Showing: Green Book. Rated PG-13, running time 130 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Ages 7 - 9. SORRY! No more spaces are available in this program! Think your taste buds are top notch? Just how well do you know your flavors? Come take our (blindfolded) taste test and find out! *PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE VARIETY OF FLAVORS/INGREDIENTS BE SURE TO LET US KNOW OF ANY ALLERGIES THAT YOU MAY HAVE!*
Ages 5 - 7.
Ages 4 and up. CHILDREN MUST BE ABLE TO SIT & FOLLOW PERFORMER'S INSTRUCTIONS! 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. Hope to sssssssee you there! This program will be held at the SOUTH PLAINFIELD SENIOR CENTER. We will be collecting unopened non-perishable food or personal care products at this performance. Donations will be given to the South Plainfield Food Pantry.
Showing: Green Book. Rated PG-13, running time 130 min. Presented free; registration is NOT required.
Ages 8 and up. Join us each month as we engage in hands-on activities and experiments to learn about different scientific concepts. This month's topic is prostheses (artificial body parts)!
VITAS Healthcare and the Middlesex Department of Aging will present an educational program on what hospice really is, when it is beneficial, and what kind of care is provided. Learn what social services are available to you and how to find out if you are eligible for benefits. Come and learn what your options are, so you can make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.
Showing: If Beale Street Could Talk. 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: If Beale Street Could Talk. Rated R, running time 119 min. Presented free; registration is NOT required.
Registration required. New Jersey is universally recognized as the 'Diner Capital of the World.' Friendly, familiar beacons on the Garden State's highways, byways and downtown business districts, diners play an important role in New Jersey's culture, commerce, mythology and community life, and serve as the ultimate egalitarian dining experience. The Garden State was also the 'factory' that built hundreds of diners during the 20th century - the streamlined, stainless steel gems that are admired around the world and recognized as iconic examples of American industrial design. Today the state's diner manufacturing sector is extinct, a forgotten chapter of New Jersey's history. Presented by author & NJ resident Michael C. Gabriele. Gabriele's book, The History of Diners in New Jersey will be available for purchase after the program.
Open to all ages & abilities. Join us for a special sensory-friendly performance of The Three Little Pigs, presented by the Propbox Players! Patrice Garrison, MSW, founder of The Sandpit, will also be on hand after the show to present information to parents/caregivers.
Showing: Can You Ever Forgive Me?. Rated R, running time 106 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: Can You Ever Forgive Me?. Rated R, running time 106 min. For this showing only, our friends at Unity Bank of South Plainfield will be providing free pizza! Presented free; registration is NOT required.
Registration required. Meditation is being prescribed by many medical practitioners, and has been widely recognized as a means to enhance one's health and reduce stress. Throughout the nation meditation has become a positive force for health and well-being. Please join Jim Rose, retired executive with Johnson & Johnson and longtime meditator, for this engaging and informative workshop and learn to incorporate a simple yet powerful technique into your life.
Registration required. Want to grow herbs in your garden, in containers, or in a sunny window? Learn how to choose, grow, and use herbs to attract beneficial insects, repel pests, add pizzazz to recipes, remedies, and crafts, and add color and scent to your lives. Please join herbalist Gert Coleman for this hands-on program. Gert Coleman recently retired as Associate Professor at Middlesex County College and is currently co-editor of the IHA (International Herb Association) newsletter.
Showing: Vice. Rated R, running time 132 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: Vice. Rated R, running time 132 min. Presented free; registration is NOT required.
PLEASE NOTE EARLY START TIME! Showing: The Leopard (Il Gattopardo) (1963). Directed by Luchino Visconti; stars Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, and Alain Delon. Based on the novel by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, chronicles the struggles of a Sicilian aristocrat to maintain his family's power as Garibaldi lands in Sicily and attacks the Bourbon army to launch the war of unification in 1860. 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.
Showing: Mary Queen of Scots. Rated PG-13, running time 124 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: Mary Queen of Scots. Rated PG-13, running time 124 min. Presented free; registration is NOT required.
Registration required. In this living history presentation, actor/historian Bob Gleason portrays the self-taught, determined, highly individualistic man who rose from poverty to become one of our greatest Presidents. In this portrayal, Gleason will talk about the formative years of this great man. He will lay out the causes leading up to the war, and major events & turning points within the War itself. He will expand upon how he raised himself up from his humble beginnings to become the man who united a splintered nation, and reaffirmed through his Gettysburg Address the nation's dedication to freedom, democracy and equality. Bob's voice and his laugh add authenticity to his performance, and the down-to-earth humor the two men share creates a believable, approachable Lincoln. Enjoy and learn at this first-person living history presentation by the American Historical Theatre!
Showing: Instant Family. Rated PG-13, running time 120 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: Instant Family. Rated PG-13, running time 120 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 April meeting, we'll be discussing Doors Open by Ian Rankin. 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 April meeting we'll be talking about The Hanging Garden by Ian Rankin. 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
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 2 - THURSDAYS at 1:00 PM
MARCH MEETINGS: Mondays at 10:30 AM; Thursdays at 1:00 PM
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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