RED BANK, NJ – The Red Bank Public Library will honor African American History Month on Saturday, February 12, 2011, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. with “Preserving Our History,” a talk by Gloria Douglas and Michelle Lewis, founders of Storytellers in Cloth, a group of women of color who carry on the African American tradition of quilting.  On view during the program will be a display of one-of-a-kind African American quilts.  The tradition of African American quilts dates back to slavery in America, when slaves made quilts from discarded clothing and feed sacks, with many of the patterns in their work reflecting African textiles.  The intricate workings and magnificent color combinations in these quilts are an evolution of another time that Storytellers in Cloth have kept alive.  This program is offered by the Adult Department of the Red Bank Public Library in collaboration with Gilda Rogers of FrankTalk and is supported by funds from the library’s Board of Trustees. The program is free and no registration is required.

Veteran musician, composer, and saxophone player Dan Wilensky will read from his new book Musician! at the Red Bank Public Library on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 2:00 p.m.  An insider’s guide to success in the music industry, Musician! A Practical Guide for Students, Music Lovers, Amateurs, Professionals, Superstars, Wannabees, and Has-Beens offers Dan’s real-life advice for musicians of all levels on finding work, staying inspired, and marketing their talent.  Non-musicians will enjoy Dan’s entertaining tales from inside the music industry based on his collaboration with hundreds of artists from Ray Charles and James Brown to Madonna and on his work on Broadway, in commercials, film, and television.  He can be heard on over 250 albums and has released two CDs of his own.  Currently recording, performing, and teaching in the New York area, Dan will have copies of his book and CDs available for signing.  This program is free and no registration is required.

In February the Red Bank Public Library continues its schedule of regular programming, beginning with “Money and Your Family,” a free monthly forum on timely financial topics presented the first Wednesday of the month at the Red Bank Public Library from 7:00-8:30 p.m. by Red Bank resident and library volunteer Robin Goldberg, a former business executive with extensive financial experience. On Wednesday, February 2, 2011, Robin will address the topic “Investment Themes for 2011.”  Participants are invited to bring questions for discussion.  Registration is suggested. Please call the library at 732-842-0690 to save your spot at these popular programs.

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 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Red Bank Public Library.  The next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library will take place on February 3, 2011.   The library is pleased to announce that Red Bank artist Joe Bergholm has joined the Workshop as Artist-in-Residence this year.  Joe will work with the artists as a group and individually, offering suggestions for subjects as well as guidance with principles of art such as color, composition, and the selection and use of materials. The Artists’ 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 program is supported by a generous contribution from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.

Another program of interest to beginning and seasoned artists alike is the Red Bank Public Library’s four-week series “Drawing and Painting with Rocco Scibetta,” which will take place on Thursday evenings, March 10 through 31, 2011.  The classes are free, but registration is required for this popular program.  The first day to register is Monday, February 7, 2011, starting at 10:00 a.m.   To register, you can come to the library in person or call the library at 732-842-0690.

The Red Bank Public Library’s Acoustic Saturdays series continues its 2010-2011 season on February 26, 2011, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Eisner New Jersey Room. 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 contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website at for 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].

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...