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. The next movie is February 27 and stars Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Nick Kroll and Michael Shannon.  During the late 1950s, it was illegal to marry someone of a different race in the Commonwealth of Virginia. After marrying in Washington, D.C. where it was legal, interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving (Negga and Edgerton) return home to begin life in their relatively integrated small Virginian town. Shortly after one month of marriage, the Lovings are suddenly arrested in their home and jailed for illegal cohabitation. They would be given a lawyer by the ACLU (Kroll) as they fought simply to love who they loved while the South watched the times slowly change.  When their case is presented to the Supreme Court in 1967, racial bans on marriage are outlawed nationwide. This movie is based on a true story.  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.  The movie begins at 6:30pm and is rated PG-13.  Stop by the library and pick up a schedule of the movies being shown.

South Plainfield Public Library welcomes Michael Conklin who will present a program on Duke Ellington. Beyond Category:  The Life and Music of Duke Ellington will be held Saturday at 1pm.  Edward Kennedy Ellington was born on April 22, 1899 and was the most prolific composer of the twentieth century in terms of both number of compositions and variety of forms. His development was one of the most spectacular in the history of music, underscored by more than fifty years of sustained achievement as an artist and entertainer. He is considered by many to be America’s greatest composer, bandleader, and recording artist. This program will trace Ellington’s musical life from his beginnings in 1920′s Harlem and the Jazz Age to his death in 1974. Audio and video footage, in addition to musical examples, will illustrate the magnitude of Ellington’s contributions to the American aesthetic. The library will be closed on Sunday February 12 and Monday February 13 in observance of Lincoln’s birthday.  We will reopen Tuesday February 14 at 10am.  

In recognition of black history month, on Saturday, February 18 at 12:30pm and Saturday February 25th at 1pm the South Plainfield Public Library will be showing 2 movies that deal with the civil rights movement, Freedom Summer and The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306.  Freedom Summer will be shown on February 18.  The film narrates the events of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer, when more than 700 student activists took segregated Mississippi by storm because of underscored by the systematic exclusion of African Americans from the political process. Robert Parris Moses of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee developed a campaign to bring a thousand volunteers to canvass for voter registration, creating freedom schools and establishing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.  On February 25 The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306 will be shown. On April 4, 1968, the Revered Samuel Billy Kyles stood beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee and bore witness to his brutal assassination. Through Rev. Kyles recollections of those fateful moments and the days leading up to them, The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306 helps us remember why Dr. King made that fateful trip to Memphis, and takes us inside the last hours of his life. These movies are presented free and registration is not required.

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Something new at the library is our ESL conversation group.  This group is for ESL students and others learners who want to practice speaking in an informal setting. If you or someone you know would like to join the group please stop by the reference desk or call 908-754-7885 to sign up.  The first meeting will be Monday February 27 at 10:30am.

In honor Women’s History Month, Sunday, March 19 at 2pm the South Plainfield Public Library will present “A W.A.S.P Takes Wing:  Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII”, a program done by Carol Simon Levin.  During World War II, more than one thousand women volunteers completed the WASP military pilot training program. They endured terrible Texas weather, snakes, spiders and scorpions, as well as the hostility of some male instructors.  Graduating WASPs piloted every kind of military aircraft, tested new and overhauled airplanes (some with defective parts or dangerous reputations), delivered more than 12,000 planes, and flew over 60,000,000 miles (sometimes towing targets that soldiers shot at with live ammunition!) Thirty-eight of them died serving their country. Then they were told that men needed their jobs and they were dismissed and forgotten. Carol Simon Levin tells the story of the amazing WASPs through the eyes of Ann Baumgartner Carl, the Jersey girl who trained as a WASP, became the only American woman to test-fly experimental planes during the war, and the first American woman to fly a jet airplane!  This program is presented free, but registration is required.  To sign up for the program call the library at 908-754-7885 or email daronowitz@southplainfield.lib.nj.us with your name and phone number.

On February 14, Ms. Jackie will be hosting and “Anti-Valentine’s Day” party for children ages 9 & up at 3:30pm.  There will be no hearts and lace at this party.  Instead, there will be games, crafts, snacks and snark!  Registration is required for this event. If you plan on attending, please call the library at 908-754-7885 ext. 4 or email Ms. Jackie at joakes@southplainfield.lib.nj.us. On February 22 at 3:30pm, Ms. Jackie will be holding her first session of the “Tween Graphic Novel Book Club”.  The title that they are reading for this month is Roller Girl and copies can be checked out at the reference desk.

On Friday February 17 at 3:30pm and Saturday February 25 at 2:30pm Ms. Audrey is have a Teen movie afternoon.  She will be screening “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” a film adaptation of the bestseller by Ransom Riggs.  Jacob's grandfather has often talked of his mysterious adventures. In particular, he often discussed the strange kids who were part of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. His grandfather leaves clues for Jacob to follow, which bring him to a mysterious island. He finds out that his grandfather wasn't telling tales. The children do exist. As Jacob gets to know the children, he finds out that they might have special powers. To help, Jacob must tap into his own powers, ones he didn't know he had, to save them. This movie is rated PG-13.  For the month of February, Ms. Audrey has a display called “Blind Date with a Book!” containing some of our young adult collection wrapped in a brown cover so the titles are not visible.  Choose a book based on a brief description taped on the outside, check it out and bring it home, and see if the book is a keeper or not! This display is located at the end of our new young adult section.

We will be following our regular schedule for the storytime programs.  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.  We have 2 sessions of Babytime on Fridays, 10:15am and 11:15am.  We now also have a Saturday family storytime at 11am for children of all ages.  Along with our storytime programs, we offer a variety of other programs.  We have a LEGO builders club for ages 7 and up that meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30-5pm and a puzzle and games group for ages 3 and up at 11:30am on Tuesdays.  

On Tuesday February 21 at 3:30pm, Ms. Kitty and Ms. Suzy will be back for another Chinese Language Storytime.  Kids had lots of fun at last month’s storytime learning some Mandarin songs.  This program is presented in both English and Mandarin, so all are encouraged to attend. There are two book clubs for kids.  We have a “Beginner Book Club” for ages 6-8 and a “Kids Corner” book club for ages 8-10.  We don’t want teens to feel left out since we have book clubs for kids and adults, so we now have one for teens (ages 13 and up).  The next meeting of this club will be on Thursday February 16 at 7pm where they will discuss “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard.  Stop by the library and pick up a book to read and discuss.

The library is now open on Sundays.  Our hours are as follows:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-9pm, Tuesday and Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 1:30-5pm.
See you next week!!