RED BANK, NJ – Library users will enjoy spending more time at the Red Bank Public Library beginning in June. Additional hours Tuesday and Thursday afternoons will allow more public access to library materials, computers, Wi-Fi, and other services. Weekly hours starting June 2, 2014, will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This increase in hours is part of the Library’s Board of Trustees’ multi-phase plan to return library hours and services to previous levels provided to the community.
The first bonus to come with the new hours is an extra weekly children’s Storytime every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. The Avice Noblett Children’s Room will offer this free drop-in Storytime for young children with a caregiver in addition to the Storytime held at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Join Children’s Services Coordinator Sira Williams for some quick stories, musical activities, and a craft.
Children are also invited to enjoy an array of summer activities based on the “Fizz, Boom, READ!” Summer Reading Program with a science theme.Every summer the American Library Association’s division of Library Service to Children sponsors a program of summer reading, learning, and fun with a special theme. This year’s “Fizz, Boom, READ!” program at the Red Bank Public Library begins on Monday, June 16, with registration starting Monday, June 9, for children ages 3 to 12.
Children ages 3 to 5 can take part in Pre-K Sci-Time featuring a science-themed short video, a snack, and related craft on Wednesdays, June 11, July 9, and August 13 at 1:30 p.m. This program is free and registration is required.
Children of all ages are invited to come to an Ice Cream Social to kick off the summer and celebrate the Summer Reading Program with a cool treat on Friday, June 27, at 3:00 p.m. This program is free and no registration is required.
Children 5 to 12 years old are invited to Movie Time! at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays June 26, July 24, and August 28. Come settle down with a fun family movie with a touch of science and enjoy a snack. This program is free and registration is required.
The Summer Reading Program will run throughout the summer, with a grand Summer Reading Finale party on Friday, August 22, at 3:00 p.m.
For programs requiring registration, please visit or contact the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115.
The Red Bank Public Library in partnership with Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County will provide Conversational English classes for adults 18 and over from June 19 through August 21 on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The classes are free and registration is not required. The classes, led by volunteers trained by Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County, assist those whose native language is not English to learn the language in an informal, stress-free environment in which they can meet and practice speaking with others who are also learning English. Free English as a Second Language classes for adults 18 and over are offered regularly at the Red Bank Public Library in partnership with the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County from September to June. Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website at http://www.lvmonmouthnj.org for information on ESL classes, volunteer tutor training classes, and English conversation classes throughout Monmouth County.
Join the next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop for adults at the Red Bank Public Library on Thursday, June 5, 2014, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Artists seeking inspiration, motivation, and time to devote to their work are invited to attend the Artists’ Workshop for meetings on the first Thursday of each month. Red Bank artist Joe Bergholm is our Artist-in-Residence and works with the artists as a group and individually, offering 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, although oils are not permitted because of ventilation concerns.
The Red Bank Public Library monthly adult book discussion group, Readin’ on the River, will meet on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Please contact the library for information on the current off-site location. Readin’ on the River will discuss Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro in June.
The Red Bank Public Library offers free weekly one-hour Yoga for Adults on Fridays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Allison Sorokin teaches the class, which is appropriate to 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 Board of Trustees of the Red Bank Public Library will meet on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. These meetings are open to the public.
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.
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