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SUMMER READING IS HERE! Click here for details.

Click here for JULY CALENDAR!

Click here for South Plainfield Public Schools Summer Reading Lists

Free tutoring services @ the library, for 2nd through 5th graders!

Click here for Useful Websites: PARENTING & FAMILY

Special Programs

SUMMER READING IS HERE!

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We have summer reading clubs for babies, school age kids, teens, and adults! For the Children's and Teen Summer Reading Programs, check-in for weekly prizes begins Monday, July 2. Just record the books you read in the booklets we provide! It's a fun way to encourage kids to read. There are bigger prizes the more books you read! And don't worry if you miss a week or two - we will make sure you get all the prizes you missed! Click here for details.

SPANISH/ENGLISH STORYTIME - THURSDAY, JULY 19th at 6:30 PM

box car DRIVE-IN MOVIE CRAFT - FRIDAY, JULY 20th at 1:00 PM

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Bring a box big enough to sit in and we'll have all the supplies you need to turn it into a cool car that you can use while watching a movie!

scissors SCISSOR SKILLS FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS - FRIDAY, JULY 20th at 4:30 PM

Little ones need some practice cutting? Bring them to the library for an afternoon of safety scissor fun!

Holi colors CELEBRATION OF COLORS - SATURDAY, JULY 21st from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for some fun inspired by Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors! We will be outside playing with water and powdered colors, so please dress appropriately. A plain white T-shirt is recommended!

YOGA FOR KIDS - MONDAY, JULY 23rd at 2:30 PM

SORRY! No more spaces are available in this program!

READING BUDDIES - MONDAY, JULY 23rd at 6:30 PM

SORRY! No more spaces are available in this program!

G.R.E.A.T. BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, JULY 24th at 2:00 PM

SORRY! No more spaces are available in this program!

bookworm EASY READER BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, JULY 24th at 3:00 PM

Ages 6 - 8. Newly-minted readers are invited to join us as we read and then discuss an Easy Reader title at our monthly meeting. Titles are read together as a group, but if you would like to pick up a copy prior to the meeting, they are available at the Adult Reference desk!

snap circuits SNAP CIRCUITS STEAM PROGRAM - WEDNESDAY, JULY 25th at 3:00 PM

Ages 8 and up. Snap circuits are an exciting, hands-on way to introduce electronics and elementary engineering concepts to children!

dancing DJ DANCE PARTY - WEDNESDAY, JULY 25th at 6:30 PM

This program will be held at the Senior Center DJ Dave will be on hand to provide an interactive evening of movement & music! Learn classic dances like the Limbo, the Cha-Cha, the Macarena, and the Hokey Pokey. Join in the fun of hula hoop hot potato, musical squares, and more. Fun for the whole family! Please consider bringing an unopened non-perishable food item or personal care product to donate to the South Plainfield Food Pantry.

CGSG logo COMMON GROUND SUPPORT GROUP - WEDNESDAY, JULY 25th at 6:30 PM

For parents & caregivers. Common Ground is a monthly support group for parents & caregivers of individuals with special needs.

craft supplies CRAFT WITH GIRL SCOUTS - THURSDAY, JULY 26th at 1:15 PM

For elementary-school aged children; registration required. Join Girl Scout troop 65388 for a fun summer craft and storytime! This program is free, but donations of new or gently-used art supplies for the New Jersey Coalition to House the Homeless would be greatly appreciated.

HOMESCHOOLING 101, PART 4 - THURSDAY, JULY 26th at 3:00 PM

For parents. Homeschooling through high school.

SPANISH/ENGLISH STORYTIME - THURSDAY, JULY 26th at 6:30 PM

board games FAMILY GAME TIME - FRIDAY, JULY 27th at 1:00 PM

All ages. Come and play one of our board games or bring a favorite from home to share! We encourage adults to participate as well so feel free to bring along grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. to play too!

Sharpies SHARPIE ART FOR TWEENS - FRIDAY, JULY 27th at 3:30 PM

Ages 10 and up; registration required. Join us for an afternoon of art using classic Sharpie markers!

READING BUDDIES - MONDAY, JULY 30th at 6:30 PM

SORRY! No more spaces are available in this program!

G.R.E.A.T. BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, JULY 31st at 2:00 PM

SORRY! No more spaces are available in this program!

handprint SPECIAL NEEDS SENSORY STORYTIME - TUESDAY, JULY 31st 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.

National Night Out logo NATIONAL NIGHT OUT - TUESDAY, AUGUST 7th from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us for South Plainfield's annual National Night Out celebration. Festivities will be held in the library parking lot. Great fun for the whole family!


Programs for GRADE SCHOOLERS & 'TWEENS

Programs for ALL AGES / MIXED AGES

...Plus all our regularly scheduled programs!

CLICK HERE FOR CALENDAR

Babies AGES: Up to 2 years

Baby Time
with Miss Linda

Friday mornings, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM (session #1)
Friday mornings, 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (session #2)
PLEASE CHECK THIS MONTH'S CALENDAR for dates and cancellations!
Mother Goose
Registration is not required!

INFORMATION for PARENTS:

Baby Time is designed for our youngest patrons (under 2 years of age) and their caregivers. It is intended to introduce babies to the library in a positive way. This is a lapsit program including 20-25 minutes of songs and rhymes for our youngest patrons followed by 20-25 minutes of play and socialization time. No cell phones please!


FAMILY STORYTIMES - SATURDAYS at 10:30 AM
No Family Storytimes in July!

All Ages. This is a storytime that everyone in the family can come and enjoy! We sing songs, read books, and finish up with a craft suitable for all ages. The storytime itself lasts about 25-30 minutes, followed by the craft session. Caregivers should remain in the storyroom and are encouraged to join in the activities. No cell phones please!

See also: Programs for ALL AGES / MIXED AGES and SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Toddlers & Pre-K AGES: 2 to 6 years

Toddler Time (Time for 2s & 3s)
with Miss Mija

Wednesday mornings at 10:30 AM
Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM
PLEASE CHECK THIS MONTH'S CALENDAR for dates and cancellations!
Cat & fiddle
Registration is not required!

INFORMATION for PARENTS:

Toddler Time is designed for our youngest patrons and their caregivers. It is intended to introduce toddlers to books and libraries in a positive way. This program runs 25 - 35 minutes and includes songs, rhymes, fingerplays, short books, and a craft. Caregivers should remain in the storyroom and are encouraged to join in the activities. No cell phones please!


Storytime & Craft (Ages 3 to 6 years)

Tuesday mornings at 10:30 AM
Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 PM
Thursday Afternoons at 1:15 PM
PLEASE CHECK THIS MONTH'S CALENDAR for dates and cancellations!
Story bunny
Registration is not required!

INFORMATION for PARENTS:

This is an independent storytime where children sit and listen to stories all by themselves. Storytime is designed to introduce children to books and libraries in a positive, enjoyable way. The program time averages 45 minutes to 1 hour and includes a variety of stories, fingergames, action rhymes, and a related craft. Along with aiding the development of listening and motor skills, storytime is also a time when children can learn socialization skills with children their own age.

To help provide an optimal learning atmosphere for your child during storytime, please observe the following guidelines:


Chinese Language Storytime (Ages 2 - 6)
with Ms. Kitty

No Chinese Language Storytime in July!
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Registration is not required!

INFORMATION for PARENTS:

This session will be held primarily in Mandarin, but children who have had no exposure to Chinese are encouraged to attend. Ms. Kitty will give a short explanation of each song and story in English as they are presented.


Spanish/English Storytime (Ages 2 - 6)
with Ms. Jailene

THURSDAY, JULY 19th at 6:30 PM
THURSDAY, JULY 26th at 6:30 PM

PLEASE CHECK THIS MONTH'S CALENDAR for dates and cancellations!
piñata
Registration is not required!

INFORMATION for PARENTS:

Vengan y disfruten cuentos, rimas y canciones en inglés y español! Come and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, and storytelling in Ms. Jailene! This program will be held in both Spanish and English so we encourage everyone to attend!


FAMILY STORYTIMES - SATURDAYS at 10:30 AM
No Family Storytimes in July!

All Ages. This is a storytime that everyone in the family can come and enjoy! We sing songs, read books, and finish up with a craft suitable for all ages. The storytime itself lasts about 25-30 minutes, followed by the craft session. Caregivers should remain in the storyroom and are encouraged to join in the activities. No cell phones please!

PUZZLE & GAME PLAYTIME - MOST TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS at 11:30 AM. Please click here for dates!

Ages 3 and up. Come and play! Free playtime with our board games & puzzles.

DRIVE-IN MOVIE CRAFT - FRIDAY, JULY 20th at 1:00 PM

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Bring a box big enough to sit in and we'll have all the supplies you need to turn it into a cool car that you can use while watching a movie!

SCISSOR SKILLS FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS - FRIDAY, JULY 20th at 4:30 PM

Little ones need some practice cutting? Bring them to the library for an afternoon of safety scissor fun!


See also: Programs for ALL AGES / MIXED AGES and SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Grade Schoolers & 'Tweens AGES: 6 - 12

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SUMMER READING IS HERE!

We have summer reading clubs for babies, school age kids, teens, and adults! For the Children's and Teen Summer Reading Programs, check-in for weekly prizes begins Monday, July 2. Just record the books you read in the booklets we provide! It's a fun way to encourage kids to read. There are bigger prizes the more books you read! And don't worry if you miss a week or two - we will make sure you get all the prizes you missed! Click here for details.

Free tutoring services @ the library, for 2nd through 5th graders!

LEGO BUILDERS CLUB - MOST MONDAYS & THURSDAYS at 3:30 PM. Please click here for dates.

All ages are welcome. Come and build with Lego! We supply the materials, you supply the creativity!

HOMESCHOOLING 101 - THURSDAYS IN JULY at 3:00 PM

For parents. Join Ms Stella (a seasoned homeschooling mom herself) for a four-part series on the basics of homeschooling! Learn about homeschooling while the kids are busy with Legos! The series schedule is:

  1. July 5 - Setting up a homeschool schedule for elementary, middle & high school
  2. July 12 - A day in the life of a homeschooling family
  3. July 19 - Choosing a homeschooling curriculum
  4. July 26, Homeschooling through high school.

READING BUDDIES - MONDAYS beginning JULY 9th at 6:30 PM

SORRY! No more spaces are available in this program!

G.R.E.A.T. BOOK CLUB - TUESDAYS beginning JULY 10th at 2:00 PM

SORRY! No more spaces are available in this program!

CHILDREN'S MEDITATION - MOST WEDNESDAYS at 7:45 PM

Ages 7 - 12. Please check the Children's Room Calendar for schedule. Join Ms Aimee as she teaches us practical methods to manage challenging situations using meditation and mindfulness.

YOGA FOR KIDS - MONDAY, JULY 23rd at 2:30 PM

SORRY! No more spaces are available in this program!

EASY READER BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, JULY 24th at 3:00 PM

Ages 6 - 8.

SNAP CIRCUITS STEAM PROGRAM - WEDNESDAY, JULY 25th at 3:00 PM

Ages 8 and up.

CRAFT WITH GIRL SCOUTS - THURSDAY, JULY 26th at 1:15 PM

For elementary-school aged children; registration required.

SHARPIE ART FOR TWEENS - FRIDAY, JULY 27th at 3:30 PM

Ages 10 and up; registration required.

See also: Programs for ALL AGES / MIXED AGES and SPECIAL PROGRAMS

All Ages or Mixed Ages

craft supplies mom and daughter reading test tubes game board

SUMMER READING IS HERE!

We have summer reading clubs for babies, school age kids, teens, and adults! For the Children's and Teen Summer Reading Programs, check-in for weekly prizes begins Monday, July 2. Just record the books you read in the booklets we provide! It's a fun way to encourage kids to read. There are bigger prizes the more books you read! And don't worry if you miss a week or two - we will make sure you get all the prizes you missed! Click here for details.

FAMILY STORYTIMES - SATURDAYS at 10:30 AM
No Family Storytimes in July!

All Ages. This is a storytime that everyone in the family can come and enjoy! We sing songs, read books, and finish up with a craft suitable for all ages. The storytime itself lasts about 25-30 minutes, followed by the craft session. Caregivers should remain in the storyroom and are encouraged to join in the activities. No cell phones please!

HOMESCHOOLING 101 - THURSDAYS at 3:00 PM Please click here for dates!

For parents.

LEGO BUILDERS CLUB - MOST MONDAYS & THURSDAYS at 3:30 PM. Please click here for dates.

All ages are welcome. Come and build with Lego! We supply the materials, you supply the creativity!

PUZZLE & GAME PLAYTIME - MOST TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS at 11:30 AM. Please click here for dates!

Ages 3 and up. Come and play! Free playtime with our board games & puzzles.

CELEBRATION OF COLORS - SATURDAY, JULY 21st from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

All ages

DJ DANCE PARTY - WEDNESDAY, JULY 25th at 6:30 PM

All ages. This program will be held at the Senior Center

COMMON GROUND SUPPORT GROUP - WEDNESDAY, JULY 25th at 6:30 PM

For parents & caregivers of individuals with special needs.

FAMILY GAME TIME - FRIDAY, JULY 27th at 1:00 PM

All ages.

SPECIAL NEEDS SENSORY STORYTIME - TUESDAY, JULY 31st at 3:00 PM

For pre-school to young adult aged individuals with special needs.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT - TUESDAY, AUGUST 7th from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

See also SPECIAL PROGRAMS.

Explore the Web INFORMATION for PARENTS
Homework Help INFORMATION for PARENTS

World Almanac for Kids
World Almanac for Kids has been discontinued.

 

SEARCH World Almanac for Kids
(If you get a login page, enter your name, library card barcode number and PIN)


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Click on the picture above to SEARCH Ebsco Explora for Grades K-5
(If you get a login page, enter your name, library card barcode number and PIN)


Primary Search
Click on the picture above to SEARCH Ebsco Primary Search for Elementary School students
(If you get a login page, enter your name, library card barcode number and PIN)


Fun Stuff INFORMATION for PARENTS

BOOKS & STORIES

Find new books based on books you like!       Next Reads newsletters - recommended reading for kids!

FIND YOUR NEXT BOOK TO READ:
Type the name of a book, author, or series you like (such as Harry Potter) into the box below, then click on Title Read-alikes, Author Read-alikes, or Series Read-alikes in the results list.


(If you get a login page, enter your name, library card barcode number and PIN to get your search results)

BOOKS, STORIES, & READING - GENERAL SITES:

Find more at:

LEARNING TO READ:

FAVORITE BOOKS & AUTHORS:

Find many more at:


MAGAZINES & COMICS


ARTS & CRAFTS

See also Homework Links: Arts & Music.


MUSIC

See also Homework Links: Arts & Music.


OUTDOOR FUN & SPORTS


SCIENCE & DISCOVERY

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE! Some of the websites listed in this section include hands-on experiments and activities which require adult supervision.

See also Planet Science & related links, above, and Homework Links: Science & Math.


TOYS & GAMES


MOVIES & TV


HOME, SCHOOL & FRIENDS


MORE FUN STUFF!

INFORMATION for PARENTS:

The Internet contains many different kinds of material and its links can take you to many places. Some of these places may not be suitable for children. In creating this page, the South Plainfield Public Library staff has attempted to choose the best websites available, but we cannot be responsible for accuracy of information at these sites. We have also attempted to choose only 'child-safe' websites, but because websites change frequently, and may contain links to many other sites, we cannot guarantee child-safe content. Some of these sites include commercial advertisements, which also change frequently and may not be suitable for children. Our inclusion of websites on this page is not an endorsement of any products or services these sites may be selling or advertising. Please supervise your child's exploration of the Web and make sure that the journey is a healthy one. For advice about how to keep your child safe online, we recommend:

Click here for more computer safety & privacy links

If your children will be using the South Plainfield Public Library's computers to access the internet, please be sure to read our Computer Use & Internet Access Policy.

Click here for Useful Websites: PARENTING & FAMILY.

School help for parents: See PTA Parents and related links.

Click here for a printable BACKPACK EMERGENCY CARD.

The National Parent Helpline® at 1-855-4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736) offers emotional support to parents who may be feeling overwhelmed or need someone to listen to them.

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