The library is partnering again with South Plainfield's Social Services Department to help our community! We've set up an Angel Tree with ornaments representing local families in need. If you'd like to help please stop by the library to choose an ornament and register as a gift-giving 'Angel'. Gifts should be new and unwrapped, and brought in to the library by Thursday, December 14th. Click here for a flyer with more information. Questions? Give us a call at (908) 754-7885. Thanks!
The Friends of the South Plainfield Library are holding another quilt raffle! Take a chance on a gorgeous handmade 'Holiday Stars' quilted throw! This 51'' x 64'' piece (a $600 value!) will keep you nice and warm through the coldest winter nights! Tickets are available at the library for only $2 each, or $5 for 3 tickets. Drawing will be held on Friday, December 15th at 5:00 PM - winner need not be present. Click here for a flyer.
Registration is required. Revisit the greatest radio hits of the late 1950s through the early 1970s with library favorite singer Dave Deluca and a lively selection of doo wop, Motown, rock 'n' roll, British Invasion, bubblegum, classic soul and R&B!
Showing: The Glass Castle. Rated PG-13, running time 127 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: The Glass Castle. Rated PG-13, running time 127 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!
LIBRARY CLOSES AT 6:00 PM - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd
LIBRARY CLOSED - THURSDAY & FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 - 24 (Thanksgiving)
Ages 6 and up. Beginners to advanced players welcome! Come join us for a friendly game of chess! Players will be matched up at each session. If you have a board at home, please bring it along.
Showing: The Founder. Rated PG-13, running time 115 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
All ages. Join Ms Seema to learn some Hindi with stories, songs & fun!
Showing: The Founder. Rated PG-13, running time 115 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.
Ages 2 - 6. Enjoy songs & stories presented in Mandarin by Ms. Abigail! Attendees will be given short description of the songs & stories in English, so children who have had no exposure to Chinese are also encouraged to attend and learn!
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.
Registration required. Presenter Walter Choroszewski celebrates our state's historic contributions to American cinema and television - from Edison's Black Maria Studio to the numerous Jersey-born artists that have starred on the big and little screens. Walter showcases New Jersey as the Birthplace of Silent Film and he covers NJ's popularity as a location for movies and Reality TV.
Showing: The Book of Henry. Rated PG-13, running time 105 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
New group! Registration is appreciated but not required.
Showing: The Book of Henry. Rated PG-13, running time 105 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
This program is for adults. The new NJ Probate Law made a number of substantial changes in Probate and the administration of estates and trusts in NJ. Some topics that will be discussed are: 2017 changes to NJ estate tax & taxes on pensions, changes in federal estate & gift tax, new probate law & prepration of wills, power of attorney and living will. Presented by attorney Kenneth A. Vercammen of Edison.
Space limited to 15 participants; registration required. Join us at the library for a fun filled craft night for adults with crafter Patricia Dahl. You will be making a wooden snowman. The snowmen are upcycled from stockade fence using paint and felt, along with some holiday flair.
Space limited to 15 participants; registration required. Join us at the library for a fun filled 'crafternoon' for adults with crafter Patricia Dahl. You will be making a snowman wreath from two grapevine wreaths, using felt. If you have scissors, please bring them for cutting out patterns and materials.
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! In December, we'll be talking about The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald. Our first meeting of 2018 will be held on January 9th, when we'll be selecting books for the rest of the year. Pre-registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE for the list of reading selections for 2017.
Calling all mystery lovers: Join us for the South Plainfield Mystery Book Club! At the November meeting we'll be talking about Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie. Pre-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, starting December 5th, 2017
PLEASE NOTE: Monday English Conversation Group is now meeting again! If the time or day is not convenient, please let us know. 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; pre-registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE to see the schedule of upcoming movies.
This program is for adults and teens age 14 & older; pre-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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