Grades 7 and up. Join us as we meet each month to discuss a book while enjoying some pizza! The January titles are Fever 1793 by L.H. Anderson and/or Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. You may read one or both of the titles! Copies of the books may be picked up at the adult reference desk.
Ages 10 and up.
Ages 7-18; registration is requested! Think you are the best at Super Smash Brothers? Gamers from ages 7 to 18 are invited to come and battle it out to see who will be declared victorious in our second annual tournament. Winners will receive gift cards! NOTE: The console we will be playing on is the Wii-U and the only controllers allowed are Wii remote with Nunchuks and Game Cube controllers. Some controllers will be provided, but if you have your own, please put your initials on it and bring it with you. Sign up in the children's room, where you will also find a copy of the complete rules.
Showing: Victoria and Abdul. Rated PG-13, running time 111 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
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.
Showing: Victoria and Abdul. Rated PG-13, running time 111 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
Ages 10 and up. Space limited, registration is required! Bring your laptop and learn the basics of coding!
Put on some PJs and join us for a special bedtime storytime! Bring a stuffed animal to leave overnight at the library and we will take photos so you can see all of the mischief your friends have gotten into overnight! Then come back the next day to pick up your animal and hear all about his adventures!
For parents & caregivers. Common Ground is a monthly support group for parents & caregivers of individuals with special needs. This month's meeting will feature open topic group discussion.
$1 materials fee; registration required! Join us for an afternoon of fun with paints! Participants can choose from a selection of wood crafts to paint.
For pre-school to young adult aged individuals with special needs. This program is designed to be an inclusive event for pre-school to young adult aged individuals with special needs. Sensory Storytime will be presented in a way to make participants more comfortable than they might be at a standard storytime.
Showing: The Mountain Between Us. Rated PG-13, running time 112 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Ages 8 - 10. Readers aged 8 - 10 years are invited to join us for a book discussion! You can pick up a copy of this month's book at the adult reference desk.
Showing: The Mountain Between Us. Rated PG-13, running time 112 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
Ages 10 and up. Get back to basics with an afternoon of tabletop gaming! From a fantasy RPG like Dungeons & Dragon to a simple board game, you can choose anything that does not require power.
Presented free; registration required. In celebration of Black History Month, please join us for a special first-person living history presentation honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was one of the world's greatest orators, as well as a pastor, activist, and humanitarian. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work combating racial inequality through the use of nonviolent civil disobedience. In this program, Martin Luther King Jr. will be portrayed by Actor/Historian Keith Henley. This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and produced by the American Historical Theatre.
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.
Currently, the afternoon book club meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 4PM. Join us for great discussions about fascinating books - all are welcome! At our February meeting, we'll be discussing Kitchen Privileges, a memoir by Mary Higgins Clark. Registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE for the list of reading selections for 2018.
Calling all mystery lovers: Join us for the South Plainfield Mystery Book Club! At the February meeting we'll be talking about Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr. Registration is NOT required - all are welcome. CLICK HERE for the full list of reading selections through June 2018.
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? Ms Stella (a seasoned homeschooling mom herself) invites you to stop by on Thursday afternoons between 3:30 - 5:00 PM for an informal Drop In Homeschooling Support Group during Lego Builders Club. Chat about homeschooling while the kids are busy with Legos!
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 1 - MONDAYS at 10:30 AM
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 2 - TUESDAYS at 1:00 PM
PLEASE NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGE!!! Conversation group meetings are CANCELLED FOR DECEMBER 25 - JANUARY 7.
Monday group will resume on January 8th, and Tuesday group will resume on January 9th. 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. Click here for a flyer.
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 their website PSGNB.org for details. To sign up for an appointment, please call or visit the South Plainfield Library. Click here for a flyer (revised). 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 12:15 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 is 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 third 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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