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 February.

Children 5 and over are invited to a Valentine Craft Party on Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. To register, please visit or call the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115.

Artsy Smartsy will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2014, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Children age 5 and older will create hearts in the style of artist Jim Dine. To register for this free program, 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, February 26, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. Come settle down with a fun family movie and enjoy a snack. 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 visits on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. and on the last Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.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 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.

Teen programming continues in 2014 with regular and special events. The Young Adult Anime Club for teens and pre-teens in grades 6 through 12 will meet on Saturday, February 1, 2014, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. We will be watching some Anime, and there is always popcorn! Young Adult Book Club for teens and preteens in grades 6 through 12 will meet Monday, February 3, 2014, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and check us out on Facebook and Pinterest.

Students who would like some practice before taking the SAT or who want to know whether to take the SAT or the ACT will have an opportunity to take a Free SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test at the Red Bank Public Library on February 22, 2014, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exam will be administered by a Kaplan Test Prep proctor and is offered by the library’s Young Adult Department. Space is limited to a maximum of 20 teens and registration is required. Please contact Stephanie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit or call the library at 732-842-0690 to register.

A special African American History Month program will take place on Thursday, February 20, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Adult Department of the Red Bank Public Library. The al wright unit jazz trio will perform a concert celebrating African American music and musicians with prose, song, and instrumentals featuring Al Wright on drums and vocalist Ruth Wright. Ruth will read “Jazz: The African American’s Contribution to the Arts,” a brief history of jazz written by Al Wright.   She will also sing classics such as “Come Sunday” by Duke Ellington, “Strange Fruit” by Lewis Allan, and “Work Song” by Oscar Brown, Jr., and Nat Adderley. Throughout the program there will be instrumentals on drum and keyboard of compositions by great African American jazz artists. This program is free and no registration is required.

Learn how to Outsmart Your Smartphone Saturday, February 1, 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.

Join the next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop for adults at the Red Bank Public Library on Thursday, February 6, 2014, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. There will be an additional class on Thursday, February 27, 2014, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. to make up the class missed on January 2 because of weather. The Artists’ Workshop is designed for 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.

Friends Scrabble will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.   This free 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, February 8, 2014, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Red Bank Public Library. The featured readers will be poets Suzanne Parker and David Briggs. The public is invited to this free program. No registration is required.        

The Red Bank Public Library monthly adult book discussion group, Readin’ on the River, will meet on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information and to register, call the library at 732-842-0690.

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 April. Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit 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.

Anyone interested in the art of collage is invited to the free monthly Collage Klatch at the Red Bank Public Library on Saturday, February 22, 2014, from 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 hour, one-on-one help with The Job Search is offered at the Red Bank Public Library on selected Saturdays between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Our librarian volunteer provides you with assistance writing a new resume or updating an old one, creating a LinkedIn account, setting up an e-mail account, searching online job hunting sites, and filling out job applications. Bring your work history or current resume. 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 and internet basics or get help with more advanced topics from our knowledgeable and patient volunteers. Individual help with Kindles and Nooks is available as well. Please call or visit the Reference Desk to register.

The Red Bank Public Library New Jersey History Room is open every Tuesday from 2:00to 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. Please call the library’s Local History Librarian, Elizabeth McDermott, for more information at 732-842-0690 x119.

The Board of Trustees of the Red Bank Public Library will meet on Thursday, February 28, 2014, 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. What to M8keToday, a scrapbooking and paper craft club for adults, meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 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.redbanklibrary.org, 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 on Monday, February 17, 2014, for Presidents’ Day. 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.