Did you miss a movie that you wanted to see in the theaters and don’t want to pay to rent it or for the DVD? Come to “Monday Night Movies” at the library.  It’s all the fun of a movie theater but none of the cost.  We are showing brand new releases every Monday night and we will be providing popcorn for all who attend. Please note that the doors for the movie will open at 6:15 so we can finish setting up for the movie.  This week’s movie stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson. The Men in Black are back to face what might be their greatest threat to date. This time an all-new team is taking it global. Alien attacks have been happening from Morocco to Italy. At the London headquarters Agent M (Thompson) and Agent H (Hemsworth) work to piece together the clues that will lead them to the otherworldly origins of the attacks. Will the trail lead them to a newly-discovered alien species, or will it find them pursuing one of their own kind? The movie that is shown on Monday night will also be shown again on the subsequent Wednesday at 12:30 pm for those that can’t make the Monday night showing or don’t like to drive at night.  Stop by the library and pick up a schedule of the movies being shown.

We are now a part of LMXAC!  With your South Plainfield Library card you can now visit more libraries and be able to check out items from them.  With your South Plainfield card, you are automatically registered into the systems of the other LMXAC libraries.  You can visit any LMXAC library to check out and return books and place holds on items that South Plainfield Library doesn’t own, which will be sent here.  Another great new thing that you will now be able to do is pay your library fines with a credit card through our website by logging into your account and clicking on “Smarter Pay”.

If you want to watch some great movies and TV, try our new streaming services. Acorn TV offers the best of British television. Mystery lovers will enjoy Midsomer Murders, Vera, Poirot, Murdoch Mysteries and many more.  They also have comedies, dramas and documentaries, and new shows are added every week.  To start watching, follow the links from our home page to the RB Digital landing page. Once there you will need to create an RB Digital account.  The same account that gives you access to Acorn TV, will also allow access to IndieFlix (classic movies and TV), PongaLo (Spanish language entertainment), Method Test Prep and Qello (music and concert videos).  If you have used Qello, you can use the same RB Digital account.

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Cake Decorating 101, Couponing 101, Introduction to Gardening, Fundraising 101. If these courses sound interesting, then check out Universal Class for those and many more offerings.  Universal Class offers free online non-credit courses for your personal enrichment. Courses are accessible 24/7 via the Internet, and are offered in a wide variety of subjects, including business, computers, cooking, crafts & hobbies, do-it-yourself, health, history, home & garden, office skills, parenting & family, personal care, psychology, real estate, self-help, religious & spiritual studies, web development, writing, and more. You will have up to 6 months to finish each course, and each course has a real instructor you can communicate with by email!  You will need to create an account and if you’re doing this from home, you will need your South Plainfield Library barcode.

South Plainfield Public Library welcomes back Michael Conklin who will present Runnin’ Wild: Harlem, the Interwars Years, and the Music that transformed a Nation on Saturday at 2pm. The luster of twentieth-century America was seductive. The age of modernity was ushered in by the automobile, motion picture, radio, and transatlantic flight. The mores of the Victorian era were crushed by a Prohibition-induced defiance. The 19th amendment to the Constitution of the United States bestowed a new freedom upon the women of the country; all things seemed possible. And jazz, with its complex contradictions and tensions, was an aural manifestation of it all. This was most evident in a northern section of Manhattan, New York – the neighborhood of Harlem. Runnin’ Wild, unlike most studies of the Harlem Renaissance in which music is treated peripherally and in subordination to literary advances, examines how jazz of the period served as a catalyst for the African American community, bolstered the morale of the country, and elucidated the need for social equity. It will also be discussed how the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance, such as James Weldon Johnson, W.E.B. DuBois, and Alain Locke, privileged a music that championed an elitist, Eurocentric aesthetic and one that was not true to the spirit or experience of the African American population.

Mr. Conklin is an active jazz scholar, cultural historian, and writer who specializes in jazz history and American music, music of the antebellum South, the Harlem Renaissance, and issues of race and class.  This program is free but registration is required.

No film has entered our pop culture subconscious as deeply as The Wizard of Oz. Celebrate its 80th anniversary with Raconteur Radio’s staged radio play presentation!  “The Wizard of Oz: A Staged Radio Play” stars Shawna Lagan as fearless farm girl Dorothy Gale.  This play also stars Jane Hardy, Michael Jarmus, and Alex Dawson.  For over a century, Frank L. Baum’s timeless tale of magical land beyond the rain has given faithful service to the young and young at heart.  Time has been powerless to put its kindly philosophy out of fashion. To those of you who have been faithful to in in return, we dedicate this performance.  This play features theatrical lighting, vintage commercials, fog effects and of course extensive sound effects.  The runtime is 55 minutes. This is a performance for the whole family and is a tribute to the 1936 film starring Judy Garland.  The Radio play features real actors in front of a live audience.  The actors wear costumes, the stage features theatrical lighting, golden age radio equipment, fog fx, audience participation and of course hundreds of sound effects!  Got it? No? Well, come find out for yourself! This program will be held at the South Plainfield Senior Center. Admission is free, but registration is required.  The performance is sponsored by the South Plainfield Public Library and the Friends of the South Plainfield Library. To register for any of the programs, please call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

On Sunday October 20 at 2pm, the South Plainfield Library welcomes husband-wife musical duo Francine Evans and Joel Zelnik who will perform a tribute to the legendary Judy Garland which will feature songs from Judy’s concert years, as well as from The Wizard of Oz which is celebrating its 80th anniversary, and selections from the Broadway musical The Wiz. Zelnik has served as a bandleader and jazz pianist for 40 years, has entertained five US Presidents, and performed at concert venues in New York, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Japan and Greece. He has recorded four CDs and holds an MAT in Music from Rutgers University. Evans is a singer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter and theatrical producer. She has performed with her big band in most major hotel ballrooms in NYC and has appeared in cabaret clubs and folk venues on both the east and west coasts. She holds an MA from Montclair State University and has performed in New York, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Japan and Greece. The couple was selected to participate in the Guinness Book of World Records’ “Longest Variety Show” at the Metropolitan Room in NYC and have also competed for “America’s Got Talent”.   So 'Ease on Down the Road' with the Four Friends: The Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion and of course Dorothy. And Toto too! Registration is required for this performance.  To sign up for this program please call the library 908-754-7885 or stop by.

On Saturday October 26 at 2pm the South Plainfield Library welcomes Sarah Ruzol, a Certified Financial Educator who will present a seminar on Increasing Cash Flow & Debt Management.  Topics covered in this seminar include: learn where your money’s going, pay yourself first, understanding the misconceptions between assets and liabilities, rule of 72, debt roll up and building an emergency fund. Sarah Ruzol, a Certified Financial Educator (CFEd) has been in the practice of educating people on basic financial management since 2010.  Her background is in Accounting/Finance and she has been an accountant for over 25 years before she decided to switch career to financial education. This program is presented free, but registration is required.  

See you next week!