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Click here for JULY CALENDAR!

Click here for JUNE CALENDAR!

ALL REGULAR CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS CANCELLED June 19th through July 2nd!
Regular programming will resume July 3rd.

SUMMER READING CLUB REGISTRATION begins Monday, June 26th!

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

Click here for Useful Websites: PARENTING & FAMILY

Special Programs

SPECIAL RAMADAN EID STORYTIME - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28th at 6:30 PM

Held at the Senior Center. Learn about the celebration that marks the end of fasting, make an awesome craft, and maybe try some treats!

Summer Reading Program

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science symbols SUMMER SCIENCE LEAGUE - MONDAYS, beginning JULY 3rd at 3:00 PM

Grades 6 - 12; registration required. Join us for weekly meetings that will culminate in a science fair to show off your work! We will help with ideas and resources for your project. You may work in groups or alone.

KID'S CORNER BOOK CLUB - MONDAYS, beginning JULY 3rd at 6:30 PM

Ages 8 - 10.

BEGINNER BOOK CLUB - THURSDAYS, JULY 6th & 27th at 6:30 PM

Ages 6 - 8.

board games FAMILY GAME DAY - FRIDAY, JULY 7TH at 3:00 PM

All ages welcome! 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 as well!

Chess CHESS CLUB - TUESDAYS, beginning JULY 11th at 12:30 PM

Ages 6 and up. Absolute beginners to advanced players welcome! We'll be matching up players for some friendly chess competition! If you have a board at home, please bring it with you so we can be sure to have enough boards to play.

Case Closed anime ANIME CLUB - WEDNESDAY, JULY 12th at 2:00 PM

Ages 10 and up. Come and join us for a screening of Case Closed! PLEASE NOTE: This series contains some animated violence.

bearded dragon lizardTHE LIZARD GUYS - WEDNESDAY, JULY 12th at 6:30 PM

Ages 5 and up. CHILDREN MUST BE ABLE TO SIT! Come and enjoy a live animal program with the Lizard Guys! Will they be silly? Scaly? Scary? Slimy? Sloppy? You'll never know unless you go! In lieu of an admission charge, adults should bring a new, unopened non-perishable food item or personal care product for each person attending. Donations will be given to the South Plainfield Food Pantry.

Jenga logo LIFE SIZE BOARD GAMES - FRIDAY, JULY 14th at 3:00 PM

Ages 9 and up. Come join us as we play some of your favorite games - just life size versions! Memory, Jenga, Sorry, and more!

Hidden Figures book cover G.R.E.A.T BOOK CLUB - SATURDAYS beginning JULY 15th at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

For girls entering 4th - 6th grades; space is limited, registration required. Join our new G.R.E.A.T BOOK CLUB - Girls Reading, Educating, & Achieving Together! We'll be reading and discussing Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space (Young Readers' Edition). You supply the curiosity, we supply the books!

handprint SPECIAL NEEDS SENSORY STORYTIME - MONDAY, JULY 17th at 10:30 AM

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.

Mr Kurt SING ALONG WITH MR. KURT - WEDNESDAY, JULY 19th at 6:30 PM

Ages up to 7. Held at the library! Come and sing along with everybody's favorite silly songster Mr Kurt and his super silly songs! In lieu of an admission charge, please bring a new, unopened non-perishable food item or personal care product for each person attending. Donations will be given to the South Plainfield Food Pantry.

KID CRAFT - THURSDAY, JULY 20th at 6:30 PM octopus

Ages 4 and up. $1 materials fee; registration required! Come join us for a fun summer art project and create Ocean Animal Sand Art Pictures!

box car DRIVE-IN MOVIE CRAFT (BRING A BOX! WATCH A MOVIE!) - FRIDAY, JULY 21st at 2:00 PM

For children of all ages. 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!

Smash Brothers SUPER SMASH BROS TOURNAMENT - SATURDAY, JULY 22nd from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children & young people of all ages. Think you are the best at Super Smash Brothers? Come prove your skills at the first ever Super Smash Tournament at the South Plainfield Public Library!

Brave TWEEN GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK CLUB - WEDNESDAY, JULY 26th at 3:30 PM

Ages 10 and up. We'll be talking about Brave by Svetlana Chmakova. You can pick up a copy of at the Adult reference desk!

Mr Scott MR. SCOTT SING ALONG - WEDNESDAY, JULY 26th at 6:30 PM

For children of all ages. Held at SP Senior Center! Popular children's entertainer Mr. Scott combines physical acrobatics and musical creativity with a zany sense of humor that kids love. Come and sing along with the silliest man in the land! Pre-registration is NOT required. In lieu of an admission charge, adults should bring a new, unopened non-perishable food item for each person attending. Donations will be given to the South Plainfield Food Pantry.

styrofoam STYROFOAM CHALLENGE - FRIDAY, JULY 28th at 3:00 PM

Ages 9 and up. Tweens and teens are invited to show off their building skills! We'll have all of the supplies on hand - all you need to bring is the creativity!


...Plus all our regularly scheduled programs!

CLICK HERE FOR JULY CALENDAR

Babies AGES: Up to 2 years

Baby Time
with Miss Linda
Friday mornings
Click here for times & details
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 and their caregivers. It is intended to introduce babies to the library in a positive way. This is a lapsit program including both structured time (songs & rhymes) and free play time. We have divided Baby Time into two different sessions, described below.

SESSION #1: NON-WALKERS

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM, Friday mornings

20-25 minutes of songs and rhymes for our youngest patrons followed by 20-25 minutes of play and socialization time. This session is best suited for babies who aren't quite brave enough to roam very far from their caregiver, regardless of ability to walk. No cell phones please!

SESSION #2: WALKERS

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM, Friday mornings

25-30 minutes of songs and rhymes for our younger patrons followed by 25-30 minutes of play and socialization time. This session is best suited for babies who are a little more adventerous and enjoy roaming around. No cell phones please!

If you have both a walker and a non-walker, please use your best judgment and pick the session that you think would be most appropriate. Remember - our goal is to keep all of our friends safe and comfortable!

Click here for a printable Baby Time flyer (PDF).

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 and Ms. Suzy
Third Tuesday of each month at 3:30 PM
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 and Ms. Suzy will give a short explanation of each song and story in English as they are presented.

Click here for a flyer in ENGLISH.


See also: Programs for ALL AGES / MIXED AGES

Grade Schoolers & 'Tweens AGES: 6 - 12

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Click on a title below for a flyer / more information:

DROP-IN HOMESCHOOLING SUPPORT GROUP - MOST MONDAYS & 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 Monday or 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!

BEGINNER BOOK CLUB - THURSDAYS, JULY 6th & 27th at 6:30 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.

SING ALONG WITH MR. KURT - WEDNESDAY, JULY 19th at 6:30 PM

Ages up to 7. Held at the library!

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

Ages 7 - 12. Come and build with Lego! We supply the materials, you supply the creativity!

CHILDREN'S MEDITATION - MOST THURSDAYS from 7:00 to 7:30 PM

Ages 7 - 12. Please check with the Children's Room staff for schedule. Each month we will explore various themes through which to practice mindfulness and meditation. Classes will end with several minutes of traditional seated meditation.

KID'S CORNER BOOK CLUB - MONDAYS, beginning JULY 3rd at 6:30 PM. Please click here for dates!

Ages 8 - 10. Join us on Monday evenings for a book discussion! To get a copy of the next book we'll be reading, ask at the Adult Reference Desk.

G.R.E.A.T BOOK CLUB - SATURDAYS beginning JULY 15th at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Please click here for dates!

For girls entering 4th - 6th grades; space is limited, registration required. Join our new G.R.E.A.T BOOK CLUB - Girls Reading, Educating, & Achieving Together! We'll be reading and discussing Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space (Young Readers' Edition). You supply the curiosity, we supply the books!

LIFE SIZE BOARD GAMES - FRIDAY, JULY 14th at 3:00 PM

Ages 9 and up.

STYROFOAM CHALLENGE - FRIDAY, JULY 28th at 3:00 PM

Ages 9 and up. Tweens and teens are invited to show off their building skills! We'll have all of the supplies on hand - all you need to bring is the creativity!

ANIME CLUB - WEDNESDAY, JULY 12th at 2:00 PM

Ages 10 and up. Come and join us for a screening of Case Closed! PLEASE NOTE: This series contains some animated violence.

TWEEN GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK CLUB - WEDNESDAY, JULY 26th at 3:30 PM

Ages 10 and up. We'll be talking about Brave by Svetlana Chmakova. You can pick up a copy of at the Adult reference desk!

SUMMER SCIENCE LEAGUE - MONDAYS, beginning JULY 3rd at 3:00 PM

Grades 6 - 12; registration required. Join us for weekly meetings that will culminate in a science fair to show off your work! We will help with ideas and resources for your project. You may work in groups or alone.

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

FAMILY STORYTIMES - SATURDAYS at 11:00 AM - Please click here for dates!

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!

SPECIAL NEEDS SENSORY STORYTIME - MONDAY, JULY 17th at 10:30 AM

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

CHINESE LANGUAGE STORYTIME - No Chinese Language Storytime in July!

Ages 2 - 6.

Click on a title below for a flyer / more information:

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

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

KID CRAFT - THURSDAY, JULY 20th at 6:30 PM

Ages 4 and up. $1 materials fee; registration required! Come join us for a fun summer art project and create Ocean Animal Sand Art Pictures!

THE LIZARD GUYS - WEDNESDAY, JULY 12th at 6:30 PM

Ages 5 and up. CHILDREN MUST BE ABLE TO SIT!.

CHESS CLUB - TUESDAYS, beginning JULY 11th at 12:30 PM. Please click here for dates!

Ages 6 and up. Absolute beginners to advanced players welcome! We'll be matching up players for some friendly chess competition! If you have a board at home, please bring it with you so we can be sure to have enough boards to play.

FAMILY GAME DAY - FRIDAY, JULY 7th at 3:00 PM

All ages welcome! 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 as well!

DRIVE-IN MOVIE CRAFT (BRING A BOX! WATCH A MOVIE!) - FRIDAY, JULY 21st at 2:00 PM

For children of all ages. 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!

SUPER SMASH BROS TOURNAMENT - SATURDAY, JULY 22nd from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For children & young people of all ages. Think you are the best at Super Smash Brothers? Come prove your skills at the first ever Super Smash Tournament at the South Plainfield Public Library!

MR. SCOTT SING ALONG - WEDNESDAY, JULY 26th at 6:30 PM

For children of all ages. Held at SP Senior Center!

See also SPECIAL PROGRAMS.

Explore the Web INFORMATION for PARENTS

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Type your question in the box below,
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Homework Help INFORMATION for PARENTS

World Almanac for Kids

 

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:


(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


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 Science homework links, above.


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.

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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