South Plainfield Library


The library will be closed September 5 in observance of Labor Day. Sunday hours (1:30 – 5:00 pm) will begin on September 11.

If we’re posting our Labor Day closing, it’s inevitable that summer is over.  That means the end of summer reading, sitting by the pool, and long, lazy days.  But that’s no reason to stop coming to the library.  There are still plenty of great programs, helpful services, and, of course, wonderful books to read.

Does this school year include standardized tests and college applications?  Use the “Databases” list on our website to access Peterson’s Testing and Education site.  You’ll find online prep courses, review material, and practice tests for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, CLEP, and AP exams.  There is information about colleges and scholarships, and advice on selecting the right college.   These are supplemented by the test review books and directories that are on the library shelves.  (And I’m sure you need no reminding that there are terrific databases for research and homework help, too.)

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If you’re not in high school, Peterson’s also has material to help you prepare for the GED and ASVAB tests, as well as graduate school and professional exams.

What about those who are finished with school and embarking on a job search? To help that group, we have resume and interview assistance available from the Professional Services Group of New Brunswick.  Make an appointment at the reference desk for one-on-one coaching sessions tailored to your personal needs. Ask about online career tools too.

Learning in the library comes from books and resources combined with a variety of fascinating programs.  You can learn a new skill at the first crochet class of the month on Saturday, September 10 at 10:00 am.  Adults and teens age 14 and older will learn basic techniques and use simple stitches to make a beautiful and useful project.  When you sign up, you will get the list of materials needed.

Later that day, there is a special talk about Enigma and Code-breaking in World War II. If you saw the movie The Imitation Game, you learned about Alan Turing and his deciphering machine Enigma. But the movie didn't tell the whole story of the creation of the machine and its contributors. Author and historian James Gannon will discuss the details left out of the movie and the Enigma's effect on three major campaigns including the defeat of the German U-boats in the North Atlantic, the defeat of Romel in North Africa and the successful landing in Normandy on D-Day. The program will be presented Saturday, September 10 at 1:30 pm without charge, but please register in advance.

Looking forward a few weeks, on September 24, there will be an antiques appraisal program.  Expert antique appraiser Alan Snyder will take a closer look at the things you’ve got on your shelves or in the attic and let you know if you’ve found hidden treasure. You MUST sign up in advance for this program; attendance is strictly limited.  You will be able to bring one or two items for evaluation.  The event will take place at the senior center.

All of the library book discussion groups are back in full swing. The Thursday club has changed its meeting time to 4:00 in the afternoon of the fourth Thursday of each month.  The September reading selection is The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato.  Wednesday afternoons are for mystery readers with books by Elizabeth George, Laura Childs and Donna Leon lined up for the next few meetings.  The Tuesday group will be discussing The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy (September 13) and My Cousin Rachel by Daphne DuMaurier (October 18).

Coming up: the Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale!  From September 17 to 24 you will be able to buy used books at great prices and help the library at the same time.  On Saturday there will also be a bake sale featuring lots of sweet treats.  If you’d like to contribute some baked goods, let us know.  Guidelines for donating books: all material must be in good condition – clean, without water damage or tears.  We cannot accept encyclopedias, textbooks, old magazines or VHS tapes. 

There are no movies the weeks of September 5 or 19, because of Labor Day and the books sale.  Check with the library for what’s showing the rest of the month.

Kid’s programming is on break.  It will resume Tuesday, October 4.  But as I mentioned at the beginning of the column, there’s so much happening at the library I’m sure you’ll find plenty of reasons to come by or sign in online!



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