RED BANK, NJ - Rik van Hemmen, Vice President  of the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association, will discuss his new book,  A Chronology of Boating on the Navesink River, at the Red Bank Public Library on Thursday, April 14, 2011,   from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  The book describes the evolution of boating on the Navesink River from the dugout canoe of 10,000 years ago to watercraft of the present day.  Rik will illustrate his presentation with some of the over 100 historical and colorful photographs from his book, which will be available for signing.  The program is free and no registration is required. Please contact the NMHA at www.navesinkmaritime.org for more information on this organization and its efforts to preserve the river and its heritage.

Nancy Range Anderson of Blackbird Learning Associates, Bound Brook, will present “Job Search Skills for the Age 40+ Worker” on Thursday, April 28, 2011, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Red Bank Public Library. This workshop is a hands-on session designed for the age 40+ individual planning to change careers or

re-enter the workforce after an extended amount of time. Nancy will discuss motivational techniques, career and transferable skills assessment tools, choice of the appropriate resume format, and examination of job descriptions for key job skills and matches.  She will also review networking skills, interviewing and follow-up activities, and technological changes in the job search.  The participants will leave with a number of valuable resources in hand.

Nancy has over 25 years of human resources and organizational development and training experience in the pharmaceutical, finance, and insurance industries and now works with individuals and organizations in job search and outplacement training. The author of the book Job Search for Moms, she has been quoted in many news journals and news outlets and is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic speaker who will inform and inspire the participants and arm them with valuable career resources.  For more information, visit her website at blackbirdlearningassociates.com. Please call the library at 732-842-0690 to register for this free program, which is arranged by the Adult Department of the Red Bank Public Library and supported by funding from the New Jersey State Library.

In April the Red Bank Public Library continues its schedule of regular programming, beginning on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, with “Money and Your Family,” a free monthly forum on timely financial topics presented the first Wednesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. by Red Bank resident Robin Goldberg, a former business executive with extensive financial experience.  Participants are invited to bring questions for discussion.  Registration is suggested. Please call the library at 732-842-0690 to save your spot at this popular program.

Artists seeking inspiration, motivation, and time to devote to their work are invited to attend the Artists’ Workshop on the first Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Red Bank Public Library.  The next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library will take place on April 7, 2011.   Red Bank artist Joe Bergholm is the Workshop’s Artist-in-Residence and works with the artists as a group and individually, offering suggestions for subjects as well as guidance with principles of art such as color, composition, and the selection and use of materials. The Artists’ Workshops are free and no registration is required.  Participants should bring their own drawing and painting materials, although oils are not permitted because of ventilation concerns.  The program is supported by a generous contribution from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.

The Red Bank Public Library’s Acoustic Saturdays series continues its 2010-2011 season on April 30, 2011, with a performance by singer-songwriters Carol Barbieri and Patti Bramson from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Eisner New Jersey Room.  An accomplished freelance writer and musician, Carol has performed as a solo acoustic act, as part of a duo with her twin sister, and as lead singer of the blues band Doc Lawrence and the Blues Fix.  Her website is www.carolbarbieri.com.  A veteran of the Jersey Shore music scene, Patti is well known on the shore for her exquisite voice and catalog of material that leaves even the most discerning of music fans impressed. Her website is www.pattibramson.com.

The library presents this series featuring acoustic musicians and singer-songwriters on the last Saturday of the month from September to November and January to May.  The Acoustic Saturdays programs at the library are produced and hosted by guitarist Anton Daub, the emcee of the weekly acoustic open microphone on Wednesday nights at Espresso Joe’s coffeehouse in Keyport, emcee of the annual Jersey Acoustic Music Awards,  and a frequent performer at many of the area’s acoustic music venues.  These free performances are supported by funds from the New Jersey State Library.

Free English as a Second Language classes for adults 18 and over are offered regularly at the Red Bank Public Library in partnership with the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County.  The next series of ten weekly classes begins Thursday, March 31, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. Students may register in person at the first two classes on March 31 and April 7.  Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website at http://www.lvmonmouthnj.org for information on ESL classes, volunteer tutor training classes, and English conversation classes available in Monmouth County.

Free computer instruction is available at the Red Bank Public Library by appointment.  Please visit the library or call 732-842-0690 to register for a one hour, one-on-one session with our knowledgeable and patient volunteers.  Learn computer basics or get help with more advanced topics.

The Red Bank Photography Club meets the first Monday of each month at the library from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.  Participants meet for tips, discussion, and sharing their photographs.  For more information, call John Tyler at 732-768-6432 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The library hosts an adult book discussion group, “Reading on the River,” on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information and to register, contact the library at 732-842-0690.

The Red Bank Senior Center in cooperation with the Red Bank Public Library hosts a book discussion group on the last Monday of each month at the Senior Center at 1:00 p.m.  Red Bank Borough residents age 60 and over are welcome to join the Center and participate in this or any of its other great programs. Call the Center at 732-747-5204 for more information.

The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library meet monthly in the Eisner New Jersey Room. Please call the library at 732-842-0690 for the next meeting date and more information about this vibrant group and its activities that support the library.

Additional information on these and other free programs in the Adult and Children’s Departments of the Red Bank Public Library will be available at the library, on the library’s website www.lmxac.org/redbank, or by calling the library at 732-842-0690.   Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The library is located at 84 West Front Street in Red Bank.