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 Wednesday, December 11th. Questions? Give us a call at (908) 754-7885. Thank you!
All ages welcome.
Ages 3 - 12 years.
SORRY! No more spaces are available in this program!
***CANCELLED!*** ITALIAN/ENGLISH STORYTIME - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd
Ages 10 and up. Money management is a life skill you can't afford to live without! In this session we'll talk about 'Bucket List' goals and make vision boards! Join Rutgers professor Mary Evans for an afternoon of personal finance fun.
For adults and teens age 14 & older; space is limited, registration required.
SORRY! No more spaces are available in this program! 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.
Ages 2 - 6 years.
Ages 2 - 6 years.
Showing: The Art of Racing in the Rain. Rated PG, running time 109 min. Popcorn is provided! Presented free; registration is NOT required. Click here to see the schedule for upcoming movies.
Grades 1 and up; some knowledge of Chinese required.
Showing: The Art of Racing in the Rain. Rated PG, running time 109 min. Presented free; registration is NOT required.
Library will be open 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
DECEMBER PROGRAMS PREVIEW (More to come!)
SORRY! No more spaces are available in this program! Join us at the library for a fun-filled 'crafternoon' with artist Joy Ann Cabanos, who will demonstrate how to create origami works of art for adults. The kids are doing it and having fun, now it's time for you to have your turn! All materials will be provided for this program.
Space limited; registration required. Join us at the library for a fun filled 'crafternoon' for adults with crafter Patricia Dahl!
Our new monthly CLASSIC MOVIE SUNDAY series launches in December with the classic holiday film Miracle on 34th Street, starring Maureen O'Hara, Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood, and John Payne. Presented free; registration is not required. Join us for some classic movie fun!
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. For related resources, see our Meditation & Stress Reduction Webfinder.
This program will be held at the Senior Center. DJ Dave will be on hand to provide an interactive evening of movement & music! Learn classic dances like the Limbo, the Cha-Cha, the Macarena, and the Hokey Pokey. Join in the fun of hula hoop hot potato, musical squares, and more. Fun for the whole family! Please consider bringing an unopened non-perishable food item or personal care product to donate to the South Plainfield Food Pantry.
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 our December meeting, we'll be discussing Educated: a memoir by Tara Westover (alternate: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah). 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 December meeting we'll be talking about A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie . All are welcome! CLICK HERE for the full list of reading selections through June 2020.
PLEASE NOTE: Meeting time for Thursday Nov. 14 has been changed to 1:30 - 3:00 PM for this date only. 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.
Beginning in December 2019, the library will be screening a classic movie at 2:00 PM on one Sunday each month! On December 15th we will be showing the classic holiday film, Miracle on 34th Street, starring Maureen O'Hara, Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood, and John Payne. Presented free; Registration is not required. CLICK HERE to see the Classic Movie schedule.
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 Monday Night Movie 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.)
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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