Showing: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Rated PG-13, running time 128 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
PLEASE BRING A CARDBOARD BOX BIG ENOUGH FOR YOUR CHILD TO SIT IN AND WE WILL PROVIDE THE REST! Join us to craft a creepster car and then pull your spooky ride into our 'drive-in' theatre to enjoy a Halloween themed screening!
Showing: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Rated PG-13, running time 128 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.
Grades 7 and up. This meeting will be a chance to get to know each other and to go over book recommendations. Please come ready to suggest a title (or titles!) for future meetings. Once books are chosen the library will get copies that participants can check out to read!
Ages 5 and up; registration required! Please bring an empty tissue box or shoebox with you. Come and create your own pet monster just in time for Halloween!
Ages 10 and up. Join us for the first meeting of the school year!
Ages 6 and up. Beginners to advanced players welcome!
Registration required. Unappreciated until after his death, French post-Impressionist artist Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of color and Synthetist style that were distinctly different from Impressionism. Moving from Peru to Paris to Tahiti, Gauguin mastered sculpture, pottery, and painting in a variety of styles. NOTE: The final talk in this series will be on Paul Cézanne (November 10). Presented by Dr. Michael Norris of Armchair Art Tours.
Ages 8 and up. Please register! Join us each month as we engage in hands-on activities and experiments to learn more about different scientific concepts! This month's topic is earthquakes and structural integrity. Your challenge is to build a structure strong enough to withstand a simulated Jell-O earthquake!
Space limited to 25 participants; registration required. ***YOU MUST BRING A YOGA MAT SO YOUR CHAIR DOESN'T SLIDE!*** This yoga program will start with centering, and will focus on the neck, shoulder, and six directions of the spine. There will be a deep full body scan meditation at the end. Presented by yoga teacher Jillian Keller. For related resources, see our Meditation & Stress Reduction Webfinder.
Ages 5 and up. Space limited; registration required. Come to the library to learn some simple Yoga poses with certified Yoga instructor Jillian Keller.
Showing: Adrift. Rated PG-13, running time 96 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
All ages. Children of all ages are invited to join us for an afternoon of creative fun. We will provide everything you need to create some cute (or creepy!) Halloween characters!
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!
Showing: Adrift. Rated PG-13, running time 96 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
Ages 10 and up. Come and learn the basics of coding. Bring your own laptop - or use one of ours!
For students in 11th & 12th grades; registration required. This workshop will explain the expectations for what an outstanding college essay entails, and will go over common questions you will encounter. Students are strongly encouraged to bring their parents! For related resources, see College & University Information.
Ages 10 and up. Registration required. Enter our Tween Escape Room and figure out the clues in order to escape the room in time!
For students in 9th - 11th grades; registration required. A free SAT practice test for college-bound students to help calm their nerves and see what the test is all about. For related resources, see College & University Information.
For adults and teens age 14 & older; registration required.
Registration required. Join rock historian Vincent Bruno for a look at the phenomenal rise of the British pop and rock acts that invaded our shores in the 1960s, from pop groups (The Beatles, The Dave Clark 5, The Animals, The Kinks) to the psychedelic and progressive bands (The Who, Pink Floyd, Cream, Traffic). We will explore highlights from landmark recordings that clearly defined this British pop renaissance era. Our journey will also include aspects of British popular culture (cinema, fashion, TV and UK underground) whose influence added to the impact of this remarkable decade!
Showing: Gotti. Rated R, running time 112 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Registration required. What you don't know about IRA distributions can hurt you! If you're at or near retirement age, you'll soon have to pay taxes on your IRAs and other tax-deferred savings accounts. Taxes on required minimum distributions can be a major financial burden, unless you know how to protect yourself. At this workshop we will discuss strategies for minimizing your potential tax losses and optimizing your retirement. Presented by Dworetsky Financial.
Showing: Gotti. Rated R, running time 112 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
NOVEMBER PROGRAMS PREVIEW (More to come!)
Registration required. There is no better way to experience the continuous, dramatic shifts and spirit in twentieth century American life than to delve into its popular music with pianist/singer/narrator Fred Miller's Lectures-In-Song! This program will explore the years stretching from Eisenhower's second term through the arrival of the Beatles in the U.S. Seated at the piano, Fred not only performs the songs but also provides biographical and historical insight into the period when the Youth Culture took over! Click here to watch a YouTube preview.
Registration required. A native of Provence, Cézanne began as an Impressionist painter who later pursued his own inexpressible artistic goals, which included revealing an underlying geometry in his subject matter. Cézanne's often repetitive, exploratory brushstrokes are highly characteristic and clearly recognizable. He used planes of color and small brushstrokes that build up to form complex fields, conveying Cézanne's intense study of his subjects. Presented by Dr. Michael Norris of Armchair Art Tours.
All ages; registration IS required. ATTENTION: Potterheads! WizKids! GryffinDorks! Come celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter with Raconteur Radio's uniquely immersive, parody interpretation of The Goblet of Fire. Come in costume if you like and experience the story in a whole new way. The Radio play features real actors in a story told through dialogue, sound effects, and music. They add costumes, colored spots, a fatboy Elvis mic, a fog machine and a strobe light! This program will be held at the Senior Center.
Space is limited to 30 adult participants; registration required. Join us at the library for a fun-filled paint night for adults! An artist from Art Kids Academy will come to teach us about the wonderful world of art and design. Adult paint nights are a great way to learn about art, have fun, socialize and meet new people. We'll take a look at the colorful and whimsical designs of Mexican Folk Art, and create our own bright and beautiful flower design with oil pastels!
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! At our October meeting, we'll be discussing Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. All are welcome! CLICK HERE for the list of reading selections for 2018.
Calling all mystery lovers: Join us for the South Plainfield Mystery Book Club! At our October meeting we'll be talking about The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen. Registration is NOT required - all are welcome! CLICK HERE for the full list of reading selections through June 2019.
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!
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 1 - MONDAYS at 10:30 AM
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 2 - THURSDAYS at 1:00 PM
NOTE: An evening group will be added later in the fall
Groups will resume starting the week of September 10. 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 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.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no movies shown during the weeks of August 20, 27 and September 3, 2018. 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.)
SEPTEMBER MEETING WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th at 7:00 PM 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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