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rb library march exterior 340 255SPECIAL OCTOBER PROGRAMS:

Reading & Author Talk with Diem Jones on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. Mr. Jones will read from his latest book A Big Day: Thawing the Soul, a blend of poetry, memoir, non-fiction and trans-fictional riffs that often are inspired by the accompanying photograph. Mr. Jones has previously published 3 volumes of spoken word and 3 poetry collections. He is executive director of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundations and CEO of All One Consulting Group. He is an author, educator, fundraiser whose credits also include creative director and photographer for George Clinton and the Parliament-Funkadelic in the ‘70s & ‘80s. Refreshments will be served. Registration for this program is requested, but not required.


In the wake of Flint, many parents are concerned about the danger of lead poisoning, and understandably want to now what’s happening here in New Jersey and Red Bank in particular. In cooperation with the Red Bank Environmental Commission and Green Team, the Library will be hosting a panel on Lead Poisoning: What You Need to Know on Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the historic Eisner Room. The panel will be moderated by Environmental Commission chair Kate Triggiano, and will feature NJ State Director of the Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund Amy Goldsmith, toxicologist and former Bureau Chief of the NJDEP Roy Meyer, and Director of Red Bank Public Utilities Cliff Keen. Registration is not required for this program.

The Library is happy to announce that Michael Goldberg will again be at the Library in October for Meditation and Mindfulness. De-stress and enrich your daily life while overlooking the beautiful Navesink! This two-part program with teacher Michael Goldberg will be held on Saturdays, October 13 & 27, from 10:15-11:00 a.m. on the Library Lawn, weather permitting, or in the Meeting Room. 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, which are available for free at Ezine.com. Registration is not required.

Join us for a Halloween-themed Movie Night for Adults on Wednesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. when we show The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon star in this cult classic Halloween musical comedy. Please feel free to dress up for the film, but please do not bring props. Refreshments will be provided. This movie has been rated R. Registration is not required.

Our much-loved Historic Walking Tours are back for the fall! Meet outside the library on Saturdays, October 20, and November 3 at 11:00 a.m. Be sure to 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. The tour lasts approximately one hour, and is weather permitting. Call the Reference Desk at (732) 842-0690 ext. 111 for more information. Registration for these tours is strongly suggested. If you can’t make it to any of the scheduled dates, a self-guided, printable tour map is available on our website http://www.redbanklibrary.org/local-history/historic-red-bank-tour.html


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 return 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.

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.

TOILETRY DRIVEWe 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 (October 11th) 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.

The New Jersey State Library Multicultural Award-Winning Program LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE continues on Wednesday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. This month we welcome visiting author Diem Jones, to discuss Writers of Color: Black & White and Read All Over. Jones believes that, “Every story is our story including the stories of the unseen and unheard.” Mr. Jones, who is an author, educator, fundraiser, and activist currently serving as executive director of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, will lead the discussion on the place of writers of African descent in the contemporary American literary canon. Refreshments will be served following 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!

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, October 4, 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, October 13, welcoming two featured poets John Barrale & Sherida Yoder. Barrale’s poems and flash fiction have appeared in numerous print and online journals, most recently Unrorean, East Meets West—American Writers Review, and Passager. He hosts the monthly poetry reading series at The Red Wheelbarrow, The William Carlos Williams Center in Rutherford, NJ, and is managing editor of an anthology of the same name. He is currently retired and enjoys reading, writing, and hiking in NJ. Yoder reads frequently at the Paterson Poetry Center and at Felician University, where she also teaches. Her poetry has been published in the Paterson Literary Review and Waterways. She lives in northern NJ with her husband and cats. 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!

ELS Classes begin will continue throughout the fall on a weekly basis. These classes for adults 18 and over are held weekly on Thursday evenings from 6:30–8:45 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. (October 6 & 20). 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 October 17. The selected book for October is Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. 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 October, the dates will be Tuesday the 2nd & Wednesday the 3rd. 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 $3.00 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!! Take a stroll and look for a spooky story this month along the brick pathway at the edge of the park.

The Children’s Room RAD Lab program for October is Moons of Jupiter On Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. (weather-permitting). Children ages 7-12 are invited to observe Jupiter just like Galileo in the 1600’s. Will they arrive at the same startling observations that rocked the world? To maximize our views, the program will begin outside with telescopic observations. We’re hoping for stellar sights of Jupiter and its 4 Galilean moons plus our Moon, Saturn and Mars as they march across the southern skies! An indoor presentation and activity will follow. Educator and amateur astronomer Bob Reichman will lead this hands-on workshop. Registration is suggested for this free program. Rain Date: October 18 at 6:30 p.m. rain or shine. For more information and to register, call 732-842-0690 x 115.

ARTSY SMARTSY: Learn all about the great “Masters” of art, and then become one yourself! Saturday, October 13 at 11:00 a.m. For children ages 5 and up. We’ll learn about a mystery artist this month and make an amazingly, spooky masterpiece. Registration is required for this free program.  Contact the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115 to sign up.


Join us for a Halloween Movie Night Party filled with tricks and treats! On Thursday, October 25, we will show Hotel Transylvania 3, then enjoy spooky games, crafts and tasty treats! The movie will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Library’s downstairs meeting room.  Wear your costume and get a special treat! This program is free and registration is suggested.

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.

Our Anime Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. (October 10 & 24). 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.

Get creative and build with LEGO’S & Lincoln Logs every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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. 


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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