RED BANK, NJ – Throughout 2017, the Red Bank Public Library will celebrate our 80th anniversary year as the Eisner Memorial Library. Look for new initiatives, additional hours, enhanced digital offerings, and many engaging programs. Check out the calendar on our new website for our monthly offerings and look for an 80th Anniversary calendar highlighting a few special events including May 20th when we will celebrate the grand re-opening of our Local History Room with a special reception.
During the year, we will hold several family programs, each one with a historical theme. Please join us on Saturday, February 4 at 11:00 a.m. when we will host a Vintage Valentines Party in our historic Eisner Room. Adults and children are invited to make special Valentine’s crafts and enjoy some delicious treats! This program is free. Registration is requested by calling 732-842-0690 x 111 or x115.
On Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m., the Red Bank Public Library’s monthly series Let’s Talk About Race continues. We will celebrate Black History Month and discuss the topic of education. Our guest for the evening will be author, educator and public speaker, Dale G. Caldwell. We invite you to join us for an open and honest dialogue. 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.
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The next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is Thursday, February 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.
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 January 19 through early June. Classes begin at 6:45 and end at 8:45 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. 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, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. The February book selection is Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.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, February 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. An open-mic session follows the features. All genres of original words are welcome. The group meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Library. 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 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 Thursday of each month from 7:00 -8:00 p.m. and from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the third Thursday 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, CDs, and DVDs! 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, February 9 at 3:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Displays: We welcome our new artists who are displaying this winter. When you enter the Library, please be sure to check out the paintings behind the Circulation desk, painted by local artist, resident and patron, Nancy Mail. Nancy began watercolor painting as a hobby. Choosing vibrant transparent colors for her art, Nancy has been painting for twelve years. This is her third show at the Library. As always, be sure to check out the eye-catching exhibits in the various display cases throughout the Library.
NEW! Game On @ the Library, Thursdays from 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tween/Teen-friendly games set up for play on a drop-in basis. Chess & Checkers, Scrabble, Battleship, card games and more! Follow us on twitter @redbanklibrary and @redbankpl on Instagram to find out when we have a featured board or video game set up. The program is free. Registration is not required.
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.
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!
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.
ARTSY SMARTSY: Join us on Saturday, February 25 at 11:00 a.m. when our featured artist will be Jim Dine who is famous for his many paintings, sculptures and prints featuring colorful hearts. We will make our own technicolor hearts to keep the Valentine’s theme going! For ages 5-12. This program is free. Registration is requested by calling 732-842-0690 x115.
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.
FEBRUARY SPECIAL HOURS AND CLOSINGS:
Monday, February 20 – Presidents’ Day
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 .