RED BANK, NJ – In November the Red Bank Public Library will host talks by two New Jersey authors.  Julia Spencer will discuss her book Looking Through a Keyhole, a Memoir (Assistant Publishing, 2011) on Wednesday November 2, 2011, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Julia, accompanied by Irene, her Seeing Eye dog, will share her fears, her hopes, her candid responses to her own visual loss, and the ways she has learned to prevail over adversity. Anyone struggling with a life-altering condition will find her story inspiring and motivating. There will be time for questions and answers and a book signing with Julia and Irene.  This program is free and registration is not required.


Matthew R. Linderoth will discuss his book Prohibition on the North Jersey Shore: Gangsters on Vacation (The History Press, 2010), on Thursday, November 17, 2011, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  North Jersey shore towns such as Long Branch, Ocean Grove, Red Bank, and Atlantic Highlands began as quiet retreats for New Yorkers wishing to escape the vice and crime of the city. With the passage of Prohibition in 1919, however, the region became a haven for criminals who began smuggling liquor into the serene countryside as speakeasies sprang up and gangsters like Vito Genovese, Charles Luciano, and Meyer Lansky took advantage of the criminal opportunity of a lifetime. This fascinating book reveals the true drama that captured the Jersey Shore during Prohibition.  A resident of the North Jersey Shore, Matthew studies twentieth-century United States social history and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in United States history from Monmouth University. There will be time for questions and answers and a book signing.  This program is free and no registration is required. 

The Red Bank Public Library’s Acoustic Saturdays series continues its third season on November 26, 2011, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  with a performance by John Siehl. A guitar and mandolin player as well as a vocalist, John has opened for Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, Artie Traum, and others. The library presents this series featuring the best singers, songwriters, and acoustic musicians on the Jersey Shore and beyond 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 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.

In November the Red Bank Public Library continues its schedule of regular programming, beginning on Thursday, November 3, 2011, with the Artists’ Workshop from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  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.   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.       

If you like to play Scrabble, join the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library on the second Saturday of each month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the library.  Bring your own Scrabble board if you can.  Come and enjoy playing this well loved game with others. 

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 Patrice Baldino at the library at 732-842-0690.

Share, swap, clip, and collect coupons at “River Clippers,” a new monthly program at the Red Bank Public Library on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Join Candyce Till, our own Business Manager, for group discussions on coupon organizing, internet tools, and lessons learned about this popular budget stretching necessity, all as you “double” your fun and your savings by couponing with new friends.  This is a free program and registration is not required.

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 these or any of its other great programs. Call the Senior Center at 732-747-5204 for more information.

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.

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.

The Friends of the 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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