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rb library march exterior 340 255RED BANK, NJ – The following is the March newsletter from the Red Bank Public Library:

NEW POLICY: GREAT NEWS! We have changed our policy on DVDs. They are now RENEWABLE! The check-out period for DVD’s remains at 7 days and late fees at $1 per day, but now they can be renewed up to 2 times for a maximum of 3 weeks. Like all materials, DVD’s can be renewed in person, by phone or by logging into your account on our website www.redbanklibrary.org.

NEW POLICY: MUSEUM PASS PROGRAM NOW OPEN TO ALL PATRONS! The museum passes generously purchased by the Friends are now available for all patrons to check out. Passes available include Grounds for Sculpture, the Monmouth Museum, and the Newark Museum. Passes can be checked out for 4 days & may be reserved up to 60 days in advance. Inquire at the Circulation Desk for more information.



As you walk through the Library, please take some time to enjoy our various displays. In addition to our monthly book displays, we have special displays throughout the Library.

Through March & April, we are pleased to welcome Mike Quon, a local artist & graphic designer. Mike’s art has been seen in advertising & promotional campaigns around the world, from the Australia Summer Olympics to World Cup Soccer in Paris, to Times Square and Giants Stadium. He received his art degree at UCLA, and he works with many different artistic mediums. Other displays for March will include Women’s History Month and others.


FOOD DRIVE: Please help us fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need. We are collecting canned and dry goods for Lunch Break to be used in their food pantry.  Lunch Break provides food, clothing, life skills and fellowship to those in need in Monmouth County and beyond. All donations are greatly appreciated. 

NJ SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TICKET RAFFLE: Visit the Circulation Desk and fill out a raffle ticket, and you could win a pair of tickets to hear the NJ Symphony Orchestra and their new music director Xian Zhang perform classics from Tchaikovsky, Haydn, and more at Count Basie Theatre on Saturday, March 10 at 8pm.




Senior Day: We are looking forward to building a day monthly just for our Seniors!

Beginning February and then every second Thursday of the Month we will now FORGIVE FINES FOR SENIORS! From 1-9 pm, all late items will be forgiven on the 2nd Thursday of each month. You must be 62 or older and this does not include lost/missing items. We will add programs throughout the year.

Make New Friends! Starting in March, beginning at 3pm each Senior Day, join our Crotchet, Needlepoint, Knitting, Embroidery Group. On the second Thursday of each month, the Library will provide the space and refreshments. You bring whatever it is you are working on and share conversation and refreshments with fellow yarn crafters.


Would you like to know how to play bridge? If the answer is yes, be sure to join us! Remaining sessions will be held on Saturdays from 2:30-4pm, March 3, 10, 17 and 24. Instructor Pat Guadagno will lead the class. Learn to play and make some new friends! Newcomers welcome to join.

Dealing with & preventing sexual harassment This 3-part program series by Beate Sykes, on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room will tackle the issue of harassment and the #MeToo campaign. Beate Sykes is a Certified Professional Development trainer and has conducted Sexual Harassment and other workshops over 200 times worldwide. Her workshops will cover the following topics: March 7: From Sexism to Sexual Assault; March 14: How to Deal With Sexual Harassment; March 21: The High Cost of Sexual Harassment. Attention will be paid to available legal remedies and their impact. Contact Linda Hewitt for more information at (732) 842-0690 ext. 112. This program is FREE and registration is recommended.




The next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is Thursday, March 1, 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. 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 & over are conducted by the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at the Red Bank Public Library.  The course will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:45 – 8:45 p.m. These classes are free, and new participants are welcome to join. Please bring a pen and paper to take notes.  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 as well as volunteer tutor training classes and English conversation classes in Monmouth County.

Come celebrate the joy of words! The Red Bank Public Library welcomes The River Read Reading Series on the second Saturday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The next program will take place on Saturday, March 10, with featured poets Ellen Foos & Steve Nolan. Ellen Foos is senior production editor for Princeton University Press and founding publisher of Ragged Sky Press. She has coedited several poetry anthologies. Her own work, which has appeared in journals such as This Broken Shore and the Edison Literary Review, is collected in Little Knitted Sister. Steve Nolan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has spent 25 years as a therapist & 30 years in the military, where he ended his career as Chief of Combat Stress for Paktika Province, Afghanistan. He ran a PTSD clinic for the VA for 5 years before moving to Newtown. His work has been published in journals such as The Florida Review, the Schuykill Valley Journal, and feature on NPR Morning Edition.  An open-mic session will follow the feature with poetry, prose, spoken word – all styles welcome.  This event is co-hosted by Linda Johnston Muhlhausen ([email protected]) and Gregg G. Brown ([email protected]). Come to listen—come to share!

LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE: Join us on Wednesday, March 28, beginning at 7:00 p.m. for a conversation with Rev, Dr. Betty Livingston Adams. In recognition of Women’s History Month, the topic will be Beyond Suffrage: The Women’s March in Black & White. Rev. Adams is the Associate Minister at Fountain Baptist Church. She is also a research fellow and adjunct faculty member of the History Department at Rutgers University. Her book Black Women’s Christian Activism won her the prestigious Wilbur Award for 2017. In this popular and important series we continue to discuss and explore issues of race, gender, class, and culture. An open and honest dialogue is encouraged which generates enlightening and informative exchanges. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested but not required at http://redbanklibrary.org/departments/registration-form.html Please come and join the conversation!

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN YOGA PROGRAMMING: The Red Bank Public Library offers free one-hour Yoga for Adults on the 1st and 3rd Fridays every month from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  The class is appropriate for all levels of yoga experience. Please bring your own yoga mat.  Registration is not required.

TOP Ten Reasons to Join a Book Club: Turn off the TV – Get out of the house – Exercise your mind – Meet New People – Change your Perspective – Share Your Thoughts – Express Your Opinion – Agree to Disagree – Keep Good Company – Read More! The Readin’ on the River Book Club meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Eisner Room of the Red Bank Public Library.  New participants are always welcome. Join us for the next meeting on March 21. The selection for this month will be Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. To obtain a copy of the next book or for more information, contact the Library at 732-842-0690.  

Free one-on-one Computer Tutor classes are available at the Red Bank Public Library. Learn computer and internet basics from our knowledgeable and patient volunteers. Computer Tutoring classes are scheduled by appointment, with regular sessions coming soon. Please call or visit the Reference Desk at 732-842-0690 x111 to schedule a time.

Looking to pick up some great books at a great price? Save the date for the first consecutive Tuesday and Wednesday of every month when our Book Sale Room holds a $5.00 Bag Sale. For the month of March the dates will be Tuesday the 6th & Wednesday the 7th. 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.


2ND ANNUAL NJ MAKER DAYSaturday, March 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Stop by our Maker Day Open House featuring hands-on activities for all ages. Maker Stations will be set up throughout the Library. Stop by the STEM Station for fun programming and coding activities. Get crafty with edible art, and try our Button Maker, Silhouette Maker, Laminating Machine, Sewing Machine, electric typewriter and more.  Lots of fun for everyone!  No registration is required.


ARTSY SMARTSY: Join us on Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m. when our featured artist will be Faith Ringgold – a multi media artist who combines quilting and painting to make wonderful story-telling pieces. She has written and illustrated several award winning children’s books including Tar Beach. Join us to make a quilt-like creation of your own!  For ages 5-12. Registration is encouraged for this free program. Call the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115 to sign up.

MUSIC & MOVEMENT: On Tuesday, March 20 at 11:30 a.m., join early childhood music and movement specialist Lisa Hearns to welcome St. Patrick’s Day.  Miss Lisa will lead families in singing, dancing and instrument play, and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with lots of fun, Celtic inspired songs! Instruments provided. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Space is limited to 15 children. Registration is required by calling 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. Come for fun stories, musical activities, and a related craft.


It’s Game On @ the Library, Thursdays from 6:308:00 p.m. and all day Saturdays. Come for family friendly games set up for play on a drop-in basis. Chess & Checkers, Scrabble, Battleship, card games and more! Follow us on twitter @redbankpl and on Instagram @redbanklibrary to find out when we have a featured board or video game set up.  The program is free. Registration is not required. 

Our Anime Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m.  If anime is your passion, meet up with other fans to paint, draw and learn about Japanese culture. Watch a program and have a snack, too! For ages 10 and up.  Registration is suggested.


Hang out with friends at Movie Time! Watch a fun family film and enjoy a snack. Movie Time will be held on Thursday, March 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. This month’s movie will be Coco (rated PG). For ages 5 & up. No registration is required.




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.  –  5:00 p.m.

MARCH Closings

Friday, March 30 – CLOSED – Good Friday

Saturday, March 31—CLOSED—Easter Holiday

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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