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rb library march exterior 340 255The Eisners of Red Bank Talk: Local researcher Liam Collins will present a talk on the Eisner Family of Red Bank at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 2.  This prominent local family had a lasting effect on Red Bank.  Learn about their history, their achievements and the way their lives affected the community.  Then, if you like, take the walking tour at 11 a.m. to get a firsthand look at the community they helped to shape.

Home SAFE Home: We are pleased to welcome to the Library, NJ State Director of the Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund and Red Bank resident, Amy Goldsmith. Goldsmith oversees all of New Jersey programs for Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund.  Learn practical tips for reducing your use of toxic chemicals in house cleaning, pest control, lawn and garden care in our Home SAFE Home program, presented by Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room.

Banana George: Join us on Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m. when we are pleased to welcome Robin and Georgia Blair to the Library for an “Author Talk” on their book based on their notorious father, George Alfred Blair and his record-setting life, which has included skiing on all seven continents and in 69 different countries. Blair was a local Red Bank legend. An American businessperson, entrepreneur, and water-skier, known for his barefoot waterskiing and trademark yellow “banana”-like wetsuits, George Blair loved yellow. When he water-skied barefoot, which he did into his 90s in theme park shows, he wore a yellow wetsuit and was towed by a yellow boat. “But it didn’t stop there. Banana George, who drove a yellow Lincoln, also had yellow cowboy boots, watches, sunglasses and wallets. People may have thought he was just clowning around, but Blair laughed all the way to the bank — and when he went there, it was in a yellow business suit.”

The NJSL Multicultural Award-Winning Program LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE continues on Wednesday, June 27, 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 Paradise Lost & Found: The Economic History of Red Bank. We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Walter Greason, Dean of the Honors School at Monmouth University. Among his many accomplishments, he is the author of several books on race, economics, and segregation in America, and currently serves as the co-chair for the “Eminent Domain in the City” conference. Registration is requested but not required, online or by calling the Reference Desk. Please come and join the conversation!


MUSEUM PASSES NOW CIRCULATING:  Patrons of the Red Bank Public Library may now check out museum passes with their library card!  Passes are available for the Grounds for Sculpture and the Newark Museum and can be checked out for 1 week on a first-come first-served basis. Check-outs are not renewable. Each pass includes admission for 4 people. Please visit the Circulation Desk to inquire about the Museum Pass Program. The passes are made available through Friends’ Funds.

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 the homepage of our website at www.redbanklibrary.org.

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.



TOILETRY DRIVE :  We are changing in June from the Food Drive, which we have been running this winter for Lunch Break, to a summer drive for Lunch Break to collect toiletries. Please help us. The list of toiletries needed include Shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, razors, first aid materials, feminine products, lotion, floss, combs, and sunscreen. 



Back by Popular Demand: Historic Red Bank Walking Tours one Saturday per month. Remaining date is 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 2nd  Thursday of the Month (June 14) 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. On June 14, we will be offering an Author Talk program with Banana George’s daughters talking about their book, which they wrote about their infamous father. We will continue to add Senior Day programs throughout the year.

BEGINNER BRIDGE CLASSES are now ongoing! PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DAY AND TIME – every Monday beginning at 2:30 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.

The next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is Thursday, June 7, 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, June 9, with featured poets Jessica DeKoninck and Barbara Crooker. 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!

Conversational English Classes will begin on Thursday, June 14 and will continue through the summer. These classes for adults 18 and over are held weekly on Thursday evenings from 6:45 to 8:45 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.

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 June 20. The selected book for June is The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. 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 June, the dates will be Tuesday the 5th & Wednesday the 6th. 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.



LIBRARIES ROCK! is the theme of our Summer Reading Program this year. Children of all ages are invited to our Rock into Summer Party on Saturday, June 23 at 11:00 a.m. with build-your-own ice cream sundaes, games and activities and featuring a special electric guitar performance by local teen Anthony Campana.  Sign up for summer reading, too! This program is free and no registration is required.   

Become a Rockin’ Reader when you register for our 2018 Libraries Rock Summer Reading Program. Beginning on Saturday, June 23, children ages 3-12 will be encouraged to read to earn incentives and prizes for every 10 books. Special children’s programs and activities tied to the theme will take place all summer long! Register any time you visit the Library this summer. The Summer Reading Program is supported by Friends Funds and generous contributions from your local McDonalds, Chipotle Reading Rewards, and SkyZone.

Kids in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in our Teen Summer Reading Program by completing boxes on a bingo board for prizes and participating in special events and ongoing projects throughout the summer.  Summer reading books for school will count towards rewards.  The Summer Reading Program is supported by Friends Funds and generous contributions from your local McDonalds, Chipotle Reading Rewards, and SkyZone.

Through a generous grant from the Mary Owen Borden Foundation and matching funds from the Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library, the Children’s Room is starting a new initiative called the Reading, Activity & Discovery Lab a.k.a. the RAD Lab! The RAD Lab will offer hands-on activities and programs that focus on our outdoor surroundings.  Subjects will include art, music, nature and the Navesink.  Stay tuned for more programming information and stop by the Library to see all the great offerings we have in store.



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.

Books with Bandit: On Thursdays June 7 & June 21 at 7:30 p.m., Bandit, a certified therapy dog, will stop by the Children’s Room to visit and listen to reluctant readers…and dog lovers too! Come meet Bandit. Read him a book or make up your own story to share with him.


Hang out with friends at Movie Time! Watch a fun family film and enjoy a snack. Movie Time will be held on Thursday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. For ages 5 & up. No registration is required.



Wednesday, June 27: 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. (closed 1:00-5:00 p.m. for staff development)



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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