RED BANK, NJ - The T. Thomas Fortune House Preservation Project will present “The People Speak LIVE!” at the Red Bank Public Library on Thursday, December 12, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Through dramatic readings, community-minded people from the greater Red Bank area will recreate the voices of figures in American history who made a difference.

Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich will salute Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials. Two River Theater Company Artistic Director, John Dias, will portray the Nobel Prize winning American playwright Eugene O’Neill.  Actress Lorraine Stone will be the voice of Sojourner Truth. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latino woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, a contemporary voice of our time, will be brought to life by community member Isobel Lopez. You will also hear from 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. A discussion will follow the performance.   This program is free and no registration is required.  Contact Gilda Rogers at franktalkmultimedia@gmail.com for more information about the program. Contact The T. Thomas Fortune House Preservation Project at ThomasFortuneHouse@gmail.com for more information about T. Thomas Fortune and the preservation project.  

 The Monmouth County Office on Aging warmly invites you to a Caregiver Coffee House at the Red Bank Public Library on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. “This will be a chance for caregivers to come, unwind, and connect with one another. We can also talk about strategies for taking care of ourselves during the holidays,” says Colleen Smith, MA, MSW, LSW, of the Monmouth County Office on Aging, who has led regularly scheduled Caregiver’s Support Groups at the Red Bank Public for the past two years.  Coffee, tea, and cookies will be provided compliments of students from the Monmouth County Culinary School.  This is a free program.  Please call or e-mail Colleen to reserve your place at the Caregiver Coffee House at 732-308-3770 x8780 or csmith@co.monmouth.nj.usSt. Anthony of Padua Music Ministry in association with the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library will present the Trenton Diocesan Festival Choir and Orchestra performing Handel’s Messiah and traditional Christmas carols at the Church of St. Anthony of Padua on Friday, December 20, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.  The performance will be conducted by Shawn T. Mack with soloists Lauren Walters, soprano, Jody Doktor, mezzo soprano, Justin Gonzalez, tenor, and Wilbur Lewis, bass.  Tickets for the performance are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for students.  For tickets, please call 732-747-0813 x10.  Doors to the church’s Gathering will be open at 7:00 p.m. as part of a silent auction and raffle of gift baskets to benefit the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library and their work on behalf of the Library. 

For 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.