South Plainfield Library


We're just wild for library programs! There are some wild times coming up. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the program for this Saturday, December 3: “Learning about financial literacy.” We hope to reschedule in the near future.

The wild, wild West is riding into town on Saturday, December 10 at 1:30. Come and experience a taste of the Old West when professional storyteller Judy England-McCarthy spins “Tales of the Wild West” and the colorful people who inhabited it. The program is planned for adults and families and no registration is required, so why don't you just mosey on over?

Learn about some wild life closer to home on Sunday, December 11. At 2:00 David Wheeler will be presenting “Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State.” New Jersey offers unmatched wildlife and an array of outdoor nature adventures – all within a short drive of anywhere in the state. Wheeler, an author and the director of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation, will bring nature to life, from bald eagles and bobcats to horseshoe crabs and tiger salamanders. You'll get plenty of ideas for your next outdoor adventure whether you want to explore wildlife habitats by boat or go dog sledding (yes, in New Jersey!). Please register in advance.

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If you've got time this weekend, be sure to come by on Sunday when Richard Veit will speak about his new book, Envisioning New Jersey (December 4 at 2:30). He will use pictures and other images to illustrate a series of carefully selected case studies telling New Jersey's story. We’re not just turnpike exits--the real New Jersey is a mirror for American society.

A reminder to those generous souls who have offered to bring gifts for our angel tree: please bring unwrapped gifts and gift cards to the library by December 15. The library is partnering with the South Plainfield Social Services Department to help our community. The tree has ornaments representing local families in need. Come by this week to see if there are any more opportunities for gift giving angels.

This week we are offering two interactive craft programs for young folk. Both have limited space available; call the library now to sign up.

On Tuesday, December 6 at 3:30, tweens ages 9-12 can take a winter cookie decorating class. They'll learn the techniques to make four cute, seasonal designs – and then get to eat the results! Everyone loves cookies; come and make yours the best-looking in the cookie jar.

Children ages 6 and up will have the chance to make personalized tote bags on Thursday, December 8 at 6:30. These personalized bags are a good way for children to express themselves, and an even better way to carry lots of library books home. They make great gifts, too. There is a $1 materials fee for this activity.

In addition to craft programs, all your favorite regular children’s events will take place this week. There are storytimes for ages 3 and up on Tuesday at 10:30, Wednesday at 6:30 and Thursday at 1:15. Time for 2s and 3s is on Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30, and Babytime at 10:15 and 11:15 on Friday. The Lego Club for 7 to 12 year-olds meets Thursday at 3:30, and the Lego Science League (13-18 year-olds) meets Monday at 3:00. There is a family storytime for all ages on Saturday at 11:00.

Regularly programs for adults include movies (Mondays at 6:30, with a repeat showing on Wednesday at 12:15), job search coaching, and computer tutorials (by appointment only).

We’ve got book clubs for everyone! There are several new clubs forming. Young adults ages 13 and up will meet on Thursday, December 15 at 7:00. The first book for discussion is Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin. It takes place in a world where everybody knows the date they're going to die. 17-year-old Denton Little is going to die tomorrow, the same day as his senior prom. It's a comedy. (A dark comedy.) TeenReads calls it ''a fast, furious, and outrageously funny ride through the last hours of a teenager's life as he searches for love, meaning, answers, and (just maybe) a way to live on.'' You can pick up a copy at the adult reference desk.

Book clubs are forming for children. The Kid’s Corner Book Club meets Mondays at 6:30. Children ages 8-10 read a chapter and discuss it each week. Ask at the reference desk to find out what they’re reading now.

The Beginner Book club is for ages 6-8. Newly minted readers are invited to join the monthly meeting where they will read an easy selection together and then discuss it. Find out when the January meeting will be!

For adults, the Tuesday book club meets this month on December 13. They will be talking about The Family Man by Elinor Lipman. January’s meeting (on the 10th) will be to select books for the coming year. The Mystery Club meets on December 7 at 4:00 to discuss A Journeyman to Grief by Maureen Jennings. The Thursday club will not meet in December; please join them on January 23, 2017, to discuss The Circle by Dave Eggers.

Would you be interested in discussing classic works of literature, including plays? If there is interest, we will start a new book club. Please contact me (Eve) or any of the reference librarians.

We want the library to be the place you come for information, education, and entertainment. We love to hear your suggestions!

Happy holidays!





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