Did you miss a movie that 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. Please note that the doors for the movie will open at 6:15 so we can finish setting up for the movie.  This week’s movie stars Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson. Josephine Chesterfield (Hathaway) is a glamorous, seductive British woman who has a penchant for defrauding gullible men out of their money. Into her well-ordered, meticulous world comes Penny Rust (Wilson), a cunning and fun-loving Australian woman who lives to swindle unsuspecting marks. Despite their different methods, the two grifters soon join forces for the ultimate score -- a young and naive tech billionaire in the South of France. The movie that is shown on Monday night will also be shown again on the subsequent Wednesday at 12:30 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 shown.

We are now a part of LMXAC!  With your South Plainfield Library card you can now visit more libraries and be able to check out items from them.  With your South Plainfield card, you are automatically registered into the systems of the other LMXAC libraries.  You can visit any LMXAC library to check out and return books and place holds on items that South Plainfield Library doesn’t own, which will be sent here.  Another great new thing that you will now be able to do is pay your library fines with a credit card through our website by logging into your account and clicking on “Smarter Pay”.

If you want to watch some great movies and TV, try our new streaming services. Acorn TV offers the best of British television. Mystery lovers will enjoy Midsomer Murders, Vera, Poirot, Murdoch Mysteries and many more.  They also have comedies, dramas and documentaries, and new shows are added every week.  To start watching, follow the links from our home page to the RB Digital landing page. Once there you will need to create an RB Digital account.  The same account that gives you access to Acorn TV, will also allow access to IndieFlix (classic movies and TV), PongaLo (Spanish language entertainment), Method Test Prep and Qello (music and concert videos).  If you have used Qello, you can use the same RB Digital account.

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Cake Decorating 101, Couponing 101, Introduction to Gardening, Fundraising 101. If these courses sound interesting, then check out Universal Class for those and many more offerings.  Universal Class offers free online non-credit courses for your personal enrichment. Courses are accessible 24/7 via the Internet, and are offered in a wide variety of subjects, including business, computers, cooking, crafts & hobbies, do-it-yourself, health, history, home & garden, office skills, parenting & family, personal care, psychology, real estate, self-help, religious & spiritual studies, web development, writing, and more. You will have up to 6 months to finish each course, and each course has a real instructor you can communicate with by email!  You will need to create an account and if you’re doing this from home, you will need your South Plainfield Library barcode.

The Friends of the South Plainfield Library are planning to hold a book and bake sale on Saturday September 21 beginning at 9am through Saturday September 28, and they are now accepting donations, which can be dropped off at the library.  They will accept books, DVDs and CDs. The Friends will NOT take textbooks or encyclopedias or VHS tapes.  The books, CDs, and DVDs have to be in good condition: for books (no water damage, not dirty, dusty or yellowed), for DVDs/CDs (no scratches or cracks).  

On Saturday at 1pm, South Plainfield Public Library welcomes back Vincent Bruno who will present The Sixties: A Motown Story. Rock historian Vincent Bruno will present a lecture that will explore how the “Motown Sound” was created and how it has become a worldwide phenomenon beloved by millions.  Motown, established by Berry Gordy in 1960, has been described as the greatest pop music hit factory in recording history. From the “hit machine” songwriting teams to the in-house studio band to the extraordinary roster of recording artists including Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Supremes, Four Tops, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and countless others.  The influence of the house that Gordy built is still standing with 201 No. 1 worldwide hits and counting. Slides and audio clips will enhance this lecture. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Vincent Bruno is a Beatles Scholar and Sixties Rock Historian.  He recently retired as Director of First Year Programs at LaGuardia Community College (City University of New York).  He holds an MPA from Baruch College. For the past 17 years he has lectured extensively on The Beatles and The Sixties at universities, colleges, libraries and community centers. To sign up for the program, contact the South Plainfield Library at 908-754-7885. 

South Plainfield Public Library welcomes back Michael Conklin who will present Runnin’ Wild: Harlem, the Interwars Years, and the Music that transformed a Nation on Saturday October 5 at 2pm South Plainfield Public Library welcomes back Michael Conklin who will present Runnin’ Wild: Harlem, the Interwars Years, and the Music that transformed a Nation on Saturday October 5 at 2pm.  The luster of twentieth-century America was seductive. The age of modernity was ushered in by the automobile, motion picture, radio, and transatlantic flight. The mores of the Victorian era were crushed by a Prohibition-induced defiance. The 19th amendment to the Constitution of the United States bestowed a new freedom upon the women of the country; all things seemed possible. And jazz, with its complex contradictions and tensions, was an aural manifestation of it all. This was most evident in a northern section of Manhattan, New York – the neighborhood of Harlem. Runnin’ Wild, unlike most studies of the Harlem Renaissance in which music is treated peripherally and in subordination to literary advances, examines how jazz of the period served as a catalyst for the African American community, bolstered the morale of the country, and elucidated the need for social equity. It will also be discussed how the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance, such as James Weldon Johnson, W.E.B. DuBois, and Alain Locke, privileged a music that championed an elitist, Eurocentric aesthetic and one that was not true to the spirit or experience of the African American population.

Mr. Conklin is an active jazz scholar, cultural historian, and writer who specializes in jazz history and American music, music of the antebellum South, the Harlem Renaissance, and issues of race and class.  This program is free but registration is required.

No film has entered our pop culture subconscious as deeply as The Wizard of Oz. Celebrate its 80th anniversary with Raconteur Radio’s staged radio play presentation on Saturday October 12 at 2:30pm!  “The Wizard of Oz: A Staged Radio Play” stars Shawna Lagan as fearless farm girl Dorothy Gale.  This play also stars Jane Hardy, Michael Jarmus, and Alex Dawson.  For over a century, Frank L. Baum’s timeless tale of magical land beyond the rain has given faithful service to the young and young at heart.  Time has been powerless to put its kindly philosophy out of fashion. To those of you who have been faithful to in in return, we dedicate this performance.  This play features theatrical lighting, vintage commercials, fog effects and of course extensive sound effects.  The runtime is 55 minutes. This is a performance for the whole family and is a tribute to the 1936 film starring Judy Garland.  The Radio play features real actors in front of a live audience.  The actors wear costumes, the stage features theatrical lighting, golden age radio equipment, fog fx, audience participation and of course hundreds of sound effects!  Got it? No? Well, come find out for yourself! This program will be held at the South Plainfield Senior Center. Admission is free, but registration is required.  The performance is sponsored by the South Plainfield Public Library and the Friends of the South Plainfield Library. To register for any of the programs, please call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

See you next week!!