Not too long ago, your semi-humble correspondent stopped by the South Plainfield History Center and researched some old newspapers from about 35 years ago.  Back then, due to limitations in funds, staff and space, the list of activities at South Plainfield Library ran for about two short paragraphs.  Well, those problems have been dealt with since then.  Settle in for a much longer list of current Library programs:

            First, some schedule changes.  The Library will be closed this Sunday (March 25th) in observance of Palm Sunday, next Friday (March 30th) in observance of Good Friday, and next Sunday (April 1st) in observance of Easter Sunday.

            Turning to our Children’s & Young People’s programming:
            - Here’s a program for the older young people (no, that’s not a contradiction in terms) and their parents.  We’ll be hosting a workshop/panel discussion about “Successful College Applications” on Saturday afternoon (March 24th) at 2:00.  Young people from 9th Grade & over will get information on the process from a panel featuring students, parents and Dr. Kenneth W. Holloway from Florida Atlantic University.  The program is sponsored by Buddha’s Light International Society-NJ.  It’s free of charge, with no pre-registration required. 
            - We’ll have both of our “Babytime” programs Friday morning.  “Babytime: Act One”, for children age 2 & under who can’t walk on their own, will be held at 10:15.  It’ll be followed at 11:15 by “Babytime: Act Two (Gesundteit)”, for children age 2 & under who can walk on their own.
            - The Anime Club, for young people age 10 & over, will meet on Friday afternoon at 3:30.
            - The “Saturday Storytime” program for all ages will be held on Saturday morning at 10:30.
            - The Chess Club, for players age 6 & over, will meet on Saturday morning at 11:30.  Participants may bring their own chess sets, or use one of the Library’s sets. 
            - The next Chinese language “Storytime” program, led by Ms. Kitty, will be held on Monday afternoon at 1:30.  It’s for children age 2-6, and features stories in Mandarin.
            - The LEGO Builder’s Club will meet on Monday and Thursday afternoons at 3:00.  It’s for children & young people age 7-12.  We’ll provide the LEGO materials.
            - Our “Storytime” programs 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 “Puzzle & Game Playtime” program, also for children age 3 & over, will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11:30.
            - There will be a “Tween Movie Club” presentation on Tuesday afternoon at 3:00.  It’s for young people age 11 & over, and will feature a movie and a post-screening discussion.  Please call us for title & content information.
            - Our “Toddler Time” program, for children age 2 & 3, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30.
            - We’ll hold another “Coding Dojo” program on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30.  This STEM program is for young people age 10 & over.  Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.  Participants must bring their own computers.  (Hey, we can’t provide everything…yet.)
            - The next “Meditation & Mindfulness for Kids” program will be held on Wednesday evening at 7:45.  It’s led by Miss Aimee, and is for children & young people age 7-12.
            These programs are being presented free of charge, and no pre-registration is required.

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            See how much is going on?  And that’s just the kids’ stuff.  Let’s turn to the programming for adults:

            - Our English Conversation Groups will meet on Monday morning at 10:30, while next week’s Tuesday program has been cancelled.  This ESL program is for people who wish to practice their English conversation skills.  Pre-registration is requested.
            - “Job Search Skills Coaching” will be held on Monday afternoon from 1:00-4:00.  These one-on-one sessions are provided by Professional Service Group of New Brunswick.  They’re free of charge, but by appointment only.
            - Our next “Monday Night Movie” presentation will be held on Monday evening at 6:30.  It’s being presented free of charge, and you don’t need to pre-register.  We’ll provide the popcorn.  The movie will also be run on Wednesday afternoon at 12:30, minus the popcorn.  Please call us for title & content information.  We can say that it’s based on an acclaimed children’s novel by R.J. Palacio.  You might want to come early to make sure you get a seat.
            - The “Drop-In Home Schooling Support Group” will meet on Thursday afternoon at 3:00, concurrent with the Thursday LEGO program.  No pre-registration is required.
            - Later on Thursday, the next “Common Ground Support Group” meeting is set for 6:30.  It’s a support group for parents & caregivers for those with special needs.  No pre-registration is required.
            - And, looking forwards, we have a special program set for Saturday, March 31st.  It’s the lecture “’s Wonderful: The Life & Music of George Gershwin”.  Jazz historian Michael Conklin will talk about Gershwin’s life and work.  This program is free of charge; pre-registration is requested.

            We have room for a quick advisory.  Our building has video surveillance, and our staff tries to be attentive as possible.  However, we can’t keep an eye on everything.  We ask that you please keep track of your personal items when you’re in the building.  If you need to use the rest room and don’t want to lug your stuff down there, please leave it at the desk and, most importantly, remember to take it back when you’re done.  If you have any questions, ask a staff member.

            That’s about all for now.  If you need more information, you can call us at (908) 754-7885.  You can also check our website at, or go to our Facebook page at for updates.  Thanks very much for your attention.  Now sit back and try to figure out how we can accomplish all this stuff in one week.