RED BANK, NJ – Red Bank Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of our redesigned website! This project has been several months in the making, and we’re really proud of it! Check it out today – it’s got great visuals and all kinds of new features. New site – same address –

OCTOBER IS ADOPT-A-SHELTER-DOG MONTH – The Red Bank Public Library has set-up a drop-off box for the SPCA. Please bring in donations for our furry friends. Donations might include canned food for both dogs and cats, cat and dog toys and treats, any scoopable cat litter, paper towels, Brillo/SOS pads and washable blankets, sheets and towels.

SOCIAL SECURITY PLANNING PROGRAM: Savvy Social Security Planning is the theme of two adult programs to be held in October. Please join us on either Saturday, Oct 1st from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or Wednesday evening, October 5th, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. when the Library hosts this important program with instructor Gary Ronan.  

In the program, Gary, a Retirement & Estate Planning Specialist in Shrewsbury and member of the Monmouth County chapter of the Society of Financial Awareness (SOFA), a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Public Benefit Corporation, will discuss what you need to know to Maximize your benefits, including:


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•    5 factors to consider for deciding when to start taking benefits
•    Innovative strategies for coordinating benefits with your spouse
•    How to coordinate benefits with other sources of income
•    How to minimize taxes on your benefits
•    Special rules on benefits for divorced spouses
•    New rules effective for 2016
Registration is suggested. Please contact the Library at 732-842-0690, ext. 111 or visit the Reference Desk to register for one of these free programs.

AUTHOR TALK: Please join us when we welcome our special guest— Olympian, Writer, Journalist, and Author, Elliott Denman on Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. for the Red Bank Public Library’s Author Talk. Elliott will discuss “Inside the Five Ring Circus” written by Ollan Cassell. For over 40 years, Cassell, himself an Olympic gold medal athlete, served as one of the key figures in the administration of Olympic-level sports in the United States as well as internationally.

“Inside The Five Ring Circus,” is the story of those historic years, detailing the changing face of global sports and the modern Olympic Games. The major problems now facing the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Games – power politics, high finance, drugs, and eligibility challenge the Games on every level and had their roots in the events of the 1960s, and onward. They are detailed in depth in this fascinating book.

Our guest Elliott Denman is a West Long Branch resident and was an Olympic athlete himself, competing in the 50-kilometer (31-mile) racewalking event at the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Australia.   He joined the sports staff of the Asbury Park Press in 1964 and had an award-winning 35-year career with the Press.  As a journalist he has covered 14 Olympic Games over the years for the Press and as a free-lancer. He just attended the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, and has many personal stories and insights to share.
The “LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE” series takes place on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm with a special program called “Give Us The Ballot” — dedicated to the topic of VOTING. With our special panel of guests including Barbara Chaudhery of the League of Women Voters, Activist Elijah Nishiura, and others, the evening promises to be informative and inspiring. The program, moderated by local advocate Patty Whyte, will focus on how and when women and African Americans obtained the right to vote and how to exercise your voice. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in this very important discussion.

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.

The next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is on Thursday, September 6, 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 8 through Dec. 8. 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 Wednesday and Friday afternoons by appointment only. 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. Also on Wednesdays, from 4-7 pm, drop-in tech support is available.

ROSETTA STONE® Library Solution is now available to all patrons!  “The Red Bank Public Library now offers 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!

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, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. The October book selection is The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad. 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, October 8, 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 hold their monthly meeting every second Thursday.  The next meeting will be held on October 13 at 3:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.


We welcome our new artist who is displaying this fall. When you enter the Library please be sure to check out the photographs behind the Circulation desk.

Anthony DiFerdinando, a local photographer and Photoshop artist, grew up loving and studying the craft of filmmaking which eventually led him down the path of pursuing the art of photography. “Every photo goes through a comprehensive editing process. All of the photos displayed were taken in Monmouth County, and half of them were taken in Red Bank.” Although Anthony works with color as well as black and white, his black and white photography “gives every photo a gritty sense of character and duality” that he adores. If you are interested in purchasing prints, please visit his website: DiVENUSPHOTOGRAPY.COM

Hats, Hats, and More Hats!
We welcome the “many hats collection” of Crossing Guard, Carl Colmorgen at the Red Bank Public Library this fall. For many years Carl has been a local fixture in Red Bank as he celebrates holidays and special occasions with the children of Red Bank by wearing one of his many fabulous hats. Please visit the displays of his array of hats in the Adult and Children’s areas of the Library.
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, October 8 at 11:00 a.m. For children ages 5 and up. Featured artist: Edvard Munch who is most famous for his painting titled The Scream (perfect for Halloween). Children will make their own versions of this spooky masterpiece. 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, October 15 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.
Join us for a Halloween Movie Night Party filled with tricks and treats! Watch a Halloween themed program, then enjoy spooky games, crafts and tasty treats! October 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library’s downstairs meeting room.  More fun activities for Tweens/Teens will take place upstairs. This program is free and registration is suggested.
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.
Tuesday           10:00 a.m.  –  5:00 p.m.
Wednesday       1:00 p.m.  –  9:00 p.m.
Thursday           1:00 p.m.  –  9:00 p.m.
Friday                 1:00 p.m.  –  5:00 p.m.
Saturday          10:00 a.m.  –  2:00 p.m.

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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