Well, we’re getting ready to celebrate our nation’s 240th birthday.  (And when 240 years old we reach, look as good we will not.)  Those celebrations will most likely include cookouts, parades, fireworks, historical remembrances, and viewings of “1776” and probably that new ID4 movie.  Let’s add one more thing to the list: activities at South Plainfield Library.

            First, we’ll be closed this Sunday and Monday in observance of Independence Day.  Also, be advised we’ll be closed on Sundays until the weekend after Labor Day.

              After a two-week hiatus, we’ll be returning to our normal schedule of children’s programs.  “Storytime”, for children age 3 & over, will be held on Tuesday morning at 10:30, Wednesday evening at 6:30 and Thursday afternoon at 1:15.  “Toddler Time”, for children age 2 & 3, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30.  “Babytime I: Pre-Walking”, for children under age 2 who can’t walk on their own, will be held on Friday morning at 10:15.  It’ll be followed by “Babytime II: See, Walking!”, for children under age 2 who can walk on their own, at 11:15.  The “Saturday Storytime” program for all ages will be held on Saturday morning at 11:00.  Each of these story programs lasts between 45 minutes and an hour.  They feature stories, songs and a craft activity for older kids.  No pre-registration is required.
             We also have our two LEGO programs on Tuesday afternoon: LEGO Duplo, for children age 3-5, at 1:00, and regular LEGO, for children age 6-10, at 3:00.  And there’s the “Friday Fun” program, for children age 7 & over, on Friday afternoon at 3:00.  It features stories, games and a craft activity.  If you’d like more information, please call us and ask for Miss Mija.
             In addition, kids and young adults in the Summer Reading Club may begin checking in their books starting on Tuesday.  Just bring your Club booklets down to the Frances J. Greany Memorial Children’s Room.  And if you’d still like to sign up, registration will be open throughout the summer.  Plus, we’ll be offering many more programs for kids throughout the summer, including the summer “Monday Morning Movie”.  We’ll pass along the details as we set the schedule.

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            Now, in case you adults feel a bit left out right now, we’ve got things for you to do, as well.  For example, we’ll once again be offering an Adult Summer Reading Club.  For more details, or to sign up, please stop by the Reference Desk.

            Following our Fourth of July closing, we’ll be offering more Job Search Coaching sessions the following Monday from 1-4PM.  They’re provided by volunteers from Professional Services Group of New Brunswick, and are available by appointment only.  Please call to register.

            The next session of our Chair Yoga program, presented by Christine Iannitto-Cancela, will be held on Thursday, July 14th at 7PM.  You must pre-register to attend.  These programs have been very popular, so be sure to call right away to sign up.

            Here’s a quick reminder about another popular feature: our private study rooms.  If you’d like to reserve a room for yourself, you can call us and register up to 48 hours in advance.  However, due to high demand, we can only hold your room for up to fifteen minutes after your scheduled time.  So please be punctual or, if you can’t make it, please give us a call.  And please remember to finish up your work by fifteen minutes before the Library closes.

            And one more item: we realize that all of the items in our collection get a lot of use from our patrons.  And we certainly can’t expect you to handle those items in hyper-clean environments while wearing bio-hazard gear.  We would, though, appreciate it if you tried to keep the items neat and stain-free while you have them.  Returning them in a sticky or dirty condition creates an unneeded hassle for both our staff and the next patron to borrow those items.  In addition, if you notice that something is damaged or unusable, please let us know right away.  Thanks for your help with this.

            That’s all for now.  If you’d like more details, please call us at (908) 754-7885, or visit our website at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us.  You can also check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southplainfieldlibrary.  Thanks very much for your attention, and please be smart this weekend.  Drive carefully, and leave the fireworks to qualified professionals.