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 on February 26 and stars Chadwick Boseman, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown and Josh Gad. The NAACP, nearly about to close their doors, enlists Thurgood Marshall (Boseman) in what would become one of the most important court cases in history. Marshall is enlisted to help defend a black chauffeur (Brown) against his wealthy white employer (Hudson) against allegations of sexual assault. Marshall is paired with Samuel Friedman (Gad), a lawyer new to the practice, and they must work together to clear the name of this chauffeur. This movie is rated PG-13. 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 shown.

On Thursday, February 15 at 7pm, the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes lawyer Mitchell Schley who will present a program, “Your Rights in the Workplace”.  Most employees are unaware of the many recently added job protections available under New Jersey and federal law. This free seminar will cover many topics concerning your job and career and you will have the opportunity to ask a labor lawyer any questions you may have regarding: Sexual harassment, Unfair treatment on the job, wrongful discharge, discrimination, employment contracts and, performance reviews, wages, salary, hours, overtime and compensation, disability leave, pregnancy leave and health insurance, severance pay and unemployment benefits and non-competition agreements.  Mitchell Schley is a labor and employment lawyer in East Brunswick, New Jersey, who has been practicing for over 25 years. He has prosecuted cases on behalf of employees with the National Labor Relations Board and has represented Fortune 500 corporations and now represents hourly, salaried, professional, and managerial employees regarding employment matters. This program presented free, and no registration is required.

In celebration of black history month, on Saturday, February 17 and Saturday February 24 at 2pm, the South Plainfield Public Library will present 2 special programs.  On February 17, the library welcomes author Zanzel Kathy Roach who will read selected poems from her book Something Beautiful and hold a book signing.  The poetry in this book holds truth. Laughter and tears stream into the issues of life like a tributary. There is hope. And so she wrote...Spoken word artist, poet, educator, and writer are just a few of the attributes of Zanzel Kathy Roach, known as Ms. Zey. All wrapped up in an inspiring, uplifting and charismatic delivery, you will be sliding off your seat as you move to her beat. The experience you have when you hear and/or read the creativity of Ms. Zey will be dynamic. Her words of hope have captivated audiences from the NAACP, City Halls, Black History Month Events, Women History Month Events, Universities, High Schools, Elementary Schools, spoken word cafes, churches and non-profit organizations. Zanzel invites you to connect with her so you too can personally partake in Something Beautiful. This program presented free.  Books and CDs will be sold after the program.

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On February 24, the South Plainfield Public Library will be showing Mighty Times: The Children’s March.  This Academy Award Winner for best documentary short subject tells the story of how the young people of Birmingham braved arrest, fire hoses, and police dogs in 1963 and brought segregation to its knees. In the spring of 1963, Birmingham, Alabama, was the “do-or-die” battleground for the Civil Rights Movement. Heavy intimidation by Birmingham authorities left the Movement floundering. Using word-of-mouth under a veil of secrecy, more than 4,000 African American schoolchildren organized to desert classrooms at exactly 11 a.m. on “D-Day,” May 2, 1963, touching off a week of mass demonstrations and rioting that shocked the nation. Police tried to stop them. Yet, the children prevailed. This documentary offers a rare glimpse into the 1963 Birmingham children’s march from the ground up. More than 100 eyewitnesses contributed to the storytelling, with appearances by notable participants and organizers James Orange, Gwendolyn Webb, James Bevel, Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory, and Andrew Young. No registration is required for this program and all are welcome to attend.

Calling all tutors!  Interested in helping younger students in a subject you know well?  Then sign up to be a volunteer tutor!  For students in 8th grade and up, you can receive volunteer hours by tutoring a younger student.  To sign up to be a volunteer tutor, please contact Ms. Audrey at (908) 754-7885 ext. 4 or acupo@southplainfield.lib.nj.us

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 10am 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 3-4:30pm, a puzzle and games group for ages 3 and up at 11:30am on Tuesdays and a Chess Club that meets on Saturdays at 11:30am.

The library will be closed on Sunday February 11 and Monday February 12 in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday.  We will reopen Tuesday February 13 at 10am. The library hours are as follows:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-9pm, Tuesday and Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 130pm-5pm. 

See you next week!!