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 October 1.  This week’s movie stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, and Anne Hathaway.  Debbie Ocean (Bullock), the estranged sister of infamous criminal mastermind Danny Ocean, seeks to carry on the family business by plotting an enormous heist on New York's annual Met Gala. After being released from prison, Debbie recruits her best friend Lou (Blanchett) to set out and assemble a team of larcenists. This hodgepodge, seven-member team includes everyone from a street pick-pocket, a computer hacker, and a jewelry expert (Kaling). The women band together to infiltrate the Met Gala and steal a $150 million necklace worn by celebrity Daphne Kluger (Hathaway). 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.

The South Plainfield Library would like to thank the following restaurants for donating food to our Hispanic Heritage celebration that occurred last Saturday at the Senior Center:  Kenny’s Empanadas, Paulo’s Bar & Restaurant, Pizza Stop, Antojos Tico, Luigi’s New York Style Pizza, Hometown Heroes and Casa Romero. 

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During the month of October, we have some programs geared for parents and kids to help in preparing for college.  On Saturday 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 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.

On Saturday, October 20 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 on Post Impressionists.  This is the third of four talks and is about Paul Gauguin.  Paul Gauguin (1848-1908): Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin was a French post-Impressionist artist. Unappreciated until after his death, Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of color and Synthetist style that were distinctly different from Impressionism. Moving from Peru to Paris to Tahiti, Gauguin mastered sculpture, pottery, and painting in a variety of styles. The final talk is on November 10 and is about Paul Cézanne. To sign up for the program, contact the South Plainfield Library at 908-754-7885.

On Saturday October 27 at 1pm, South Plainfield Public Library welcomes back Vincent Bruno who will present The Sixties: A British Invasion.  This lecture will focus on the phenomenon rise of the British pop and rock acts that invaded our shores in the 60’s.  From pop groups (The Beatles, The Dave Clark 5, The Animals, The Kinks) to the psychedelic and progressive bands (The Who, Pink Floyd, Cream, Traffic).  We will explore highlights from landmark recordings that clearly defined this British pop renaissance era. Our journey will also include aspects of British popular culture (cinema, fashion, TV and UK underground) whose influence added to the impact of this remarkable decade. Slides and audio clips will enhance this lecture. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Vincent Bruno is a Sixties Rock Historian.  He recently retired as Director of First Year Programs at LaGuardia Community College (City University of New York).  He holds an MPA from Baruch College. For the past 17 years he has lectured extensively on The Beatles and The Sixties at universities, colleges, libraries and community centers. To sign up for the program, contact the South Plainfield Library at 908-754-7885. 

This month we have 2 yoga classes: Chair Yoga and Integral Yoga.  The Integral Yoga class will be held on Saturday October 13 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.  An Additional session will be held on Dec. 1.  The chair yoga class will be held on Monday October 22 at 3:30pm. This program will start with centering, and will focus on the neck, shoulder, and six directions of the spine. There will be a deep full body scan meditation at the end. Please bring a yoga mat to this so the chair doesn’t slide on the floor.  Presented by yoga teacher Jillian Keller.

The library hours are as follows:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-9pm, Tuesday and Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 1:30-5pm.

See you next week!!