Ages 10 & up. 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!
Showing: I, Tonya. Rated R, running time 120 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: I, Tonya. Rated R, running time 120 min. For this showing, Papa John's of South Plainfield will be providing free pizza for moviegoers! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
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.
Ages 10 and up.
Ages 6 and up. Beginners to advanced players welcome!
College-bound students and their parents. Students in grades 9 and up, and their parents, are encouraged to join us for an informative presentation and discussion on the college application process! Panelists will include students, parents, and a college professor. Sponsored by BLIA-NJ (Buddha's Light International Association).
Showing: Wonder. Rated PG, running time 113 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Ages 11 and up. Join us each month as we screen a classic tween movie and then have a discussion about the film!
Showing: Wonder. Rated PG, running time 113 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
Ages 10 and up. Space limited, registration is required! Bring your laptop and learn the basics of coding!
For parents & caregivers. Common Ground is a monthly support group for parents & caregivers of individuals with special needs. This month's meeting will feature open topic group discussion.
Ages 6 and up. Beginners to advanced players welcome!
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.
Showing: Murder on the Orient Express. Rated PG-13, running time 114 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: Murder on the Orient Express. Rated PG-13, running time 114 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
Space is limited to 25 participants; registration is required. In today's busy world, it's easy to become overwhelmed. In this program, you'll learn how to have a healthier and happier lifestyle by implementing tea time in your everyday life! Individuals will find out how to brew a perfect cup of tea, learn the basics of living a healthier lifestyle, blend your own flavors, and more. Freshly brewed tea served in china teacups included! Presented by Taking Tea in Style.
Registration is required. People have been practicing meditation for centuries and today we see a surge in its popularity as new benefits continue to be discovered. It is recognized how meditation can help the body, mind and spirit. Incorporating meditation into one's life has many positive effects. Join Jim Rose, retired executive with Johnson and Johnson and longtime meditator for this inspiring program. Learn a simple meditation technique that can help you in all aspects of your life.
Space is limited; registration is required. Photographer Andrew Darlow will be here to share portrait photography tips from his new book, Focus and Filter. Learn about setting up your camera or smartphone for candid and formal portraits, putting your subjects (people or pets!) at ease, choosing the right background, and creating different lighting effects. His presentation will be followed by Q & A, and books will be available for purchase and signing.
This program is for adults. The new 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: 2018 changes to NJ Estate Tax & Veterans Tax credit, 2018 changes in Federal Estate and Gift Tax, new Digital Fiduciary Act, power of attorney and living will. Presented by attorney Kenneth A. Vercammen of Edison.
Registration is required. The date is December 29, 1940. Franklin Delano Roosevelt has just been re-elected to an unprecedented third term in office. But the world is in a crisis. Nazi Germany has blazed the path of destruction across Europe, and America may soon be drawn into war. Watch this famous moment come to life, as you meet with the President just prior to his delivery of the famous 'Arsenal of Democracy' speech. Learn what President Roosevelt was thinking, and listen to his plea for the support of our Allies. Experience first hand the history that shaped our nation. Neill Hartley is Franklin Delano Roosevelt in this fully staged historical presentation that will entertain and educate audiences from school age to adult. Following the presentation, there will be time for comments and questions for the one of the most influential presidents of all time.
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! 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.
Calling all mystery lovers: Join us for the South Plainfield Mystery Book Club! . Registration is NOT required - all are welcome. CLICK HERE for the full list of reading selections through June 2018.
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!
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 1 - MONDAYS at 10:30 AM
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 2 - TUESDAYS at 1:00 PM
NOTE: Tuesday group cancelled April 3rd ! 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.
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; Registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE to see the schedule of upcoming movies.
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.)
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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