Well, Friday is St. Patrick’s Day.  And that night you may decide to settle in to watch the parade, followed by “The Quiet Man” and (for those of us of a certain age) maybe some Dennis Day music.  But could you please spare a moment to check on upcoming events at South Plainfield Library?

            We’ll start with our usual schedule of children’s programs, with a couple of additions.  For those of you who still may not be familiar with that schedule (there must be one or two of you out there), here it is again:
            “Babytime the First”, for children age 2 & under who can’t walk on their own, will be held this Friday and next Friday morning at 10:15, followed immediately by “Babytime the Second”, for children age 2 & under who can walk on their own, at 11:15.
            The “Saturday Storytime” program for all ages will be held on Saturday morning at 11:00.
            The “LEGO Builders Club”, for kids age 7-12, will meet on Monday afternoon at 3:30.  We’ll provide all of the LEGO materials, except for the Bat-Kayak  and the British robots.
             The “Kid’s Corner Book Club”, for kids age 8-10, will meet on Monday night at 6:30.  They’ll be discussing a book that has yet to be determined.
             Our “Storytime” program 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.  It’ll be followed on Tuesday by the “Puzzle & Game Playtime”, also for children age 3 & over, at 11:30.
             On Tuesday afternoon, we’ll have our next Chinese Language “Storytime”, led by Ms. Kitty and Ms. Suzy, at 3:30.  It’s for children age 2-6.
             Our “Toddler Time” program, for children age 2 & 3, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30.
             On Thursday evening at 6:30, we’ll have the next “Meditation & Mindfulness for Kids” program, led by Miss Aimee.  It’s for children age 7-12.
              And next Friday afternoon at 3:30, we’ll have a “New Jersey Makers Day” program for children age 7 & over, where participants will be making catapults.  (Please don’t let the kids use them to storm nearby castles.)  We’ll provide the materials.
             So, got all of that?  All of these programs are being presented free of charge.  The story programs feature stories, songs, and a craft activity for older kids.  No pre-registration is needed, except for the Makers Day program; you must sign up for that one.  If you have any questions, please call us and ask for Miss Mija or Miss Audrey.

            Okay, let’s move on to the stuff for adults.  (Or, at least, stuff not exclusively for kids.)  We’ll start with this month’s “Saturday Crochet Class” with Charlene on Saturday morning at 10:00.  It’s free of charge, but space is limited.  Please call ahead to sign up and learn what materials you’ll need.

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            On Sunday afternoon at 2:00, we’ll be hosting the historical program “A W.A.S.P. Takes Wing”.  Librarian/storyteller Carol Simon Levin will be talking about the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II.  The program is free, but pre-registration is required.

            We now have two English Conversation Groups for those learning English who want to work on their conversation skills.  They’ll be held on Monday morning at 10:30 and Wednesday afternoon at 4:00.  Pre-registration is required for these programs.

            We’re still offering one-on-one Job Search Skills Coaching, presented by the Professional Service Group of New Brunswick.  The sessions are on Monday afternoon from 1:00-4:00, and are by appointment only.

            Also on Monday afternoon, the Friends of the Library are holding a special fundraising event from 4-6:15PM.  Among the various gadgets the Library is equipped with, we have a couple of professional-type disc cleaning machines.  For $1.00 per disc, we’ll run your CDs, DVDs (both standard & Blu-Ray) and videogame discs through the machine to fix up any scratches.  Be advised: we can’t guarantee how effective the results will be, and we can’t fix very deep scratches, chips or actual cracks.  Please stop by the Circulation Desk for details.

            The next “Monday Night Movie” will be shown on, of course, Monday night at 6:30.  It’s being presented free of charge; no pre-registration is needed.  Please call us or check our website for title & content information.  We can say that it’s a recently-acclaimed drama starring Casey Affleck that won an Academy Award.  (Best Actor; it wasn’t one of the Best Picture winners.)  And, if you miss it on Monday, we’ll be showing it again on Wednesday afternoon at 12:30.

            And on Thursday evening at 7:00, we’ll have our next Chair Yoga program for adults, led by instructor Cristine Iannitto-Cancela.  Participants must bring their own yoga mat.  At this writing, there’s still space available for this program, but be advised that it’s very popular.  You must pre-register if you want to attend.

            That’s pretty much all we have space for, and that’s just for the coming week.  For more information about these programs, along with others still on the way, please call us at (908) 754-7885.  You can also visit our website at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us or check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southplainfieldlibrary.  We hope you’ll have a happy St. Patrick’s Day (Erin go Bragh!), and that you had a happy St. David’s Day on March 1st.  (Cymru am byth!)