Well, it’s been several days since Thanksgiving Day.  So, the Holiday Season is now officially upon us, and we’re all preparing to celebrate Hanukkah, Festivus, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, and any other holidays I may have missed.  (Life Day was a couple of weeks ago, so we’re past that.)  Even though we’re all very busy right about now, let’s stop for a look at the latest news from South Plainfield Library:

            First, a couple of financial notes, sort of.  At their November meeting, our Library Board of Trustees decided to end our practice of charging 50¢ for items placed on reserve.  They will now be free of charge, though there will be a 50¢ fine for reserves which aren’t picked up.  Also, the Library will allow patrons to pay overdue fines and other charges via a valid credit or debit card, through our website.  We’ll have details on that as soon as it’s set up.  However, payments made in person at the Library must still be made in cash or with a check.  We’ll let you know when we further advance towards a futuristic, cashless society.

            We’ll have our usual schedule of children’s programs (with a couple of additions) next week.  The LEGO Builders Club will be meeting on Monday and Thursday afternoons at 3:00.  “Storytime”, 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.  Right after the Tuesday morning “Storytime”, we’ll have the “Puzzle & Game Playtime”, also for children age 3 & over, at 11:30.  On Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30, we’ll have “Toddler Time”, for children age 2 & 3.  On Friday morning at 10:15, we’ll have “Babytime: Round One”, for children age 2 & under who can’t walk on their own.  It’s followed by “Babytime: Round Two”, for children age 2 & under who can walk on their own.  On Saturday morning at 10:30, we’ll have our “Saturday Storytime” for all ages.  It’s followed at 11:30 by the Chess Club, for young people age 6 & over, of all skill levels.  (We’ll let you know when we organize a Checkers Club.) 
            As for the additions, our next “Chill Zone” program for young people age 10 & over is set for Tuesday afternoon at 3:30.  Attendees may play games, study, do homework or just relax.  Snack foods are permitted.  Then, on Friday afternoon, Dec. 8th, we’ll be having a cookie decorating program at 3:30.  It’s for kids age 6-9; we’ll provide the cookies and decoration materialsSpace is limited, so you must pre-register.  If you have any questions about our programs for kids and young adults, please call us and ask for the Children’s Dept.

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            Moving on to our adult programming, you can still sign up for the lecture, “Cinema & Television: The New Jersey Connection”.  Featuring NJ-based photographer/speaker Walter Choroszewski, this presentation is set for Saturday afternoon at 2:00.  It’s free, but you must pre-register.

            On Sunday afternoon at 2:00, we’ll be hosting the South Plainfield Police Dept.’s Special Needs Registry program.  It’s designed to ensure that police and first responders have the information they need to assist people, both adults and children, with special needs in an emergency.  In conjunction with the program, we’ll be presenting a Special Needs Storytime.  This event is being presented by the Library and the Common Ground Support Group.

            We’ve had a good response to our English Conversation Group, where people just learning English may come in and practice their conversation skills.  In fact, it’s turned out so well we’ve added a second group.  The original group will still meet on Monday morning at 10:30, with the new group starting up this Tuesday afternoon at 1:00.  If you’re joining up with either group, pre-registration is appreciated, but not required.

            We’re still offering Job Skills Coaching, in cooperation with Professional Services Group of New Brunswick.  The one-on-one coaching sessions are held, by appointment only, on Monday afternoon from 1:00-4:00.  

            The next “Monday Night Movie” presentation will be shown on Monday night (of course) at 6:30.  It’s being presented free of charge; you don’t need to pre-register.  We’ll provide the popcorn, you’ll have to bring your own candy or drinks, and take-out pizza or corn dog nuggets are prohibited.  Please call us for title & content information.  We can say that we’re showing another art house movie from earlier this year, this one starring Naomi Watts and Sarah Silverman.  If you miss it on Monday night, we’ll show it again on Wednesday afternoon at 12:30.

            The Mystery Book Club will meet on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00.  Participants will be discussing Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie.  You don’t need to pre-register for this program. 

            And on Thursday night at 7:00, we’ll be hosting a seminar on wills, estate planning and probate law.  Presented by Edison attorney Kenneth A. Vercammen, it’ll focus on subjects including changes in both Federal and state estate tax laws, living wills and powers of attorney.  No pre-registration is required.

            That’s just about all we can fit into a column this week.  If you have any questions, you can call (908) 754-7885 or visit our website at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us.  You can also check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southplainfieldlibrary.  Thanks for your attention, and we hope you’re having a happy, relatively hassle-free, hopefully not-too-expensive Holiday Season.