Programs

ADULT PROGRAMS:  


Writing Groups

  • Noble Writers Group - They meet every Wednesday at 10am in
    the New Jersey History Room. This group is self-led.
  • Writing Critique Group - The Writing Critique Group is open
    to everyone. They will meet every Tuesday at 7pm in the New Jersey History
    Room. This group is self-led.
  • Red Bank Writers Group - The Red Bank Writers is open to
    everyone. They will meet the first Monday and third Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Community
    Room. This group is self-led.

Business

  • Quickbooks Class - The Brookdale Computer Users Group
    teaches a beginning Quickbooks class on the second Monday of every month from
    7pm - 8:30pm. Classes will meet in the Computer Lab.
  • SCORE - Wednesday evenings by appointment only. SCORE
    counseling for new business owners. Are you running or planning to open your
    own business? SCORE members offer free one-on-one advice Wednesday evenings by
    appointment only. Call 732-671-3700, ext. 320 or stop by the Reference Desk to
    schedule your appointment with a volunteer business counselor from the Monmouth
    County Chapter of SCORE.

Knitting Group

  • Every Tuesday at 12:30pm you are invited to join an informal
    knitting circle. No prior experience necessary - if you have never knitted,
    bring a skein of dark-colored synthetic yarn and a pair of no. 8 or no. 10
    needles. If you are an expert knitter, bring a project or problem to share with
    the group.

Scrabble Group

  • Every Tuesday at 12:30pm you are invited to join an informal
    Scrabble Group. No prior experience necessary. New members are always welcome.

Music

  • Come enjoy an evening of music at the library. Classical
    concerts, open mics, and holiday themed concerts take place throughout the
    year. Please check the events calendar for concert schedule.

Movies

  • Monday Afternoon Movie Series - Come in on Monday at 2:30pm
    to enjoy a movie on the big screen in our air-conditioned Community Room! Some
    classics, some new movies. Check the events calendar for listings.
  • Family Movies - Movies the whole family can enjoy. Family
    movies occur throughout the year, but not on a regular schedule. Please check
    the events calendar for showings.

Technology

  • Computer Classes- held in the lab; space limited to maximum
    of 18 people. These classes are geared for all levels, included are PC basics,
    introduction to Internet, e-mail and more. You may register at the reference
    desk or by calling the library at 732-671-3700 ext. 320 or 321. See the full
    calendar of classes.
  • Computer Tutoring - One-on-one computer help is available,
    by appointment only. Call the Reference Desk at 732-671-3700, ext. 320 to
    schedule a free computer help session.
  • Brookdale Computer Users Group (BCUG) - Library users are
    invited to attend these very helpful and informal workshops for free. If you
    are not a regular attendee, please call the Reference Desk for more information
    at 732-671-3700, ext. 320. Workshops offered at Middletown Library on a monthly
    basis: 1st Thursday - Word Processing 4th Tuesday - PC Roundtable


CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS:

Lapsit Storytime for Pre-Walkers

Introduce your baby to the library during this gentle lapsit program for pre-walkers accompanied by a grown-up. Rhymes, songs, puppets, and picture books encourage language development. Grown-ups get to socialize with other adults & babies get used to being around other babies.

This is intended to be a gentle program for our youngest babies. Please bring walkers to toddler time and play group.

Toddler Time (for walkers-30 months)

How do toddlers learn? By playing, moving, touching, making noise, looking at books, and being loved. This is exactly what happens during toddler time! Each toddler should bring a favorite grown-up to share in the fun and learning.

Kids Playgroup

Come play with us at our all-ages playgroup that encourages children to explore hands-on activities & develop social skills. Grown-ups can chat & connect with other parents & caregivers while supervising their children's play.

Drop in program.

Read to a Dog & Reading Buddies for Younger Siblings

Read To A Dog is a great way to improve the literacy skills of children. It encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener in our furry friends. Children will read to a dog for five minutes.

This program is for independent readers only-grades K-5. There will be teen reading buddies for younger siblings as well as for the K-5 set to practice with prior to their "dog time."

Registration required.

CHESS for Kids

Kids, Tweens, and Teens ages 6 and up are invited to come play chess. If you haven't played before, we will teach you! Planning, confidence, patience and discipline are all benefits of playing chess. We just think it's fun! No registration required.

Drop In LEGO Building Session

The Drop In LEGO Building Session gives children the chance to share their building tips and tricks with others, while exploring their sense of creativity. We'll have our LEGOS out for free-play for ages 5 and up in our quiet reading area. Parents bringing younger siblings need to be vigilant with their little ones to prevent choking. No registration required.

Magical, Musical, ME!

A fun, interactive music and movement experience for ages 2-6. Sing, dance, wiggle, giggle and shake. Play with fun props and different musical instruments. Everyone will have a chance to play a real guitar! Registration required.

Maker Mondays

Explore, predict, tinker & make. This program will allow young people (ages 6 &up) to develop confidence, creativity, & interest in science, technology, engineering, math, arts, and learning as a whole through making.

Adult supervision required for any small children accompanying the attendee as there may be choking hazards.

Dress for Mess!

Dress for Mess is a process centered, open ended art program for preschoolers (ages 2-6) with their parents & caregivers & siblings.
Each month we experiment with different art materials & then have a circle time with stories and rhymes. Registration required.

Math Starts

”I knocked down all the blocks!" "Let's make a circle and play ring around the rosy!" "I'm this many fingers old!" Two and three year olds, along with their grown-ups and siblings, will enjoy games, stories, songs, rhymes, & crafts that introduce basic math concepts. This program is targeted for children ages 2-3. Siblings are welcome; a parent or caregiver must participate in the program. Registration required.

Science Starts

Investigate & invent with your 4-6 year old & any siblings. Families will participate in hands on science activities as well as in a circle time featuring books related to the activities. Targeted for children ages 4-6. Siblings welcome. Children should bring a parent or caregiver to join in the fun. Registration required.

Pokémon Trading Night

Children ages 5 and up are welcome to bring their cards to trade with fellow Pokémon fans--discuss Pokémon books & movies--Play the game. Registration required.