Dare we hope that spring is on the way?  Should we let our guard down when it comes to snow, sleet and ice?  While you’re pondering those questions, let’s take a moment for some news from South Plainfield Library.

            The next meeting of the Friends of the Library is scheduled for tonight (March 6th) at 7PM.  The Friends help the Library both through volunteering and by helping to organize fundraising efforts.  The meeting is open to everyone, both members and non-members.  Please stop by for more information.

            A number of people have been asking about the Library’s current and future plans.  The best way to get the most accurate information about them is to go to the monthly Board of Trustees meeting.  The next one is set for Tuesday night (March 11th) at 7PM.  Everyone is welcome to attend; no pre-registration is required.  There will be a public comment time midway through the meeting, before new business is addressed.

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            As we (hopefully) move from winter to spring, people are going to start cleaning up their houses.  Usually, this leads to people finding things that they don’t need and would rather not just toss.  And, in the case of books and videos, this leads to people coming to the Library with donations.  (That’s the natural progression of things.)  When it comes to donations, we have a few guidelines for you.

            First, we usually don’t accept textbooks or encyclopedias.  The unfortunate fact of the matter is that they’re information can be dated to the point of being highly inaccurate.  Thus, we can’t use them for our collection and most people aren’t interested in picking them up.  Next, we don’t accept items that are in very bad physical condition, like torn-up pages or mold.  Those items will get thrown out pretty quickly, so you might as well not bring them.  Beyond that, we’re pretty open about what we’ll accept.  We do ask, though, that, if you have a large number of items to bring in, that you call ahead so we’ll clear a spot for them.

            At present, all three of our display areas are occupied.  Our display wall features paintings and drawings by students of the Arts & Education Center.  Our small display cabinet (on the right of the vestibule as you walk into the Library) has paper mache sculptures by 6th grade students at Grant School.  And our large display cabinet (just ahead of you as you walk into the Library) has a Dr. Seuss display put up by the Suburban Women’s Club.  Now, if you’d be interested in putting up a display our your own, please stop by the Circulation Desk for more information.

            On the subject of displays, there’s our very well-stocked community bulletin board right next to the water fountain.  If you have a public service, non-profit or community-oriented announcement, please leave it at the desk.  If our director approves it, we’ll find a spot for it.  Also, if you’ve already put up an announcement and it’s now out of date, please let us know so we can take it and make room for the new stuff.

            That’ll just about do it for this week.  As always, you can get more information about the Library and upcoming Library events from our website (, or on our Face book page (  You can also call us at (908) 754-7885 and speak to a staff member.  (I suppose you could also try mental telepathy, if you’re so inclined.) 


            See you next week.     

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