Angel TreeCONTRIBUTE TO OUR ANGEL TREE - MORE TAGS AVAILABLE!

All of this year's tags went quickly, so Social Services has asked us to hang a few more names! Please know that although most people prefer to purchase gifts for children, there are many adults in need as well. Every year Social Services gets tons of toys and clothes appropriate for the very young, but are often left scrambling to provide for older kids and teens. This time of year can be very difficult for adults who may be alone or unable to provide much more than the essentials for their family. Please consider spreading some holiday cheer to those who might otherwise be overlooked. Thank you! Questions? Give us a call at (908) 754-7885. Click here for a flyer with more information.

basket of holiday goodies WIN A HOLIDAY BASKET OF CHEER!

The Friends of the South Plainfield Library are holding a Holiday Basket of Cheer Raffle. Basket includes wine, cheese, and assorted goodies - and tickets are only $1 each! Tickets are available at the library. You must be 21 or older to participate. Drawing will be held at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, December 20th; winner need not be present to win. Click here for a flyer.

NJ historical map ENVISIONING NEW JERSEY: A NEW (VISUAL) HISTORY OF THE GARDEN STATE
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4th at 2:30PM

Pre-registration IS required. The Garden State, Crossroads of the Revolution, the Suburban State, the Sopranos State, the Sandy State, the home of the Toxic Avenger: what is New Jersey? In this illustrated presentation, author Richard Veit speaks about his new book, Envisioning New Jersey. This presentation uses numerous images and a series of carefully selected case studies to tell New Jersey's story. He concludes, as historian John Cunningham did decades ago, that New Jersey is indeed a mirror for America. Click here for a flyer.

JOB SEARCH COACHING - MONDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
LEGO SCIENCE LEAGUE - MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th at 3:00 PM

For ages 13 - 18. Click here for a flyer.

KID'S CORNER BOOK CLUB - MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th at 6:30 PM

For ages 8 - 10. Click here for a flyer. Pick up a copy of this month's title at the Adult Reference Desk. For the schedule of all kids' programs, please visit our Kids page!

movie reel MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES - MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th at 6:30 PM

Showing: Star Trek Beyond. Rated PG-13, running time 122 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.

holiday decorations TWEEN TIME COOKIE DECORATING - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6th at 3:30 PM

For ages 9 -12; pre-registration is required. Get in the holiday mood with us! Come to the library and learn how to make 4 cool holiday cookie designs - all supplies will be provided! Click here for a flyer.

MOVIE (second showing) - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th at 12:15 PM

Showing: Star Trek Beyond. Rated PG-13, running time 122 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th at 4:00 PM

CORRECTION! This month's mystery title has been changed to The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman!

KIDCRAFT TOTEBAG DECORATING - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th at 6:30 PM

For ages 6 and up; please register! There is a $1 materials fee for this program. Click here for a flyer.

bucking bronco silhouette STORIES OF THE WILD WEST - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10th at 1:30PM

For adults & families. Come and experience a taste of the Old West. Professional storyteller Judy England-McCarthy will be here to spin tales of the Wild West and the colorful people who inhabited it! This lively hour-long presentation will be followed by a short discussion for those interested in learning more. Pre-registration is NOT required... so why don't you just mosey on over? Click here for a flyer.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11th at 2:00 PM

Pre-registration IS required. Attend this program to gather ideas and plan your next outdoor adventure in New Jersey! From bald eagles and bobcats to horseshoe crabs and tiger salamanders, Wild New Jersey brings nature to life. Presented by author and Conserve Wildlife Foundation director David Wheeler. Click here for a flyer.

JOB SEARCH COACHING - MONDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
LEGO SCIENCE LEAGUE - MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th at 3:00 PM

For ages 13 - 18. Click here for a flyer.

KID'S CORNER BOOK CLUB - MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th at 6:30 PM

For ages 8 - 10. Click here for a flyer.

movie reel MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES - MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th at 6:30 PM

Showing: Jason Bourne. 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.

TUESDAY BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13th at 4:00 PM
MOVIE (second showing) - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14th at 12:15 PM

Showing: Jason Bourne. Rated PG-13, running time 123 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.

TEEN BOOK CLUB - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15th at 7:00 PM Denton Littles Deathdate cover

For ages 13 and up. Teens are invited to join us as we discuss Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin. Denton Little's Deathdate takes place in a world where everybody knows the date they're going to die. 17-year-old Denton Little is going to die tomorrow, the same day as his senior prom. It's a comedy. (A dark comedy.) TeenReads calls it ''a fast, furious, and outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager's life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on.'' You can pick up a copy at the adult reference desk! Click here for a flyer. For more upcoming programs for teens, please visit our Teen page!

ANGEL TREE GIFTS DUE - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15th
Jenga logo LIFE SIZE BOARD GAMES - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17th at 2:30 PM

For teens aged 13 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.

holiday decorations SUPER SCIENCE SUNDAY - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18th at 3:00 PM

For 2nd grade and up; pre-registration is required. Model magic holiday decorations at our new hands-on science program, held on one Sunday afternoon each month! Come join us to investigate and create using model magic clay to build your own holiday ornaments. Bring your family and your creativity to the library! Click here for a flyer.

JOB SEARCH COACHING - MONDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
LEGO SCIENCE LEAGUE - MONDAY, DECEMBER 19th at 3:00 PM

For ages 13 - 18. Click here for a flyer.

KID'S CORNER BOOK CLUB - MONDAY, DECEMBER 19th at 6:30 PM

For ages 8 - 10. Click here for a flyer.

movie reel MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES - MONDAY, DECEMBER 19th at 6:30 PM

Showing: Florence Foster Jenkins. Rated PG-13, running time 111 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.

BASKET OF CHEER RAFFLE DRAWING - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20th at 3:00 PM
MOVIE (second showing) - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21st at 12:15 PM

Showing: Florence Foster Jenkins. Rated PG-13, running time 111 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.

LIBRARY CLOSED - SATURDAY thru MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 - 26: Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah!
Minute to Win It logo TWEEN TIME MINUTE TO WIN IT - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28th at 3:30 PM

For ages 9 -12; pre-registration is required. Minute to Win It is back for winter break! Come join us again for some fun and wacky challenges! Click here for a flyer.

NEW YEAR'S KIDCRAFT (Ages 6 and up) - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29th at 6:30 PM

Please register! Click here for a flyer.

butterfly and flower MEDITATION PROGRAM - THURSDAY, JANUARY 12th AT 6:30 PM

Space is limited; pre-registration is required. 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. This program will be repeated on Saturday, January 28th at 1:00 PM. Please sign up for one session only - the same program will be presented on both dates! Click here for a flyer.

Click here for a printable DECEMBER ADULT PROGRAM CALENDAR!

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, DECEMBER 13th 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! The next reading selection is The Family Man by Elinor Lipman. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE for the **NEW** revised list of reading selections for 2016.

THURSDAY BOOK CLUB - THURSDAY, JANUARY 23rd 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 **NEW** list of reading selections through June 2017.

Mystery Novels Magazine Winter 1933 MYSTERY BOOK CLUB - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th at 4:00 PM

Calling all mystery lovers: Join us for the South Plainfield Mystery Book Club! CORRECTION! This month's mystery title has been changed to The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman! 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 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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