LIBRARY TURNS THE PAGE ON DIRECTOR

griffin-sadelDeborah Griffin-Sadel is out as Red Bank’s library director. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The Red Bank library board has closed the book on its library director.

Deborah Griffin-Sadel, who oversaw a major overhaul at the library, is apparently on her way out, although nobody really wants to talk about it right now.

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OUT WITH THE OLD

rb-booksRed Bank library is getting rid of old books and replacing them with updated editions. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Deborah Griffin-Sadel pulled a book from a shelf of the Red Bank Public Library, as she and her staff have been doing the last couple months, and surveyed it.

It was a French language book, she said, and “the pictures in it were really dated. The lady was dressed up like Jackie Kennedy. Y’know, men walking around in 1950s-era suits.”

The library is scattered with these kinds of artifacts: books copyrighted in the ’60s, reference materials that pre-date Google and tattered classics that deserve better than to be bound with masking tape.

The library’s latest effort to avert its own  obsolescence is to replace those outdated and damaged books with new ones, a move that’s long overdue, said Griffin-Sadel, the library director.

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LIBRARY READY TO BRING ‘EM IN

rb-lib-signRed Bank library installed a new, higher-profile sign on its front lawn Thursday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Deborah Griffin-Sadel has long believed that Red Bank library is the borough’s best kept secret.

Maybe not anymore. Which would be a good thing, she says.

“We’re trying to get more visibility and let people use our services,” said Griffin-Sadel, the library’s director.

A marquee sign planted on the lawn, she thinks, might do the trick.

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