RED BANK, NJ -Children are invited to enjoy regular and special programming in the Avice Noblett Children’s Room of the Red Bank Public Library in December.

A Holiday Craft Party on Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. will be a chance for children 5 and over to make fun and sparkly crafts such as ornaments, reindeer, and snowflakes.  To register, please visit or call the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115.

Children 5 to 12 years old are invited to Movie Time! at the Red Bank Public Library on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 6:00 p.m.  Come settle down with a fun family movie with a Holiday theme and enjoy a snack.  To register, please visit or call the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115.

Artsy Smartsy will take place on Saturday, December 21, 2013, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Children age 5 and older will learn about the work of the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, who applied tiny bits of gold leaf to his paintings.  We will make our own beautiful trees for the Holidays in this style. To register for this free program, please visit or call the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115.

Timber, a certified therapy dog, visits the library to sit with and listen to hesitant readers and dog lovers too. Children age 5 and older can register for a free 15 minute Timber Time session. Timber will visit on Tuesday, December 3 and December 17, 2013, at 11:00 a.m.  To register, please visit or call the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115.  Timber is a beautiful, patient, loving, and gentle listener. Come meet him!

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.  On Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. join us for Spanish Storytime.  Registration is not required for storytimes.

Teen programming continues this December with regular and special events.  The Young Adult Anime Club for teens and tweens in grades 6 through 12 will meet on Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.  We will be watching some Anime and continuing our Anime-opoly board game project.  And there is always popcorn!  Young Adult Book Club for teens and tweens in grades 6 through 12 will meet Monday, December 2, 2013, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. We will be reading Terrier by Tamora Pierce.  Young adults are also invited to relax and study in the Teen area on the main floor. For more information about these free Teen programs and to register, contact staff member Stephanie Chadwick at schadwick@lmxac.org and check us out on Facebook and Pinterest.

The T. Thomas Fortune House Preservation Project will present a performance of “The People Speak” at the Red Bank Public Library on Thursday, December 12, 2013,from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Community-minded people from the greater Red Bank area will assemble to perform parts in this showcase of history makers such as Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony, Cesar Chavez, Harvey Milk, Sonia Sotomayor, and T. Thomas Fortune, the African American journalist and human rights activist whose Red Bank home on Drs. James Parker Boulevard the Preservation Project is working to save.

The “People Speak” is a documentary film based the book The People’s History of the United States by the late historian Howard Zinn.  The original documentary and an updated version were performed by notable actors and entertainers and has become an inviting tool for people to galvanize their own communities.  The performance is designed to create discussion about issues that affect the day to day lives of people and encourage communities to work toward the changes needed to improve the quality of life for all people.  This program is free and no registration is required.  Contact The T. Thomas Fortune House Preservation Project at ThomasFortuneHouse@gmail.com for more information about the program, T. Thomas Fortune, and the preservation project.

Join the next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop for adults at the Red Bank Public Library on Thursday, December 5, 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 for the regular meetings 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.

The Red Bank Public Library monthly adult book discussion group, Readin’ on the River, will meet on Wednesday, December 11, 2013,  from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information and to register, call the library at 732-842-0690.

Friends Scrabble will be held on Saturday, December 14, 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 Reading Series, featuring monthly readings by noted poets and open read poetry, takes place on Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Red Bank Public Library.   Join three up and coming poets, Eric Farwell, Matthew Hall, and Marianna Sierra, for one special afternoon of poetry.  The public is invited to this free program.  No registration is required.

  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 December will be Tuesday, December 17, 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.

Learn how to Outsmart Your Smartphone Saturday, December 21, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. with librarian Erik Stevenson at the Red Bank Public Library.  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 register by visiting or calling the Adult Reference Desk.

Anyone interested in the art of collage is invited to the free monthly Collage Klatch at the Red Bank Public Library on Saturday, December 21, 2013, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Learn new styles and techniques for creating your own works in this medium.  Registration is not required.

The Red Bank Public Library offers free weekly one-hour Yoga for Adults on Fridays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Allison Sorokin 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. Bring your work history and your library card for access to free online resources.  Please call or visit theReference 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.

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.

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 in mid-January.  Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit 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 Red Bank Public Library are conducting a Million Penny Campaign. All income raised by the Friends goes directly into providing the Library with invaluable financial assistance. The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library meet monthly.  Please call the library at 732-842-0690 for the their

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, December 19, 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.  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 and Pinterest.  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 at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, and all day Wednesday, December 25, 2013.  The library will be closed at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, and all day Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Regular library hours are Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (The Children’s Room is 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 to 5:00 p.m. The library is located at 84 West Front Street in Red Bank.