CRAFT JAMBOREE - TUESDAY, JANUARY 15th at 3:00 PM

All ages. Come and join us in making a wide array of winter-themed crafts.

Easy Reader Book Club EASY READER BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, JANUARY 15th at 4:30 PM

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. Titles are read together as a group, but if you would like to pick up a copy prior to the meeting, they are available at the Adult Reference desk!

MOVIE (second showing) - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16th at 12:30 PM

Showing: Night School. Rated PG-13, running time 111 min. Presented free; registration is not required.

TWEEN CRAFT: SOCK STRESS BALL - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16th at 3:00 PM

Ages 12 and up; registration required.

CHILDREN'S MEDITATION - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16th at 7:45 PM

Ages 7 - 12.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP - THURSDAY, JANUARY 17th at 1:00 PM
ITALIAN/ENGLISH STORYTIME - THURSDAY, JANUARY 17th at 3:30 PM
pizza PIZZA & PAGES: YOUNG ADULT BOOK CLUB - THURSDAY, JANUARY 17th at 3:30 PM

Grades 7 and up. Join us as we discuss How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather. It's the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in this NY Time's best seller! Copies are available at the Adult Reference Desk. (Yes, we will provide the pizza!)

Kids Corner Book Club KID'S CORNER BOOK CLUB - THURSDAY, JANUARY 17th at 6:30 PM

Ages 8 - 10. Stop by the Adult Reference Desk to pick up a copy of this month's book, take it home to read, and then join us for a discussion!

Italian film festival logo 2019 ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL - BEGINS THURSDAY, JANUARY 17th at 6:30 PM

Showing: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (1963). Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni star in the story of three women and the men who fall for them; directed by Vittorio De Sica. Presented by the Plainfields' chapter of UNICO. Upcoming films will be shown at the South Plainfield Public Library at 6:30 pm on the third Thursday of each month. EXCEPTIONS: April's movie will start at 5:30 pm. November's movie will be on the first Thursday. 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.

anime ANIME CLUB - FRIDAY, JANUARY 18th at 3:00 PM

Ages 10 and up. Join us for the first meeting of the new year!

CHINESE/ENGLISH STORYTIME - SATURDAY, JANUARY 19th at 1:30 PM

Ages 5 - 7.

LIBRARY CLOSED - SUNDAY & MONDAY, JANUARY 20 - 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
CHILDREN'S MEDITATION - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23rd at 7:45 PM

Ages 7 - 12.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP - THURSDAY, JANUARY 24th at 1:00 PM
ITALIAN/ENGLISH STORYTIME - THURSDAY, JANUARY 24th at 3:30 PM
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MEETING - THURSDAY, JANUARY 24th at 7:00 PM

All are welcome!

gooey slime TWEEN CRAFT PROGRAM: GLOW-IN-THE-DARK SLIME - FRIDAY, JANUARY 25th at 3:00 PM

Ages 10 and up; registration required. Join us for an afternoon of some oooey goooey fun!

CROCHET CLASS - SATURDAY, JANUARY 26th at 10:00 AM

For adults and teens age 14 & older; registration required.

CHINESE/ENGLISH STORYTIME - SATURDAY, JANUARY 26th at 1:30 PM

Ages 5 - 7.

historic marker NJ DRIVE BY HISTORY WITH KEN MAGOS - SUNDAY, JANUARY 27th at 2:00 PM

Registration required. Every day thousands of motorists pass by countless history markers and say to themselves, ''One of these days I'm going to stop and read that.'' On Drive By History (now in pre-production for its 4th season on NJTV), host Ken Magos doesn't just stop and read those signs, he delves deeper into these histories with the help of staff historian Anthony Bernard and local experts & historians, uncovering rare details about these unique locations, individuals, and events. For this special presentation, the library welcomes Ken Magos, along with recurring guest host Rich Veit to talk about New Jersey history, and screen segments from Season 3 episodes.

ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP - MONDAY, JANUARY 28th at 10:30 AM
JOB SEARCH COACHING - MONDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!
boy reading BOYS, BOOKS, & BAGELS - MONDAY, JANUARY 28th at 3:30 PM

For boys aged 8 - 12. A book club just for boys 8 - 12 years old! Pick up this month's title at the circulation desk, read it at home, and come prepared to discuss what you have read! We will provide snacks to enjoy during the discussion!

movie reel MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES - MONDAY, JANUARY 28th at 6:25 PM

PLEASE NOTE EARLY START TIME! Showing: First Man. Rated PG-13, running time 141 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is not required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.

SPANISH/ENGLISH STORYTIME - MONDAY, JANUARY 28th at 6:30 PM
Easy Reader Book Club EASY READER BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, JANUARY 29th at 4:30 PM

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. Titles are read together as a group, but if you would like to pick up a copy prior to the meeting, they are available at the Adult Reference desk!

MOVIE (second showing) - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30th at 12:30 PM

Showing: First Man. Rated PG-13, running time 141 min. Presented free; registration is not required.

CHILDREN'S MEDITATION - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30th at 7:45 PM

Ages 7 - 12.

ITALIAN/ENGLISH STORYTIME - THURSDAY, JANUARY 31st at 3:30 PM
TUESDAY BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5th at 4:00 PM
MYSTERY BOOK CLUB - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6th at 4:00 PM
Gifts of the Gods Iron and Bronze by Thomas J Berry LOCAL AUTHOR TOM BERRY - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10th at 2:00 PM

Registration required. South Plainfield resident Thomas J. Berry's latest book, Gifts of the Gods: Iron and Bronze, is the first narrative in a trilogy centered on the Pelopponsian War between Sparta and Athens. Five men and women from different walks of life in Ancient Greece are set on a dangerous journey of self-discovery during the bitter conflict of the Peloponnesian War. They must adapt to their changing world while remaining true to themselves. Who will survive the war and what will their lives be like when it's over? Berry will be at the library to do a presentation and book signing.

LIBRARY CLOSED - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12th (Abraham Lincoln's birthday)
veggie bowl REV UP YOUR LIFE WITH SUPERFOODS - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14th at 7:00 PM

Registration required. A vegetarian diet that is high in plant-based whole foods has many health benefits including more energy and increased stamina. We'll cover basic nutrition needs and how to add more nutrient dense foods to your daily menu. Handouts will include recipes. Join Sue Rose, Vegetarian Lifestyle Coach for this informative workshop. There will even be a short meditation sitting at the end!

LIBRARY CLOSED - SUNDAY & MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 - 18 (Presidents' Day)
African folk tale teller AFRICAN FOLKTALES - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28th at 6:30 PM

All ages. This 45-minute producation brings to life the vastness of the african landscape, and features a variety of trickster tales, Anansi stories, and more! African music, imaginative costumes and lots of audience participation help bring this performance to life. Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre. Click here for a video clip. All ages are welcome to attend! Held at the Senior Center.

Click here for a printable JANUARY ADULT PROGRAM CALENDAR!
Click here for MORE KIDS PROGRAMS!

Clubs, Meetings, Classes & Series

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

For the schedule of ongoing children's programs (storytimes, book clubs, playtimes & more), please visit our Kids page.

TEEN PROGRAMS

For the schedule of ongoing programs for teens, please visit our Teen page.

TUESDAY BOOK CLUB - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5th at 4:00 PM

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 February 5 meeting, we'll be discussing Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch. All are welcome! CLICK HERE for the list of reading selections for 2019.

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6th at 4:00 PM

Calling all mystery lovers: Join us for the South Plainfield Mystery Book Club! At our February meeting we'll be talking about Dekok and the Mask of Death by A. C. Baantjer. All are welcome! CLICK HERE for the full list of reading selections through June 2019.

DROP-IN HOMESCHOOLING GROUP

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!

conversation ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 1 - MONDAYS at 10:30 AM
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 2 - THURSDAYS at 1:00 PM

JANUARY 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!

JOB SEARCH COACHING - MONDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!

Help Wanted signWe 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.

Computer trainingINDIVIDUAL COMPUTER TRAINING SESSIONS

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.

MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES movie reel

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.

basket of yarns CROCHET CLASSES - CHECK CALENDAR FOR 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.)

Friends of the Library FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

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.

LIBRARY BOARD of TRUSTEES

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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