RED BANK, NJ – The Red Bank Free Public Library moved into its permanent home at 84 West Front Street and became the Red Bank Public Library/Eisner Memorial Library on April 15, 1937.  Raymond, Monroe, and J. Lester Eisner, three sons of Sigmund and Bertha Eisner, donated their family home to the Borough of Red Bank to be used solely as a public library.  Seventy-five years later the library is flourishing in its home on the beautiful Navesink River.


Sigmund Eisner

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of this generous and foresighted gift, the public is invited on Saturday, April 14, 2012, to a special day of events including a reception with local officials and members of the Eisner family and a ribbon cutting for the re-opening of the New Jersey History Room, accompanied by music and refreshments from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Also on Saturday, April 14, 2012, the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library will host a 75th Birthday Party with a special cake for children of all ages in the Avice Noblett Children’s Room and library Community Room from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

Beginning in April, Colleen Smith, MA, MSW, LSW, of the Monmouth County Office on Aging, will lead two series of “Caregiver Support Groups” at the Red Bank Public Library.   These free programs, funded by the National Family Caregivers Grant, are available to anyone who is a caregiver for a person over the age of 60.  Caregivers are invited to come and relax while finding resources and information with a supportive group of peers.  Tuesday sessions will take place from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on April 17, June 19, August 21, October 16, and December 18. Wednesday sessions will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on May 23, July 25, September 26, and November 28 .  For more information contact Colleen Smith at the Monmouth County Office on Aging at 732-308-3770 x8780.


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On Thursday, April 19, 2012, 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.

On Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. the Jersey Shore Poets and the River Read Reading Series will present “National Poetry Month Afternoon of Readings” at the Red Bank Public Library.  The program will feature readings by noted New Jersey poets B. J. Ward and Lauren Schmidt and members of the Jersey Shore Poets. The afternoon will close with an open reading.  The program is free and no registration is required.  B. J. Ward’s most recent book is Gravedigger’s Birthday (North Atlantic Books/Random House). Lauren Schmidt’s third collection, Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing (Main Street Rag) is forthcoming. The Jersey Shore Poets provide a supportive environment for local working poets in the Monmouth County area to write, revise, and critique their writing. They meet monthly at the Eatontown Public Library. Since 2009 The River Read Reading Series has been dedicated to bringing high quality poetry and literature to Red Bank residents and visitors. River Read is held the second Sunday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at No Joe’s Café in Red Bank.

In further recognition of National Poetry Month, “The Poetry of Water,” a workshop about the many ways poets and writers see and imagine water, taught by poet Nancy Bryan, M.F.A. Creative Writing, MS Education, and Adjunct English Instructor at Brookdale Community College, will take place on Thursday evening, April 26, 2012, at the Red Bank Public Library. “Writers are drawn to water, its beauty and dangers,” says Bryan.  “Through poetry and prose, we will observe the ways selected writers incorporate water into their work through imagery, color, and its sensual elements.”  With this perspective, participants will then have an opportunity to create a piece of writing incorporating their own way of seeing water.    Please call or visit the library to register for this free workshop. 

Registration will begin in April for two popular programs taking place in May.  Nancy Anderson of Blackbird Learning Associates will return to the Red Bank Public Library Wednesday, May 2,  2012, from 7:00 -9:00 p.m. with the workshop “Resume Prep and Interviewing.” You may register beginning April 2, 2012, by visiting the library or calling the library at 732-842-0690.   A series of four Thursday evening art classes, “Drawing and Painting with Rocco Scibetta,” will begin May 10, 2012, from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. You may register beginning April 10, 2012, by visiting the library or calling the library at 732-842-0690.  Both programs are free of charge.  

Regular adult programming in April starts with the next meeting of the “Artists’ Workshop” at the Red Bank Public Library on Thursday, April 5, 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. 

Monthly “Friends Scrabble” will not be held during the month of April because of the festivities celebrating the anniversary of the Eisner Memorial Library.  Scrabble will resume on Saturday, May 12, 2012, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  

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, April 18, 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.  The group will discuss Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh on April 18, 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’s “Acoustic Saturdays”music series continues its third season on April 28, 2012, from 2:00-4:00 p.m.   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.

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.  The next ten-week session begins Thursday, April 5, 2012, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Participants can register in person on April 5 and April 12 only. Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website at http://www.lvmonmouthnj.org for information on more ESL classes,  volunteer tutor training classes, and English conversation classes coming up at the Red Bank Public Library and 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 Avice Noblett Children’s Room of the Red Bank Public Library is buzzing with activity this April.    In addition to the 75th Birthday Party for the Eisner Memorial Library hosted by the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library on Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for children of all ages, a bookmark contest sponsored by the Red Bank Public Library and Friends of the Library for children pre-K through high school is underway, with winning designs to be announced at the Birthday Party.  The winning designs will be printed for distribution in the library throughout the year.  Entry forms in four age groups are available in the Children’s Room and in local schools. 

Free drop-in story times for children are offered throughout the week, 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. for children ages four to five.

Free math tutoring is offered Thursdays in the Children’s Room from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for students in grades K-8. Registration is required.

“Yoga Kids” for children ages five and older, taught by certified yoga instructor Alice Balzarini, is offered 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, April 9, 2012, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The “Rockin’ Readers ‘Tween Book Club” takes place on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. for children ages nine to twelve. The popular “Artsy Smartsy” program is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. for children ages five and older. In April children will learn about artist Louis Comfort Tiffany and create a work of art in his style.  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 www.lmxac.org/redbank, or by telephone at 732-842-0690. The library will be closed on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, 2012, for the Easter holiday.   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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