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rb library march exterior 340 255RED BANK, NJ – SPECIAL LIBRARY CLOSING: Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14 the Library will be closed for long overdue building maintenance. We will be installing new energy efficient windows facing the river, both in the Adult area and the Children’s Room. We expect a reduction in our utility costs as a result.  Note: The Library will also be closed on Monday, January 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Food Donations: We are again collecting food donations for our local food pantries.

Displays: We welcome our new artists who are displaying this January. When you enter the Library please be sure to check out the original artwork behind the Circulation desk. Painted by local artist and Library patron, Nancy Mail, the display continues through the end of February.

Nancy is a retired New York City school teacher who began water color painting as a hobby. She has been painting for over 12 years, studying with a variey of  teachers including Sally Brandenburg, Judi Gilden, Jane Lux, Keiko Tanabe, and Pat Fiorello. As a traveller, Nancy enjoys painting scenes from  her travels abroad in Paris, Provence, Tuscany and the Cinque Terre.

The Red Bank Public Library monthly program, 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 continues on Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. In this “Let’s Talk About Race” program, we will focus our conversation on “The Loving Story,” a powerful documentary about a racially charged criminal trial and a heartrending love story. This documentary covered for the first time “a story that illuminates the racist past of our country with a unique personal and poignant emphasis”.


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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, January 5 from 7:00 – 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 resume this month. Classes are conducted by the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at the Red Bank Public Library. Classes resume on Thursday, January 19, beginning at 6:45 and ending at 8:45 p.m. Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website at www.lvmonmouthnj.org for more 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. Have a question about your phone, tablet or laptop? If so, stop by the Library on Wednesdays, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., when drop-in tech support is available. First come, first served.

ROSETTA STONE® Library Solution is 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, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. The January book selection is Alexander McCall Smith’s The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency. 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, January 7, beginning at 11:30 a.m.  The group normally meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Library from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., however this program will be held on the first Saturday of January. An open-mic session follows the features.  All genres of original words are welcome. 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.  NOTE: No class on Friday, January 13. The Library will be closed due to the window replacement project.

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. Please note that the group’s meeting time has changed to 7:00 – 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. On the third Thursday, they meet from 3:00 – 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, 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 Thursday, January 12 at 3:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.


Thursday, January 5 from 6:30-8:00 p.m., join us to celebrate the Star Wars Saga and the release of the newest movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Show off your Star Wars expertise in a trivia game, enjoy Dark Side snacks, and play chess with the RBR Chess Club. Costumes encouraged. All ages welcome. RSVP at http:tinyurl.com/rbplStarWarsRSVP

Come to Chess Club on Thursdays at 6:45 p.m.! Drop in and play chess with coaching and instruction available by members of the Red Bank Regional Chess Club. All ages and skill levels are welcome!

On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month join our Anime Club at 4:30 p.m.  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.


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. Note: there will be NO STORY TIME on Thursday, January 12 or Tuesday, January 17 due to the window replacement project.

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! NOTE: The Library will be closed on Saturday, January 14 due to the window replacement project.

Hang out with friends at Movie Time when we will watch a fun family film and enjoy a snack. Movie Time is held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. For ages 5 and up. No registration is required.

There will be no Artsy Smartsy in January due to the window replacement project. However, save the date for Saturday, February 6 at 11:00 a.m. when our featured artist will be Jim Dine who is famous for his many paintings, sculptures and prints featuring hearts.  We will make our own technicolor hearts for Valentine’s Day!  


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.

Monday, January 2 – New Year’s – CLOSED
Friday, January 13 – Building Maintenance – CLOSED
Saturday, January 14 – Building Maintenance – CLOSED
Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King Day – CLOSED

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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