For parents & caregivers. Common Ground is a monthly support group for parents & caregivers of individuals with special needs. This month's meeting will feature open topic group discussion.
$1 materials fee; registration is required! Join us for an afternoon of fun with paints! Participants can choose from a selection of wood crafts to paint.
For adults and teens age 14 & older; registration is required.
All ages; this program will be held at the Senior Center. Calling all Jedi! Calling all Jedi! Join us for an appearance of the 501st Legion Vader's Fist... plus Star Wars activities, activities, and photo ops!
Join us for a special program to celebrate Autism Awareness Month, featuring 'Ausome' balloon artist Eddie Lin, the ambassador for Autism NJ, sensory crafts & activities, meditation with Ms. Aimee, storytime featuring This is Logan, Special Olympics coaches, and more!
Showing: The Greatest Showman. Rated PG, running time 105 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: The Greatest Showman. Rated PG, running time 105 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
Ages 6 and up. Registration required. Join us for an afternoon of Star Wars themed crafts!
Registration required. This informative presentation introduces the basic principles of Square Foot Gardening and it's innovative approach to vegetable gardening in less space, with less time and less work. This method is great for the beginner gardener as well as the seasoned and weary gardener looking to cultivate a beautiful and productive garden. Presented by Althea Llewellyn, an Environmental Educator at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and a Square Foot Gardening Specialist. She wants to empower individuals to grow their own food, and wants everyone to discover that anyone can develop a green thumb!
Showing: The Post. Rated PG-13, running time 116 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: The Post. Rated PG-13, running time 116 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
Ages 8 - 10. This month's title is Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton. Stop by the Adult Reference Desk to pick up a copy, take it home to read, and then join us for a discussion!
Registration required. Do you want to add more whole, nutrient dense vegetables, grain and fruits to your diet? We'll cover the many health benefits of a plant based diet, basic nutrition, what products are available in the supermarket, why you might want to choose organic and non-GMO foods, and transitioning to a more compassionate lifestyle. Handouts will include menus and recipes. Susan Rose, Vegetarian Lifestyle Coach, will also present a simple meditation technique that can be practiced at home by young and old.
Ages 9 and up. Please register! Join us for an afternoon of creative fun making your own lip balm!
Ages 6 and up. Beginners to advanced players welcome!
Showing: Molly's Game. Rated R, running time 140 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Ages 6 - 8. Newly-minted readers are invited to join us as we read and then discuss an Easy Reader title at our monthly meeting. Titles are read together as a group, but if you would like to pick up a copy prior to the meeting, they are available at the Adult Reference desk!
Showing: Molly's Game. Rated R, running time 140 min. For this showing only, Papa John's of South Plainfield will be providing two pizzas! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
Showing: Ender's Game. Ages 11 and up. Join us each month as we screen a classic tween movie and then have a discussion about the film!
Come and join us for a rockin' and rollin' sing along with children's music performer Mr Ray! THIS PROGRAM WILL BE HELD IN THE LIBRARY.
Grades 7 and up. Join us as we meet each month to discuss a book while enjoying some pizza! This month's book is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. Participants should pick up a copy at the adult reference desk and read it prior to the meeting. A big thank you to Papa John's of South Plainfield for sponsoring this meeting!
Ages 10 and up. At the May meeting we'll be viewing Ponyo.
Join us for an afternoon of family fun as we learn about Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors! If weather permits, we will move part of the event outside so we can celebrate in the traditional way - with a small amount of dry powdered color and/or water - so please dress appropriately. A plain white T-shirt is recommended, but playing with colors is optional!
For pre-school to young adult aged individuals with special needs. This program is designed to be an inclusive event for pre-school to young adult aged individuals with special needs. Sensory Storytime will be presented in a way to make participants more comfortable than they might be at a standard storytime.
6th grade and up. Registration required! Want to learn moves like your favorite K-POP artist? Join instructor Enoch Jo for an afternoon of K-POP dance improv!
Showing: All the Money in the World. Rated R, running time 132 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: All the Money in the World. Rated R, running time 132 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
Ages 10 and up. Get back to basics with an afternoon of tabletop gaming! From a fantasy RPG like Dungeons & Dragon to a simple board game, you can choose anything that does not require power.
How tall of a structure can you make out of uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows before it topples over? Have fun and show off your engineering skills at the library!
For parents & caregivers. Common Ground is a monthly support group for parents & caregivers of individuals with special needs.
Ages 6 and up. Please register! What is STEAM? Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Give it a try at our afternoon of creative constructing with straws and connectors !
Ages 8 and up. MUST REGISTER WITH A PARTNER! This competition will take place in pairs with the blindfolded player taking direction from their (unblindfolded) partner!
Ages 10 and up. Space limited, registration is required! Come and learn the basics of coding. Bring your own laptop - or use one of ours!
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.
Currently, the afternoon book club meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 4PM. Join us for great discussions about fascinating books - all are welcome! Registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE for the list of reading selections for 2018.
Calling all mystery lovers: Join us for the South Plainfield Mystery Book Club! Registration is NOT required - all are welcome. CLICK HERE for the full list of reading selections through June 2018.
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? Ms Stella (a seasoned homeschooling mom herself) invites you to stop by on Thursday afternoons between 3:30 - 5:00 PM for an informal Drop In Homeschooling Support Group during Lego Builders Club. Chat about homeschooling while the kids are busy with Legos!
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 1 - MONDAYS at 10:30 AM
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 2 - TUESDAYS at 1:00 PM
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. Click here for a flyer.
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 their website PSGNB.org for details. To sign up for an appointment, please call or visit the South Plainfield Library. Click here for a flyer (revised). 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 12:15 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 is 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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