Saturday Matinee: Please join us on Saturday, February 3 at 2:00 p.m. when we show the film Groundhog Day. With Bill Murray at his best “in this riotous comedy about a weatherman caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life”, Ground Hog Day is a movie the whole family will enjoy. Refreshments will be provided.
Author Talk: On Feb. 7 at 7:00 p.m, local historian George Joynson will discuss Inventors of Red Bank and Monmouth County. Mr. Joynson, who is researcher at the Monmouth County Historical Archives, has written four books on local history including his latest, Inventors in Monmouth County, New Jersey. His talk will also touch on how patent research can assist with genealogy. Innovation and invention has played a vital part in shaping the community of Red Bank. Be sure to come find out more.
Monthly Senior Day: We are excited to introduce a special day each month just for our Seniors —
beginning February 8 and then every second Thursday of the month. Each Senior Day we will FORGIVE FINES FOR SENIORS! From 1:00-9:00 p.m., all late items will be forgiven. Patrons must be 62 or older and this does not include lost/missing items, just late fees. We will offer additional Senior Day programs throughout the year. Starting in March, beginning at 3:00 p.m., make new friends, and join our Crochet, Needlepoint, Knitting, Embroidery Group. On the second Thursday of each month, the Library will provide the space and refreshments. You bring whatever it is you are working on and share conversation with fellow yarn crafters.
Would you like to know how to play bridge? If the answer is yes, be sure to join us on Saturdays from 2:30-4:00 p.m. beginning on February 17, and following each week on February 24, March 3, 10, 17 and 24. Instructor Pat Guadagno will lead the class. Learn to play and make some new friends!
A Voice For the Ages: Come honor Black History Month and the 2018 African American Read-In, a national celebration of African American culture & literature, presented by the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation and the Red Bank Public Library. “Reading Fortune: A Voice for the Ages” will be held at the Library on Wednesday, February 21. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and refreshments, and the presentation will follow at 7:00 p.m. Fortune’s notable rise as an African American journalist during the 19th and 20th centuries and as a social justice trailblazer will be brought to life through his writings. Community members, along with youth from the New Jersey Orators, will present the works of Fortune such as his correspondence with President Theodore Roosevelt and Booker T. Washington and other writings that profoundly relate to the cultural attitudes, citizenry and resistance of his day and ours!
Please register to attend this event at 732-842-0690, ext 111.
ONGOING ADULT PROGRAMS
The next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library is Thursday, February 1, 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.
English as a Second Language classes for adults 18 and over are conducted by the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at the Red Bank Public Library. The new 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. 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.
Come celebrate the joy of words! The Red Bank Public Library welcomes The River Read Reading Series on the second Saturday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The next program will take place on Saturday, February 10, with featured poets Jennifer E. Stahl & Steve Schiro. Jenny Stahl, is a poet & short story writer whose publications include Edison Literary Review, Stillwater Review, Paterson Literary Review, & This Broken Shore. She is a member of the Jersey Shore Poets, and a Pushcart Prize nominee for her short story “Home Fires.” Jenny is a 7th grade language arts teacher who lives in Monmouth County. Steven Schiro graduated from Alfred University and began a career in residential remodeling. In 2000, after attending a poetry reading, he joined a poetry-writing group. His poetry has been published in Jersey Shore Poets, 1st Edition. Steve is a Monmouth County native who lives, works, writes, paints, and enjoys music in Red Bank. An open-mic session will follow the feature with poetry, prose, spoken word – all styles welcome. This event will be co-hosted by Linda Johnston Muhlhausen (email@example.com) and Gregg G. Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org). Come to listen—come to share!
LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE: Join us on Wednesday, February 28 beginning at 7:00 p.m. for another in-depth conversation when we welcome award-winning Creative Director Ben Marshall back to the Library. His subject is Race In Advertising-Part 2. Marshall, was the Art Director at Black Enterprise Magazine and now owns his own company. The February program is sure to be informative. In this popular and important series we continue to discuss and explore issues of race, gender, class, and culture. Past programs have included the topics of our Criminal Justice System, Raising Children Without Prejudice, and Race in Education to name a few. An open and honest dialogue is encouraged which generates enlightening and informative exchanges. This program is free and open to the public. Please come and join the conversation!
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN YOGA PROGRAMMING: The Red Bank Public Library now 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.
TOP Ten Reasons to Join a Book Club: Turn off the TV – Get out of the house – Exercise your mind – Meet New People – Change your Perspective – Share Your Thoughts – Express Your Opinion – Agree to Disagree – Keep Good Company – Read More! The Readin’ on the River Book Club meets the third 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 February 21. Upcoming selections include Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson and Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. 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 call or visit 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. 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 Friends of the Red Bank Public Library hold their monthly meetings every third Wednesday of the month. All are invited to attend on February 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Eisner Room at the Library. You can support the Friends when you shop Amazon online. Just log on to Smile.Amazon.com, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library. Just click the button and start shopping. Get a Friends membership for a $15 minimum contribution and participate in our Museum Pass Program. Contact the Library for more information at 732-842-0690 x110
CHILDREN & TEEN PROGRAMS:
ARTSY SMARTSY: Join us on Saturday, February 24 at 11:00 a.m. when our featured artist will be Romero Britto – a pop-artist who is famous for his many paintings, sculptures and commercial pieces featuring bright colors and bold lines. Come learn about this interesting artist and make your own pop-art masterpiece! For ages 5-12. Registration is encouraged for this free program. Call the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115 to sign up.
Roses are red. Violets are blue. Come to our Valentine’s Party for you! With games, crafts and treats and fun things to do, come join the party and bring your friends, too! Saturday, February 3 at 11:00 a.m. For children ages 12 and under. This program is FREE. Registration is requested.
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 to 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, February 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. This month’s movie will be Wonder (rated PG). For ages 5 and up. No registration is required.
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, February 19 – CLOSED – Presidents’ Day