Well, we’re just a few days away from the beginning of summer.  That might be a surprise, since everyone seems to think summer started about three weeks ago.  In any case, no matter the season, there’s news from South Plainfield Library:

            First, be advised the Library will be closed this Sunday in observance of Father’s Day.

            It’s about here that we usually go over the coming week’s extensive lineup of children’s programming.  This time, though, things aren’t what you could call “extensive”.  With Miss Mija away on vacation and the rest of the staff preparing for Summer Reading (more on that momentarily), we’ve cancelled our regularly-scheduled children’s & young people’s programs.  They’ll be back in July.  Of course, regarding the cancellations, there are exceptions:
            We have a Tween Karaoke program set for Friday afternoon (June 15th) starting at 3:30.  It’s for young people age 10 & over, and no pre-registration is needed.  Just bring your singing voice.
            And, as noted earlier, this year’s Summer Reading program, “Libraries Rock!” (they do, indeed), is nearly here.  Registration for all ages begins on Monday, June 25th.  We’ll pass along more details as they develop.

Sign Up for E-News

            So, let’s move on to the programming for the older folks:
            - Saturday afternoon (June 16th) at 2:00, we’ll be hosting “’S Wonderful: The Life & Music of George Gershwin”.  This lecture by jazz historian Michael Conklin is being presented free, but pre-registration is requested.
            - All three of our English Conversation Groups will be held next week.  These are for people who are still learning English to come in and practice their conversation skills.  The programs are held on Monday morning at 10:30, Monday evening at 7:00, and Tuesday afternoon at 1:00.  If you’re new to the groups, pre-registration is requested.
            - We’re still offering Job Search Skills Coaching on Monday afternoon from 1:00-4:00.  This one-on-one program is provided by Professional Service Group of New Brunswick.  The program is by appointment only, so you must call ahead.
            - Our next “Monday Night Movie” presentation is set for Monday night at 6:30.  It’s presented free, and you don’t need to pre-register.  Please call us for title and content information.  We can say that it’s a Christian drama film based on the story behind a recent, very successful Christian song.  If you can’t get here on Monday, we’ll show the movie again on Wednesday afternoon at 12:30.  We’ll provide the popcorn on Monday night, and Papa John’s of South Plainfield will provide pizza on Wednesday.  You’ll have to bring your own Raisinettes, though.
            - On Thursday night (June 21st) at 7:00, we’ll be presenting the program “Saving on Your Taxes”.  Jonathan Barrett of AXA Advisors will be speaking on recent changes in the tax code, retirement planning and other financial topics.  No pre-registration is required for this free program.
            - Next Friday afternoon (June 22nd) at 12:00, we’ll be presenting a brief computer training session on the Internet and how to set up an email account.  It’s an introductory class for beginners with little computer experience.  Space is limited for this class, so you must pre-register.
            - Next Saturday morning (June 23rd), we’ll be presenting our next Saturday Crochet class at 10AM.  Staff member Charlene Varry will be passing along basic crochet instructions & techniques.  The class is for adults and young people age 14 & over.  Pre-registration is required.
            - And that at 2:00, we’ll host the program “Herbs 101”.  Herbalist Gert Colman will present a look at various herbs, their uses, and their history.  This program is being presented free, but pre-registration is required.

            We’ve got room for an advisory for those of you who use our computers.  (That’s quite a lot of you, actually.)  If you’re using them near the end of our operating hours, be advised that the computers begin their shutdown procedures several minutes before we actually close.  So, once you’re given notice that we’ll be closing soon (that’s usually a fifteen-minute warning), please finish up and be sure to save your work on your own storage device.  We’d appreciate it if you’d also keep that in mind if you’re printing items out or need them scanned, especially if it involves a large number of items.

            And here’s a request: we’re currently accepting donations of books and A/V items (in good condition!) for our next book sale, scheduled for this fall.  We do ask that, if you’re planning to bring in several boxes full of donations, please bring them in a couple of boxes at a time.  That’ll give us time to go through them and find a place to store them.  We appreciate your assistance with this. 

            That’s about all for now.  If you’d like some more information, you can call us at (908) 754-7885.  You can also check our website at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us, or look up our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southplainfieldlibrary.  Catch you later.