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red bank library logoFINE-FREE CHILDREN’S ROOM: The Red Bank Public Library is pleased to announce the elimination of overdue fines for children’s materials.  For some children and families, late fines become a real barrier that prevents them from visiting the Library and taking advantage of our wonderful materials, services, and programs. Studies show that regardless of fines, most materials are returned within a week of their due date.  We will continue to send out reminder notices to encourage timely returns, but those items that are not will be designated as lost, and the patrons will be charged for their replacements.  Many libraries in New Jersey and throughout the country are implementing this type of policy with great success.  Eliminating these fines will have a negligible effect on the Library’s budget, amounting to less than 1%. Our goal is to encourage everyone to use the Library’s many resources and to foster a love a reading at a young age. We are hopeful that this initiative will increase access to the Library for all of the children and young families in our community.

THE NJ BLUEBERRY:  Celebrate National Blueberry Month with us as we have fun discovering more about New Jersey’s Wonder Fruit!  The Red Bank Public Library will present The New Jersey Blueberry by special guest and food historian, Judith Krall-Russo on Saturday, July 14 at 11:00 a.m. in the historic Eisner Room.  New Jersey is widely recognized as the blueberry capital of the nation, and the NJ highbush blueberry is the ideal symbol of a delicious and healthful fruit. Learn the history of these delightful berries and taste some blueberry treats too! This program is free and open to all ages. Registration is suggested. This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH). We are proud to partner with NJCH, who believes in the power of the humanities to strengthen our community. For more information about this event, contact the Reference Desk at 732-842-0690 x 111. For more information about the Horizons Speakers Bureau please visit

ADULT SUMMER READING PROGRAM: Join us for some fun this summer! The Library will again be encouraging adults to participate in a summer-fun reading challenge with the theme Rock Your World. Complete a variety of challenges to win prizes and end the summer with a party and craft!

Join us for an Essential Oils 101 class on Wednesday, July 18th or Thursday, August 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Eisner Room with dōTERRA wellness advocates Christina Dostie & Mandy Hanigan. More and more people are realizing the benefits of using pure essential oils, and we want to show you how! Topics will include the modern vs. natural approach, how essential oils are a safe and effective wellness solution, and the many ways to use them around your home. Both programs will cover the same information. Registration is recommended online at or by calling the Reference Desk.

The New Jersey State Library Multicultural Award-Winning Program LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE continues on Wednesday, July 27th, 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 we will hold a town hall style discussion on the topic of Everyday Racism. Please come to share and discuss stories, experiences, and observations. There will be a panel of guests to moderate the conversation. Refreshments will be served for the discussion. Registration is requested but not required, and can be done online or by calling the Reference Desk. Please come and join the conversation!

We hope that all who participated in our spring Historic Walking Tours enjoyed themselves. We will be taking the hot summer months of July and August off, but will resume our tours in the fall. Our next Walking Tour is scheduled for September 22. So put on your walking shoes and please be sure to register. Retired school teacher, local resident and Library volunteer, Kathy Lou Colmorgen will be your guide.

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

SUMMER ART DISPLAY: Beginning in July, we welcome local artist, Christopher Taylor:                      Using the camera as a resource for his oil paintings, Taylor takes numerous photographs of the Northeast Landscape. With a desire to evoke a sense of place, he focuses on the accidents of nature’s design by using strong compositional elements as groundwork for his paintings. The resulting landscapes have a clarity and luminous quality that freezes time and space, allowing the viewer to escape, if only for a moment, to the tranquil world of the artist’s making. Taylor has exhibited widely in Monmouth County area. He also has had solo shows at C & S Wholesale Grocers, The Thompson Park Visitors Center, The Middletown Library and Johnson & Johnson Corporate Center.

TOILETRY DRIVE:  We are now collecting toiletries for Lunch Break. 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. 




Senior Day: We are building a day monthly just for our Seniors! Every 2nd  Thursday of the Month (July 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 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.

BRIDGE CLASSES every Monday. Starting at  2:30 p.m. for beginners, enjoy one-on one time with instructor Pat Guadagno in the Meeting Room. At 3 pm, more experienced bridge players are invited to join the group.

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, July 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.

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, July 14, welcoming back featured poet Dan Weeks. Poet, historian, musician Daniel Weeks has served as the editor of the literary magazine This Broken Shore since 1995. He is also currently an assistant editor/assistant research professor at the Thomas A. Edison Papers, Rutgers University. 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 are held on a weekly basis throughout 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

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. (July 6th & 20th). 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 July 18th. The selected book for July is Along the Infinite Sea, by Beatriz Williams 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 July, the dates will be Tuesday the 10th & Wednesday the 11th. 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.



STORY WALKS: Thanks to a special grant from the William Gross Foundation, our Story Walk now has a permanent home at Riverside Gardens!! The formal Ribbon Cutting will take place on Thursday, July 5 at 6:45 p.m. before the first Jazz in the Park concert of the summer. Please check it out along the brick pathways at the edge of the park.  Get in some physical activity and spend some quality family time as you take a stroll and read a different story each week this summer. Other stories will be posted on the grounds of the Red Bank Public Library, too!

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, & 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. Visit our teen page at to print the bingo board, or ask for it next time you’re in the library!

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. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter @redbanklibrary, & Instagram @redbankpl for alerts about fun RAD Lab pop-up events like making forts, obstacle courses, crafts, & more!

BOOKS WITH BANDIT: On Wednesdays, July 11 & 25 at 7:30 p.m, Bandit, a certified therapy dog, will stop by the Children’s Room to visit with and listen to reluctant readers…and dog lovers too! Com meet Bandit! Read him a book or make up your own story to share with him.



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. (July 11th & 25th). 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, July 26th at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. For ages 5 & up. No registration is required.


Wednesday, July 4—Closed for Independence 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, 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

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