Ages 10 and up.
Ages 9 - 12 years. Space limited; registration required. Join us for fun interactive yoga poses, mindful movement, proper breathing exercises, and creative games with Certified Yoga Teacher Suchitra Uniyal! Bring your yoga mat & a water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing. For related resources, see our Meditation & Stress Reduction Webfinder.
Registration required. New Jersey author Eileen Sanchez will be at the library to give a presentation and to sign copies of her book, Freedom Lessons. It tells the story of three very different people whose lives intersect in a rural Louisiana town in 1969. Based on the author's experience teaching in Louisiana in the late sixties, this heartfelt, unflinching novel about the unexpected effects of school integration during that time takes on the issues our nation currently faces regarding race, unity, and identity. Books will be sold after the program for $15, cash or credit accepted; there will also be a giveaway of one copy.
Ages 12 and up. Gaming geeks and tabletop traditionalists alike are invited to join us from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM as we get our game on! The library can provide all board games as well as the dock for Nintendo Switch. Please bring your Switch if you would like to connect and play.
Grades 1 and up; some knowledge of Chinese required.
Showing: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Rated PG, running time 109 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Rated PG, running time 109 min. Presented free; registration is NOT required.
Nurses from Saint Peter's University Hospital Community Health Services will be at the library from 2:30 - 4:00 PM to provide free Blood Pressure Screening and Blood Sugar Screening.
Ages 5 - 8 years. Space limited; registration required. Join us for fun interactive yoga poses, mindful movement, proper breathing exercises, and creative games with Certified Yoga Teacher Suchitra Uniyal! Bring your yoga mat & a water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing. For related resources, see our Meditation & Stress Reduction Webfinder.
Registration required; register online at Hackensack Meridian Health. Join us and learn how to prevent heart disease and manage risk factors. For more information and to register, visit Hackensack Meridian Health or call 1-800-560-9990.
The library will be closed in the morning for staff training.
SORRY! No more spaces are available in this program!
Ages 10 and up. Stop by to do homework, hang out and chill!
For adults and teens age 14 & older; space is limited, registration required.
Join us for a valuable 3-part mental health program on 'What Happened, What Helped, and What's Next.' Mental illness can happen to anyone. By seeking support or information on how to manage a mental health challenge for a loved one, friend or someone more intimate to you, you are not alone; NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) can help. This program is presented by NAMI, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization.
SORRY! No more spaces are available in this program!
MARCH PROGRAMS PREVIEW (More to come!)
Recommended for ages 8 and up. Presented free; registration required. Join us on a journey to discover the compelling story of the role that music played in the history of black Americans! Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre. All ages are welcome to attend! Held at the Senior Center. In lieu of an admission charge, WE WILL BE COLLECTING ITEMS FOR OUR LOCAL FOOD PANTRY AT THIS EVENT - PLEASE CONSIDER BRINGING A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM OR PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCT TO DONATE. Donations will be given to the South Plainfield Food Pantry.
Metuchen Realtor Rema Chepulis will be at the library to talk about buying and selling a home. The program will include an overview of the home buying process, credit, taxes, downpayments, pricing, market trends, Q&A, and more. This seminar is not only for first-time home buyers & sellers - everyone is welcome to join us. Presented by Keller Williams Elite Realtors and 2G Mortgage.
Space limited to 20 participants; registration required. People who create and/or color mandalas often experience a deep sense of calm and well-being. It's a simple tool that doesn't require any expertise, but it can be remarkably soothing and nourishing. Mandalas not only focus your attention but also allow you to express your creative side, which many of us neglect in our lives. This 2-hour dot mandala workshop will teach you to create your own dot mandala masterpiece! All material will be included.
Registration required. Living History Presenter Carol Simon Levin returns to the library to portray Lillian Feickert, president of the NJ Woman Suffrage Association from 1912-1920, who explores the overlooked role of New Jersey in the long frustrating fight for women's suffrage. Many do not realize that some NJ women once had the right to vote and then lost it for over a century. Feickert shares stories about how nationally-known suffrage advocates Lucy Stone and Elizabeth Cady Stanton staged tax and voting protests in the state. She describes how Alice Paul became the dynamo who re-energized the push for a federal amendment and how Dr. Florence Spearing Randolph brought black women into the movement. Participants will learn that women were not 'given' the vote, but fought for it for generations.
Tickets are $50 each (cash or check only). All proceeds benefit the library! The Friends of the South Plainfield Library present a night out at Rodolfo's Restaurant in South Plainfield. In addition to a four course dinner (vegetarian and gluten-free options available upon request), there will be a complimentary wine tasting! Tickets may be purchased at the library. Click here for details.
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 our February 11 meeting, we'll be discussing And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. All are welcome! CLICK HERE for the REVISED list of reading selections for 2020.
Calling all mystery lovers: Join us for the South Plainfield Mystery Book Club! At our March meeting we'll be talking about Murder at the Breakers by Alyssa Maxwell . All are welcome! CLICK HERE for the full list of reading selections through June 2020.
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUPS
Saturdays at 10:00 AM
Mondays at 10:30 AM
NEW! Wednesdays at 7:30 PM (starting January 22)
Thursdays at 1:00 PM
PLEASE NOTE: Saturday, February 8th group will meet from 9:00 - 10:15 AM. 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 any group that is convenient. You may register at the front desk. Ask about our self-guided practice program!Click here for the new 2020 schedule!
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 Workshops 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.
The library will be screening a classic movie at 2:00 PM on one Sunday each month! Presented free; registration is not required. Join us for some classic movie fun! CLICK HERE to see the Classic Movie schedule.
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 Monday Night Movie schedule.
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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