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 Academy Award Winner Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, and Lesley Manville. Set in the glamour of 1950's post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love.  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.

Cake Decorating 101, Couponing 101, Introduction to Gardening, Fundraising 101. If these courses sound interesting, then check out Universal Class for those and many more offerings.  Universal Class offers free online non-credit courses for your personal enrichment. Courses are accessible 24/7 via the Internet, and are offered in a wide variety of subjects, including business, computers, cooking, crafts & hobbies, do-it-yourself, health, history, home & garden, office skills, parenting & family, personal care, psychology, real estate, self-help, religious & spiritual studies, web development, writing, and more. You will have up to 6 months to finish each course, and each course has a real instructor you can communicate with by email!  You will need to create an account and if you’re doing this from home, you will need your South Plainfield Library barcode.

On Saturday 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."   On Sunday at 2pm, Join us for a program about the history of vegetarianism and the benefits of adopting a vegetarian diet. Presented by Venerable Man Deng; sponsored by Buddha's Light International Association - NJ.

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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 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!!