thomas fortune house circ 1970

RED BANK, NJ – SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL LIBRARY CARD SIGNUP MONTH – The Red Bank Public Library wants everyone in Red Bank to have the smartest card of all – a library card! During Library Card Signup Month, our Library joins with the American Library Association and libraries nationwide to encourage everyone to get a free library card. The Red Bank Public Library offers a world of information and learning for all ages and stages — from story times and hands on art and STEM programs for kids to cultural, art, music, yoga, ESL, computer tutoring and more for adults. And as always, we have amazing materials and online resources available to our patrons! We invite you to come and meet our friendly staff, tour our beautiful waterfront building, peruse the displays in the Local History Room, and get your library card today. Anyone who lives, goes to school, works or owns property in Red Bank may obtain a FREE card. Just bring your proof of residency, school enrollment, employment, or property ownership, and we will give you a card. As a bonus, you will also receive a coupon for a Free book from our Book Sale Room! Please come in and check us out!

ROSETTA STONE® Library Solution is now available to all patrons! “The Red Bank Public Library is pleased to offer Rosetta Stone, the premier language learning software used worldwide. It’s free and you can get started immediately! Lessons include focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more, and 30 languages are offered!  Visit the Research Databases page on our website, select “Rosetta Stone” and create an account. Then choose a language and you’re on your way!


thomas fortune house circ 1970“LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE” discussion series just celebrated its one-year anniversary! Join us on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. for a special program dedicated to the topic of Red Bank’s T. Thomas Fortune House and moderated by local advocate, Gilda Rogers. Attendees will learn about T. Thomas Fortune’s legacy as the one credited with being the bridge to the modern day Civil Rights Movement. And they will participate in the important discussion surrounding the recent developments related to his historic home and how they can help support this remarkable project.

The Red Bank Public Library invites you to participate monthly in the Let’s Talk About Race series 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.


We treat each of our patients as part of the family at Atlantic Highlands Animal Hospital. We offer top-quality surgical and dental treatments for cats and dogs. For the best pet care in the Atlantic Highlands, NJ, call us at (732) 291-4400.

The next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is on Thursday, September 1, 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. The winter session will begin on Thursday, September 8 at 6:45 p.m., and will run through December 8, 2016. Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website at for details about the ESL classes in addition to 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, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. The September book selection is Home by Marilynne Robinson. 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, September 10, beginning at 11:30 a.m. 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 meet monthly. Contact the Library at 732-842-0690 x110 for details about the September meeting. Everyone is welcome.

Teen Programming

The 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month are Tween/Teen WILD CARD WEDNESDAYS from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the meeting room or on the back lawn (weather permitting). We’ll have make & take crafts, a variety of games – chess, checkers, board & card games, and more! Try something different each time you come! Follow us on Social Media to find out what we’re doing each week. A snack will be served at every event.

On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month join our Anime Club. If anime is your passion, meet up with other fans to watch a program and have a snack. Paint, draw and learn about Japanese culture, too! For ages 10 and up. Registration is suggested.

Children’s Programming

ARTSY SMARTSY: Learn all about the great “Masters” of art, and then become one yourself! Saturday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. For children ages 5 and up. Featured artist: Amedeo Modigliani – an Italian painter and sculptor from the turn of the 20th century. He is best known for his portraits which are easy to recognize because all of his subjects have long necks, long faces and long noses!  We will look at several examples of his work and then create our own self portrait with pastels while emulating his technique. Registration is required for this free program.  Contact the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115 to sign up.


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, September 24 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! Registration is recommended.

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