So, how much candy is enough?  Should it be all chocolate, or should it be various types?  With the current economy, would giving one quarter each be OK, or should it be upped to two or three?  When is it OK to shut off the porch light and call it a day?  And which version of “War of the Worlds” should you choose?  Is there still time to prepare a sincere pumpkin patch?  As you ponder these All Hallow’s Eve questions, here’s news from South Plainfield Library:

            We’ve got three programs for older kids and adults tomorrow (Oct. 22nd).  The second part of this month’s Saturday Crochet Class, for adults and young people age 14 & older, will start at 10AM.  Then, starting at 1PM, there’s the encore presentation of the “3 Steps to Organize Your Home” program with author/professional organizer Jamie Novak.  And that’s followed at 3PM with the T-shirt decorating program for young people age 12 & older (who must bring their own T-shirts).  Each of these is being presented free, but you must pre-register, so call us to sign up.

            Turning to our greatly expanded slate of children’s programming, let’s run down what set for next week:
            -The “Saturday Storytime” program for all ages will be held on Saturday morning at 11:00.
            -The “Kid’s Corner Book Club”, for kids age 8-10, will meet on Monday night at 6:30 in the Children’s Room.  Please check with us about which book they’ll be talking about.
            -We’ll have our “Storytime” programs, for children age 3 & over, on Tuesday morning at 10:30, Wednesday evening at 6:30, and Thursday afternoon at 1:15. 
            -The “Puzzle & Game Playtime” for children age 3 & over will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00.  We’ll supply the games & puzzles.
            -“Toddler Time”, for children age 2 & 3, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30.
            -The “LEGO Builders Club” will meet on Thursday afternoon at 3:30.  We’ll supply the LEGO pieces.  Attendees should keep their shoes on because, believe me, stepping on those pieces barefoot is not at all fun.
           -The “Beginner’s Book Club”, for beginning readers age 6-8, will meet on Thursday at 6:30.  The group will read books together, then talk about them.
           -“Babytime: Volume One”, for children age 2 & under who can’t walk on their own, will be held on Friday morning at 10:15.  It’ll be followed by “Babytime: Volume Two”, which is for children age 2 & under who can walk on their own, at 11:15.
          -And the “Friday Fun” program for kids age 7 & over will be held on Friday afternoon at 3:00.
          OK, got all that?  These programs are all presented free of charge and no pre-registration is required.  For more details, contact the Children’s Room and ask for Miss Mija or Miss Audrey.

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            Well, let’s review the programs next week for the older patrons.  First, there’s the “Job Search Skills Coaching”, conducted by Professional Service Group of New Brunswick, on Monday afternoon from 1:00-4:00.  These one-on-one sessions are free, but are by appointment only, so please call to schedule.

            This week’s “Monday Night Movie” will be shown on, of course, Monday night, starting at 6:30.  The movie is being shown free; no pre-registration is required.  (Sorry, no IMAX.  We’re not zoned for it.)  Please call us for title and content information.  We can say that this week’s movie is an action/buddy comedy featuring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson.  If you miss the Monday unreeling, we’ll be showing it again on Wednesday afternoon at 12:15.

            And the “Thursday Book Club” meeting will be held on Thursday afternoon at 4:00.  They’ll be discussing The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  You don’t need to sign up for this program.

            We have room for a brief computer advisory: please be advised that you shouldn’t save your personal information or documents on our computer hard drives.  First, since these are public computers, anyone and their uncle might be able to access and/or alter your data.  And second, such data in the hard drives is regularly deleted, so you might not be able to find your stuff later on.  Please save your information on your own flash drive.  If you don’t have one, you can but one from us for $10 each.

            That’s about all for now.  For more information, please call (908) 754-7885, check our website at or our Facebook page at  See you next time.






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