The Friends of the South Plainfield Library are holding a quilt raffle! Enter for a chance to win this beautiful 46" x 46" hand-appliqued quilt - a perfect way to bring a little spring into your home! Tickets are $5 each and are available at the library. You must be 18 or older to participate. Drawing will be held at 6:00 PM on Monday, March 20th; winner need not be present to win. Click here for a flyer.
Please join us on SATURDAY, MARCH 4th at 10:00 AM for our annual Read Across America event, celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss! We'll have stories, songs, some very special guests, and of course, birthday cake. Sponsored by Friends of the South Plainfield Public Library.
In celebration of Black History Month, please join us for a special presentation of the film The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306. On April 4,1968, the Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles stood beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee and bore witness to his brutal assassination. Through Rev. Kyles' recollections of those fateful moments and the days leading up to them, this film helps us remember why Dr. King made that fateful trip to Memphis, and takes us inside the last hours of his life. With moving testimony from civil rights luminaries, The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306 is a poignant retelling of a crucial turning point in the civil rights movement and a vibrant reminder of Dr. King's impact on the movement and our nation. Click here for a flyer.
Showing: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Rated PG-13, running time 127 min. Click here for a flyer.
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. Click here for a flyer.
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. The first meeting will be February 27 at 10:30 AM. Native speakers of any language are welcome. Register at the front desk. If the time or day is not convenient, please let us know. Click here for a flyer.
Showing: Loving. Rated PG-13, running time 123 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: Loving. Rated PG-13, running time 123 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
Coloring isn't just for kids anymore! It's a fun way to relax and get in touch with your creative side... at any age. Registration is not required. We'll provide all the materials - just come and enjoy! Click here for a flyer.
Please join us on for our annual Read Across America event, celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss! We'll have stories, songs, some very special guests, and of course, birthday cake. Sponsored by Friends of the South Plainfield Public Library. Click here for a flyer.
Showing: The Light Between Oceans. Rated PG-13, running time 130 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
For ages 10 and up. Come and join us to watch My Neighbor Totoro at the first meeting of our new Anime club! Presented free, pre-registration is NOT required. Click here for a flyer.
Showing: The Light Between Oceans. Rated PG-13, running time 130 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
For parents/caregivers of individuals with special needs. Please join us for a special presentation by the Bedrock Clinic and Research Center of South Plainfield. There will be two workshops presented for parents of children with special needs. The first, How to Obtain Funding for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) will discuss the NJ Autism Bill and other funding options available in the state. The second, Taking Care of Me will discuss what self-care is and its importance, as well as explaining how to include self-care into a busy schedule. Click here for a flyer.
Ages 9 and up; registration IS required. Come join us to connect with nature, become a junior scientist, and learn all about birds! Click here for a flyer.
For ages 13 and up. Teens are invited to join us as we discuss Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! ''Nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry is a husband, father of three school-age children, and an overworked employee at the Ministry of Magic. While he struggles with a personal history that refuses to stay in the past, his youngest son Albus must grapple with the weight of the family legacy he never asked for. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.'' TeenReads says it brings ''the story we were all waiting for, in a fashion that only J.K. Rowling's magical writing can bring.'' You can pick up a copy at the adult reference desk. You may also reserve an ebook copy on eLibrary NJ (library card barcode required). Click here for a flyer. For more upcoming programs for teens, please visit our Teen page!
Presented free; registration IS required. During World War II, more than one thousand women volunteers completed the WASP military pilot training program. They piloted every kind of military aircraft and flew over 60,000,000 miles (sometimes towing targets that soldiers shot at with live ammunition!) Thirty-eight of them died serving their country. Then they were told that men needed their jobs and they were dismissed and forgotten. Presenter Carol Simon Levin tells the story of the amazing WASPs through the eyes of Ann Baumgartner Carl, the Jersey girl who trained as a WASP, became the only American woman to test-fly experimental planes during the war, and the first American woman to fly a jet airplane! Click here for a flyer.
For adults; space limited, pre-registration IS required. SIGN-UP FOR FIRST SESSION WILL BEGIN 2/27! PLEASE NOTE: You will need to bring a yoga mat to keep your chair from sliding! Are you feeling tired? Stressed? Come enjoy some restorative and peaceful chair yoga! This introduction to yoga will include gentle yoga positions that are very basic and suitable for all ages and figures - no previous experience necessary! All yoga will be done while sitting in a chair so there will be no extensive movement. Presented by instructor Cristine Iannitto-Cancela. Due to popular demand, there will be additional sessions on April 13, June 22, and July 13. Click here for a flyer. For related resources, see our Meditation & Stress Reduction Webfinder.
Ages 7 and up; registration IS required. Come join us for New Jersey Makers Day and make some cool candy catapults! All supplies will be provided by the library. Click here for a flyer.
For ages 10 and up. Join us for a graphic novel book discussion! We'll be talking about El Deafo by Cece Bell, 'a perfect book that highlights our similarities while also showcasing our differences,' according to TeenReads. You can pick up a copy at the Adult reference desk. Click here for a flyer.
This program is for adults. The NJ Probate Law made a number of substantial changes in Probate and the administration of estates and trusts in NJ. Some topics that will be discussed are: 2017 changes to NJ estate tax and changes to taxes on pensions, new probate law and prepration of wills, power of attorney and living will. Presented by attorney Kenneth A. Vercammen of Edison. Registration is NOT required. Click here for a flyer.
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! The February reading selection is Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen. Pre-registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE for the **NEW** list of reading selections for 2017.
The March reading selection will be The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. Pre-registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE for the **REVISED** list of reading selections through June 2017.
Calling all mystery lovers: Join us for the South Plainfield Mystery Book Club! The selection for March is Still Life by Louise Penny. Pre-registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE for the full list of reading selections through June 2017.
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; pre-registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE to see the REVISED schedule of upcoming movies.
This program is for adults and teens age 14 & older; pre-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 third 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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