Grades 1 and up; some knowledge of Chinese required. Join Ms Kitty for an afternoon of reading, writing, and crafts! This program will be presented in Mandarin Chinese.
Ages 5 - 7. New readers are invited to join us as we take turns practicing reading Easy Reader titles out loud, discussing what we've read, and doing a related craft or activity! (Formerly known as Easy Reader Book Club.)
For adults. Spaces limited to 15; registration required. Think you can be the Worst Artist? Come and find out! We will provide the supplies, and you provide the ''talent''!
Ages 10 and up. Are you interested in learning improv, the art of live theatre and comedy made up on the spot? Join us for a class to learn some basic improv techniques!
JUNE PROGRAMS PREVIEW (Stay tuned for updates!)
A staff member from Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.'s office will be at the library to meet with constituents. Stop by at any time between 1PM and 6PM to speak with the Congressman's staff about help with constituent concerns and issues related to federal agencies.
Showing: Second Act. Rated PG-13, running time 103 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: Second Act. Rated PG-13, running time 103 min. Presented free; registration is NOT required.
Registration required. Mindfulness is the caring, compassionate, non-judgmental awareness of our own experience - our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and what is going on around us. This workshop teaches formal and informal practices including both stillness and moving meditation and how to incorporate them into daily life. No experience or special clothing is necessary. Presented by Dr. Siobhán Gibbons, licensed psychologist.
For adults. Space is limited; registration required. Join instructor Suchitra Uniyal as she teaches us to make beautiful art from rolled paper!
Showing: What Men Want. Rated R, running time 117 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: What Men Want. Rated R, running time 117 min. Presented free; registration is NOT required.
For adults; registration required. Attracting birds is a great way to bring nature up close and into your backyard, providing hours of entertainment for everyone in the family! This program will familiarize participants with how to use bird foods, bird feeders, water and shelter to attract the widest variety of birds and give tips on making your backyards bird friendly. Presented by Pete Axelrod from Wild Birds Unlimited in Scotch Plains.
Showing: Cold Pursuit. Rated R, running time 119 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: Cold Pursuit. Rated R, running time 119 min. Presented free; registration is NOT required.
Showing: Life Is Beautiful (1997). Director: Roberto Benigni; stars Roberto Benigni, Giorgio Cantorini, and Nicoletta Broschi. The story of an Italian Holocaust victim and his family as remembered by his son. Benigni won an Academy Award for acting in this one. Presented by the Plainfields' chapter of UNICO. ALL FILMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Free popcorn. Donations to UNICO'S Scholarship Fund gratefully accepted. Click here for the 2019 Italian Film Festival schedule.
Space limited to 15 participants; registration required. Join us at the library for a fun filled 'crafternoon' for adults with crafter Patricia Dahl. We will provide everything you need to make a beautiful decorative plate, but if you do have sharp scissors, please bring them in.
Last meeting before summer break. The group will resume meeting in September.
Showing: The Upside. Rated PG-13, running time 126 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: The Upside. Rated PG-13, running time 126 min. Presented free; registration is NOT required.
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.
The afternoon book club usually meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 4PM. Join us for great discussions about fascinating books! At the June meeting, we'll be discussing Clybourne Park: a play by Bruce Norris. All are welcome! CLICK HERE for the list of reading selections for 2019.
Calling all mystery lovers: Join us for the South Plainfield Mystery Book Club! At our June meeting we'll be talking about The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry (REPLACING The Hog's Back Mystery listed in the printed schedule). All are welcome! CLICK HERE for the full list of reading selections through June 2019.
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? Please join us to discuss all things homeschooling!
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 1 - MONDAYS at 10:30 AM through June 24th
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 2 - THURSDAYS at 1:00 PM
JUNE 24th will be the last meeting of the Monday group before summer break. We will resume meeting in September. 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. Ask about our self-guided practice program!
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 the PSGNB website for details. To sign up for an appointment, please call or visit the South Plainfield Library. Click here for a printable flyer. 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 12:30 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 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 fourth 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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