ANTIQUES GALLERY FACES WRECKING BALL

With dealers scattering to new locations, redbankgreen took a final spin through the Monmouth Antique Shoppes Tuesday. (Click embiggen symbol to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The building appears to sigh and lean, as though aware of its fate. Inside, nooks and corners that once teemed with the cast-offs of the decades have begun to empty out.

It’s a sad time at Monmouth Antique Shoppes, one of the anchors of Red Bank’s vaunted Arts & Antiques District. Eviction notice in hand, owner John Gribbin has informed his 23 remaining dealers that they, like he, must be out by the end of the month, ending a 29-year run.

“It’s not the best time for me to talk,” Gribbin told redbankgreen Tuesday, as he had also last week. “I’m trying to find a home for me and my dealers, and it’s not easy going.”

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LIBRARY TO FETE LIFE OF SIGMUND EISNER

Local-history librarian Elizabeth McDermott, below, with a custom-branded Eisner lightbulb in the second-floor New Jersey Room of the Red Bank Public Library, once the home of industrialist Sigmund Eisner. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

On April 15, 1937, the Red Bank Public Library – for decades an itinerant but growing collection of books and archival material – finally found a permanent home, relocating from a downtown storefront to a mansion at 84 West Front Street.

Three months earlier, the heirs of Sigmund Eisner – mass-manufacturer of uniforms for the Army, the Boy Scouts and other organizations  – had donated their late father’s mansion overlooking the Navesink River to the library.

The shared hope of H. Raymond, Monroe and J. Lester Eisner was that the house would provide a warm and dry place for reading, but also that it would function “as a bit of a museum, too,” says local-history librarian Elizabeth McDermott.

Next month, the library will celebrate its 75th anniversary in the house with museum-like displays that highlight Eisner and his transformative impact on Red Bank as an industrialist and philanthropist.

The event, says McDermott, “is completely about” Eisner.

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LET’S GO TO THE BOOKMARK

rbpl-book-saleBook shoppers who attended last week’s pre-sale reception at the Red Bank Public Library got an early jump on a sale that was later postponed by weather.

OK, lovers of canonical lit, airport thrillers, self-help and cat photo books: it’s re-do time at the Red Bank Public Library.

The book sale planned for last weekend but postponed by the first of two blizzards in a week is on for Saturday.

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BOOK SALE IS FOR LOVERS

rb-library-book-sale-2009Shoppers browsing the bargain bins at the Red Bank Public Library’s “yard sale” last September.

The Red Bank Public Library is looking for a few new lovers. Be it of books, music or the library itself, a group called the Friends of Red Bank Public Library is pulling out all its tricks to garner a little TLC.

In celebration of the Valentine-ish creation Library Lovers Month, the library is hosting its second annual book sale, but it’s more of a three-day party than anything else. The sale is slated for Saturday, February 6, but there will be a preview and reception at the library the night before. This shindig offers guests a chance to catch live music from Jim Crawford, sip wine, nosh on cheese and, perhaps most importantly, get the first shot at the books on sale.

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