Save the date: Wednesday, July 30, at 7:00 pm.  That’s the official groundbreaking ceremony for the library addition! When the addition is finished, there will be more space for books, magazines and all the other great library materials, AND a room for movies, crafts, discussions, lectures and all the other great library programs.

But for now, you can come and choose from thousands of books, movies, games, magazines, CDs and more to borrow. You can come in to make a report on what you’ve been reading this summer--the summer reading programs for children, young adults and adults are all going strong. (Sign-up is ongoing for all three.)  You can attend any or all of the fun events on the schedule, including:

  1. Come to a movie.  Monday mornings at 10:30 we show a family-friendly movie in the children’s room.  Monday evenings at 6:30 we screen a feature film recently released on DVD.  Come into the library to find out what is on the schedule.
  1. Join a club.  The chess club meets on Tuesday afternoons from 4:00- 5:00 for children age 6 and over.  Players of all skill levels are welcome. There is even instruction for the beginners. If you’ve got a chess set at home, you can bring it with you.  Please let us know you will be coming.

The Pokemon club meets every Friday from 2:00 until 3:00.Using your own card set, play with other trainers ages 6 and above. There is no need to register.

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The Tuesday afternoon book club will next meet in August. The book for discussion is Shanghai Girls by Lisa See. Sisters May and Pearl struggle to adapt to life in 1930s Los Angeles while still bound to old customs they brought with them from their home in Shanghai.I won’t give away any more of the story, but it is bound to result in a great discussion (August 12, at 4:00). All are welcome.The Thursday evening and mystery book clubs are on hiatus for the summer.

Young adults take note: if you have wanted to get in on the book club fun, now is your chance. Participants ages 13-17 will discuss I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore on Friday, August 1 at 3:30.“We live among you, but are not you. We have powers you dream of having.They have killed three of us—and I am Number Four.” There are plenty of copies of this exciting tale available at the circulation desk.

  1. Have some fun.  Friday Fun continues every week until August 15.  Children ages 7-10 are invited to come 3:00-5:00 Friday afternoons for crafts, games and fun. What will happen this week?

Tuesday Tales is going strong.From now until August 12, children ages 7 and up (entering 2nd grade or higher) should sign up for an afternoon with stories and crafts about different types of tales.Each session starts at 1:30 and needs separate registration.

For a fun introduction to the world of reptiles, come meet the Lizard Guys on Thursday July 31 at 6:30 pm.Children 4 and over (who can sit still) will be seeing a variety of live animals, including lizards, snakes, turtles and bugs. The program will be at the South Plainfield Senior Center; please bring a donation of non-perishable food for the South Plainfield Food Pantry.

  1. Create something.  There will be a summertime Kidcraft program Thursday, July 24 at 6:30.  Children of all ages will be able to do a fun craft with a summery theme. Please sign up in advance; there is a $1.00 materials fee.

Young people and adults (ages 14 and up) have been enjoying crochet classes on Saturdays.July 26 at 10:00 is the second in a series of workshops leading to the creation of a beautiful sunset throw. Contact Charlene Varry at the circulation desk for information on what materials to bring.

While you are in a creative mood, check out our logo contest.  Library patrons of all ages are invited to create a logo with the theme “Lives change @ your library.” The contest is to help raise awareness of the abundance of free benefits available to the residents of South Plainfield at the library.  See our website or come visit to learn more details.  The deadline for submissions is August 23.

With this abundance of special summer activities, don’t forget story times!   There is a full schedule for this week: Tuesday at 10:30, Wednesday at 6:30, and Thursday at 1:15 for ages 3 and up; Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 for two- and three year olds; and Babytime on Friday: 10:15 for the pre-walkers, and 11:15 for those still under 2  who might roam around.

We hope to see you soon, changing your life @ your library!


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