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rb library march exterior 340 255RED BANK, NJ – NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK is April 8-14, and the Red Bank Public Library will celebrate its theme “Libraries Lead” with special programs, events and activities!  Once again, we will offer Fine Forgiveness for our patrons who have fines related to overdue materials (not for lost or missing items). Patrons must come into the Library to take advantage of this opportunity in person.  Also during the week, there will be fun daily Library trivia questions, raffles galore, and giveaways, too! Everyone who checks out an item is eligible to enter a raffle in the Adult Department or Children’s Room. Come and discover how the Red Bank Public Library takes the lead in our community.

SUN FUN: Adults & Children alike are invited to join us on Saturday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m. for a joint program called Fun with the Sun: Solar Obsevations & Activities. Meet members of the STAR Astronomy Club who will lead us in solar observations with special telescopes, plus make sun-paper creations and enjoy a light snack. Open to all ages. Registration suggested.

Please join us in the Library’s historic Eisner Room on Wednesday, April 18 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a Classical Concert presented by flutist Marjorie Koharski and guitarist Keith Calmes. Keith Calmes is an American guitarist, educator, composer, and author. His performance credits include a Carnegie Hall recital debut, concerti with the Monmouth Symphony, & a performance with Carlos Barbosa-Lima. Ms. Koharski, is a retired flutist with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, a flutist with The Elysion Winds Quintet, a former faculty member of The Monmouth Conservatory of Music.

WIRELESS PRINTING is now available from your devices! You will be able to make a permanent account using SmartAlec with your library card, and store funds for future use. You can start using SmartAlec from our homepage.


Through 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.

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. 




Back by Popular Demand: Historic Red Bank Walking Tours one Saturday per month from April to June. Dates will be April 14, May 5, & June 2 at 11:00 a.m. Each tour is about an hour and a half. Kathy Lou Colmorgen will be the guide for the group. Tours are weather-permitting. Registration is highly recommended. 20 person maximum per tour.


Senior Day: We are looking forward to building a day monthly just for our Seniors! Every 2ndThursday of the Month (April 12) we will now FORGIVE FINES FOR SENIORS! You must be 62 or older. This does not include lost/missing items. At 3:00 p.m. each Senior Day, join our Handcrafting Group for Crotchet, Needlepoint, Knitting, or Embroidery. The Library will provide the space and refreshments. You bring whatever it is you are working on and share conversation with fellow yarn crafters. We will continue to add Senior Day programs throughout the year.


The next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is Thursday, April 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. 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.

The Red Bank Public Library is pleased to host The River Read Reading Series on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m. The next program will take place on Saturday, April 14, with featured poet Grant Clauser. Grant is the author of four poetry books: Reckless Constellations (winner of the 2016 Cider Press Review Book Award), The Magician’s Handbook, Necessary Myths & The Trouble with Rivers. His poetry has also appeared in journals such as The American Poetry Review, Folio, and Painted Bride Quarterly. In 2010 he was the Montgomery County Poet Laureate. He also teaches in the Rosemont College Writers’ Studio. An open-mic session will follow, 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!

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.

“There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” -Bertrand Russell   The Readin’ on the River Book Club meets the 3rd 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 April 18. The selection for this month will be We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese by Elizabeth Norman. Upcoming books include Transatlantic by Colum McCann, The Stranger in the Woods by Michel Finkel, & My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliviera. To obtain a copy of the next book or for more information, contact the Library at 732-842-0690.   

LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE continues on Wednesday, April 25, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. 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. Refreshments will be served. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested but not required. Please come and join the conversation!

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 visit or call 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 April, the dates will be Tuesday the 3rd & Wednesday the 4th. 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.



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 6:30-8:00 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, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. 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.

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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