Well, we’re nearly one week into October.  And (we hope) we’ve put the hot, humid, 80-90° days behind us for a while.  So, as we adjust to the new weather pattern, and prepare for the approach of the next one, let’s look at news from South Plainfield Library:

            First, the Library will be closed on Sunday (Oct. 7th) and Monday (Oct. 8th) in observance of Columbus Day.

            Turning to our children’s programming, here’s the rundown for next week.  Be advised that we’ve done some shuffling to the usual roster.  Anyway:
            - There will be a program celebrating Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, this Saturday afternoon from 12-3.  It’ll feature crafts, music, dance and refreshments, and it’s for children of all ages.  It’ll be held down the road at the Senior Center.  (That’s 90 Maple Ave., to be exact.)
            - Storytime, for children age 3 & over, will be held on Tuesday morning at 10:30, and Wednesday evening at 6:30.
            - The “Puzzles & Games Playtime”, also for children age 3 & over, is set for Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 11:30.
            - The Chinese language “Storytime” for all ages is set for Tuesday afternoon at 4:30.
            - The “Easy Reader Book Club” will meet on Tuesday afternoon at 5:00.  It’s for kids age 6-8, and you can pick up a copy of this month’s selection at the Circulation Desk.
            - “Toddler Time”, for children age 2 & 3, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30.
            - The LEGO Builders Club will meet on Thursday afternoon at 3:30.  We’ll provide the pieces.  Be careful not to step on them.
            - The Italian language “Storytime” for all ages is set for Thursday afternoon at 3:30.
            - There will be a Tween Craft program, for young people age 7 & over, on Thursday evening at 6:30.  Participants will be making a sugar skull decoration for Halloween.  Space is limited, so you must pre-register.
            - Our two “Babytime” programs, for kids age 2 & under, will be held on Friday morning at 10:15 and 11:15, respectively.
            - On Friday afternoon at 3:30, the “Tween Movie Club” will meet.  They’ll be watching a Halloween-themed movie, with a discussion afterwards.  Please call us for title & content information.
             - And next Saturday (Oct. 13th), from 10AM-1PM, we’ll be holding this years “Fall Festival”.  It’ll feature pumpkin painting (you provide the pumpkin, we’ll provide the paint), a special “Storytime” program at 11:00, a petting zoo from Green Meadows Farm starting at 11:30, as well as games, crafts and refreshments.  This’ll all take place in Willow Park, and in the parking lot behind the Library.  It’s for all ages and you don’t need to pre-register.

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            Well, that takes care of the kids’ activities.  Let’s move on to the programs for the older folks (both slightly older and considerably older):
             - We’ll have an SAT Practice Test for young people from grades 9-11 this Saturday from 10AM-1PM.  It’s free of charge, but you must pre-register.
             - The Tuesday Book Club will meet on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00.  They’ll be discussing Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.  No pre-registration is required.
             - The next meeting of the Library Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday evening at 6:30.  Members of the public are invited to attend and learn more about the Library’s current & future plans.  There will be a public comment time before New Business is addressed.  No pre-registration is required.
             - The ESL Conversation Group will meet on Thursday afternoon at 1:00.  It’s for people who are learning English and want to practice their conversation skills.  Pre-registration is requested.
             - The next Saturday Crochet Class will be held on Saturday morning at 10:00.  It’s for adults and young people age 14 & over, and focuses on basic crochet techniques.  Please call to register and get details on needed materials.
             - And on Saturday afternoon at 2:00, we’ll host an integral yoga program for adults.  It’ll include warm-up exercises, breathing techniques and meditation.  Attendees are asked to wear loose-fitting clothing, and bring their own yoga mat and water bottle.  Space is limited, so you must pre-register.

            That’s about all of the activities we’ve got for next week.  We have room for a couple of notes.  First, we’d like to thank everyone who helped out with the recent Friends of the Library Book Sale, both those who organized it and those who shopped.  It turned out very well.  And, while we appreciate the generosity of those who contributed items for the sale, we ask that you put said generosity on hold for a while.  We won’t be accepting donations of materials until next August, just in time for the next sale.  However, we can help you find someone who’ll accept any donations you might want to give.  Just stop by Reference and we’ll check on that.

            And there’s been a development on the notary front.  Ms. Jailene, from our Children’s Department, is able to provide notary services.  In addition, she’s able to notarize documents in both English and Spanish.  (That’s an improvement over our other notary, whose command of any language is iffy at best.)  If you’d like Ms. Jailene to help you with notary services, please call ahead to check her schedule and make an appointment.

            That’s about all for now.  If you’d like more information, you can call us at (908) 754-7885 and check our website at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us.  You can also check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southplainfieldlibrary.  Thanks for reading, and please stop by soon.