The Friends of the South Plainfield Library are planning a Spring Book Sale, May 13 - 21, 2017 and are now accepting donations of gently-used books, CDs and DVDs. All sales will benefit our library! NOTE: If you have a large quantity of books to donate at one time (more than a box or two), please call us first to make sure we'll be able to take them. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
Come and learn about Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, through stories, crafts, dance and music! If weather permits, we will move part of the event outside so we can celebrate in the traditional way - with a small amount of dry powdered color and/or water - so please dress appropriately. A plain white T-shirt is recommended, but playing with colors is optional! Click here for a flyer.
For pre-school to young adult aged individuals with special needs.
Showing: Arrival. Rated PG-13, running time 116 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: Arrival. Rated PG-13, running time 116 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
For ages 10 and up. Join us for a graphic novel book discussion! We'll be talking about El Deafo by Cece Bell, 'a perfect book that highlights our similarities while also showcasing our differences,' according to TeenReads. You can pick up a copy at the Adult reference desk. Click here for a flyer.
This program is for adults. The 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 and changes to taxes on pensions, new probate law and prepration of wills, power of attorney and living will. Presented by attorney Kenneth A. Vercammen of Edison. Registration is NOT required. Click here for a flyer.
All ages welcome. Join us for an afternoon of board game fun! Play one of ours, or bring a favorite from home to share. Click here for a flyer.
Presented free; pre-registration IS required. When President McKinley was assassinated in 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt bounded into the Presidency, bringing his boisterous and vigorous young Family to the White House. His accomplishments were plentiful and diverse: War hero to Nobel Peace Prize winner, Naturalist to Imperialist. Roosevelt described his domestic political agenda as a 'Square Deal' to emphasize his commitment to ensure that the average citizen would get a 'fair share' under his leadership. Enjoy and learn at this first-person living history presentation by the American Historical Theatre! Click here for a flyer.
Showing: Jackie. Rated R, running time 100 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Showing: Jackie. Rated R, running time 100 min. Presented free; pre-registration is NOT required.
Showing: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Rated PG-13, running time 133 min. Watch the exciting adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school! Click here for a flyer.
Join us for a free screening of the Heritage Blues Trio in concert! When not performing with their nine-member, Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra, guitarist and harmonica player Bill Sims, Jr., vocalist and percussionist Chaney Sims, and guitarist and vocalist Junior Mack moonlight as the intimate Heritage Blues Trio. Just as the blues is full of joy and sorrow, the program will range from upbeat and celebratory to somber and reflective. Lincoln Center Local partners with your local library to bring exclusive free screenings of Lincoln Center's finest performances directly to your neighborhood. Click here for a flyer.
For adults; space limited, pre-registration IS required. SIGN-UP FOR FIRST SESSION WILL BEGIN 2/27! PLEASE NOTE: You will need to bring a yoga mat to keep your chair from sliding! Are you feeling tired? Stressed? Come enjoy some restorative and peaceful chair yoga! This introduction to yoga will include gentle yoga positions that are very basic and suitable for all ages and figures - no previous experience necessary! All yoga will be done while sitting in a chair so there will be no extensive movement. Presented by instructor Cristine Iannitto-Cancela. Due to popular demand, there will be additional sessions on June 22 and July 13. Click here for a flyer. For related resources, see our Meditation & Stress Reduction Webfinder.
Presented free; pre-registration IS required. Edward Kennedy Ellington was the most prolific composer of the twentieth century in terms of both number of compositions and variety of forms. His development was one of the most spectacular in the history of music, and he is considered by many to be America's greatest composer, bandleader, and recording artist. In this program, presenter Michael Conklin will trace Ellington's musical life from his beginnings in 1920s Harlem and the Jazz Age to his death in 1974. Audio and video footage, in addition to musical examples, will illustrate the magnitude of Ellington's contributions to the American aesthetic. Click here for a flyer.
For ages 13 and up. Teens are invited to join us as we discuss The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. TeenReads says 'The Impossible Knife of Memory, although dark at times, also has plenty of moments of sardonic wit or outright humor, and it also has a sweet, realistic love story at its heart. Powerful, compassionate, and achingly authentic, THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY bravely addresses how long trauma can persist - and how much help it requires to overcome.' You can pick up a copy at the adult reference desk. You may also reserve an ebook copy on eLibrary NJ (library card barcode required). Click here for a flyer. For more upcoming programs for teens, please visit our Teen page!
Showing: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Rated PG-13, running time 133 min. Click here for a flyer.
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! The April reading selection is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Pre-registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE for the **NEW** list of reading selections for 2017.
The March reading selection will be The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. Pre-registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE for the **REVISED** list of reading selections through June 2017.
Calling all mystery lovers: Join us for the South Plainfield Mystery Book Club! The selection for April is River of Darkness by Rennie Airth. Pre-registration is NOT required. CLICK HERE for the full list of reading selections through June 2017.
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 1 - MONDAYS at 10:30 AM
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP 2 - WEDNESDAYS at 4:00 PM (Beginning March 15th)
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. Register at the front desk. If the time or day is not convenient, please let us know. 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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