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. This week’s movie stars Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner. This movie is based on the true story of Molly Bloom (Chastain), an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey (Elba), who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe. The movie is rated R, so please be advised. 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.

Do you have a favorite author, but he or she doesn’t publish new books that often; or maybe not at all anymore?  It’s sometimes hard to find books to read that you like.  The South Plainfield Public Library offers access to “Novelist Plus”, a database that can help you find books that you might like to read based on your favorite author or book.  NoveList has reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, for all ages. NoveList's expertise in books and reading means that you'll always get the best help for finding just the right books. To access this database, go to our homepage and click on “databases”.  If you’re accessing it from home, you might need to enter your library card number.  Select Novelist from the list, type in a book or author and you are ready to find something new to read.

We have a lot of adult programming happening in June.  On Saturday June 2 at 2pm, there is an adult “Crafternoon” with Crafter Pat Dahl.  Crafters will be making a mosaic with broken dishes or mirror pieces.  Space is limited to 15 people, so registration is required. On Sunday June 3 at 2pm, Jim Peck, an amateur naturalist and former education director of the American Littoral Society will present his program “Discovering Natural NJ: From High Point to Cape May”.  He will show his photos and discuss beautiful and little known natural ares found all across our diverse state.  Registration is required for this program.  On Thursday June 7 at 7pm, we have another adult craft night where artist and teacher Shelley Phillips will show crafters how to create origami works of art.  All materials will be provided.  Space is limited to 15, so registration is required. 

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On Saturday June 9 at 2pm, the library welcomes back Dave Delucca who will perform his “Birth of the Blues” musical program.  This program is a musical exploration of American blues music.  This program features blues songs from the early 1900s through 1970s written and/or made popular by blues legends like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Fats Waller, Etta James Billie Holiday and others.  Songs include: "Shake Rattle & Roll", "Ain't Misbehavin'", "I'd Rather Go Blind", "Spoonful", "My Babe", "Blueberry Hill", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby", "The Thrill Is Gone", and "Every Day I Have the Blues."  

Saturday June 16 is the rescheduled program “ ‘S Wonderful: The Life and Music of George Gershwin” presented by jazz historian Michael Conklin. Please join us for a celebration of composer George Gershwin! Born in Brooklyn in 1898, the second of four children from a close-knit immigrant family, he began his musical career as a song-plugger on Tin Pan Alley, but was soon writing his own pieces. He and his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin, went on to write many successful musicals for the stage and screen, and many songs which are now considered standards. He also led a double life, trying to make his mark as a serious composer. Today he remains one of America's most beloved composers.

On Saturday June 23 at 2pm the library welcomes Gert Coleman who will present her program “Herbs 101: An Introduction to Herbs”. This informative program, presented by herbalist Gert Coleman, looks at all aspects of herbs including how to grow them, cook with them, use them to ease headaches, colds, and other winter ailments. Gert will also discuss some of the historical, cultural and mythical lore surrounding herbs. Gert Coleman recently retired as Associate Professor at Middlesex County College in New Jersey, was the past editor of the IHA (International Herb Association) newsletter and is a certified herbalist.  To sign up for any of these programs call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

The library will be closed on Sunday May 13 in observance of Mother’s Day.  We will reopen Monday May 14 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!!