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. The next movie is Monday September 10.  This week’s movie stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen.  Diane (Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage, Vivian (Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached, Sharon (Bergen) is still working through a decades-old divorce, and Carol's (Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. Their lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter. The movie is rated pg-13. 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.

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 gives you access to Acorn TV, IndieFlix (classic movies and TV), and PongaLo (Spanish language entertainment), as well as OnePlay (video games) and Qello (music and concert videos).  If you have used Qello or OnePlay, you can use the same RB Digital account.

During the months of September and October, we have some programs geared for parents and kids to help in preparing for college.  On Saturday September 8 and October 6 from 10am-1pm and October 27 from 9:30am-12:30pm, students can come and take a free SAT practice test (9-11th grade) to help calm their nerves and to see what the test is all about.  On Thursday September 13 and October 4 from 5-6pm, come and learn about the ACT vs SAT (9-11th grade) to find out which test is right for you.  There will be a presentation explaining and demystifying the two different exams.  On Thursday October 25 from 5-6pm, there will be a workshop on understanding the college essay (11-12th grade).  This workshop will explain the expectations for what an outstanding college essay entails and going over common questions that you will encounter.  Students are strongly encouraged to bring their parents.  All of these programs require registration.  To sign up, please call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

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On Thursday September 6 at 7pm, the library welcomes Lord Moorman who will present a program on the Billy Edward Albert Meier UFO case. The Billy Meier Case is one of the most famous, and most controversial, UFO contactee cases in modern UFOlogy. Eduard Albert "Billy" Meier claims to have been in contact with "extra-terrestrial humans" since he was five years old. Now in his eighties, he claims to still be in regular contact with these "extra-terrestrial humans" whom he calls "The Plejarans". Throughout the years he has presented various forms of evidence to support his claims of extra-terrestrial contact. As a self-defined researcher on varying topics, Lord’s primary interest has fallen to the Billy Meir Case due to the fact that of all the UFOlogists groups, not ONE has produced A shred of evidence…save for Mr. Meir who has produced metal samples, thousands of clear daytime pre-digital photos, several hundred other confirmed eyewitnesses’, 54 spiritual books and thousands of papers on various scientific evidence and spiritual information along with many prophecies. He has survived 23 assassination attempts by the C.I.A. So why would they want this man dead? The story reads like Indiana Jones and Luke Skywalker on steroids. This presentation is not to convince you nor un-convince you of anything-it is merely stating the facts around the case which has been ongoing for 75 plus years. This program is presented free, but registration is required. To sign up, please call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

On Saturday, September 8 at 2pm, the South Plainfield Library welcomes back Dr. Michael Norris of Armchair Art Tours and former museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to continue his series about Post Impressionists.  This is the second of four talks and is about Vincent van Gogh. Pastor and painter Vincent van Gogh produced more than 2,000 works of art in his last decade. Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo that, as he had no children, he viewed his paintings as his progeny. Let's explore some of these 'brilliant children,' especially those at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is the second in a series of 4 talks on Post-Impressionists. Future talks will cover Paul Gauguin (October 20) and Paul Cézanne (November 10). Come celebrate art and view amazing artwork with Dr. Norris and the South Plainfield Public Library!  Michael got his BA in classics from the University of California at San Diego and his MA in classics and Ph.D. in art history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spent twenty years at the Cloisters Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and has lectured on trips all over the world. This program is presented free, but registration is required.  Please register by calling the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

On Thursday September 13 at 7pm the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes back Jim Rose who will present “Meditation for a More Peaceful and Healthy Life”.  Many people all over the world are turning to meditation to help them lead a more peaceful and healthy life-style. Scientific studies have proven that the practice of meditation reduces stress and anxiety, as well as decreases the risk of disease. Many Dr’s recommend meditation to their patients, and those who practice meditation attest to its healing power in their lives.  Please join Jim Rose, retired executive with Johnson & Johnson and long time meditator, for this engaging and informative workshop and learn to incorporate a simple yet powerful technique into your life. He has been meditating for over 30 years and now focuses much of his time on his own spiritual development and in helping others who wish to do the same. This program is presented free, but registration is required.  To sign up for the program call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

This month we have an Integral Yoga class.  The Integral Yoga class will be held on Saturday September 15 at 2pm. Integral Yoga practice can help you focus your mind, strengthen your body, increase your flexibility and improve your quality of life. Please bring a yoga mat & water bottle, and wear loose fitting clothing. This yoga class will be taught by Theresa Jefferson.  There is a limit of 15 people so registration is required.  Additional sessions will be held on Oct. 13, and Dec. 1. 

The Friends of the Library are having a book and bake sale, starting Saturday, September 22.  Please consider donating baked goods to help make the sale a success – and come that day ready to enjoy some delicious cakes and cookies. If you register, we will call you with a reminder. The Friends are accepting donations of books, CDs and DVDs.  Books need to be in good condition, without water damage, mold or dirt.  We cannot accept textbooks or encyclopedias.  CDs and DVDs need to be in the original packaging and in playable condition.

The Library will be closed on Monday September 3 for Labor Day.  We will reopen Tuesday September 4 at 10am.  The library hours are as follows:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-9pm, Tuesday and Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm.  We are closed on Sundays until September 9.

See you next week!!