Now that school is 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, as well as a $3 discount to Liberty Science Center when you show your library card. 

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 Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton.  Michael Edwards (Taron Egerton) was a British ski jumper who had a passion for his sport, and an even stronger passion for life. His ability to fly off the ski ramps earned him the nickname Eddie the Eagle, and he loved to entertain crowds and compete for glory.  He enlists the aid of Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman) to be his coach, and the whole country starts to get excited about his Olympic bid.  The path to the Olympics is never easy, but Eddie the Eagle always felt like he had to make everything more interesting by keeping the British Olympic team and all of the officials at the Olympic village on their toes. Eddie the Eagle wound up creating a legacy that will live forever in the Olympic history of Britain.  The movie begins at 6:30pm and is rated PG-13.  We are trying something new with movies; the movie that is shown on Monday night will also be shown again on the subsequent Wednesday at 12:15 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 played.

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.

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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 an afternoon session in July for those who are unable to attend the evening session.  The afternoon session is 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

Want to slash your grocery receipts by half, or more? Want to never pay full price again?  Keep your money in YOUR pocket and get more produce at the same time!  Join us on August 13th, 2016 at 1:00PM at the South Plainfield Public Library to learn money saving tips that anyone can use!  As shoppers realize using coupons is the smart thing to do, the need to understand how to navigate couponing is even more essential.

Coupon and rebate expert, Georgine Kaczmarek, of georginesaves.com will teach you how use coupons effectively, how to identify the best deals, and how to get the most out of each dollar you spend.  Georgine Kaczmarek has been a professional penny pincher for over 40 years. Given the moniker “Coupon Queen” by a variety of media outlets, Georgine has offered advice and suggestions for national and local television, magazine, and news publications. Her tips have even made it into a publication TIPS FROM GEORGINE$AVES.COM which is available for purchase.

In these times people certainly can benefit from learning more about how to turn this "low finance math" into BIG savings and Georgine is the voice of experience who can show them the way. Come and learn from one of the masters.   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, August 20th at 1pm, the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes Dr. Michael Norris of Armchair Art Tours and former museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 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.  In Go van Gogh, a multi-media presentation, Dr. Norris will highlight the art of Vincent van Gogh by exploring some of his “brilliant children,” especially those at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Come celebrate van Gogh and view his amazing artwork with Dr. Norris and the South Plainfield Public Library!  This program is presented free, but registration is required.  Please register by calling the South Plainfield Public Library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

On Thursday August 25th we will be holding an adult craft night!  Come to the library and decorate a tote bag.  Join us for a craft led by Master Crafter Theresa Chuntz! She will lead attendees in making a canvas tote bag decorated with stencils and paint. This tote is perfect for the summer!  This program is presented free, we will provide everything, you just need to bring yourself.  There is a limit of 15 people for the craft, so registration is required.  To sign up, please call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

“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.

Summer reading is in full swing and our summer reading program is more popular than ever!   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 runs for 7 weeks and 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/listen to (the majority of materials that are used should be borrowed from our library).  Each week they come in with their booklets and check in with Ms. Audrey at the summer reading desk, and they will be awarded a small participation prize and will have the chance to earn more prizes based on the amount of reading they complete.  You can come into the library and pick up a children’s calendar for more information.   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.  If you have any questions please see our library staff.

We will be following our regular schedule for the storytime programs which are now held in our new multi-purpose room.  The schedule is as follows:  The Storytime program for 2s & 3s is held Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30.  Storytime for ages 3 and up is held Tuesday mornings at 10:30, Wednesday night at 6:30, and Thursday afternoon at 1:15. On Wednesday July 13th there will be a special Italian fairy tales storytime.  A special presenter will come and read some Italian fairytales to the children.   Babytime is Friday Mornings from 10:15am-11:15am (non-walkers) and 11:15am-12:15pm (Walkers).  Friday Fun is back on Fridays from 3-5pm for ages 7 and up.  We now have a Saturday Storytime at 11am for children of all ages.  These programs do not require registration.  During the summer, we will be showing children’s movies (up to PG) on Monday mornings beginning July 11th at 10:30am. 

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.

See you next week!!