RED BANK, NJ – Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the Red Bank Public Library adoption reform advocate Carol Barbieri will discuss her experiences as an adoptee in New Jersey and her difficult search to find her biological family.   Carol was separated from her twin sister at birth, abandoned as an infant, and had unknowingly lived blocks away from another sister.  Her son’s life-threatening medical crisis initiated her quest to find her birth family because access to her birth certificate would have supplied her with potentially life-saving information.  “I was a victim of a system that was set up to protect everyone in the adoption triangle except me.  And that system was now making my son a victim too,” Barbieri wrote in a New York Times article November 29, 2005.  A member of NJCARE (New Jersey Coalition for Adoption Reform and Education), freelance writer, songwriter, and musician, Carol will perform her original adoption song, “Your Secret’s Safe with Me,” at the end of her presentation.  You can visit Carol at  The program is free and registration is not required.    

The Red Bank Public Library’s Acoustic Saturdays music series continues its third season on March 31, 2012, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with a performance by String Fever.  The band has performed throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania since 1993 and features Bruce Jepson, lead guitar and vocals, Peter Becker, mandolin and vocals, Ridley Enslow, fiddle and vocals, Sandy Joren, upright bass and vocals, and Mickey Maguire, banjo.  Bluegrass is the heart of String Fever’s music, accented with many other influences such as country, folk, jazz, and blues presented in a well paced blend of music and humor.  The band mixes award winning original songs with tunes from many traditional and contemporary songwriters and features tight three- and four-part harmonies and tasteful soloing.   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.  These free performances are supported by funds from the New Jersey State Library.  Registration is not required.

On Saturday, March 31, 2012, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Red Bank Public Library reference librarian Erik Stevenson will demonstrate how to browse, check out, and download free audiobooks and free eBooks to a computer, eReader, orMP3 player using the library’s eLibraryNJ service.  Erik will explain technical procedures clearly to the beginner and clarify issues for the experienced electronic media user.  Registration is required for this free program.    

Looking forward to National Poetry Month in April, registration begins March 26, 2012, for an upcoming poetry workshop, “The Poetry of Water,” a presentation and workshop looking at how poets and writers see and imagine water taught by poet Nancy Bryan, M.S., M.F.A.  This free workshop will take place on Thursday evening, April 26, 2012, at the Red Bank Public Library.

Regular programming in March starts with the next meeting of the Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library on Thursday, March 1, 2012, 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 in 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. 


We treat each of our patients as part of the family at Atlantic Highlands Animal Hospital. We offer top-quality surgical and dental treatments for cats and dogs. For the best pet care in the Atlantic Highlands, NJ, call us at (732) 291-4400.

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, March 12, 2012, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  An emergency training professional, Doug will demonstrate 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.

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 on Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Share, swap, clip, and collect coupons at “River Clippers,” a monthly program at the Red Bank Public Library.  The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, from 7:00 to 9:00 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 Public 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.  To mark Women’s History Month, the group will discuss Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts on March 21, 2012, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information and to register, contact Patrice Baldino at the library at 732-842-0690. 

The Red Bank Public Library offers a free weekly one-hour yoga class for adults on Fridays from 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Amy Richardson, a graduate of the Institute for Therapeutic Massage and experienced yoga instructor, will teach the class, appropriate to all levels of yoga experience.   Please bring your own yoga mat.  At this time, registration is not required for this popular class, and participants will be able to attend on a first come, first served basis up to a total of twenty people.

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 Friends of the Library meet monthly in the historic Eisner Room at the Red Bank Public Library.   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. 

The Board of Trustees of the Red Bank Public Library meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from September through June at 4:30 p.m. in the Eisner Room of the 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 more 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 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.

The choice of programs for children in The Avice Noblett Children’s Room continues to grow.   Many free drop-in story times for children are offered including “Story Time” on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. for children ages three and older; “Afternoon Stories” on Mondays at 3:00 p.m. for all ages; “Little Bookworms” on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. for children ages one to three with a caregiver; and “Songs and Stories” on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

“Yoga Kids” for children ages five and older, taught by certified yoga instructor Alice Balzarini, is offered every Thursday afternoon from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.  Registration is required for this free program. Children should bring their own yoga mats.

Three special monthly programs take place in the Children’s Room.   Children five years of age and older can attend the library’s “Wii Party” on Monday, March 12, 2012, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The popular “Artsy Smartsy” program is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. for children ages five and older. Children will learn about a famous artist and create a work of art in the artist’s style.  The “Rockin’ Readers Tween Book Club” takes place on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. for children ages nine to twelve.  The title for March will be The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls by Elise Primavera.  All three programs are free, and registration is required. 

Additional information on these and other free programs in the Adult and Children’s

Departments of the Red Bank Public Library are available at the library, on the library’s website, or by telephone at 732-842-0690.  Regular 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...