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rb library march exterior 340 255RED BANK, NJ – Red Bank TOWNWIDE YARD SALE is back!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Red Bank Public Library is once again organizing what is now a biannual event in town.  To be included on the map, you must register.  Registration takes place April 25-May 2, in person at the Library, online, or by mail (must be received by May 2).  The registration form will be available beginning April 25.  Registration fee is $10 with all proceeds benefitting the Library. Rain date Sunday, May 6,  according to individual sellers’ discretion.

Does your garden need a boost after the long, cold winter? Learn how to compost and feed your plants in an organic and eco-friendly way at our COMPOSTING 101 workshop with master composter, master gardener, and rain garden specialist Tom Matulewicz on Wednesday, May 2 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Registration is recommended but not required for this free program. Register online or by calling the Reference Desk.

The Red Bank Public Library has been nominated for the New Jersey State Library Multicultural Program Award for the LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE series. The purpose of the award is to “recognize and encourage library programs that increase understanding and promote multiculturalism in New Jersey’s public libraries,” and this is certainly true of this series, which has become a permanent forum for the community to explore important topics. Congratulations Adult Programming Coordinator Linda Hewitt & all who help make this program an ongoing success!

BEGINNER BRIDGE CLASSES are now ongoing! PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DAY every Monday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. with instructor Pat Guadagno in the Meeting Room. Cards are provided and no prior experience is necessary. Come to meet new friends & learn something new!     Registration is not required. Call the Reference Desk for more information.

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.

Visit the Library on Saturday, May 5 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. when we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with refreshments, music, crafts and more. We will also celebrate Día del Niño with a special bilingual story and craft. All ages are welcome! Come find out what the Library can offer you!

DISPLAYS: Through June, we are pleased to welcome artist Steve Schiro. S.O. Schiro graduated from Alfred University and began a career in residential remodeling, while pursuing interests in music, painting, and writing. In 2000, after attending a poetry reading, he joined a poetry-writing group and began writing poetry and prose on a regular basis. His poetry has been published in Jersey Shore Poets.  Steve is a Monmouth County native & library patron who lives, works, writes, and paints in Red Bank.

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. Remaining dates are May 5, & June 2 at 11:00 a.m. Each tour is about an hour and a half in length. Kathy Lou Colmorgen will be the guide for the group. Tours are weather-permitting. Registration is highly recommended. 20-person maximum per tour. If you can’t make the dates above for the Walking Tour, you can pick up a copy of our Historic Red Bank Map & Guide, or view it online (even on your mobile device) at www.redbanklibrary.org to take a self-guided tour!

Senior Day: We are building a day monthly just for our Seniors! Every 2ndThursday of the Month (May 10) 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 Crochet, 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.

We are delighted to have River Read Reading Series co-organizer Linda Johnston Muhlhausen as a special guest author at the library on Wednesday, May 23, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Linda will talk about her novel Elephant Mountain and her work as a poet and her writing inspiration. Refreshments will be served. Registration is recommended but not required for this free program, online or by calling the Reference Desk.

The next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is Thursday, May 3, 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.

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, May 12, with featured poet D. Nurkse D. (Dennis) Nurkse is the author of 11 collections of poetry, most recently Love In The Last Days: After Tristan and Iseult, and A Night In Brooklyn. He is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry. He is currently a member of the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. Nurkse lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the writer Beth Bosworth. 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!

The NJSL Multicultural Award-Winning Program LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE continues on Wednesday, May 30, 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. This month’s topic will be DACA & Immigration Reform with Itzel Perez of the “Awaken” Community Group, Rita Dentino, Director of Casa Freehold, and other panel members. Refreshments will be served. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested but not required, online or by calling the Reference Desk. Please come and join the conversation!

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. Classes will end on May 24 and resume in the fall. 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.

Conversational English Classes will begin on June 14 and will continue through the summer. These classes for adults 18 and over are held weekly on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. by the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at the Red Bank Public Library. Join the group at any time. For more information, contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website www.lvmonmouthnj.org.


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 May 16. The selected book for May is Transatlantic by Colum McCann. Upcoming books include 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.

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 1st & Wednesday the 2nd. 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, May 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. For ages 5 & up. No registration is required.



Saturday, May 26 CLOSED Memorial Day Weekend

Monday, May 28 CLOSED Memorial 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.  –  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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