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Did you miss a movie that 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. The next movie is January 23 and stars Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, and Timothy Spall.  The movie begins at 6:30pm and is rated PG-13.  An esteemed historian, Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz) is not afraid to back up her words and her work due to her thorough research methods. When Lipstadt gives a scathing rebuttal to a Holocaust denier (Spall), she finds herself being sued for libel. With the onus of proof resting on Lipstadt's side of the courtroom, she is forced to find hard evidence that what some consider to be the greatest atrocity in human history did actually happen. Lipstadt must find the proof not only to save her reputation but to prove that history are not the lies that conspiracy theorists believe it is.  The movie that is shown on Monday night will also be shown again on the subsequent Wednesday at 12:30 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.

On Saturday, at 1:30pm South Plainfield Public Library welcomes Richard Valvano who will present a presentation on his book, The Black Conservative: An American Hero: A Novel of Deep Political Conviction and Shocking Evil as well as hold a book signing. Can a powerful piece of fiction undo the negative stereotyping cast on a group of individuals and make them noble and heroic? In this riveting and explosive novel, the author is betting it will. For years, the black left has cast politically conservative African-Americans as insensitive traitors to the Civil Rights Movement. They are seen as unhinged thinkers who dare to question liberal conventional wisdom concerning black matters and issues. They are often depicted as "Uncle Toms" and whites in dark skin who actually want blacks to be passive porters, shoe-shiners and doormats in a white society.  The Black Conservative: An American Hero not only challenges these stereotypes, it does it by way of an engaging thriller filled with fascinating characters. The entire effect is meant to give black conservatives a human element, an insight into their thinking, and a culmination of a renewed and invigorating image of them.  This program is presented free and registration is not required.  The library will be closed on Sunday January 15th and Monday January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  We will reopen Tuesday January 17th at 10am. 

South Plainfield Public Library welcomes Michael Conklin who will present a program on Duke Ellington. Beyond Category:  The Life and Music of Duke Ellington will be held on Saturday February 11 at 1pm.  Edward Kennedy Ellington was born on April 22, 1899 and was the most prolific composer of the twentieth century in terms of both number of compositions and variety of forms. His development was one of the most spectacular in the history of music, underscored by more than fifty years of sustained achievement as an artist and entertainer. He is considered by many to be America’s greatest composer, bandleader, and recording artist. This program will trace Ellington’s musical life from his beginnings in 1920′s Harlem and the Jazz Age to his death in 1974. Audio and video footage, in addition to musical examples, will illustrate the magnitude of Ellington’s contributions to the American aesthetic.

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Mr. Conklin is an active jazz scholar, cultural historian, and writer who specializes in jazz history and American music, music of the antebellum South, the Harlem Renaissance, and issues of race and class.  He is presently pursuing his doctoral studies at Drew University. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  To sign up for the program, contact the South Plainfield Library at 908-754-7885. 

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.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play life size games of Sorry, Tic-Tac-Toe and Memory?  It’s your lucky day because on Wednesday January 25th at 3:30pm you can find out.  Join us for life size board games where players can play large versions of their favorite games!  This program is for ages 9 and up and no registration is required.

We will be following our regular schedule for the storytime programs.  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.  We have 2 sessions of Babytime on Fridays, 10:15am and 11:15am.  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 builders club for ages 7 and up that meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30-5pm and a puzzle and games group for ages 3 and up at 11:30am on Tuesdays.  There are 2 book clubs for kids.  We have a “Beginner Book Club” for ages 6-8 and a “Kids Corner” book club for ages 8-10.  We don’t want teens to feel left out since we have book clubs for kids and adults, so we now have one for teens (ages 13 and up).  The next meeting of this club will be on Thursday January 19th at 7pm where they will discuss “Bone Gap” by Laura Ruby.  Stop by the library and pick up a book to read and discuss.

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.
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