All regularly scheduled children's programs (Baby/Toddler/Storytimes, Legos, Book Clubs, etc.) will resume on Tuesday, October 1st!
PLEASE HAVE YOUR SCHOOL ID FOR ENTRY! Teachers are invited to our special preview day to get first dibs on stocking your classroom library!
All ages. This program will be held at the Senior Center. Join us in a celebration of Mes de la Herencia Hispana, with dancing, crafts, food and more! Sponsored by the library and the South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission.
The Friends of the South Plainfield Library are having another book sale! This year's donations include an exciting assortment of literary bargains - there will be something for everyone, from book club enthusiasts to book groupies! The Friends will also be selling DVDs & CDs. There will be a bake sale on the first day so you can buy a sweet treat to go along with your great finds! All proceeds will go to the Friends, who help the library with programming and also sponsor our very popular museum pass program. If you would like to donate baked goods, please sign up at the circulation desk. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the overwhelming response to our call for donations, the Friends are unable to accept any more donations at this time. Thank you!
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.
For adults and teens age 14 & older; space is limited, registration required.
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).
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.
Registration required. The luster of twentieth-century America was seductive. The age of modernity was ushered in by the automobile, motion picture, radio, and transatlantic flight. All things seemed possible. And jazz, with its complex contradictions and tensions, reflected it all. This program will examine how jazz of the period served as a catalyst for the African American community, bolstered the morale of the country, and elucidated the need for social equity. It will also explore how the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance, such as James Weldon Johnson, W.E.B. DuBois, and Alain Locke, privileged a music that championed an elitist, Eurocentric aesthetic and one that was not true to the spirit or experience of the African American population. Jazz historian returns to the library Michael Conklin to present Runnin' Wild: Harlem, the Interwars Years, and the Music that Transformed a Nation.
Space limited to 15 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.
All ages; registration required. Runtime 55 minutes. This program will be held at the South Plainfield Senior Center. No film has entered our pop culture subconscious as deeply as The Wizard of Oz. For over a century, Frank L. Baum's timeless tale of a magical land beyond the rain has given faithful service to the young and young at heart. Celebrate its 80th anniversary with Raconteur Radio's performance of ''The Wizard of Oz: A Staged Radio Play''. This is a performance for the whole family and is a tribute to the 1936 film starring Judy Garland. The radio play features real actors in front of a live audience. The actors wear costumes, the stage features theatrical lighting, golden age radio equipment, audience participation and sound effects!
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 November 16 (sign up begins 10/19) and December 7 (sign up begins 11/1). For related resources, see our Meditation & Stress Reduction Webfinder.
Registration required. 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz! In a live concert featuring vocalist Francine Evans and jazz pianist Joel Zelnik, these versatile performers will take you on a memorable musical journey featuring America's number one female vocalist, Judy Garland. They will also add songs from the Broadway hit musical and movie, The Wiz. So 'Ease on Down the Road' with the Four Friends: The Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion and of course Dorothy. And Toto too!
Registration required. This program will focus on strategies that may help you manage your debts, increase your cash flow and build your emergency funds so you can live a life that is debt free. Presented by Certified Financial Educator Sarah Ruzol.
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 September meeting, we'll be discussing The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa. At the October meeting, we'll be discussing The Woman who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone. 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 October meeting we'll be talking about Raven Black by Ann Cleeves . All are welcome! CLICK HERE for the full list of reading selections through June 2020.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no movies shown during the weeks of September 16, 23, and 30, 2019. Movies will resume in October. 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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