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.  This week’s movie stars Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy and is a first-person account through the eyes of Neil Armstrong (Gosling) which recounts the history-changing years before the Apollo 11 mission. The movie takes viewers back to 1961, and recalls what it was like for Neil to be the first man on the moon. Retelling the most dangerous mission America had ever done, this movie brings to life his personal sacrifices, and the sacrifices of the country. The movie leads us from the very beginning, all the way up to July 20, 1969, when he took one giant leap for mankind.  This 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), 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.

On Sunday at 2:00 PM at the South Plainfield Public Library, welcomes Ken Magos who will be joined by recurring guest co-host and expert Rich Veit for a brief presentation on the show for the South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission.  Featured in the presentation will be segments from Season 3 episodes on the Legend of the Jersey Devil and Point Breeze, the one-time home of Joseph Bonaparte. The event is free and open to the public.  Drive By History, now in pre-production for its fourth season on NJTV, is a television show inspired by regional historical markers. Host Ken Magos doesn't just stop and read those signs, he delves deeper into these histories with the help of staff historian Anthony Bernard, along with local experts and historians, uncovering rare details about these unique locations, individuals, and events. This program is presented free, but registration is required.  To sign up for the program, contact the South Plainfield Library at 908-754-7885.

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On Sunday, February 10 at 2pm, South Plainfield Public Library welcomes local resident Thomas Berry who will do a presentation and hold a book signing for his book, Gifts of the Gods: Iron and BronzeGifts of the Gods: Iron and Bronze is a work of historical fiction focusing upon the ancient conflict between Athens and Sparta. Thomas Berry weaves some of his own fictional characters into the story where he details the real life events and historical figures. Thomas Berry received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Bonaventure University.  He takes pleasure in extensively researching both historical fiction and non-fiction stories.  In his spare time, he enjoys long distance running and has completed several marathons.  He currently lives with his wife and five children in New Jersey.  You can learn more about Thomas and his historical novels at his website, www.thomas-berry.com. This program presented free.  Books will be sold after the program. 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 and sign up.

On Thursday February 14 at 7pm the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes Susan Rose who will present “Rev Up Your Life with Plant Based Superfoods”.  A vegetarian diet that is high in plant-based whole foods has many health benefits including more energy and increased stamina.  She’ll cover basic nutrition needs and how to add more nutrient dense foods to your daily menu.  Handouts will include recipes. There will even be a short meditation sitting at the end! Join Sue Rose, Vegetarian Lifestyle Coach for this informative workshop.  Susan has been a vegetarian and meditating for over 40 years.  She has been cooking and studying nutrition with an emphasis on plant-based whole foods and recently completed a course in Plant Based Nutrition from E-Cornell and the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. She enjoys cooking for family and friends and creating recipes that are quick and easy to make.  Since retiring from a senior executive position in Sales & Marketing from Blue Cross/Blue Shield, she has conducted numerous talks and workshops around the world on the vegetarian lifestyle and is co-editor of a cookbook called Veggies & You. She will share information on how a plant based diet is healthy, gentle to the planet, and how it can enhance our spiritual development. 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.

On Thursday February 28 at 6:30pm, the South Plainfield Public Library presents “African Folktales”.  This 45 minute production brings to live the vastness of the african lanscape, and features a variety of trickster tales, anansi stories and more!  African music, imaginataive costumes and lots of audience particiaption helps bring this pefformanced to life.  All ages are welcome to attend.  This program will be held at the SOUTH PLAINFIELD SENIOR CENTER.

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!!