There are so many things happening at the library in the next few weeks, I won’t be able to fit them all in one column! Go to our website (southplainfield.lib.nj.us) to see the full schedule, or better yet, come in and sign up for all of them!
Just a reminder: please don’t come in October 9 or 10. The library will be closed in observance of Columbus Day.
Millions of people have crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, yet few people know that a woman helped supervise much of its construction. Designed by John August Roebling, the bridge was being constructed under the supervision of his son, Washington, who was injured shortly after the work began. His wife, Emily 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. At the time, 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. You’ll know more than her name—you’ll see storyteller Carol Simon Levin bring this remarkable woman to life. “Bridge Builder in Petticoats” will be presented Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 pm.
Many people have asked about computer classes. To give the most personalized service possible, the librarians have are pleased to offer individual classes in all computer skills. Do you want to learn how to use Powerpoint, or do you need a refresher on working with Word or Excel? Would you like help setting up an email account? Stop by the library to set up an appointment with a member of the reference staff. You’ll get 45 to 60 minutes of dedicated time so you can learn just what you need to know.
Another way to brush up your computer skills is with the online tutorials from Learning Express Library or Universal Class. You’ll find the links on our website, in the Databases menu. If you are unsure how to use our website or pull-down menus, make an appointment with a librarian today!
This week the children’s room will be hopping. Regular story times resume, at all the regular times (10:30 Tuesdays, 6:30 Wednesdays, and 1:15 Thursdays for kids 4 and up; 10:30 Wednesdays and Thursdays for 2s and 3s; and Babytime Fridays at 10:15 and 11:15). Don’t forget our new family story time at 11:00 on Saturdays; it is appropriate for all ages.
There will be some new regular events starting this month as well. There are 2 groups for Lego lovers coming up. Children 7-12 will come and build at 3:30 on Thursday afternoons (October 6, 13, 20, and 27). We supply the materials, you supply the creativity!
Those little plastic bricks offer endless possibilities, and teens can get in on the fun, too. Starting on Monday, October 3, the Lego Science League (ages 13 and up) will be gathering to build simple machines. The group plans to meet every Monday at 3:30 until mid-December; you are welcome to join at any time.
There are also three book clubs starting up for young readers. The first to begin will be the Kids Corner club, geared towards 8 to 10 year-olds. They’ll be meeting on Mondays at 6:30, starting October 3. The first book to be discussed is Caleb’s Story by Patricia MacLachlan. It’s part of the Sarah, Plain and Tall series, and available in both paper and audio formats.
There will be a club for new readers, ages 6 to 8. On Thursday evenings, October 6 and 27, they’ll meet at 6:30 to read easy reader titles together and discuss what they’ve read. It’s a great opportunity for kids to sharpen their reading skills while enjoying good stories and deepening their understanding of what’s been read.
We’re also starting a book club for young adults 13 and over. The first meeting will be Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 pm. The group will choose a book together from a selection of several popular titles.
There’s even a club for pre-readers. It’s a free activity on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 to 2:00 for little kids 3 years and up. There will be lots of puzzles and games to play with. You don’t need to sign up in advance; just come in and join the fun. It starts October 4.
Fun for older children, 7 years old and up, comes at the end of the week. Friday Fun starts up again on October 7 from 3:00 to 5:00 with all the games, crafts, and surprises you’ve come to expect. Drop in to find out what’s happening this week.
And that list is just what’s happening this week! I haven’t mentioned the Fall Festival (October 15, with pumpkin painting and games), Super Science Sundays (starting October 16 at 3:00), the tween (ages 9-12) fall craft program on October 11, or the Halloween magic show on October 19. Come into the library, look at our website, and put all these great children’s events on your calendar.
While your calendar is out, start scheduling our adult programs in. There are three book clubs to choose from, programs on organizing and repurposing, and of course, our ever-popular Monday Night at the Movies. It has become so popular there is a repeat showing on Wednesdays at 12:15.
Oh, and the library is also a place where you’ll find great books, movies, CDs, and magazines to borrow.
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