quilt SPRING QUILT RAFFLE!

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.

TEEN BOOK CLUB - THURSDAY, JANUARY 19th at 7:00 PM Bone Gap book cover

For ages 13 and up. Teens are invited to join us as we discuss Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. Bone Gap is ''a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness - a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.'' TeenReads calls it ''a fantastical tale that leaves you wishing it would continue beyond the last page... a well-spun tale that's woven together with elements of magic, romance and mystery!'' You can pick up a copy at the adult reference desk. You may also reserve an ebook or audiobook copy on eLibrary NJ (library card barcode required). Click here for a flyer. For more upcoming programs for teens, please visit our Teen page!

CROCHET CLASS - SATURDAY, JANUARY 21st at 10:00 AM

This program is for adults and teens age 14 & older; pre-registration IS required. Second of two hands-on programs teaching basic crochet techniques. Click here for more information.

snowflake SUPER SCIENCE SUNDAY - SUNDAY, JANUARY 22nd at 3:00 PM

Ages 8 and up; please register! Come and join your friends and engage in fun winter-themed engineering challenges! Try to make a Snowman Cup Tower! Participate in the Craft Stick Snowflake Challenge! Try to make a working Duct Tape Sled and attempt your best score at Snowman Bowling! Click here for a flyer.

JOB SEARCH COACHING - MONDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
movie reel MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES - MONDAY, JANUARY 23rd at 6:30 PM

Showing: Denial. Rated PG-13, running time 109 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the REVISED schedule for upcoming movies.

MOVIE (second showing) - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25th at 12:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME! Showing: Denial. Rated PG-13, running time 109 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.

Jenga logo LIFE-SIZE BOARD GAMES - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25th at 3:30 PM

For ages 9 and up. Come join us as we play some of your favorite games - just life size versions! Memory, Jenga, Sorry, and more! Click here for a flyer.

THURSDAY BOOK CLUB - THURSDAY, JANUARY 26th at 4:00 PM
butterfly and flower MEDITATION PROGRAM - SATURDAY, JANUARY 28th at 1:00 PM

Space is limited; pre-registration is required. NOTE: THIS IS A REPEAT OF THE PROGRAM HELD ON JANUARY 12th. Please sign up for one session only! Learn to reduce stress and anxiety with 'Tong-Gong Healing Art of Moving Meditation.' Tong-Gong is based on Oriental medicine, and has been developed as a method for aiding in the alleviation of illness and strengthening the body. The exercises lead to balance of mind, body, and spirit. Presented by Zen monk Ven. Myong-Ahn of the Soshimsa Zen Center. Click here for a flyer.

JOB SEARCH COACHING - MONDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
movie reel MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES - MONDAY, JANUARY 30th at 6:30 PM

Showing: The Dressmaker. Rated R, running time 119 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the REVISED schedule for upcoming movies.

MOVIE (second showing) - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1st at 12:30 PM

Showing: The Dressmaker. Rated R, running time 119 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1st at 4:00 PM
Chinese opera performer CHINESE NEW YEAR FAMILY EVENT - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4th from 12:00 - 3:30 PM

This program will be held at the Senior Center. Join us as we welcome in the lunar new year with a celebration of Chinese culture! The day will kick off with a lion dance performance at 12:30, and demonstrations of different Chinese arts will continue through the day: paper cutting, calligraphy, opera, knotting, woodblock printing, relaxation exercise, choral performance, traditional dance, and more fun for the whole family! Click here for a REVISED flyer.

colored pencils ADULT COLORING PROGRAM - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9th at 7:00 PM

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.

Duke Ellington THE LIFE & MUSIC OF DUKE ELLINGTON - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11th at 1:00 PM

Presented free; pre-registration IS required. Edward Kennedy Ellington was the most prolific composer of the twentieth century in terms of both number of compositions and variety of forms. His development was one of the most spectacular in the history of music, and he is considered by many to be America's greatest composer, bandleader, and recording artist. In this program, presenter Michael Conklin will trace Ellington's musical life from his beginnings in 1920s Harlem and the Jazz Age to his death in 1974. Audio and video footage, in addition to musical examples, will illustrate the magnitude of Ellington's contributions to the American aesthetic. Click here for a flyer.

LIBRARY CLOSED - SUNDAY & MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12 & 13: Abraham Lincoln's birthday
TUESDAY BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14th at 4:00 PM
Freedom Summer FREEDOM SUMMER: MISSISSIPPI, 1964 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18th at 12:30 PM

Presented free; pre-registration IS required. In celebration of Black History Month, please join us for a special presentation of the film Freedom Summer: Mississipi, 1964. Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation's most viciously racist, segregated states. The film documents the events of that momentous summer. Surviving volunteers, Mississippians and others discuss the event and its place in history. Click here for a flyer.

LIBRARY CLOSED - SUNDAY & MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 & 20: President's Day
The Witness From the Balcony of Room 306 THE WITNESS: FROM THE BALCONY OF ROOM 306 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th at 1:00 PM

Presented free; pre-registration IS required. 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.


Clubs, Meetings, Classes & Series

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

For the schedule of ongoing children's programs (storytimes, book clubs, playtimes & more), please visit our Kids page.

TEEN PROGRAMS

For the schedule of ongoing programs for teens, please visit our Teen page.

TUESDAY BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14th at 4:00 PM

books 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 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE for the **NEW** list of reading selections for 2017.

THURSDAY BOOK CLUB - THURSDAY, JANUARY 26th at 4:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Thursday Book Club will not meet in December. The January reading selection will be The Circle by Dave Eggers. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE for the **REVISED** list of reading selections through June 2017.

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1st at 4:00 PM

Calling all mystery lovers: Join us for the South Plainfield Mystery Book Club! The selection for February is One Corpse Two Many by Ellis Peters. CLICK HERE for the full list of reading selections through June 2017. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.

JOB SEARCH COACHING - MONDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!

Help Wanted signWe 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.

Computer trainingINDIVIDUAL COMPUTER TRAINING SESSIONS

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.

MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES movie reel

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.

basket of yarns CROCHET CLASSES - CHECK CALENDAR FOR SCHEDULE

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.)

Friends of the Library FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

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.

LIBRARY BOARD of TRUSTEES

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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