Right about now, you’re probably busy.  You’ve got family visits to arrange, presents to buy and wrap, TV specials to watch, mall parking spaces to grab, and decorations to unbox and put up.  Unless, of course, you did all those things before Thanksgiving.  In any case, let’s stop for a bit and look at upcoming events at South Plainfield Library:

            First, our Notary Public won’t be available tomorrow (December 7th) or on Thursday (December 13th).  And if he expects to get paid, he’ll be here for the rest of his usual schedule.

            Moving to the Children’s programming:
            - The Saturday “Babytime” program, for children age 2 & under, will be held on Saturday morning at 10AM.
            - The “Boys, Books & Bagels” Book Club, for boys age 8-12, will be held on Monday afternoon at 3:30.  The book club for girls in that age bracket will be held next Monday; never let it be said we aren’t inclusive.
            - The Spanish language “Storytime” program will be held on Monday evening at 6:30.  It’ll be led by Ms. Jailene, and is for children of all ages.
            - Our regular “Storytime” programs, for children age 3 & over, will be held on Tuesday morning at 10:30 and on Wednesday evening at 6:30.
            - The “Puzzle & Game Playtime”, also for children age 3 & over, will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11:30.
            - The “Easy Reader Book Club”, for kids age 6-8, will meet on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30.
            - “Toddler Time”, for children age 2 & 3, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30.
            - The “Chill Zone” will be in session on Wednesday afternoon starting at 3:00.  It’s for young people age 10 & over, where they can play games, study, do homework, or just relax.  Snack foods are permitted; try not to spill anything.
            - The LEGO Builders Club will be meeting on Thursday afternoon at 3:30.  We’ll provide the pieces.  Please keep the kids’ shoes on; those pieces hurt when they’re stepped on with bare feet.
            - The Chinese language “Storytime” will be held on Thursday afternoon at 4:30.  It’s for kids of all ages, Ms. Kitty will lead the program, and it’ll be presented in Mandarin and English.
            - Our regular Friday morning “Babytime” programs, again for children age 2 & under, will start at 10:15 and 11:15, respectively.
            - And we’ll have another “Drive-In Movie Craft” program, for children of all ages, next Friday afternoon (December 14th) at 3:00.  Please bring a box large enough for the kids to sit in; we’ll provide the other materials.  We’ll also present a Holiday movie (this time in 3-D!) as part of the program.  Please don’t try to hide extra people in the trunk.
            All of these programs are being presented free of charge, and no pre-registration is required.  You can get copies of the book club selections at the Circulation Desk.

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Turning to programming for the older folks:
             - We’ll be presenting “Juke Joint Jive” tomorrow (December 8th) afternoon at 2:00.  Guitarist/singer Ken Lelen will be performing songs from the Big Band Era.  Space is limited; so please pre-register.  It’ll be held at the Senior Center, located down the street at 90 Maple Ave.
             - Our popular ESL Conversation groups will be meeting on Monday morning at 10:30, Thursday afternoon at 1:00, and Thursday evening at 7:00.  For more information, give us a call and ask for Ms. Eve.
             - We’re still offering one-on-one Job Search Skills Coaching, provided by Professional Service Group of New Brunswick.  The sessions are free of charge, but are by appointment only.
             - The next “Monday Night Movie” will be shown on Monday night at 6:30.  It’s being presented free; no pre-registration is required.  We’ll even provide the popcorn.  Please call us for more information re: title and content.  We can say that it’s a fact-based thriller about the hunt for an escaped Nazi war criminal.  If you miss the movie on Monday, we’ll run it again on Wednesday afternoon at 12:30.  Sorry, you’ll have to bring your own popcorn to the reprise.
             - The “Tuesday Book Club” for adults will be meeting on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00.  They’ll be discussing Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.  You don’t need to pre-register.
              - The next meeting of the Library Board of Trustees is set for Tuesday evening at 6:30.  Members of the public are welcome to attend and learn more about the Library’s current & future plans.  No pre-registration is required.  There will be a public comment period just before New Business is addressed.

We have space for another advisory this week.  It’s for those parents and/or guardians who bring small children to the Library.  We realize that it can be tough to ride herd on little kids, especially if they insist on running around.  But since it’s very possible for a child to be injured if they dash around, we ask that you do your best to keep track of them.  Library staff are only able to assist you to a certain extent, so please pay attention.  As always, we really appreciate your help.

Finally, there’s still time to help out with our Angel Tree.  Just stop by and pick up a tag for a gift; the Social Services Department will get it to a family in need.  Gifts should be brought in, unwrapped, by December 17th.  There’s also a toy drive supervised by local resident Christine Schwalje.  The collection box is downstairs near the Children’s Room.

That’s about all for now.  Check our website at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southplainfieldlibrary for more details.  Or you can call (908) 754-7885.  And we hope you’re having a happy & safe Holiday season.