RED BANK, NJ - The Red Bank Public Library in partnership with Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County is providing free conversational English classes this summer for adults 18 and over this summer from June 16 through August 18, 2011, on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.   The classes are free and registration is not required.

The classes, led by volunteers trained by Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County, assist those whose native language is not English to learn the language in an informal, stress-free environment in which they can meet and practice speaking with others who are also learning English. These conversational English classes are suitable for both beginning and intermediate speakers of English and help participants speak English with greater ease at work, home, and in the community.

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 and will resume at the library on September 15. 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 coming up at the Red Bank Public Library and available at other sites in Monmouth County.

Members of the Red Bank Photography Club will present an exhibit of their recent work beginning with an opening reception on Monday, June 27, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. The Red Bank Photography Club meets the first and third Monday of each month at the library from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. Participants meet for tips, discussion, and sharing photographs. For information, call John Tyler at 732-768-6432 or e-mail him at rb.pc@live.com.

In July the Red Bank Public Library continues its regular schedule of programming, beginning on Wednesday, July 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 7:00-8:30 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 July 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. 

Douglas L. Haviland of Meridian Life Support Training will conduct a free Family and Friends CPR training class at the Red Bank Public Library on Monday, July 11, 2011, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. An emergency training professional, Doug will demonstrate the life saving CPR skills needed for helping infants, children, and adults. Registration is required for this popular program. Please call Meridian Health at 732-776-4470 to register. Please note that this class is not designed for those who require a CPR certification card for the workplace.

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 library hosts an adult book discussion group, “Readin’ 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. Members of the Senior Center will soon be able to visit the library on a regular basis using transportation provided by the Senior Center. Red Bank Borough residents age 60 and over are welcome to join the Center and participate in these or any of its other great programs. Call the Senior 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.   Summer hours through September 10, 2011, are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The library is located at 84 West Front Street in Red Bank.