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CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS RESUME OCTOBER 1st - Click here for OCTOBER CALENDAR!

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

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Special Programs

ALL REGULAR CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS CANCELLED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30th

Programs will resume on Monday, October 1st!

book sale FRIENDS' BOOK & BAKE SALE - SEPTEMBER 22nd - 29th

Get gently used books, CDs and DVDs at bargain prices - and delicious baked goodies too - at the Friends of the South Plainfield Library's Book & Bake Sale, beginning Saturday, September 22nd! Book Sale continues through September 29th. All sales will benefit our library!

Spanish dancer HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd from 12 - 3 PM

All ages. This program will be held at the Senior Center. Join us for a live dance performance, followed by some delicious food from our local restaurants!

HOMESCHOOLING GROUP - MONDAY, OCTOBER 1st at 3:30 PM

CHINESE/ENGLISH STORYTIME - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2nd at 4:30 PM

NEW! ITALIAN/ENGLISH STORYTIME - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4th at 3:30 PM

boy reading KID'S CORNER BOOK CLUB - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4th at 6:30 PM

Ages 8 - 10. Stop by the Adult Reference Desk to pick up a copy of this month's book, take it home to read, and then join us for a discussion!

sneakers PRE-SCHOOL SKILLS: TYING YOUR SHOES - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5th at 3:30 PM

Little ones need some help with their shoe-tying skills? Join Ms Mija as she teaches her 'money-back guarantee' method!

diwali DIWALI CELEBRATION - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6th from NOON - 3:00 PM

All ages. Join us as we learn about the Festival of Lights! Experience the excitement of Diwali through Indian Indian crafts, food, music & dance.! This program will be held at the Senior Center.

LIBRARY CLOSED - SUNDAY MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 - 8 (Columbus Day holiday)

CHINESE/ENGLISH STORYTIME - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9th at 4:30 PM

bookworm EASY READER BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9th at 5:00 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!

sugar skull TWEEN HALLOWEEN CRAFT - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11th at 6:30 PM

Ages 7 and up. Registration required. Join us for an afternoon of creative fun with sugar skull decorating for Halloween!

jack-o-lantern FALL FESTIVAL & PUMPKIN PAINTING - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Bring your own pumpkin to decorate (and a box to take it home) & we will provide the rest! Special Scarecrow Storytime begins @ 11:00 AM with a special guest reader (followed by a chance to take your photo with the scarecrow)! Green Meadows Farm will have their traveling Petting Zoo set up for everyone to enjoy from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM! And there will be games, crafts, photo ops... lots of fun activities to enjoy! All activities will take place behind the library in the parking lot and Willow Park.

HOMESCHOOLING GROUP - MONDAY, OCTOBER 15th at 3:30 PM

halloween box car DRIVE-IN MOVIE CRAFT: HALLOWEEN EDITION - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16th at 3:30 PM

PLEASE BRING A CARDBOARD BOX BIG ENOUGH FOR YOUR CHILD TO SIT IN AND WE WILL PROVIDE THE REST! Join us to craft a creepster car and then pull your spooky ride into our 'drive-in' theatre to enjoy a Halloween themed screening!

ITALIAN/ENGLISH STORYTIME - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18th at 3:30 PM

craft supplies KID CRAFT: PET MONSTER - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18th at 6:30 PM

Ages 5 and up; registration required! Please bring an empty tissue box or shoebox with you. Come and create your own pet monster just in time for Halloween!

CHESS CLUB - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20th at 11:30 AM

Ages 6 and up. Beginners to advanced players welcome!

science cat SUPER SCIENCE SUNDAY - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21st at 2:30 PM

Ages 8 and up. Please register! Join us each month as we engage in hands-on activities and experiments to learn more about different scientific concepts! This month's topic is earthquakes and structural integrity. Your challenge is to build a structure strong enough to withstand a simulated Jell-O earthquake!

yoga YOGA FOR KIDS - MONDAY, OCTOBER 22nd at 4:00 PM

Ages 5 and up. Space limited; registration required. Come to the library to learn some simple Yoga poses with certified Yoga instructor Jillian Keller.

SPANISH/ENGLISH STORYTIME - MONDAY, OCTOBER 22nd at 6:30 PM

craft supplies HALLOWEEN CRAFTERNOON - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd at 3:30 PM

All ages. Children of all ages are invited to join us for an afternoon of creative fun. We will provide everything you need to create some cute (or creepy!) Halloween characters!

CHINESE/ENGLISH STORYTIME - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd at 4:30 PM

bookworm EASY READER BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd at 5:00 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!

ITALIAN/ENGLISH STORYTIME - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25th at 3:30 PM

HOMESCHOOLING GROUP - MONDAY, OCTOBER 29th at 3:30 PM

SPANISH/ENGLISH STORYTIME - MONDAY, OCTOBER 29th at 6:30 PM

CHINESE/ENGLISH STORYTIME - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30th at 4:30 PM

CLICK HERE FOR CALENDAR

Text SPPLKIDS to 22828

Babies AGES: Up to 2 years

All regular children's programs cancelled through September 30th!

Baby Time

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!

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

Toddlers & Pre-K AGES: 2 to 6 years

All regular children's programs cancelled through September 30th!

Toddler Time (Time for 2s & 3s)

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!


All regular children's programs cancelled through September 30th!

Storytime & Craft (Ages 3 to 6 years)

Tuesday mornings at 10:30 AM
Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 PM
PLEASE NOTE: We have discontinued Thursday afternoon Storytime & Craft due to low attendance.
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:


All regular children's programs cancelled through September 30th!

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

PLEASE CHECK THIS MONTH'S CALENDAR for dates!
panda reading
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 - no previous knowledge of the language is required. Ms. Kitty will give a short explanation of each song and story in English as they are presented.


All regular children's programs cancelled through September 30th!

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

PLEASE CHECK THIS MONTH'S CALENDAR for dates!
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 - no previous knowledge of the language is required!


All regular children's programs cancelled through September 30th!

NEW! Italian/English Storytime (Ages 2 - 6)
with Ms. Maria

PLEASE CHECK THIS MONTH'S CALENDAR for dates!
Italian flag
Registration is not required!

INFORMATION for PARENTS:

Racconti in Italiano! This program will be held in both Italian and English so we encourage everyone to attend - no previous knowledge of the language is required!


All regular children's programs cancelled through September 30th!

PUZZLE & GAME PLAYTIME - Most Tuesdays & Thursdays at 11:30 AM. Please click here for dates! Ages 3 and up.

PRE-SCHOOL SKILLS: TYING YOUR SHOES - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5th at 3:30 PM

DIWALI CELEBRATION - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6th from NOON - 3:00 PM

All ages.

FALL FESTIVAL & PUMPKIN PAINTING - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Bring your own pumpkin to decorate (and a box to take it home) & we will provide the rest!

DRIVE-IN MOVIE CRAFT: HALLOWEEN EDITION - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16th at 3:30 PM

PLEASE BRING A CARDBOARD BOX BIG ENOUGH FOR YOUR CHILD TO SIT IN AND WE WILL PROVIDE THE REST!


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

Grade Schoolers & 'Tweens AGES: 6 - 12

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All regular children's programs cancelled through September 30th!

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

HOMESCHOOLING SUPPORT GROUP - MOST MONDAYS 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? A seasoned homeschooler who is willing to share your experience? Stop in at our Drop-In Homeschooling Support Group to discuss all things homeschooling!

LEGO CLUB - MOST 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!

KID'S CORNER BOOK CLUB - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4th at 6:30 PM

Ages 8 - 10.

LIBRARY CLOSED - SUNDAY MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 - 8 (Columbus Day holiday)

EASY READER BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9th at 5:00 PM

Ages 6 - 8.

TWEEN HALLOWEEN CRAFT - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11th at 6:30 PM

Ages 7 and up. Registration required.

KID CRAFT: PET MONSTER - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18th at 6:30 PM

Ages 5 and up; registration required! Please bring an empty tissue box or shoebox with you.

CHESS CLUB - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20th at 11:30 AM

Ages 6 and up. Beginners to advanced players welcome!

SUPER SCIENCE SUNDAY - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21st at 2:30 PM

Ages 8 and up. Please register!

YOGA FOR KIDS - MONDAY, OCTOBER 22nd at 4:00 PM

Ages 5 and up. Space limited; registration required.

EASY READER BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd at 5:00 PM

Ages 6 - 8.

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

All Ages or Mixed Ages

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All regular children's programs cancelled through September 30th!

HOMESCHOOLING SUPPORT GROUP - MOST MONDAYS at 3:30 PM Please click here for dates!

For parents.

LEGO CLUB - MOST 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.

DIWALI CELEBRATION - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6th from NOON - 3:00 PM

All ages.

LIBRARY CLOSED - SUNDAY MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 - 8 (Columbus Day holiday)

FALL FESTIVAL & PUMPKIN PAINTING - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Bring your own pumpkin to decorate (and a box to take it home) & we will provide the rest!

KID CRAFT: PET MONSTER - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18th at 6:30 PM

Ages 5 and up; registration required!

YOGA FOR KIDS - MONDAY, OCTOBER 22nd at 4:00 PM

Ages 5 and up. Space limited; registration required.

HALLOWEEN CRAFTERNOON - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23rd at 3:30 PM

All ages.

See also SPECIAL PROGRAMS.

Explore the Web INFORMATION for PARENTS
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)


Ebsco Explora logo

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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