RED BANK, NJ – Special November events at the Red Bank Public Library begin with the Fourth Annual Used Book Sale presented by the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library on Saturday, November 3, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  A $10.00 fee will allow early admission at 9:00 a.m. A Bag Sale will take place on Monday, November 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at which shoppers can fill bags provided at the sale for $5.00 a bag.   

To kick off the sale the Friends will hold a gala Preview Party at the library on Friday, November 2, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. with wine and cheese, live music by local musician Jim Crawford, auction items, and first choice of the books.  Admission for the Friday evening Preview Party will be $10.00 for members of the Friends of the Library and $20.00 for non-members.  Memberships at several levels will be available at the door.

“You will find a huge selection books including current best sellers, classics, fiction, and non-fiction, as well as DVDs, CDs, and a separate room for the Children’s Book Sale,” promises Beth Hanratty, President of the Friends.  All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.

A young adult book group is starting at the Red Bank Public Library on the first Monday of each month from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. On Monday, November 5, 2012, the group will be discussing Cinder by Marissa Meyer.  An Anime club is a second program forming now for young adults at the library.  Members will meet others interested in Anime and watch episodes together once a month.  Show your interest in joining the Anime club by signing up now.   For more information on either program and to register, please contact staff member Stephanie Chadwick at [email protected] or visit the Adult Circulation Desk.  Both free programs are for teens and young adults age 13 and over.

The Red Bank Public Library continues the year-long celebration of its 75th Anniversary as the Eisner Memorial Library and honors Veterans Day by hosting Gary Saretzky on Wednesday,

November 19, 2012, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. He will present a program on Edward Steichen, a World War II Navy photographer.  Mr. Saretzky, who received the Maureen Ogden Award for Lifetime Achievement in New Jersey History in 2012, is a renowned expert on historic photographers.  This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program is free and registration is not required.

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

“Friends Scrabble” will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.   This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.      

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. The next two sessions will be Wednesday, November 28, 2012, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, December 18, 2012, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.   For more information contact Colleen Smith at the Monmouth County Office on Aging at 732-308-3770 x8780.                                                                            

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 a special day, Saturday November 10, 2012, from 2:00 to 4:00 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 monthly adult book discussion group, “Readin’ on the River,” will meet on a special day this month, Wednesday, November 14, 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. 

Bring family and friends to the Red Bank Public Library’s “Acoustic Saturday” Thanksgiving weekend show on November 24, 2012, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. featuring Maura Tier, a fine singer as well as guitarist and mandolin player. The library presents this series, hosted by Anton Daub and 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. This program is free and no registration is required. 

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, November 26, 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.  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.

 “Movie Nights” at the Red Bank Public Library for adults and teens 14 and over continue on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m. Admission is free and registration is not required. 

The Red Bank Public Library offers a free weekly one-hour yoga class for adults on Fridays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Please note, however, that there will be no class on November 2, 2012.  Amy Richardson Novak, 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. 

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 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.  Throughout November the library’s second floor West Room will feature a display of  items honoring  veterans and Veterans Day.  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 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 meet on the fourth Thursday of each month from September through June at 4:30 p.m. in the Eisner Room. 

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.

Special events and regular programming continue in the Avice Noblett Children’s Room of the Red Bank Public Library in November. 

Timber, a certified therapy dog, will be visiting the Red Bank Public Library twice a month starting in November to sit and listen as hesitant and reluctant readers, and dog lovers too, ages 5 and over, read to him.  Children will be able to register free for a 15 minute “Time out with Timber” session on the first and third Wednesday of each month between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.  Visit or call the Children’s Room to sign up now.

“Yoga Kids” for children 5 and older takes place Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. Alice Balzarini, who specializes in yoga for children and teaches in several local studios, will conduct this class.  Children should bring their own yoga mats. Registration is required for this free program.The monthly “Artsy Smartsy” program will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Children 5 and older will learn about Dutch artist Piet Mondrian and then create their own masterpieces in his style.  Registration is required for this free program.

On Friday, November 23, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. children home from school for Thanksgiving are invited to the library to watch the 1990 Holiday classic with Macaulay Culkin.  This program is free and no registration is required.

The next monthly “Rockin’ Readers Tween Book Club” will be on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. for children ages 9 to 12.  Call the library for the title of the book we will talk about in November .  Registration is required for this free program.

The Children’s Room offers several free drop-in storytimes for children throughout the week.  Swing by the library for “Monday Storytimes” at 10:30 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. for fun stories and a simple craft.  All ages are welcome.  On Tuesday and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. “Little Bookworms,” for young children with a caregiver, offers some quick stories, musical activities, and a craft. On Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. children with or without a caregiver can meet for “Songs and Stories,” a lively program of stories, songs, and activities, with a coloring sheet for extra fun.

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. You can also receive timely and helpful news, messages, and alerts from the library and other Red Bank Borough departments by signing up at the Borough’s website  The library will be closed on November 6, 2012, for Election Day and on November 12, 2012, for Veterans Day. On November 21, 2012, the library will close at 1:00 p.m. and remain closed November 22, 2012,  for Thanksgiving Day.  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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