Welcome to October, folks.  As we prepare to break out the rakes and leaf bags, let’s stop momentarily and look at news from South Plainfield Library:

The Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday (Oct. 9th & 10th) in observance of Columbus Day.

            The next meeting of the Library Board of Trustees will be held on Tuesday evening at 6:30.  Members of the public are welcome to attend and learn more about the Library’s current & future plans.  No pre-registration is required.  There will be a public comment period midway through the meeting, before New Business is addressed.

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            With our children’s staff all rested up and ready to go, we’ve now resumed our schedule of children’s programs, combining both the usual programs and one or two new ones.  (You might want to clip this section or jot stuff down.)  The story programs last between 45 min. and an hour, and feature stories, songs and a craft activity for older kids.  OK, here’s what we have:
            “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.
            The new “Puzzle & Game Playtime”, for children age 3 & over, will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00.  We’ll provide the puzzles & board games.
            “Toddler Time”, for children age 2 & 3, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30.
            Our “LEGO Builders Club”, for children age 7-12, will meet on Thursday afternoon at 3:30.  We’ll provide the LEGO pieces; please refrain from bringing the Kragle.
            “Babytime Alpha”, for children age 2 & under who can’t walk on their own, will be held on Friday morning at 10:30.  It’ll be followed by “Babytime Beta”, for children age 2 & under who can walk on their own, at 11:30.
            “Friday Fun”, featuring games and activities for kids age 7 & over, will be held on Friday afternoon from 3:00-5:00.
            And the “Saturday Storytime” for all ages will be held on Saturday morning at 11:00.

            Okay, those are the daily programs.  We also have a special program next week, as well.  On Tuesday afternoon at 3:00, we have a fall craft program for tweens (that’s kids age 9-12).  They’ll be doing CD art; we’ll provide the materials, but kids might want to bring extra CDs, in case they want to do more than one design.  This program, like the others just mentioned, is being presented free; no pre-registration is required.  And we’ve also got a Halloween Magic Show, featuring Mr. Elliott, coming up on Wednesday evening, Oct. 19th, at 6:30.  More info on that next time.

            Moving on to the older kids, we have our YA Book Club meeting on Thursday evening at 7:00.  It’s for young people age 13 & over, and they’ll be discussing the next book for discussion.  No pre-registration is required.

            Don worry; we’re not leaving out the over-18 set in our schedule of programs.  The first installment of this month’s Saturday Crochet Class will be held tomorrow morning (Oct. 8th) at 10:00.  It’s for adults and young people age 14 & over.  While it’s being presented free, you must pre-register.  Please call for information on needed materials.
             Looking forwards, at this writing there is still space available for the “3 Steps to Organize Your Home” program.  Led by author/professional organizer Jamie Novak, this program will focus on how to put your home and possessions in order.  Since we had a big response to her previous program here at the Library, she’ll make two appearances: Thursday night, Oct. 20th at 7:00 and an encore on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 22nd, at 1:00.  Space is limited, so please call to sign up.

            We’ve made a bit of a change here at the Library.  We’re now issuing brand-new Library cards.  They’re white plastic, with our new logo (no magnetic strip or microchip, though).  Be advised, though, that we’re still accepting valid cards in the older styles (yellow, purple, green and the rare cardboard with the metal plate).

            Finally, a big THANK YOU to everyone who showed up for our recent book & bake sale.  We had a lot of inventory and the big response was greatly appreciated.  And, for those of you who’ve asked, we’ll let you know when the next one is scheduled.  (Give us time to re-stock, folks.)

            That’s about all for now.  For more details, please call us at (908) 754-7885, visit our website at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us, or you can check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southplainfieldlibrary.  Catch you later.