RED BANK, NJ: In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the physical Red Bank Public Library is closed until further notice. As the situation progresses and we slowly return to normal, we will be offering more services and online programming. For the time being, here's what's currently happening at the RBPL:
Resources on Dealing with Race

Given the unrest taking place around the country, we want to point our patrons towards resources for learning and talking about race. 

  • For over five years, the Library has been hosting a monthly discussion titled "Let's Talk About Race." Several of these discussions have been filmed and posted on our YouTube page. They can all be found in the videos below. The series is ongoing, though we have missed a couple of months because of COVID-19. We plan on being back soon.
  • We have also created a companion resource page to the lecture series.
  • On top of these programs, we have many materials related to the black history and to racism in America. Last week, on our staff blog, we published a number of materials relating to the topic:
    • First, Library Director Eleni Glykis affirmed that the library's stance is that Black Lives Matter, and that we will continue to provide a forum to make Red Bank a stronger, more informed, and kinder community. She also listed many digital materials that are focused on race, racism, black history, and diversity.
    • Librarian Mary-Ellen Mess buys our non-fiction books, and went through some of the best race-focused books in that collection
    • Children's Librarian Sira Williams discussed the importance of talking to your kids about race, and suggested a number of books spanning several age groups for getting that conversation started.
    • We will be posting at least two more blogs in this series -- one for fiction, one for comics -- in the next week or two.
  • Miss Sira is also offering a weekly Story Time on Race & Diversity on our Facebook Live page at 11:30 on Saturday for ages 7 and up. These programs will remain on the Facebook page after the event if you miss them.


  • Upcoming Zoom Events (These events are registration required and may or may not be recorded for later posting to YouTube.)
  • Upcoming YouTube and Facebook Live events (These events stay up on Facebook and/or YouTube after we record, no registration is required.)

News & Blogs

  • We have placed an additional WiFi extender near the parking lot. We will be marking the parking spaces with the best reception. There are several WiFi networks you can connect to that are ours. They will all say "RBPL" or "Red Bank Public Library." Some will say "EXT." Just pick the one with the strongest signal.
  • All items checked out have had their due dates extended to July 15th. Our book drops remain open, but no one will be fined during the shutdown.
  • New staff blog posts:
    • Aside from the race blogs listed above, Judy Klavens-Giunta wrote about how the pandemic finally forced her to start reading on an e-reader instead of an old-fashioned book. The silver-lining? She discovered our 24-hour library!
  • We're still getting really great submissions for our "Red Bank: Always Beautiful" photo contest. Submissions are going to be open for a few more weeks. Find submissions guidelines here. Winners can be voted on at our Facebook page (Most Likes = Most Votes) and can be viewed here. A couple entries can be viewed below.

Resources that are still available

  • Online Resources
    • Our 24-hour library is still available. We have ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, streaming music, and streaming video all available for free for our cardholders. We also have free access to Universal Class and Rosetta Stone.
      • If you do not have a library card, we are offering Temporary Cards that can be applied for online and used without coming in. Find the application form here. This is available to people who live, work, go to school in Red Bank, and teach at Red Bank Borough Public Schools.
    • Our Resource pages are also still available. 
      • This includes our Research Databases which have sites like Novelist, which can give you a recommendation for your next book!
      • It also includes our Local Resources, which may be worth revisiting in the current crisis.
      • We have created a COVID-19 Resource page that we are updating at least once a week. It has information on current Government Restrictions, on what services are still available, and on types of relief available to Red Bank residents. This page is intended to be hyperlocal information for the Red Bank area, so please tell us if you have something you think we should add! Spanish version here.
      • We've posted an in-Spanish guide to how undocumented residents can go about getting tested for COVID-19. Please share with anyone who may need it.
  • Reference
    • We are checking our email and social media regularly for reference questions. Reach out to us at if you have a question need answered!
    • We are regularly checking the Library voicemail. Please feel free to leave a message, and we will get back to you promptly. Phone number is listed below.
  • Other
    • We have left our wireless routers on at the library and we have placed WiFi extenders near the back patio by the picnic tables. You should be able to use it if you need. IF YOU CHOOSE TO USE THIS SERVICE, PLEASE PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING. That is keep 6-10 feet from all other people and wash your hands after contact with any other surfaces. You should also be able to connect to our WiFi in your car from our parking lot.
    • Unfortunately, we cannot offer any physical materials at the time. If you have placed a hold, it is not going to come in until this is over. If you have a book checked out, our Book Drop remains open, but all items have had their due dates extended to July 15th. If we are not open by then, we will extend the due date again. YOU WILL NOT BE FINED DURING THIS OUTBREAK.

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