RED BANK, NJ – On Thursday, May 12,  2011, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., The  al wright Unit jazz trio returns to the Red Bank Public Library for a spring concert featuring Red Bank’s own Al Wright on drums and Ruth Wright with vocals, along with Greg Murphy on piano.  They will be joined in one of the library’s most popular programs by inspirational speaker and humorist Bob Farley. The performance is free and no reservations are required.
Al Wright taught himself to play drums at the age of twelve and has been performing jazz ever since.  Ruth Wright is a jazz vocalist with rare abilities.  Together the couple traveled with the famed Sun Ra Arkestra for several years.  They have appeared at Red Bank’s Jazz in the Park and StreetLife.  Greg Murphy has played with big bands in Chicago, studied with Ellis Marsalis, Ron Carter, and Jaki Byard, and performed with many fine musicians including drummer Rashied Ali.  A composer, he has recorded his own CDs and appears on several others. 
In May the Red Bank Public Library continues its regular schedule of programming, beginning on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, with Money and Your Family, a free monthly forum on timely financial topics presented the first Wednesday of the month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. by Red Bank resident Robin Goldberg, a former business executive with extensive financial experience.  This month Robin will present “Five Experts’ Best Ideas to Navigate Turbulent Times.”  Participants are invited to bring questions for discussion.  Registration is suggested. Please call the library at 732-842-0690 to save your spot at this popular program. 
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 May 5, 2011.   Red Bank artist Joe Bergholm is the Workshop’s Artist-in-Residence and works 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.
The Red Bank Public Library’s Acoustic Saturdays series concludes its 2011 Spring Season on May 21, 2011, with a performance by Dan Toye.  Dan is a talented singer and guitarist who has appeared at many area venues including Espresso Joe’s in Keyport, the Twisted Tree in Asbury Park, The Cambridge Inn in Spotswood, and Albert Music Hall in Waretown.   His powerful voice and varied repertoire of blues, country, Irish, and folk music have won this dynamic and earthy performer many fans and the praise of his peers.  Please note that this performance will take place on the next to last Saturday of the month, not the usual last Saturday of the month, because of the Memorial Day holiday.
The library presents this series featuring acoustic musicians and singer-songwriters monthly 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, emcee of the annual Jersey Acoustic Music Awards, 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 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.
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 and third Monday of each month at the library from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.  Participants meet for tips, discussion, and sharing  photographs.  For information, call John Tyler at 732-768-6432 or e-mail him at [email protected]
The library hosts an adult book discussion group, “Readin’ 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 www.lmxac.org/redbank, 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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