RED BANK, NJ -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, November 8, 2010, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  An emergency training professional, Doug will teach participants 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.

“Money and Your Family” is the focus of a free monthly community financial forum at the Red Bank Public Library presented by Robin Goldberg, a retired business executive, Red Bank resident, and member of the Friends of the Library.  On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Robin’s topic will be “Where Can I Find Money: Home Equity and Other Ideas.”

An investment professional with thirty years of experience, Robin managed portfolios of bonds, energy investments, and institutional limited partnerships invested in venture capital for a large insurance company.  Robin has an MBA from George Washington University with a concentration in finance and a BA from Georgetown University.   “I grew up learning from my parents that giving back to the community was important, and I look forward to this volunteer opportunity to share my background in financial matters with others,” says Goldberg.  Audience members are invited to bring questions to discuss with Robin and other participants.  Registration is suggested. Please call the library at 732-842-0690 to save your spot at these informative programs.

Coach Jenn A. Nocera will present the workshop “Minimize Emotional Eating and Stress at the Holidays” on Thursday, November 18, 2010, at the Red Bank Public Library.  “We often dread the upcoming holiday season because of the stress and weight gain that accompany it,” says Nocera, a Certified Life Strategies Coach and Certified Personal Fitness Trainer with a Master’s degree in Behavioral Science and Psychology and a Post-Master’s professional degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Perfectly timed just before Thanksgiving, this workshop will help you identify what triggers overeating, learn how to overcome your barriers to fitness, and maintain control as the holidays approach.  Registration is suggested.  Please call the library at 732-842-0690 to reserve a spot at this timely workshop.

The Red Bank Public Library’s Acoustic Saturdays series continues its third season at the library on November 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Eisner New Jersey Room with a performance by Gerald Edward.  Known as a master of the more intimate acoustic singer-songwriter genre and a superb musician, Gerald Edward creates songs that cut across musical genres from modern rock, folk-pop, and blues-tinged neo-soul. You can visit Gerald at

The library presents this series featuring acoustic musicians and singer-songwriters on the last Saturday of the month from September to November and January to May.  The Acoustic Saturdays programs at the library are produced and hosted by guitarist Anton Daub, the emcee of the weekly acoustic open microphone on Wednesday nights at Espresso Joe’s coffeehouse in Keyport and a frequent performer at many of the area’s acoustic music venues.  These free performances are supported by funds from the New Jersey State Library.

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 visit the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County on their website at or call them  at 732-571-0209 for additional information on ESL classes, volunteer tutor training classes, and English conversation classes available in Monmouth County.

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.

The Red Bank Photography Club meets the first Monday of each month at the library from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.  Participants meet for tips, discussion, and sharing their photographs.  For more information, call John Tyler at 732-768-6432 or e-mail him at [email protected].

Artists seeking inspiration, motivation, and a special time to devote to their work are invited to attend an informal gathering once a month at the Red Bank Public Library. The “Artists’ Workshop” takes place the first Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the library Community Room.  The 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 library hosts an adult book discussion group, “Reading on the River,” on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information and to register, contact 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 this or any of its other great programs. Call the Center at 732-747-5204 for more information.

The Friends of the Red Bank Public 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.

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, 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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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...