All regularly scheduled children's programs (Baby/Toddler/Storytimes, Legos, Book Clubs, etc.) will resume on Monday, July 1st!
Showing: The Upside. Rated PG-13, running time 126 min. Presented free; registration is NOT required.
Jonathan R. Cohen, professor of philosophy at the University of Maine at Farmington, took the trip of a lifetime when he visited three of Nietzsche's favorite places - and took his wife and four children with him. Along the way, he considered the contrast between being an individual and nurturing the bonds that make life worth living, chiefly those we have with family. Cohen does not have such an impressive mustache, but his writing is clear and accessible. He explains many of Nietzsche's key concepts in a relatable and cogent manner and describes what it means to be a philosopher. He will be reading from his book and sharing some of his photographs of Nice, France, Turin, Italy, and Sils-Maria, Switzwerland. Students of philosophy, travelers, and anyone who is part of a family will be educated and engaged.
Join us as we kick off Summer Reading Club 2019! Green Meadows Farm will have their traveling Petting Farm set up for everyone to enjoy, and Housel Fun & Fitness will be here to get kids moving with fun, safe, and interactive games, relays & activites!
JULY PROGRAMS PREVIEW (More to come!)
Showing: Isn't it Romantic. Rated PG-13, running time 89 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: Isn't it Romantic. Rated PG-13, running time 89 min. Presented free; registration is NOT required.
Showing: Hotel Mumbai. Rated R, running time 124 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: Hotel Mumbai. Rated R, running time 124 min. Presented free; registration is NOT required.
Last meeting before summer break. The group will resume meeting in September.
Registration required. Born on the street corners of 1950's urban America, Doo Wop singing swept the country before being absorbed into later music genres like Soul, Motown and Rock. In a presentation of sight and sound, music historians Charlie & Pamela Horner trace the growth of Doo Wop Music from its roots with the Mills Brothers and Ink Spots through the teenage sounds of Frankie Lymon' Teenagers and beyond. Learn the true stories behind pioneer groups like the Orioles, Ravens, Cadillacs, Moonglows, Penguins and Flamingos. Reminisce with videos and song clips by groups like the Chantels, Five Satins and Dion & the Belmonts. Recall the days when groups harmonized under streetlamps to tunes like In The Still Of The Night, Gloria, and Earth Angel.
Clubs, Meetings, Classes & Series
For the schedule of ongoing children's programs (storytimes, book clubs, playtimes & more), please visit our Kids' page.
For the schedule of ongoing programs for teens, please visit our Teen page.
The afternoon book club usually meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 4PM. Join us for great discussions about fascinating books! At the July meeting, we'll be discussing Artemis: a novel by Andy Weir. All are welcome! CLICK HERE for the list of reading selections for 2019.
The Mystery Book Club will not meet in July & August. Calling all mystery lovers: Join us for the South Plainfield Mystery Book Club! At our September meeting we'll be talking about A Cold Blooded Business by Dana Stabenow . All are welcome! CLICK HERE for the full list of reading selections through June 2020.
For parents. Please check the Children's Room Calendar for schedule. Are you curious about homeschooling? An experienced homeschooler who would like to meet others? A seasoned homeschooler who is willing to share your experience? Please join us to discuss all things homeschooling!
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 1 - MONDAYS at 10:30 AM through June 24th
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 2 - THURSDAYS at 1:00 PM through July 11th
NEW! ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 3 - SATURDAYS at 12:00 PM, June 15 - July 27
JUNE 24th will be the last meeting of the Monday group before summer break.
JULY 11th will be the last meeting of the Thursday group before summer break.
Both groups will resume meeting in September. Would you like to practice speaking English in an informal setting? The more you talk, the easier it gets! If you would like to practice English, join our conversation group for ESL students and all learners. Native speakers of any language are welcome. Registration is appreciated, but please feel free to drop in to either group that is convenient. You may register at the front desk. Ask about our self-guided practice program!
We are pleased to announce that we will be partnering with the Professional Services Group of New Brunswick (PSGNB) to offer a program to help job seekers with writing resumes and other job search skills. Beginning in June, PSGNB will provide a volunteer to hold on-site, one-on-one coaching sessions customized to meet the needs of the individual job seeker. Sessions will be by appointment only on Mondays from 1:00 - 4:00 PM, and at other times subject to availability. PSGNB is a member-supported organization that has helped over 9,000 people find their next job. They provide free Job Search Skills Seminars and a Job Seeker Support Group at the Piscataway libraries. Visit the PSGNB website for details. To sign up for an appointment, please call or visit the South Plainfield Library. Click here for a printable flyer. For links to helpful job-searching resources, see Useful Websites: JOBS & CAREERS.
Need some computer help, or just a quick refresher on how to use Word, Powerpoint, setting up an email account, or just some Internet basics? Call or stop by the library and sign up for an appointment with a member of the Reference staff. Someone will work with you between 45-60 minutes. Click here for a flyer.
Brand new DVD releases are usually (but not always!) shown on Mondays at 6:30 PM and usually (but not always!) re-run on Wednesdays at 12:30 PM. Presented free; Registration is not required. CLICK HERE to see the schedule of upcoming movies.
This program is for adults and teens age 14 & older; registration required. Series of two hands-on classes teaching basic crochet techniques. Presenter Charlene Varry is a crochet expert who will help you with any crochet problems or questions you my have! Contact the Library for needed materials list. (For related resources, see our Needlework Webfinder.)
The Friends of the South Plainfield Public Library is a non-profit organization whose members support the Library through advocacy, volunteer services, and fundraising. Friends of the Library meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday of the month, at 7:00 PM in the library. All are welcome! Please call the library to confirm time and date.
The Library Board generally meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the South Plainfield Public Library. All are welcome! Meeting schedules are subject to change. For upcoming meeting dates, please check the Library Calendar.
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