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rb library march exterior 340 255RED BANK, NJ – The following special programs are scheduled at the Red Bank Public Library, 84 West Front Street in Red Bank.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: Please join the Library on Tuesday, August 7 when we connect with the Red Bank Police Department to participate in the annual National Night Out Against Crime. This fun event has become a favorite summer night for many. The program will be held from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the municipal complex, 90 Monmouth St. The Library will have a table that will offer free face-painting, tattoos, games and other special surprises. Members of the police department and other local organizations will serve complimentary food and soft drinks.

ADULT SUMMER READING PROGRAM: It’s not too late to join us for some fun this summer! The Library is again encouraging adults to participate in a variety of summer-fun challenges with the theme Rock Your World. Complete a variety of challenges of all sorts to win prizes and end the summer with a party and craft!

De-stress and enrich your daily life at MEDITATION ON THE RIVER overlooking the beautiful Navesink! This two-part series with teacher Michael Goldberg will be held on Saturdays, August 4 & 25 from 10:15-10:45 a.m. on the Library Lawn or Meeting Room, weather permitting. Registration is not required. Michael E. Goldberg is a Reiki Master/Teacher, NLP Practitioner, Hypnotist, Life Coach and Health Coach. He is an author of books and articles on holistic health. His articles are available for free at Ezine.com.

Join us for an ESSENTIAL OILS 101 class on 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. This is a repeat of the program held on July 18. Registration is recommended online at www.redbanklibrary.org or by calling the Reference Desk.

Movie Night for Adults: Please join us on August 8 at 6:30 p.m. when we show Best Picture Academy Award Winner, The Shape of Water. A 2017 American romantic dark-fantasy drama film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water finds Guillermo del Toro at his visually distinctive best — and matched by an emotionally absorbing story brought to life by a stellar Sally Hawkins performance.” This film is R rated. Movie snacks will be served.

Relax by the river on the newly installed memorial benches behind the Library! In October 2017, our monthly Artist’s Workshop class held an online art auction to fund a memorial bench in honor of Terry McCue, a long time Red Bank artist. That bench, along with three others, are now here for all to enjoy – just another reason to visit the Library!

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 www.redbanklibrary.org.

SUMMER ART DISPLAY: Through the month of August 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 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: Every 2nd  Thursday of the Month (August 9) is a special day at the Library for Seniors! We 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 are also building other programs for seniors to enjoy in the fall.

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 3:00 p.m, 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, August 2, 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 New Jersey State Library Multicultural Award-Winning Program LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE continues on Wednesday, August 29th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. In this popular and important series, celebrating its third anniversary this month, we continue to discuss and explore issues of race, gender, class, and culture. In August, we will host a screening of Part 2 of the documentary “The Power of Illusion.” This 3-pt documentary tells how race, something we often assume to be normal, commonsense, even scientific, is actually shaped by human history, social institutions, and cultural beliefs. Part 2 questions the belief that race has always been with us. It traces the race concept to the European conquest of the Americas. Refreshments will be served. Registration is requested but not required, online or by calling the Reference Desk. Please come and join the conversation!

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, August 11, when  River Read will hold its annual “Poets Share” roundtable meeting where attendees are invited to read a favorite poem or two by other poets and talk about why they love them. We will also have our usual Open Mic session for poets to share their original work. 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 for adults 18 and over are held weekly on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. throughout the summer. These classes are led 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. (August 3 & 17). The class is appropriate for all levels of yoga experience. Please bring your own yoga mat.  Registration is not required.

Free one-on-one Computer Tutor classes are now available every Friday from 2:00-5:00 p.m, and the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Learn computer and internet basics from our knowledgeable and patient volunteers and staff. Computer Tutoring classes are scheduled by appointment. Please visit or call the Reference Desk at 732-842-0690 x111 to schedule a time.

“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 August 15th. The selected book for August is Read My Pins by Madeleine Albright. To obtain a copy of the next book or for more information, contact the Library at 732-842-0690.

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 August, the dates will be Tuesday the 7th & Wednesday the 8th. 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.


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 launched a new initiative this summer called the RAD Lab! The RAD Lab promotes READING, ACTIVITY & DISCOVERY with a focus on our outdoor space and our local environment. One of our first endeavors was to beautify our outdoor space with 2 murals designed and painted by local artist, Jim Fitzmaurice. Jim is an amazing artist with many murals in the greater Red Bank area that you would recognize including Riverside Gardens and Johnny Jazz Park. The Library’s murals depict Red Bank’s natural environment in both the daytime and evening with an amazing array of local plants and animals, many of them hidden for the children to find. Please visit the Library to see these beautiful paintings in person!

The Children’s Room’s RAD Lab programs for August include:

Wild Seed Ball MakingSaturday, August 4 at 11:00 a.m. For children ages 5 and up. Plant a garden you can throw! Roll your own seed balls from clay and compost. Take them home and toss them outside to plant wildflowers for birds and butterflies. This hands-on science program is offered by WILD Jersey. Registration is required. For more information, call 732-842-0690 x 115.

On Saturday, August 11 at 11:00 a.m. in the Meeting Room, come learn about Native American Life on the Navesink from educator Claire Garland, an expert in local Native American culture and history. Learn how early settlers lived, travelled and traded on the banks of the Navesink and how the river was essential to their way of life. Original artifacts will also be on display. Snacks and a craft, too! This program is free and is open to all ages. Registration is suggested. For more information, call the Children’s Room at (732) 842-0690 ext. 115.

Come by for a ‘hole’ lot of fun with Library Mini Golf on Saturday, August 11 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. We will transform parts of our back lawn (and inside the Library too!) into a miniature golf course. All ages are welcome. Come show off your putting skills and answer local trivia questions to be entered for a prize! Join us for Mini Golf after our “Life on the Navesink” program at 11am on the back lawn.

Summer Reading Program Finale on Saturday, August 25 at 11:00 a.m. Join our end-of-the-summer celebration including a special Clean Ocean Action presentation called Be the Sea Change about the importance and harms of marine debris and pollution. We’ll even take a little walk to the water’s edge and do a quick clean-up. Our celebration will include cake and certificates for those who submitted a Reading Log or Bingo board for our Summer Reading Programs. This event is free and open to children and teens of all ages; however, registration is recommended. For more information, call the Children’s Room at (732) 842-0690 ext. 115.

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

FINE-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.

Maker Space crafts for Teens will be available Thursday evenings in August from 5:00-9:00 p.m. in the Teen section. Stop by and learn how to make something new. Activities will include jewelry making, origami, and much more! These supplies are free and registration is not required. Call the Children’s Room for more information.

STORY WALKS: Thanks to a special grant from the William Gross Foundation, our Story Walk now has a permanent home at Riverside Gardens!! Look for it along the brick pathways at the edge of the park.  Take a stroll and spend some quality family time as you walk and read a different story each week this summer. Another Story Walk is 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. Throughout the summer 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. Visit our teen page at www.redbanklibrary.org/departments/young-adults.html to print the bingo board, or ask for it next time you’re in the library!


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. 

Hang out with friends at Movie Time! Watch a fun family film and enjoy a snack. Movie Time will be held on Thursday, August 23 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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