rbpl stairs 051514The stairs to the library’s children’s room, where Saturday programming returns on October 18 with a Halloween Craft Party. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


HOT-TOPIC_03As expected, the trustees of the Red Bank Public Library voted to resume part-day Saturday operations Thursday night.

The West Front Street facility will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and “all services, from borrowing books and movies to using the public computers and Wi-Fi, reading newspapers and magazines, and attending special events and programs, will be available to children and adults,” according to a press release issued Friday.

Prior to the board vote, trustees’ president Sara Hansen told redbankgreen that her goal was full restoration, by the end of 2014, of hours cut earlier this year.

From the press release:

Friends of the Library Membership Month: The Library is devoting the month of October to celebrating the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library and encouraging the Red Bank community to support this dynamic group. The Friends of the Library, established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization that has raised well over $50,000 for the Library to date through its popular annual Used Book Sale, the Friends Used Book Nook located near the Circulation Desk, the annual Town Wide Yard Sale, and memberships and donations. These funds go toward the support of library programs, the purchase of library materials, and other needs. October is the month to join the Friends or renew your annual membership at $15 for individuals, $25 for families, $50 for businesses, or $100 and up for Patrons. This is also a good time to consider becoming a Friends volunteer. Please call the library at 732-842-0690 for their next meeting date and more information about this vibrant group and its activities.

Library Programs to look for in October: The first Saturday program to return with the restored Saturday hours will be a Halloween Craft Party for children 5 and up on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This program is free and registration is required.

Children 5 to 12 years old are invited to Movie Time! at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Come settle down with a fun family movie and enjoy a snack. This program is free and registration is

The Avice Noblett Children’s Room offers free drop-in Storytimes for young children with a caregiver at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and at 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Join Children’s Services Coordinator Sira Williams for some quick stories, musical activities, and a craft.

The Red Bank Public Library monthly adult book discussion group, Readin’ on the River, will meet on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. to discuss Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

Please contact the library for information on the current off-site location.

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 from September through June. The current 10-week session is in progress; the next session will begin January 15, 2015. Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at +732-571-0209 or visit their website at for information on ESL classes, volunteer tutor training classes, and English conversation classes throughout Monmouth County.

Free one-hour, 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. Please call or visit the Reference Desk to register.

The Red Bank Public Library offers free weekly one-hour Yoga for Adults on Fridays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. The class is appropriate for all levels of yoga experience. Please bring your own yoga mat. Registration is not required. Participants attend on a first come, first served basis up to a total of twenty people.

The Jersey Inchkins is a club made up of adults who do “very little work.” Club members build houses, rooms, scenes, and vignettes in miniature, usually on a scale of one inch to one foot. Jersey Inchkins meets at the library on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. The group welcomes new members 18 and older interested in developing their skills in this creative fields.

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. Red Bank Borough residents age 60 and over are welcome to join the Center and participate in this or any of its other great programs. Call them at 732-747-5204 for more information.

The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library meet monthly. Please call the library at 732-842-0690 for the Friends next meeting date and more information about this vibrant group and its activities that support the library.

The Board of Trustees of the Red Bank Public Library will meet on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. These meetings are open to the public.

To find additional information on these and other free programs at the Red Bank Public Library, visit us at the library and on the library’s website, call the library at 732-842-0690, and check us out on Facebook. 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 Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The library is located at 84 West Front Street in Red Bank.