The Holocaust was never limited just to Germany but occurred across occupied Europe and within the lands of Germany's Axis allies. In Italy, Elizabeth Bettina discovered that her grandmother's village in Campagna (Southern Italy) had defied the Nazis and sheltered hundreds of Jews from them. This led Elizabeth to gather stories from throughout Italy wherein locals braved the consequences of helping Jews and sheltered them, and she gathered them into the book It Happened in Italy. Renato R. Biribin, a member of the local Italian-American service organization UNICO, will present a program based on the stories in the book. This is a great opportunity to learn about the experiences of the Jews during WWII in areas other than Germany and Eastern Europe. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
This program is for adults. Carolina Bernal, area representative for New York Life Insurance Company, will present a program on 'The New Paradigm of Retirement Thinking - Wants, Needs, and your Retirement Dollars.' Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
Librarian Chris Grippo will present a timely program on Disaster Preparedness. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
Clubs, Meetings & Series
This program is for adults. Current plan is for the afternoon book club to meet on the third Tuesday of every month. Reading choice for June 18: The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin. July 16: Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
This program is for adults. Contact the library for book title. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
This ongoing series is designed to provide an introduction to the major schools and thinkers of the ancient world. Programs will consist of a lecture followed by group discussion. June 6th program will focus on African philosophy from 1900 to the present. Presented by Jeff Cupo. Free, but pre-registration IS required.
Usually showing on Mondays at 6:30 PM. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Please visit or call the library (908-754- 7885) for time & title information.
Join our friendly group of knitters and crocheters! Come to the library on Thursday evenings to work on your own projects at your own pace. Beginners through experts are welcome! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
This program is for adults and teens age 15 & older. Learn basic principles & tips for crochet. Presented free. Space limited; pre-registration IS required. Contact the Library for information on suggested materials for the class.
The next meeting of the Genealogy Association of South Plainfield will be held in September, time and date to be announced.
Club for adult chess players of all skill levels. Players may bring their own chess sets or use one from the Library. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
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 first 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 7:00 p.m. 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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