LIBRARY BOOKS MARQUEE RUNNERS, WALKERS

library-runnersWarming up to raise money for the Friends of the Red Bank Library are, from left, Brian Hanlon, library director Debbie Griffin-Sadel, Beth Hanratty, children’s librarian Sam Quintas, Audrey Oldoerp and — not quite ready to hit the asphalt — Christian Oldoerp. (Click to enlarge)

This year’s George Sheehan Classic will feature at least 15 marquee runners and walkers.

No, not ‘marquee’ in the sense of elite. These are folks who will be risking blisters and sunburned shoulders in an effort to raise money for a marquee signboard they hope to see installed in front of the Red Bank Public Library on West Front Street.

More than a dozen volunteers have signed up to be a part of the library teams in the two-mile walk and the five-mile footrace that begins and ends on Broad Street on June 19. They’re in the process of lining up sponsors to back them with flat contributions or donations based on the number of miles completed.

The effort is being spearheaded by the relatively new Friends of the Red Bank Public Library, organized to help raise awareness of the library’s everyday offerings as well as its special events.

The group hopes to raise money for a changeable signboard to be installed on the library lawn near the flagpole, says Audrey Oldoerp, a member of the library board of trustees who is also active in the friends group. The sign would be used to announce library as well as community events, she said.

She said the cost of the sign, including installation, is estimated at $3,500.

Runners and walkers interested in joining the team, whose members will get a t-shirt denoting their participation, are encouraged to read this flyer: sheehanlibapp.

For more information, contact Beth Hanratty, president of the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library, at 732.450.9518, or visit the library’s website.