RED BANK, NJ: In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the physical Red Bank Public Library is closed until further notice. We will reopen as soon as we can safely (and legally) do so. Services and programming still on offer are listed below.

What's new

  • Upcoming Zoom Events (These events are registration required and may or may not be recorded for later posting to YouTube.)
    • Next Monday, May 18th, at 7 PM Kristin Hock of New Jersey Audubon will be speaking about "Gardens for Wildlife," and how you can turn your outdoor space into a habitat for local pollinators, birds, and wildlife and protect the environment. This event is registration only, you can register at the link. This event will NOT be recorded.
    • On Tuesday, May 19th, at 7 PM, our artist-in-residence Joe Bergholm will be doing his monthly Artist's Workshop over Zoom. This event is registration only, you can register at the link. This event will NOT be recorded.
  • Upcoming YouTube and Facebook Live events (These events stay up on Facebook and/or YouTube after we record, no registration is required.)
    • Miss Sira continues to post a Story Time every weekday at 10:30. All of those videos are available on Facebook and on our YouTube channel as a playlist.
    • Miss Jaime is offering TWO Power Play sessions a week: Tuesday at 6 PM is Power Play for Kids, Friday at 6 PM is Power Play for adults -- if you miss it the day of, don't worry! All of these are still available on Facebook.
    • Week 6 of trivia starts today in our Instagram and Facebook stories! Winner gets a free book from our book sale room when we reopen.

 

  • 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:
    • A lot of people have suddenly found themselves unemployed, struggling with a small business, teaching a kid without actual teacher training, or at a loss for how to fill the time. They may not know that the library has something for all of them. Barbara Pickell breaks down what we're offering, and asks: What would you like to see us doing more of?
    • Eryka Andrex went through five local weeds that are actually edible, and how you can forage for them and prepare them in a meal.
    • Worried your food's going bad? Dietitian and Library Assistant Judy Klavens-Giunta breaks down whether to taste or toss old food
  • 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. A couple entries can be viewed 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 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.
      • 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 July 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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