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All ages. 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!

CROCHET CLASS - SATURDAY, JULY 21st at 10:00 AM

For adults and teens age 14 & older; registration required.

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!

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.

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!

Hit the Roof HIT THE ROOF: A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE - SATURDAY, AUGUST 4th at 2:30 PM

Registration required. Experience music like never before! With a taste of some of the twentieth century's most important musical movements, Hit the Roof Band reinvigorates old songs with a new twist. The duet of keyboardist and drummer transform the musical experience by giving the listener more ways to relate to and understand the music as well as breaking the barrier between the artists and the audience, making the performance a more personal and interactive experience.

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!

Seurat painting GEORGES SEURAT: AN ARMCHAIR ART TOUR - SATURDAY, AUGUST 11th at 2:00 PM

Registration required. A Parisian who knew Normandy, Seurat created pictures based on the latest scientific vision research of his time, including Pointilism, a technique of placing daubs of paint close together. This is the first in a series of 4 talks on Post-Impressionists. Future talks will cover Vincent Van Gogh (September 8), Paul Gauguin (October 20) and Paul Cézanne (November 10). Presented by Dr. Michael Norris of Armchair Art Tours.

MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES movie reel

Usually (but not always!) showing on Mondays at 6:30 PM. Some shows have an earlier starting time. Check the front page of the library's website for titles, times, & other info. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule of upcoming movies.

BOOKS

Click here to download the free Teen Book Finder app for Android & iOS!

South Plainfield Public Library Collection: New Young Adult Novels

South Plainfield Public Library Collection: All Young Adult Novels

South Plainfield Public Library Collection: All Graphic Novels

Audiobook and eBook Downloads: Young Adult Fiction (eLibrary NJ / Overdrive)

Audiobook and eBook Downloads: Young Adult Non-Fiction (eLibrary NJ / Overdrive)

100 Best-Ever Teen Novels & Young Adult Book Reviews & Excerpts (NPR)

Books for Teens by Topic (Hennepin County Library, MN)

Great Books for Teens by Theme (AdLit.org)

The Hub: Your Connection to Teen Reads &
Teens Top Ten (American Library Association)

LitPick Book Reviews by Students (age 12 and up)

NextReads Book Newsletters (includes Teen Scene & Tween Reads newsletters)

No Flying No Tights: Graphic Novel reviews

Reading Rants: Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists

Read Kiddo Read (age 10 and up)

Rich in Color: Diversity in YA Books and
We Need Diverse Books: Resources UPDATED LINK!

Teen and Young Adult Literature (New York Public Library)

Teen Book Series & Sequels (Bettendorf Public Library, IA)

Teen Book Suggestions (formerly Teen Scene; Pasadena Public Library, CA)

TeenReads (The Book Report Network)

Websites for Graphic Novels, Comics, Cartoons, & Illustration (Cincinnati Public Library)

YA Books Central Teen Book Reviews

Young Adult Reading Lists by Topic (Ocean County Library, NJ)

Young Adults' Reading Choices (International Reading Association)

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CREATIVITY

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ART STUDIO

Artist's Toolkit UPDATED LINK! [Archived page]

Art 21: Twenty-First Century Art & Artists

Art & Writing Awards (Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

Claremont Review: Submissions UPDATED LINK!

Manga University

Making Mini-Comics

New Moon Girls: Submit Your Work

River of Words Environmental Art and Poetry Contest


MUSIC STUDIO

BBC Music Maker Advice [Archived page]

Drummer World Drum Clinic

Gaiada Virtual Audio Loop Machine for DJs, Performers and Musicians

Piano/Keyboard Lessons Online

Virtual Guitar Tuner, Scales & Chordbook

More Musical Instrument links


MEDIA STUDIO

Art of Storytelling

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People

Motion Picture Craft

Multimedia Tutorials (audio, video, photography, web, flash, and more)

My Pop Studio for 'Tweens (music, tv, magazines, digital)

Open Broadcaster Software for video recording and live streaming

Radio Diaries: DIY Radio Handbook

Science & Film Projects NEW!

Youth Radio Audio/Podcast How-Tos


THEATER

Actorama.com Monologues & Scenes UPDATED LINKS!

Costume Design (Arts Alive, National Arts Centre of Canada)

National Theatre: Backstage Videos (Royal National Theatre, UK)

Working in Theatre: American Theatre Wing (AWT) UPDATED LINK!, AWT Playlists on YouTube, AWT How It Works videos, & AWT Downstage Center audio podcast archive on Podbay


WRITING

New Pages: Young Authors Publishing Guide

BookTrust Writing Tips for Teens UPDATED LINK!

Write It! Poetry, Essays, Fiction, & more

Writers' Block Blog: Writing Tips, Technique, & Craft

Writing Prompts from The Writer Magazine

Figment Writers' Community

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for Young Writers

Cicada: Submissions UPDATED LINK!

Claremont Review: Submissions UPDATED LINK!

Merlyn's Pen

New Moon Girls

Polyphony H.S. Literary Magazine

Art & Writing Awards (Alliance for Young Artists & Writers)

River of Words Environmental Art and Poetry Contest


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Copyright Law and Fair Use for Creative & Digital Artists & Filmmakers: Online Comic Book

Copyright FAQ

Intellectual Property Law: Why Should I Care?

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INFORMATION for PARENTS:

The Internet contains many different kinds of resources and its links can carry your children to many places. Some of these places may not be suitable for teens. We have attempted to choose only age-appropriate links for our Teen page, but because websites change frequently, and because they may contain links to many other sites, or may present materials you do not wish your teen to be exposed to, we urge you to supervise your child's exploration of the Web and make sure that the journey is a healthy one. Our inclusion of websites in this directory is not an endorsement of any products or services these sites may be selling or advertising. For advice about how to keep your child safe online, we recommend:

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