South Plainfield Library


It’s that time…Our book and bake sale is finally here!!!  We’ve gotten so many donations of books and DVDs, so the books sale should be awesome!!  The Friends of the South Plainfield Library’s book sale begins on Saturday at 9am and continues through Saturday September 24th.  The bake sale will be held only Saturday September 17th.  Come by to find something great to read or watch and purchase some delicious baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth.  You will be able to buy used books and help the library at the same time. We’ll have something for everyone. 

On Sunday, October 2nd at 2pm, the South Plainfield Public Library will present “Bridge Builder in Petticoats:  Emily Warren Roebling”, a program done by Carol Simon Levin.  She was called “one of the most noted women in the country” and “the most famous woman in New Jersey”…yet today few people even know her name!  On December 12, 1881, people in New York City would have witnessed a strange sight. High above the East River, a line of men in business suits were cautiously walking along a narrow path of wooden boards laid down across the open steel frame of a huge unfinished bridge. Strangest of all, the line was led by a woman, her long skirt billowing in the wind as she showed them details of the construction. When they reached the New York side, everyone toasted her with champagne. It was the first official crossing of what would be called the Brooklyn Bridge.

Many books and films have featured the Brooklyn Bridge and millions of people have crossed it. Built between 1869 and 1883, without modern machines or even electric light, it was the one of the most amazing technological achievements of its time. Yet few people know that a woman helped supervise much of its construction.  After her husband became bedridden, Emily Roebling became his liaison to the project – eventually communicating with the engineers and suppliers so well that it was rumored that she had become the Chief Engineer herself! Later she helped design the family mansion in Trenton, studied law, organized relief for returning troops from the Spanish American War, attended the coronation of the Tsar of Russia and even took tea with Queen Victoria…Hear her tell her story.  This program is presented free, but registration is required.  To sign up for the program call the library at 908-754-7885.

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Do you need to get organized but you are not sure where to begin? Join bestselling author and organizing humorist Jamie Novak when she reveals her “3 Steps to Organize Your Home” even if you are a saver of stuff.  If you have an attic full of treasures, a garage filled with heirlooms instead of a car, a basement with your children’s toys and closets of collectibles this program is for you!  Aside from a laugh or two, you will walk away with stress-free steps to downsize with ease.

Due to the popularity of Novak’s past program,  this event is being offered twice to ensure everyone gets a seat. This event will take place on both Thursday October 20th at 7pm and Saturday October 22nd at 1pm.  Novak’s programs are laugh-out-loud funny and attendees are guaranteed a good laugh as they learn Novak’s three signature steps to get your home organized. She is a five-time bestselling author and sought after speaker, best known for her humorous take on the clutter we keep.  Famous for her timer technique, Novak is often asked how a timer helps you get organized. She explains, "I watch people put off getting organized until they have more time. Because I know you’re busy my mini ideas can be accomplished in ten minute increments. All those small steps add up to big and lasting success!"
This is a not to be missed program is for those seeking relief from the stuff they store, feel overwhelmed by all there is to do or consider their clutter situation hopeless. If you struggle with stuff and would like some simple solutions Novak invited you to attend this event.   This program is presented free, but registration is required.  To sign up for the program call the library at 908-754-7885.  Please only sign up for one of the sessions.

Don’t know what to do with items that you may no longer have a use for, “Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose”.  Get creative and find new uses (perhaps even a holiday gift) for something you already have.  Come to the library on Saturday October 29th from 1-3pm for “Repurposing 101: Learn How to Repurpose Everyday Objects” and join instructor Karen Camden as she explores “how to make this out of that” from your household treasures. Don't recycle, repurpose! You’ll leave this workshop with real-world strategies as well.  This program is presented free, but registration is required.  Please stop by or call the library at 908-754-7885.

The Library has 3 book clubs for adults who are interested in reading and discussing books.  We have a Tuesday afternoon group that meets at 4pm.  The next meeting is going to be on October 18th, where they will be discussing My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier. There is also Thursday afternoon book club.  The next meeting of this group is on September 22nd at 4pm where the group will be discussing The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato.  Our final book club is our Mystery Book Club. Their next meeting will be Wednesday October 5th at 4pm.  They will be discussing Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs.  The Tuesday afternoon book club has its book list through December and both the Thursday afternoon and Mystery book clubs have their books selected through June of 2017.  Stop by and pick up a schedule of the books being discussed.  If you are interested in attending any of these book clubs and need a copy of the book please come by the library because we have plenty of copies.

“Tote” Your Support by buying a library tote bag!  The Friends of the Library has designed a special tote bag that can be purchased at the library for $10.  You can use this bag to carry out your library materials and show everyone who your favorite library is.  It has a zipper so your books and other items will stay safely in the bag as well as pockets for pens, money and other items.

If you can’t get to the library because you are pregnant, don’t drive, or are ill, and still would like to be able to get library materials, then sign up for our homebound delivery service.  You call us to sign up and tell us what you would like to read and we will match you with a volunteer.  We will pick out books for you, check them out and then our volunteer will deliver them to your door.  When you are done the volunteer will pick them up and bring them back to the library along with any requests for other books.   If you have any questions about this service or want to sign up, please give us a call at 908-754-7885.

The library is now open on Sundays.  Our hours are as follows:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-9pm, Tuesday and Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 1:30-5pm.

See you next week!!

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