RED BANK, NJ -The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library invite the greater Red Bank community to a free concert by the Brookdale Big Band on Saturday, July 21, 2012, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Riverside Gardens Park, 54 West Front Street. The concert is part of a year-long schedule of events in the library’s celebration of its 75th Anniversary as the Eisner Memorial Library. The rain date is Saturday, July 28, 2012, from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The music featured in the concert will be reminiscent of the era when, in 1937, the family of Sigmund Eisner, Red Bank industrialist and philanthropist, bequeathed the Eisner home on West Front Street to the Borough of Red Bank to be used as a public library in honor of Mr. Eisner and his wife, Bertha Weis Eisner. The Brookdale Big Band, founded in 1986, is a professional group dedicated to preserving and propagating America’s celebrated indigenous music, jazz. The band features conductor Joseph Accurso, vocalist Barbara Baron, and twenty of the Jersey Shore’s finest professional musicians. The Brookdale Big Band specializes in jazz swing music including that of such greats as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.


The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library was founded in 2009 by a group of citizens who realized the importance of our library as a community resource. The Friends raise funds through activities such as the Town Wide Yard Sale and the Annual Used Book Sale. All funds support the Red Bank Public Library through the purchase of needed supplies, programs, and materials.

Special summer activities and events as well as regular programming continue in the Avice Noblett Children’s Room of the Red Bank Public Library throughout July. In the 2012 Summer Reading Program “Dream Big – Read!” readers will explore the night with activities including stories and programs about the stars, dreams, and wishes, along with special story times and prize drawings. “Dream Big – Read!” is free and open to young people of all ages. Registration is required. For more information, please call the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x115.


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A special pet will visit the Children’s Room on Saturday, July 21, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. when a trainer from The Seeing Eye, Inc., Morristown, New Jersey, brings a puppy to demonstratehow these remarkable dogs are trained to become guide dogs for the visually impaired. The Seeing Eye,Inc., is the oldest existing guide dog school in the world. Children will be able to meet the puppy, ask questions, and enjoy some light refreshments after the program. Registration is required for this free program. Learn more about The Seeing Eye, Inc., at www.seeingeye.org.

On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. the Children’s Room of the Red Bank Public Library in partnership with the Community YMCA will continue the Summer Safety and Reading Series “Dive into a Safe Summer” with a program on summer nutrition offered by YMCA instructors. The series is designed for children six to twelve and their parents or guardians. For information or to register, please call the Community YMCA at 732-741-2504 or the Children’s Room at 732-842-0690 x 115.

Two popular monthly programs continue this June in the Children’s Room. Children five years of age and older can attend the library’s “Wii Party” on Monday, July 9, 2012, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The “Rockin’ Readers ‘Tween Book Club” takes place on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. for children age nine to twelve. Both programs are free, and registration is required.

The Children’s Room offers several free drop-in Story Times for children throughout the week, including each Monday at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. All Story Times are open to young children and their caregivers for a session of fun stories, songs, and a simple craft.

In the Adult Department of the Red Bank Public Library cardholders ages 14 and over are participating in the library’s free adult summer reading club, “Between the Covers.” Members signing up any time before August 25 will be entered into weekly prize raffles. Following a special program on Wednesday, August 29, the library will announce the name of the “Between the Covers” grand prize winners.

The Red Bank Public Library in partnership with Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County is providing free conversational English classes this summer for adults 18 and over through August 23, 2012, on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The classes are free and registration is not required. The classes, led by volunteers trained by Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County, assist those whose native language is not English to learn the language in an informal, stress-free environment in which they can meet and practice speaking with others who are also learning English. These conversational English classes are suitable for both beginning and intermediate speakers of English and help participants speak English with greater ease at work, home, and in the community. 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 and will resume at the library in September. Please contact the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732-571-0209 or visit their website www.lvmonmouthnj.orgfor 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.

On Saturday, July 7, 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(Continued)(Red Bank Public Library June 15, 2012) p.3 technical procedures clearly to the beginner and clarify issues for the experienced electronic media user. Registration is required for this free program. Please call or visit the library to sign up.

A free conversational Spanish group for adults will meet Wednesdays for eight weeks from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from July 11 through August 29, 2012. The program is sponsored by the Red Bank Public Library and the Community YMCA. Please call the Red Bank Public Library at 732-842-0690 to register.

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

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, July 9, 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.

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, July 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 Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout on July 18, 2012. For more information and to register, contact Patrice Baldino at the library at 732-842-0690.

Colleen Smith, MA, MSW, LSW, of the Monmouth County Office on Aging, leads 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 through the end of the year take place from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on August 21, October 16, and December 18. Wednesday sessions through the end of the year take place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on 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.

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 Red Bank Public Library New Jersey History Room is open every Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment. Researchers, genealogists, local historians, and students are welcome to browse the collection and enjoy historic displays about the area’s people, places, and events. Please call the library’s Local History Librarian, Elizabeth McDermott, for more information at 732-842-0690 x119.

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 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.

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.

Summer hours between June 15 and September 15 are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The library will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2012 in celebration of Independence Day. The library is located at 84 West Front Street in Red Bank.

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