Now that school is about over and summer vacation is almost upon us, it’s the perfect time to plan some day trips around New Jersey.  The library has plenty of books on various getaway ideas that families can go on in and around New Jersey.  Summer is also a great time to take advantage of our very popular museum pass program.  Library patrons can come to the library and purchase discounted tickets for the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey or the Museum of Natural History in New York. The library also has 2 passes that can be borrowed:  the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey and Battleship New Jersey in Camden.  Patrons can come in and reserve either pass up to 90 days in advance.  We also offer online discount codes to Diggerland and Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor/Outdoor Waterpark both in West Berlin, New Jersey.  

Missed a movie 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 George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlet Johansson, Jonah Hill and Josh Brolin.  In the 1950s, a movie studio struggles to make an epic film about Julius Caesar. The problem is that the film's star (George Clooney), who continually forgets his lines and is prone to all manner of debauchery, is getting in the way. Incredibly, things take a turn for the worse when the actor is kidnapped. A studio employee (Josh Brolin) who functions mainly as a "fixer" is tasked with the job of making sure that the escalating situation doesn't become a complete disaster. But can he handle his newfound responsibilities? And will an intrepid gossip columnist ruin everything he's trying to accomplish?  The movie begins at 6:30pm and is rated PG-13.  The afternoon movie is cancelled this week because of a special children’s program.  Stop by the library and pick up a schedule of the movies being played.

The South Plainfield Public Library is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with the Professional Service Group of New Brunswick (PSGNB) to offer a program to help job seekers with writing resumes and other job search skills.  PSGNB will provide a volunteer to hold on site one on one coaching sessions customized to meet the needs of the individual job seeker.  Sessions will be by appointment only on Mondays from 1-4pm and at other times subject to availability.  The Professional Service Group of New Brunswick, a member supported organization, has helped over 9,000 people find their next job.  They provide free Job Search Skills Seminars and a Job Seeker Support Group at the Piscataway libraries.  Visit their website PSGNB.org for details.  To sign up for an appointment, please call the South Plainfield Library at 908-754-7885.

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South Plainfield Public Library will present Jazz and the American Spirit: Swing, the Great Depression and WWII by Michael Conklin on Thursday July 21st at 7pm.  This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

When the stock market took a dive on Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, the country was unprepared and the resulting economic devastation was a key factor in beginning the Great Depression. In 1933, at the worst point in the Great Depression years, unemployment rates in the United States reached almost 25%, with more than 11 million people looking for work. Americans were searching for an escape for their hardship and they found it in the music of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and others. Jazz was the antidote to the waking spirits of the American public.  Although the country was facing unprecedented hardship, Swing music elevated jazz to new heights — making it the first and only time jazz was America’s popular music. This talk will illuminate the origins of the Great Depression and the key musicians who helped revive the American spirit. Music of the 1930s and 1940s will illustrate the importance of this uniquely American art form and the cultural significance it has played in our country’s history. From the advent of V-Discs (victory discs) and the USO, evidence will be provided on music’s ability to heal a nation through economic devastation and the turmoil of war.  To register for this program, call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

Cristine Iannitto- Cancela, a Certified Yoga Instructor, will conduct Free Chair Yoga classes sponsored by The South Plainfield Library.  Due to the popularity of the classes, we have added 2 afternoon sessions for those who are unable to attend the evening sessions.  The 2 afternoon sessions are Wednesday June 29th at 3pm and Wednesday July 27th at 3pm.  A yoga mat is required to keep the chair from sliding on the floor.  Please come to enjoy some restorative and peaceful yoga and receive the gift of strengthening, toning and relaxing benefits.  To Register, Please stop by or call the South Plainfield Public Library at 908-754-7885

“Tote” Your Support by buying a library tote bag!  The Friends of the Library has designed a special tote bag that can be purchased at the library for $10.  You can use this bag to carry out your library materials and show everyone who your favorite library is.  It has a zipper so your books and other items will stay safely in the bag as well as pockets for pens, money and other items.

Calling all tutors! Are you interested in helping younger students in a subject you know well?  If so, sign up to be a volunteer tutor!  For students in 8th grade and up, you can receive volunteer hours by tutoring a younger student.  If your child needs help in a particular school subject, you can stop by and sign them up to receive free tutoring from our volunteers.  This program is available for students entering 2nd grade and through 5th grade. To sign up to be a volunteer tutor or for tutoring help, please contact Ms. Audrey or Ms. Mija at  908-754-7885 ext. 4 or acupo@southplainfield.lib.nj.us.

Our regular storytimes are cancelled beginning June 21st and will resume on Tuesday July 5th at 10:30am. 

It’s that time of year again, summer reading!!  Kids can come into the library and sign up for our summer reading program beginning on Saturday June 25th.  This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!”  Children of all ages are invited to participate in our annual summer reading club.  This program encourages children to set aside time each week to read.  Each child will be given a booklet to record the titles of books/magazines/books on tape/CD that they read or listen to.  There will also be a young adult summer reading club entitled “Get in the Game – READ” for students entering grades 5-12.  There will be prizes for this summer reading program that will be young adult oriented.  This year we are also doing an adult summer reading program “Exercise Your Mind. READ!” in which adults can also receive prizes for the amount of books they read.  Adult summer reading sign up starts on Monday June 27th.  If you have any questions please see our library staff. 

If you can’t get to the library because you are pregnant, don’t drive, or are ill, and still would like to be able to get library materials, then sign up for our homebound delivery service.  You call us to sign up and tell us what you would like to read and we will match you with a volunteer.  We will pick out books for you, check them out and then our volunteer will deliver them to your door.  When you are done the volunteer will pick them up and bring them back to the library along with any requests for other books.   If you have any questions about this service or want to sign up, please give us a call at 908-754-7885.

This Sunday, June 26th will be the last Sunday that the library is open until the fall.  To find out more about what’s going on, or if there are any questions, visit our Facebook page, call us (908) 754-7885 or visit us on the web at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us

See you next week!!