Saturday, February 13, 2016
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Library Press Release February 2016


Let's Talk About Race

The Let's Talk About Race discussion series continues in 2016 with the first session to be held on Wednesday, February 24 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  As we celebrate Black History Month, The Red Bank Public Library invites you to participate in this important conversation that explores race and culture in the context of literary works and the social mores of cultural identity and class.  Mixed media presentations and guest speakers will support the theme of the discussion.   An open and honest dialogue is encouraged. The previous sessions have generated enlightening and informative discussions, and this one promises the same. We are pleased to have Red Bank Chief of Police, Darren McConnell join us for the program. Registration is required. This program is FREE. Please contact the Library at 732-842-0690 or visit the Reference Desk to register.


Fundamentals of Quilting

 If you've been curious about the craft of  quilting, this is your chance to learn more! In March,  members of Rebecca's Reel Quilters will be on hand to provide information and instruction via a one-  hour information session and two intensive,  hands-on quilting classes.  

  Sample quilts will be shown, and kits and a list of directions will be provided. Participants are  encouraged to bring their own sewing machines. A limited number of machines will be available for  use. 

 Sessions are as follows: Wednesday, March 2, 1:30-2:30 p.m. - Information Session; Wednesday  March 9 and Wednesday, March 23, 1:30-3:30 p.m. - Quilting Instruction.

Space is extremely limited for these sessions, and registration is required. Participants should plan to attend all three sessions, but may opt for the information session only if they wish. Call 732-842-0690 x 111 or visit our reference  desk to sign up.

Rebecca's Reel Quilters would also like to invite all interested to our RRQ Around the Block 2016 event at Poricy Park in Middletown, NJ on May 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two-day event will feature raffles and more. Please  visit for details.


Bagpipes, Kilts and More!

 Anyone stirred by the sound of the bagpipe should join us for Bagpipes, Kilts and More! on Saturday, March 5 at 11  a.m. Local Red Bank resident Jim Whyte, an 18-year member of the Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch, will  present  a special family-  oriented  program featuring the music of the bagpipe. Jim will perform songs and explain the  bagpiping tradition, and  refreshments will be provided.

 This event is free but registration is required. Call 732-842-0690 x 111 or visit our reference desk to sign up.




  Artists' Workshop


 When:  First Thursday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to  8:30 p.m.

The Artist's Workshop meets the first Thursday of every month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. An informal monthly gathering providing space and time for artists to draw or paint and find inspiration and motivation in the company of other artists. Devote time monthly to your art with the guidance of Joe Bergholm, Artist-in- Residence. Acrylics, pastels, watercolor, pencil, charcoal (no oils, please). Suitable for adults and high school students. No registration necessary.



Yoga for Adults

 When: Every Friday from 1:15 p.m. - 2:15

 This FREE Yoga class meets on Fridays from 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Please bring your own yoga mat. No registration necessary.



Readin' on the River Adult Book Club

When: Third Wednesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  

The Red Bank Public Library monthly adult book discussion group, Readin’ on the River, meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.  Please contact the library for more information and the current book selection. 


ESL Classes

When: 13-week sessions held on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm. The Winter sessions begin January 14, 2016

Classes are led by Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County for those who want to learn English or improve their English. Classes are free. Register in person at first two classes of each session. Please bring a notebook and a pencil or pen to each class.

Learn English to help you at work, at home, and in the community. Meet and practice speaking English with others who are also learning English. Have fun learning in a stress-free environment. Suitable for both beginning and intermediate speakers of English.

Child care is not provided.

For more information on ESL and Literacy programs in Monmouth County, contact Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit them at


Career Online High School 

The Long Branch Public Library is awarding scholarships for Career Online High School to Monmouth County residents. Click here for more information.

High School Diploma Program

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