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That crispness in the air and the leaves changing colors means that fall is finally here!!  Join us on Saturday from 9am to 12pm for a “Fall Festival” to celebrate the beautiful fall season and the new Willow Park Playground behind the library.  Come and enjoy games, tattoos, crafts, a photo booth and more.  There will be a very special Scarecrow Storytime at 11:00 AM with a surprise guest. We will also be doing pumpkin painting for anyone who would like to decorate a pumpkin.  You need to BRING YOUR OWN PUMPKIN and we will provide everything else.  All of the events will be held in the playground behind the library.

Missed a movie 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. This week’s movie stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth and is a remake of a 1984 classic.  After they write a book claiming that ghosts are actually real, Abby Yates (McCarthy) and Erin Gilbert (Wiig) are shunned by the academic community. Years after the book was published, Abby and Erin struggle to find teaching positions at prestigious universities. When Patty Tolan (Jones), a subway worker in New York City, stumbles across evidence of an evil paranormal entity, Abby and Erin team up with her and a nuclear engineer (McKinnon) to fight this mysterious and threatening demon from taking over the world by possessing human bodies.  The movie begins at 6:30pm and is rated PG-13.  We are trying something new with movies; the movie that is shown on Monday night will also be shown again on the subsequent Wednesday at 12:15 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 played.

The South Plainfield Public Library is partnering with the Professional Service Group of New Brunswick (PSGNB) to offer a program to help job seekers with writing resumes and other job search skills.  PSGNB will provide a volunteer to hold on site one on one coaching sessions customized to meet the needs of the individual job seeker.  Sessions will be by appointment only on Mondays from 1-4pm and at other times subject to availability.  The Professional Service Group of New Brunswick, a member supported organization, has helped over 9,000 people find their next job.  They provide free Job Search Skills Seminars and a Job Seeker Support Group at the Piscataway libraries.  Visit their website PSGNB.org for details.  To sign up for an appointment, please call the South Plainfield 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.  This 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.

Take time out for a treat this month and join us on Sunday October 30th at 2pm as we explore Italy’s Sicilian culture with an hour long lecture and slide presentation entitled “Treasures of Sicily”.  Local professor, author and Italian culture expert Sanit Buscemi will be our guide on a tour though the autonomous region of Italy known as Sicily. This program is presented free and no registration is required.

On Saturday, November 5th at 1pm, the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes Dr. Angus Gillespie, a professor at Rutgers University who will talk about the famous Jersey Devil.  The creature is often described as a flying biped with hooves, but there are many different variations. The common description is that of a kangaroo-like creature with the head of a goat, leathery bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves and a forked tail.  As the story goes, in a small community, Leeds Point, at the coastal edge of the Pine Barrens, lived the Leeds family. The year was 1735. Already having given birth twelve times, Mother Leeds was about to deliver for the thirteenth time. Feeling tired and weary of the burden, she cursed the unborn child, wishing she had never married Daniel Leeds. But she took revenge on Mr. Leeds that night when she gave birth to the devil’s child, who now lurks in the Pine Barrens of South Jersey.  This program is presented free, but registration is required.  Please register by calling the South Plainfield Public Library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

On Saturday, November 12th at 1pm, the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes Judith Krall-Russo who will present her program: Apples-Dumplings, Cider and Jack.  Apples, a fruit brought to the United States by the Dutch, found a perfect home in the Garden State. Many varieties were grown in the rich New Jersey soil, some of which can still be found in our state's orchards. Discover why the apple was so important to early Americans and what role New Jersey played in the growth and production of apple products such as, apple cider and applejack. Learn about some of the different varieties of apples and what food and beverages are made from this versatile fruit.  Come celebrate the wonderful apple with Judith Krall-Russo and the South Plainfield Public Library!  Please register by calling the South Plainfield Public Library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

On Sunday, November 13th at 2:30pm, South Plainfield Public Library will present Rat Pack Flashback:  The Music of Dino, Frank & Sammy.  Travel back in time to the days when the Rat Pack ruled the night, as Dave DeLuca performs his one-man tribute to the swingin' sounds of the iconic Las Vegas trio - Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Frank Sinatra.  "Rat Pack Flashback" features classic songs from the Great American Songbook, such as "Ain't That A Kick In The Head", "That Old Black Magic", and "Summer Wind", all sung in the style of the men who made them famous - the Rat Pack!  Please register by calling the South Plainfield Public Library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

The Library has 3 book clubs that meet at 4pm for adults who are interested in reading and discussing books.  We have a Tuesday afternoon group, a Thursday afternoon group and a Mystery group. Stop by the library or check out our website for a list of the books being read and a schedule of the meetings.  If you are interested in attending any of these book clubs and need a copy of the book please come to the library because we have plenty of copies.

We will be following our regular schedule for the storytime programs which are now held in our multi-purpose room.  The schedule is as follows:  The Storytime program for 2s & 3s is held Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30.  Storytime for ages 3 and up is held Tuesday mornings at 10:30, Wednesday night at 6:30, and Thursday afternoon at 1:15.  Friday Fun is back on Fridays from 3-5pm for ages 7 and up.  We now also have a Saturday family storytime at 11am for children of all ages.  Along with our storytime programs, we offer a variety of other programs.  We have a LEGO club for ages 7-12 that meets on Thursdays at 3:30, a LEGO science league for ages 13-18 on Mondays from 3:30-5pm, a puzzle and games group for ages 3 and up and 3 children’s book clubs.  We are having a special young adult craft on Saturday October 22nd at 3pm.  Come and make T-shirts with us! Decorate your shirt with fabric paint, fabric markers, and Sharpie tie dye. Please bring your own T-shirt and we provide the rest! This is for ages 12 and up.  Space is limited, so registration is required. Pick up a calendar or check our website for more information on any of these programs.

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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