The Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library
The mission of the Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library is to raise funds to support the long-term fiscal health of the Red Bank Public Library.
A great library is the cornerstone of a vibrant community. Today, however, a great library is not possible through public funding alone. Current levels of municipal funding and state aid are insufficient to sustain a dynamic public library in Red Bank. In 2013, concerned members of the Library Board of Trustees and the community came together to form the Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library in order to raise funds to support the long-term fiscal health of the Library and promote awareness of all the Library has to offer.
A thriving library benefits a community’s local businesses as well as its residents by making it a desirable place to live and work. Patrons of the Red Bank Library report that it is an oasis of calm and reflection that has enriched their lives, enhanced the development of their children, and socialized them into the community.
One of the most important responsibilities of the Board is managing utilization of the funds donated to the Foundation by the Eisner family. Beginning in 2015, the Foundation has received $10,000 annually. Additional monies are obtained each year by means of a direct mail annual appeal. This process is now guided by the development of a donor database unique to the Library.
A merger with the Friends of the Library was accomplished in 2018. This involved transfer of the Friends’ financial assets to the Foundation. The Foundation has planned to underwrite several traditional events that had been sponsored by the Friends.
Among a number of expenditures recently approved by the Board that support operation of the Library was the authorization of funds to create a Reading, Activity, & Discovery Lab just outside of the Children’s room. In conjunction with a grant from the Mary Owen Borden Foundation, permanent tables, benches, and a large umbrella to facilitate hands-on activities were installed. Grant funded murals detailing the natural world now adorn the exterior walls of this outdoor space. Lastly, a large smart TV was purchased that serves the Library staff in preparing and presenting material for both children’s and adult programs.
The Foundation Board is made up of business owners and private citizens who meet bimonthly to discuss strategies to raise funds in support of the Library. If you are interested in learning more about the Board or about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Foundation at (732) 842-0690.
Donating to the Foundation is a way to show your support and help us build a strong and relevant library in Red Bank. Click here to contribute!
2019 Foundation Board of Trustees
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead