The South Plainfield Public Library is still closed until further notice, but just because we’re closed, it doesn’t mean you can’t still access some of our great resources.  For our online databases, you will need a library barcode number (which is on the back of your library card) and a pin number (which is usually the last four digits of your phone number that you gave us upon creating your card).  If you find yourself at home without either a library card or a pin number, you can apply for a temporary membership.  If you’re a South Plainfield resident, you can email our director Linda Hansen at lhansen@southplainfield.lib.nj.us with your full name, address, phone number, and date of birth, and she will send you back a barcode and pin number that you can use to access our online resources. If you have library materials at home, don’t worry about when they’re due, we will be renewing everything until the library reopens. We never charge overdue fines when we are closed, so you don’t need to be concerned about returning them until we’re open again.

At home, please take advantage of all the online offerings from our library. Everything is free as long as you have your library card. Elibrarynj has been a popular source of ebooks and audiobooks for many years, but we also have many other services that you can access from home. These all can be accessed through the library homepage.  Hoopla is one of the first you should explore.  Whether you connect online or through the app, you will find movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks and comics for every taste and age group.  You can borrow up to five titles each month--without hold lists.  Many people can have the same title checked out at the same time.  You will need to create an account with an email address and password, but then you’re ready to go!

If you want to watch some great movies and TV, try our new streaming services. Acorn TV offers the best of British television. Mystery lovers will enjoy Midsomer Murders, Vera, Poirot, Murdoch Mysteries and many more.  They also have comedies, dramas and documentaries, and new shows are added every week.  To start watching, follow the links from our home page to the RB Digital landing page. Once there you will need to create an RB Digital account.  The same account that gives you access to Acorn TV, will also allow access to IndieFlix (classic movies and TV), PongaLo (Spanish language entertainment), Method Test Prep and Qello (music and concert videos).  If you have used Qello, you can use the same RB Digital account. All of these are available (for free) on your computer, smart TV or any internet-enabled device.

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If you miss coming to the library to read our variety of magazines, you can keep up to date on line.  Sign in to RB Digital with your library card to browse the electronic collection of magazines. There’s over 70 titles, so there should be something for everyone.  

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.

Are you looking to learn a foreign language? Rosetta Stone is an award-winning interactive approach to learning languages.  After you create a free account using the barcode on your library card as a patron ID, you will be able to choose one of over two dozen languages offered. Daily practice is the best way to learn a new language.  For those of you who have been coming to our numerous ESL classes, Rosetta Stone is very helpful for people who are just learning English as well. After selecting English (American) as the language they wish to learn, there will be vocabulary and sentence practice, and you can even hear pronunciation if you’re using a computer that has a microphone.
Be sure to check the South Plainfield Public Library Facebook page because we’ve been posting daily Boredom Busters for all ages to help keep everyone entertained.  Any updates to the library are also posted here and on our website.  The library staff has been working on virtual programming.  We have virtual children’s programming, including storytimes and LEGO challenges.  Videos will be posted on our new YouTube channel under the name South Plainfield Public Library. We will be having a virtual adult book club meeting via Zoom.  The meeting is Tuesday June 9 at 4pm and the book that we will be discussing is “Seventh Heaven” by Alice Hoffman.  This book can be checked out via Hoopla, which doesn’t have restrictions on the amount of people who can have the book out at the same time, so all are welcome to attend.  If you would like to join the discussion, please email epasternak@southplainfield.lib.nj.us at least 24hrs before and Eve will send you a URL and passcode to join the discussion.

Stressed out? Try some self care with an online adult Tai Chi class via Zoom on Thursday May 28 at 8pm.  Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that is practiced for its defense training, health and meditation benefits.  To register for this session please email kwang@southplainfield.lib.nj.us and Ms. Kitty will send you a link to join the class.  On Monday evenings at 8pm, we are continuing with our ESL classes that we had in the library when we were open.  If you are interested in attending, please email epasternak@southplainfield.lib.nj.us and Ms. Eve will send you a link to join the class.

If you are looking for information on the coronavirus COVID-19, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website www.cdc.gov.  On its home page, you can click for information specifically on the coronavirus.  It provides information on how to protect yourself, what to do if you are sick, and the symptoms you should look for.  For state information on the coronavirus, you can go to www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml, which shares a lot of the same information as the CDC.  There’s also another webpage, https://covid19.nj.gov/, that gives you access to live updates about the state and gives more specific information on testing sites, about job and housing concerns.  For general COVID-19 questions, call 2-1-1; for medical COVID-19 questions, call 1-800-962-1253 (24/7).  You can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts.   For more local information, you can go to the Middlesex County website www.middlesexcountynj.gov.  The Borough of South Plainfield Facebook page also posts updates about the town, county, and state.  

We want everyone to stay safe and healthy and we hope to see everyone soon!