Well, we formally entered the autumn season last week, and we’re about to move into October.  And you know what that means, right?  Christmas decorations in the stores!  While you ponder just when in the year we’re supposed to be, let’s look at news from South Plainfield Library:

            First, a couple of schedule advisories.  The Notary Public will be away next week from Tuesday until Friday.  He’ll be back on Saturday.  Also, the Library will be closed the following Sunday (Oct. 8th) and Monday (Oct. 9th) in observance of Columbus Day.

            At this writing, there’s still some merchandise left from our Book Sale, benefitting the Friends of the Library.  Feel free to check out what’s there; prices are as marked.  The sale ends on Saturday.

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            After an extended hiatus to catch our breath, we’re ready to get our children’s programming back into gear next week.  For those of you who need to be reminded of what we offer, here’s the rundown (and please note a few time changes):
            - The LEGO Builders Club will meet on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3-4:30.  It’s for young people age 7-12.  We’ll provide the materials.  (A note for parents: our informal Homeschoolers Support Group will meet concurrent with the LEGO program on Thursday.)
            - Our Storytime program, for children age 3 & over, will be held on Tuesday morning at 10:30, Wednesday evening at 6:30 and Thursday afternoon at 1:15.  The Tuesday program will be followed by the “Puzzle & Game Playtime”, also for kids age 3 & over, at 11:30. 
            - “Toddler Time”, for children age 2 & 3, is set for Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30.
            - Our Babytime programs are both scheduled for Friday morning.  “Babytime Able”, for children age 2 & under who can’t walk on their own, will start at 10:15.  It’ll be followed by “Babytime Baker”, for children age 2 & under who can walk on their own, at 11:15.
            - And our Saturday “Family Storytime” for all ages will be held on Saturday morning at 10:30.
            We also have a couple of special kids programs next week.  First, on Wednesday night at 7:45 (after “Storytime”), we have Miss Aimee leading the “Mindfulness & Meditation for Kids” program for children age 7-12.  Then, on Friday afternoon from 3:00-5:00, we’ll have our next “Family Game Day” program for all ages.  Attendees may bring their own games, or play one of the Library’s games.  (Sorry, Lawn Darts aren’t permitted.)
            All of these programs are presented free of charge, and no pre-registration is required.  For more information, please call us and connect to the Children’s Room.

            We’ve also got a program for young adults next week.  Our next “Chill Zone” program is set for Tuesday afternoon from 3-5:30, and is for young people age 10 & over.  Participants can play board games, do a craft activity, or just relax.  Snack foods are permitted, as long as you don’t spill anything.

            Moving on to our adult programming, our next Saturday Crochet Class is scheduled for this Saturday morning at 10:00.  It’s for young people & adults age 14 & over.  Please call to pre-register, and get details on needed materials.
             Our ESL Conversation group will be meeting on Monday morning at 10:30.  Please give us a call to sign up.
            We’re still offering Job Search Skills Training, provided by the Professional Service Group of New Brunswick.  The one-on-one sessions are on Monday afternoon from 1:00-4:00.  Please call for an appointment.
            After a Book Sale-inspired preemption, our “Monday Night Movie” presentation will return on (when else?) Monday night at 6:30.  It’s being presented free of charge; no pre-registration is required.  We’ll provide the popcorn.  Please call for title & content information.  We can say that it features the third member of the DCU’s Big Three.  (She’s the one without the cape.)  If you miss it, the movie will be repeated on Wednesday afternoon at 12:30, minus the popcorn.  (Be advised: we start on time.  Unlike the multiplexes, we don’t have twenty minutes of trailers first.)
             And on Thursday evening at 6:30, we’ll host the program “Home Buying and Selling 101”.  Rema Chepulis from Kingdom First Realty will present the program.  It’ll feature topics including increasing your credit score, preparing for a down payment, and real estate market trends.  The program is free of charge, and you don’t need to pre-register.
           And we’ve also got more special programs on the way, including our Fall Festival on Oct. 14th, the lecture “South Plainfield in the 20th Century” on Oct. 15th, the art program “Impressionism and Paris” on Oct. 21st, and the new staging of the OTR program “War of the Worlds” on Oct. 28th.  We’ll have details on those very soon.

            Finally, a brief computer-related word: as we’ve previously advised, our computers are public computers.  We do our best to safeguard your use of them, but we cannot completely guarantee your security.  We ask that you take some easy steps of your own in that respect.  In particular, if you access your email or some other personal account, be sure to fully log out of the site when you’re done.  Don’t think that just because you’ve logged out on the computer itself that you’re completely clear.  Also, make sure to instruct the computer not to recall your log-in information.  Don’t give someone else an opportunity to mess things up for you.

            That’s about all for now.  If you’d like more information, please give us a call at (908) 754-7885.  You can also check our website at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southplainfieldlibrary.  Thanks for your attention.  With any luck, we’ll see you again before the Valentine’s Day decorations go up…in November.