PLEASE NOTE! The following programs posted earlier have been ***CANCELLED***: FAMILY GAME TIME for Monday 8/19, and PUZZLES & GAMES for Weds 8/21. We apologize for any inconvenience! All regularly scheduled children's programs (Baby/Toddler/Storytimes, Legos, Book Clubs, etc.) will resume on Tuesday, October 1st!
Showing: Poms. Rated PG-13, running time 91 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: Poms. Rated PG-13, running time 91 min. Presented free; registration is NOT required.
Held at the Willow Park playground behind the library. All 2019 Summer Reading Club participants are invited to stop by & enjoy a frozen treat, then stay and play for a while as we celebrate the end of another great summer reading program! NOTE: In the event of rain, this program will be moved into the library's multipurpose room.
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. Unlock your personal growth and build self confidence in a positive environment!
Showing: A Dog's Journey. Rated PG-13, running time 109 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: A Dog's Journey. Rated PG-13, running time 109 min. Presented free; registration is NOT required.
For older adults; registration required. Join us for an overview of Medicare and the aging-in process. Some points that will be discussed are what Medicare is and who qualifies, how Medicare works with other insurance, Medicare parts A, B, C, D and supplemental policies, and how to decide what plan is best for you. Information will be provided on the steps that need to be taken to be ready for the day that you are eligible for Medicare. Presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ.
Limited to 9 participants; registration required. Keeping track of your health statistics is not an easy task. If you are not properly equipped, you probably are not checking your vitals and numbers in between doctor visits. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ has developed a screening program that is free of charge and offers a variety of screenings to provide baseline comparison for you. Available Tests Include: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Glucose and BMI (upon request).
For adults and teens age 14 & older; space is limited, registration required.
Space limited to 15 participants. Registration required; sign up begins 7/20. ***YOU MUST BRING A YOGA MAT!*** Integral Yoga practice can help you focus your mind, strengthen your body, increase your flexibility and improve your quality of life. Please bring a yoga mat & water bottle, and wear loose fitting clothing. Presented by yoga teacher Theresa Jefferson. Additional sessions will be held on September 14 (sign up begins 8/1), October 19 (sign up begins 9/14), and November 16 (sign up begins 10/19). For related resources, see our Meditation & Stress Reduction Webfinder.
SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS PREVIEW (More to come!)
Registration required. Motown, established by Berry Gordy in 1960, has been described as the greatest pop music hit factory in recording history. Join rock historian Vincent Bruno for a look at how the ''Motown Sound'' was created and how it has become a worldwide phenomenon beloved by millions to this day. From the ''hit machine'' songwriting teams to the in-house studio band to the extraordinary roster of recording artists including Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Supremes, Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and countless others, the house that Gordy built is still standing with 201 No. 1 worldwide hits and counting!
Space limited to 15 participants; registration required.
Space limited to 15 participants. Registration required. ***YOU MUST BRING A YOGA MAT!*** Integral Yoga practice can help you focus your mind, strengthen your body, increase your flexibility and improve your quality of life. Please bring a yoga mat & water bottle, and wear loose fitting clothing. Presented by yoga teacher Theresa Jefferson. Additional sessions will be held on October 19 (sign up begins 9/14), and November 16 (sign up begins 10/19). For related resources, see our Meditation & Stress Reduction Webfinder.
The Friends of the South Plainfield Library are now accepting donations of gently-used books, CDs and DVDs for the September sale. Donated items must be in good shape (no dirty, yellowed or water-damaged books; no scratched or cracked CDs and DVDs). The Friends will NOT take encyclopedias, textbooks, or VHS tapes. If you would like to donate books or AV materials, please bring them to the library any time we're open. PLEASE NOTE: If you have a large quantity of materials to donate at one time (more than a box or two), please call us first to make sure we'll be able to take them. Questions? Please call us at 908-754-7885. All sales will benefit our library!
Registration required; register online at Hackensack Meridian Health. Lack of sleep can affect you in many ways. Join us to learn about sleep disorders and get tips on how to get a better night's sleep.
Registration required; register online at Hackensack Meridian Health. Learn the latest breast health information, including risk factors, prevention, treatment options and the importance of mammograms.
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 August meeting, we'll be discussing The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window & Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. At the September meeting, we'll be discussing The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa. All are welcome! CLICK HERE for the list of reading selections for 2019.
The Mystery Book Club will not meet in July & August. Calling all mystery lovers: Join us for the South Plainfield Mystery Book Club! At our September meeting we'll be talking about A Cold Blooded Business by Dana Stabenow . All are welcome! CLICK HERE for the full list of reading selections through June 2020.
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUPS
Mondays at 10:30 AM: Meetings resume on September 9th
Saturdays at 10:00 AM (no meeting 8/10)
Monday & Thursday groups are currently on summer break. Both groups 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 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. PSGNB provides a volunteer to hold on-site, one-on-one coaching sessions customized to meet the needs of the individual job seeker. Sessions are 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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