RED BANK, NJ - To celebrate the birth of William James “Count” Basie, born in Red Bank on August 21, 1904, the Red Bank Public Library through the month of August will display an original portrait of the great pianist and big band leader painted by Demetrius Patterson of Tinton Falls. Accompanying the portrait will be a display of books, CDs, pictures, and information about Basie, a leading figure of the swing era in jazz, whose career began with piano lessons from his mother and flourished until his death on April 26, 1984. Patterson, known for his unique style of colorful and lively paintings, is loaning his work to the library for this special exhibit.  

While summer events continue for another month, the Red Bank Public Library Adult Department announces a favorite returning program and two new programs coming in September.  

If you love to write, but your words have not yet taken flight, join award-winning journalist Gilda Rogers for “Write Now!” This new series of writing workshops at the Red Bank Public Library begins September 14, 2011, and will continue on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Designed to take your writing to the next level, these workshops will explore the basics of the writing process: character development, plot, detail, organization, and creativity. Participants will delve into fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Whether you are a novice or someone who is ready for your voice to soar, this workshop will take you where you want to go. You will be introduced to guest authors, poets, editors, and more. Your departure time is “Write Now!”

Workshop leader, Gilda Rogers, owner of Frank Talk Art Bistro and Books in Red Bank has been a columnist with the Asbury Park Press and the managing editor for Newark’s City News. She has written for weekly newspapers, travel magazines, and online news media. She is also the author of Arrested Development: The State of Black Achievement and Education in Hip-Hop America. Gilda has taught writing in Brookdale Community College’s Community Development Program and served as an adjunct history professor at Brookdale.

Please note that enrollment for this series of free workshops is limited and registration is required. You may register by coming to the Red Bank Public Library or by calling the library at 732-842-0690. When you register, please mention the type of writing in which you are most interested. “Write Now!” is arranged by the Adult Department of the Red Bank Public Library and supported by funding from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.

Nancy Anderson of Blackbird Learning Associates will return to the Red Bank Public Library Wednesday, September 14, 2011, from 7:00 -9:00 p.m. with “Job Search for Moms,” a workshop based on her recent book of the same title. Returning to the workplace after an absence can be intimidating, especially in these days of economic uncertainty. Many mothers have questions about their career direction, current skill sets, and creating a support system. This program will help you answer those questions. “Job Search for Moms” will present the skills needed to identify your career direction, the skills needed for resume development, and the tools needed to develop network contacts. Although this program is targeted for mothers returning to the workforce, it is suitable for anyone in the process of seeking employment or a new career. Please note that enrollment for this free workshop is limited and registration is required.   You may register by coming to the Red Bank Public Library or by calling the library at 732-842-0690.  This free series is arranged by the Adult Department of the Red Bank Public Library and supported by funding from the New Jersey State Library.

A series of four Thursday evening art classes, “Drawing and Painting with Rocco Scibetta,” will take place September 8 through September 29, 2011, from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. Artist Rocco Scibetta will be returning to the library for this popular class featuring basic principles of art for the beginner to the advanced artist. Please note that enrollment for this free series of workshops is limited and registration is required.   You may register by coming to the Red Bank Public Library or by calling the library at 732-842-0690.  This free series is arranged by the Adult Department of the Red Bank Public Library and supported by funding from the New Jersey State Library.

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 through August 18, 2011, on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.   The classes are free and registration is not required.

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 Thursday, September 15, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. 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.

In August the Red Bank Public Library continues its regular schedule of programming, beginning on Wednesday, August 3, 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 August 4, 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.              

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 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.

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. 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.