer tutors, working one-on-one with our students for an hour lesson. All  volunteers must complete a volunteer application which can be found on our website or stop by the Library. Adult volunteers working with children may be fingerprinted. To find out how you can get involved and help your Library, contact Linda Hewitt, our volunteer coordinator at [email protected], call 732-842-0690, ext. 112 or stop by the Library to speak with her.

The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library hold their monthly meeting every second Thursday, except August, starting at 3:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Teen Programming
It’s not too late to start reading and win some prizes! Red Bank teens, 6th grade and older can still participate in Get in the Game: READ!, the Red Bank Public Library’s teen summer reading program, through 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. Register online at http// or in person at the Library. The Summer Reading Program is supported by a generous contribution from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library. So, Get in the Game and come to these great Teen Programs!

Wednesday, August 3 –  Jewelry Making 4:00 -5:00 p.m. –Join resident jewelry maker, Candyce, to make & take home a cool creation. Snack served.
Wednesday, August 10 – Anime Club 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 11 –  Harry Potter Night 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Did you rush out to get the newly released Harry Potter and The Cursed Child? Join us to talk about it and enjoy Potter-themed trivia, food, crafts, and prizes. We dare you to wear a costume!
Wednesday, August 17 – Make & Take 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.–There will be a surprise craft. Follow us on Social Media to find out what this week’s make & take is. Snack served.
Saturday, August 20 – Summer Reading Wrap up Party – 11:00 a.m. Games, Goodies, Trivia, and Prizes for all your hard work on the Get in the Game, Read program.
Wednesday, August 24 – Anime Club 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 25 Poetry Slam 7:00 -8:30 p.m. – Join Project Write Now for a fun event out on the library’s back lawn.
Children’s Programming
Don’t miss our Story Walks at Riverside Gardens!  The Red Bank Public Library and the Red Bank Parks and Recreation Department are pleased to bring you fun children’s stories to read as you walk along the pathways in the park. Story Walks promote physical activity, literacy and quality family time in our beautiful park. Look for a different story each week while you enjoy Movies, Exercise and Jazz in the Park throughout the month of August!

National Night Out is a community-police awareness event held throughout the United States, this year on Tuesday, August 2. As always, the Library’s friendly staff is excited to participate and engage with our community at this fun family event. Visit our table outside Red Bank’s Borough Hall for information about upcoming programs for adults, teens and children, and learn how to register for a library card. We will have face painting, tattoos and goodies for the kids, too!

On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! Our 2016 Summer Reading Program is in full swing! Children ages 3-12 can still register to read and earn incentives and prizes. The Summer Reading Program is supported by generous contributions from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library and your local McDonalds and Chipotle. More information is available in the Children’s Room or by calling 732-842-0690 x115.

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

Kid Zumba! Friday, August 5 at 3:30 p.m.! YMCA instructor, Ms. Eryka will lead kids age 7-12 in this fun, fitness program. Water bottles will be provided. Registration is suggested.  

Ready, Set, Go…to the Story Book Olympics!  – for ages 4 -7. Friday, August 12 at 3:30 p.m. The session will begin with a related story and a snack. Come join the fun!  Registration is suggested. More information is available in the Children’s Room or by calling 732-842-0690 x115.
Summer Reading Wrap up Party – Saturday, August 20 at 11:00 a.m. Come celebrate our super summer readers! Certificates will be presented to the children who submitted a Reading Log(s) for our Summer Reading Program. There will also be games, crafts, fruit and cake for those who attend, and a special prize for our #1 Reader! This event is free for children ages 3-12; however, registration is suggested. For more information, please visit the Children’s Room or call 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.

Bilingual Story Time will be held on Saturday, August 6 at 11:00 a.m. for young children and their caregivers. Come for stories and songs in Spanish and English and a related craft, too!

Hang out with friends at Movie Time when we watch a fun family film and enjoy a snack. Movie Time 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.

Labor Day Closings: Saturday, September 3 & Monday, September 5

Check out our calendar at 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, 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

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