RED BANK, NJ: The Red Bank Public Library provided the following updates:

  • With the town parks reopening, Miss Sira has put a new story in the Story Walk in Riverside Gardens Park and will be doing so regularly. This is a great activity for kids, but please remember to practice social distancing while in the parks.
  • We had four new staff blog posts last week:
    • Natalya Andrex talked about the efforts of a group of volunteers to make cloth facemasks for members of the community, and how you can go about getting one for yourself (for free!) or volunteering your time towards this cause!
    • In her daily Story Time videos, Miss Sira uses a song ball to choose what is sung next -- Miss Maria broke down how you can make your own song ball at home with a video and a blog post.
    • Librarian Jaime Pfisterer compiled all of the staff's favorite poems in honor of National Poetry Month, and also submitted two of her own!
    • (So many of our favorite poems were by Shel Silverstein that we gave him his own post.)
  • We're getting really great submissions for our "Red Bank: Always Beautiful" photo contest. Submissions are going to be open for a few more months. Find submissions guidelines here. Winners can be voted on at our Facebook page (Most Likes = Most Votes) and can be viewed here.
  • 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're doing stay-at-home RBPL Bingo! Get Bingo and you'll be entered for a prize. Find a downloadable version of our Bingo board below!

What's still available while we're closed:

  • 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'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.
      • We encourage everyone to get their information on the Pandemic from reliable resources. The CDC has a resource page for the outbreak, as does the NJ Department of Health. Both are good sources of information. Also, given how rapidly misinformation spreads in times like these, might we suggest revisiting our "How to Spot Fake News" resource page?
  • Reference
    • We are checking our email and social media regularly for reference questions. Reach out to us at redbanklibrary@gmail.com 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 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 May 15th. If we are not open by then, we will extend the due date again. YOU WILL NOT BE FINED DURING THIS OUTBREAK.

Hours

We are closed to the public, but we are working remotely at these hours:

  • Monday: 9am — 5pm
  • Tuesday: 9am — 5pm
  • Wednesday: 9am — 5pm
  • Thursday: 9am — 5pm
  • Friday: 9am — 5pm

 

Red Bank Public Library

84 W. Front Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
(732) 842-0690

redbanklibrary@gmail.com
redbanklibrary.org

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