Read Across America

SPECIAL SEUSSICAL STORYTIME - SATURDAY, MARCH 3rd at 10:00 AM

Please join us 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.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MEETING - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd at 7:00 PM
KID CRAFT - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd at 3:00 PM paint

$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.

CHESS CLUB - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24th at 11:30 AM

Ages 6 and up. Beginners to advanced players welcome!

Childrens March MIGHTY TIMES: THE CHILDREN'S MARCH - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24th at 2:00 PM

In celebration of Black History Month, please join us for a special presentation of the film Mighty Times. It recounts how the young people of Birmingham braved arrest, fire hoses, and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees. More than 4,000 African American schoolchildren organized to desert classrooms at exactly 11 a.m. on May 2, 1963, touching off a week of mass demonstrations and rioting that shocked the nation. Police tried to stop them, yet the children prevailed. This documentary offers a rare glimpse into the 1963 Birmingham children's march from the ground up. More than 100 eyewitnesses, including notable participants and organizers James Orange, Gwendolyn Webb, James Bevel, Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory, and Andrew Young, help tell the story.

handprint SPECIAL NEEDS SENSORY STORYTIME - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25th at 3:00 PM

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.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP - MONDAYS at 10:30 AM
JOB SEARCH COACHING - MONDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
CHINESE LANGUAGE STORYTIME - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26th at 1:30 PM
***LEGO CANCELLED*** MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26th
movie reel MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26th at 6:30 PM

Showing: Marshall. Rated PG-13, running time 118 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP - TUESDAYS at 1:00 PM
MOVIE (second showing) - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28th at 12:30 PM

Showing: Marshall. Rated PG-13, running time 118 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.

dice TABLETOP GAMING - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28th at 3:00 PM

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.

Read Across America SPECIAL SEUSSICAL STORYTIME - SATURDAY, MARCH 3rd at 10:00 AM

Please join us 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.

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

Showing: The Darkest Hour. Rated PG-13, running time 113 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.

MOVIE (second showing) - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th at 12:30 PM

Showing: The Darkest Hour. Rated PG-13, running time 113 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th at 4:00 PM
Chinese opera performer CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION - SATURDAY, MARCH 10th from 1:30 - 4:00 PM

All ages. 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, and demonstrations of different Chinese arts will continue throughout the afternoon: paper cutting, calligraphy, woodblock printing, masks, poetry, music, traditional dance, and more fun for the whole family! This program will be held at the SOUTH PLAINFIELD SENIOR CENTER.

Carol Simon Levin as Abigail Adams REMEMBERING THE LADIES - SUNDAY, MARCH 11th at 2:00 PM

Registration is required. Living History Presenter Carol Simon Levin returns to the library to portray Abigail Adams, who famously wrote to her husband John asking that the Continental Congress 'remember the ladies' when drafting new laws for the new nation. He wrote back that she was 'so saucy' and he and the rest of the Congress ignored her pleas completely. 'Abigail' then looks forward in time to tell the stories of some of the courageous and tenacious women of all colors and creeds who fought to enhance women's political participation, from Dolly Madison to the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote and the pioneering female activists and politicians who've worked to extend women's economic, social, and political rights.

TUESDAY BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, MARCH 13th at 4:00 PM
Thomas Edison THOMAS EDISON - SUNDAY, MARCH 18th at 2:00 PM

Please register! Join Museum Director Kathleen Carlucci from the Thomas Edison Center for a lecture and discussion of the incredible inventions of Thomas Edison, the Wizard of Menlo Park! Some original artifacts and items will be on hand, including: a 100+year old working phonograph, telegraph key, Edison electric train model, hand crank lightbulb and more!

George Gershwin GEORGE GERSHWIN - SATURDAY, MARCH 31st at 2:00 PM

Registration is required. Please join us for a celebration of composer George Gershwin! Born in Brooklyn in 1898, the second of four children from a close-knit immigrant family, he began his musical career as a song-plugger on Tin Pan Alley, but was soon writing his own pieces. He and his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin, went on to write many successful musicals for the stage and screen, and many songs which are now considered standards. He also lead a double life, trying to make his mark as a serious composer. At the age of 38, he died of a brain tumor. Today, he remains one of America's most beloved composers. Presented by jazz historian Michael Conklin.

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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 13th at 4:00 PM

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! At our February meeting, we'll be discussing Kitchen Privileges, a memoir by Mary Higgins Clark. At our March meeting, we'll be discussing A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE for the list of reading selections for 2018.

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

Calling all mystery lovers: Join us for the South Plainfield Mystery Book Club! At the March meeting we'll be talking about A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton. Registration is NOT required - all are welcome. CLICK HERE for the full list of reading selections through June 2018.

DROP-IN HOMESCHOOLING SUPPORT GROUP - MOST THURSDAYS at 3:30 PM

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!

conversation 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.

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; 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; 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 third 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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