RED BANK, NJ -Children are invited to enjoy a variety of programming in the Avice Noblett Children’s Room of the Red Bank Public Library in May.

Timber, a certified therapy dog, visits the library twice a month to sit with and listen to hesitant readers and dog lovers too. Children age 5 and over can register for a free 15 minute Timber Time session on the first and third Wednesday of each month between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.  Timber is a beautiful, patient, loving, and gentle listener.  Come meet him!

Artsy Smartsy will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Children 5 and older will learn about the art of Vincent Van Gogh and create their own versions of his famous painting Sunflowers.

Children with a day off from school on Friday, May 24, 2013, are invited to Movie Time at 2:30. Join the Immortal Guardians as they team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world.

Come to the Rockin’ Readers Tween Book Club on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. for children ages 9 to 12.  Call the library to find out the title of the book we will talk about in May.

To register for any of these free children’s programs, visit or call the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115.

The Children’s Room also offers free drop-in Storytimes for young children with a caregiver on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Join us for some quick stories, musical activities, and a craft.  Spanish Storytimes for young children with a caregiver are offered on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. Registration is not required for storytimes.

The Young Adult Anime Club for teens and pre-teens in grades 6 through 12 meets the first Saturday of each month from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.   On May 4, 2013, meet other people who like anime, watch some episodes together, and join in on the fun.  The Young Adult Book Club for teens and young adults in grades 6 through 12 meets the first Monday of each month from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The group will discuss City of Bones by Cassandra Clare on Monday, May 6, 2013.  For more information on these free Young Adult programs and to register for programs, please visit the Adult Circulation Desk, the new Teen area, contact staff member Stephanie Chadwick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and check us out on Facebook. 

“Your Health Benefits Checkup” will mark Older Americans Month in the Adult Department of the Red Bank Public Library on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  This free program will be presented jointly by the National Council on Aging and Alcoeur Gardens.  Please register by calling or visiting the Reference Desk.

Join the next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop for adults at the Red Bank Public Library on Thursday, May 2, 2013, 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 our Artist-in-Residence and works with the artists as a group and individually, offering suggestions for subjects as well as guidance in principles of art such as color, composition, and the selection and use of materials.   The Artists’ Workshop is free and no registration is required.  Participants should bring their own drawing and painting materials,

although oils are not permitted because of ventilation concerns.

Anyone interested in the art of collage is invited to the free monthly Collage Klatch at the Red Bank Public Library on Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The group’s leader is the library’s Local History Librarian, Elizabeth McDermott.  You can pick up a materials list at the library and check our Facebook page for updates.

Colleen Smith, MA, MSW, LSW, of the Monmouth County Office on Aging, leads regularly    scheduled Caregiver’s Support Groups at the Red Bank Public Library. The meeting date in May will be Wednesday, May 8, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 21, 2013, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  These free programs are available to anyone who is a caregiver for a person over the age of 60.  Caregivers are invited to come and relax while finding resources and information with a supportive group of peers. For more information contact Colleen Smith at the Monmouth County Office on Aging at 732-308-3770 x8780. Registration is not required.

The popular class Drawing and Painting with Rocco Scibetta will meet May 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Learn the basics of drawing, color, and design and broaden or refresh your technique.  Call or visit the Adult Reference Desk to register for this free program.

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. librarian Erik Stevenson will show

you how to Outsmart Your Smartphone.  Smartphones are everywhere, but using them can be daunting since they are much more than just a phone.  This free class will cover Android phones                           

and Apple iPhones, smartphone terminology, and choosing a smartphone plan. Please call or visit the Reference Desk to register for this free program.

Friends Scrabble will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.   This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.  Registration is not required.

The River Read Poetry Reading Series will hold its regular monthly meeting at the Red Bank Public Library on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Poets Michael Waters and

Mihaela Moscaliuc  will be the featured readers.  An open mic will follow. The public is invited to this free program and no registration is required.

The Red Bank Public Library monthly adult book discussion group, Readin’ on the River,

will meet on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Members will discuss The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston. For more information and to register, contact Patrice Baldino at the library at 732-842-0690.  

The Red Bank Public Library’s Acoustic Saturday music series wraps up its spring season on May 18 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with the band The Blind Tellers performing a great mix of folk, blues, and soul (http://blindtellers.bandcamp.com).   The library presents this free concert series, hosted by Anton Daub and featuring the best singers, songwriters, and acoustic musicians on the Jersey Shore and beyond.  Registration is not required for this program. 

The Red Bank Public Library offers the free weekly one-hour Yoga for Adults on Fridays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Amy Novak, a graduate of the Institute for Therapeutic Massage and

experienced yoga instructor, teaches the class, which is appropriate to all levels of yoga experience.

Please bring your own yoga mat.  Registration is not required.  Participants attend on a first come, first served basis up to a total of twenty people.

Free one-on-one Resume Help is offered at the Red Bank Public Library on selected Saturdays between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Our librarian volunteer provides assistance writing a new resume or updating an old one and explains the free online career resources provided by the New Jersey State Library.  Bring your work history and your library card for access to the online resources available to you.  Please call or visit the Reference Desk to register.

Free one-hour, one-on-one Computer Tutor classes are available at the Red Bank Public Library.  Learn computer basics or get help with more advanced topics from our knowledgeable

and patient volunteers. Individual help with Kindles and Nooks is now available as well.  Please call

or visit the Reference Desk to register for this free program.

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. 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 Conversational English classes  classes coming up at the Red Bank Public Library and available at other sites in Monmouth County.

The Red Bank Public Library New Jersey History Room is open every Tuesday from 2:00

to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment.  Researchers, genealogists, local historians, and students are invited  to browse the collection and enjoy historic displays about the area’s people, places, and events.  Featured in the exhibit area throughout 2013 will be items from the collections of Glenn Vogel, long time collector of anything “Red Bank.” Glenn will rotate his collections of photographs,  

postcards, bottles, jugs, jars, and all manner of ephemera and memorabilia related to the history of Red Bank so that every month something new and different will be on display to challenge the recollections of even the     

 most knowledgeable Red Banker.   Please call the library’s Local History Librarian, Elizabeth McDermott, for more information at 732-842-0690 x119.

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

The Board of Trustees of the Red Bank Public Library will meet on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. 

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. except in December.  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.

For adults 18 and over interested in photography and writing, the Red Bank Photography Club and the Red Bank Writers Group meet at the Red Bank Public Library on the first Monday of each month from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.  On Monday May 6, 2013, the Red Bank Photography Club will host the special program Interested in the Paranormal?  with Kathy Kelly of the Paranormal Book Store in Asbury Park.   The Jersey Inchkins is a club made up of adults who do "very little work.”  Club members build houses, rooms, scenes, and vignettes in miniature, usually on a scale of one inch to one foot. Jersey Inchkins meets at the library on the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.  Each group welcomes new members interested in developing their skills in these creative fields. 

To find additional information on these and other free programs at the Red Bank Public

Library, visit us at the library and on the library’s website www.lmxac.org/redbank, call the library at 732-842-0690, and check us out on Facebook.  You can also receive timely and helpful news, messages, and alerts from the library and other Red Bank Borough departments by signing up at the Borough’s website redbanknj.org. The library will be closed Saturday, May 25, through Monday,

May 27, 2013, in observance of Memorial Day.  Regular library hours are Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Children’s Room open Monday10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.); Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The library is located at 84 West Front Street in Red Bank.