RED BANK, NJ - The list of special and regularly scheduled programs offered in the Adult and Children’s Departments of the Red Bank Public Library continues to grow in 2012. 

Starting January 6, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. the Red Bank Public Library will offer a free weekly

 one-hour Friday yoga class for adults.  Amy Richardson, a graduate of the Institute for Therapeutic Massage and experienced yoga instructor, will teach the class, appropriate to all levels of yoga experience.  Please bring your own yoga mat.  No registration is required.  

The Red Bank Public Library’s Acoustic Saturdays music series continues its third season on January 28, 2012, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with a performance by the band Kagero featuring their special brand of Japanese Gypsy Rock.   Kagero’s sound is a melting pot of tonalities and rhythms from Asia, the Middle East, South America, and Eastern Europe, a "Cultural Confusion.” “Sometimes the songs feature beautiful imagery, sometimes sad folk tales, sometimes they are silly songs. But the tunes are always fun, and the show is a high energy dancing good time.  Kagero’s world music goulash is very tasty, even if you don’t always know what it is you’re eating," says the band’s founder, Kaz Fujimoto. Visit Kagero at www.kagero.com.  The library presents this series featuring the best singers, songwriters, and acoustic musicians on the Jersey Shore and beyond on the last Saturday of the month from September to November and January to May.  These free performances are supported by funds from the New Jersey State Library. Watch for announcements of the February through May performances on the library website and at the library.

The Red Bank Public Library continues its regular schedule of adult programming on Thursday, January 5, 2012, with the Artists’ Workshop from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  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.   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, January 9, 2012, 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.

If you like to play Scrabble, join the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library on the second Saturday of each month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the library.  Bring your own Scrabble board if you can.  Come and enjoy playing this well loved game with others this month on Saturday, January 14, 2012.

Share, swap, clip, and collect coupons at “River Clippers,” a monthly program at the Red Bank Public Library.  The meeting in January will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Join Candyce Till, our own Business Manager, for group discussions on coupon organizing, internet tools, and lessons learned about this popular budget stretching necessity, all as you “double” your fun and your savings by couponing with new friends.  This is a free program and registration is not required.

The Red Bank Public 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. The group will discuss Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie on January 18, 2012, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information and to register, contact Patrice Baldino at 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.

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.

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 ten-week ESL session will begin Thursday, January 12, 2012, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Registration takes place on January 12 and January 19.   Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website at http://www.lvmonmouthnj.org for information on more 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.

The Friends of the 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.

The Avice Noblett Children’s Room offers many free drop-in story time opportunities for children. These include “Story Time” on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. for children ages three and up; “Afternoon Stories” on Mondays at 3:00 p.m. for all ages; “Little Bookworms” on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. for children ages one to three with a caregiver; and “Songs and Stories” on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for children ages four to five. 

Two special monthly programs in the Children’s Room in January are the popular “Artsy Smartsy” program on Saturday, January 21, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. for ages five and up and the “Rockin’ Readers Tween Book Club” on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. for children ages nine to twelve.  Both programs are free; registration is required. 

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.

 

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