Self-checkout is here!  In our on-going efforts to serve you better, the library has installed two new self-checkout machines, one at the circulation desk and one in the children’s room. Of course, we are always happy to check out your material—we love the personal interaction!  Self-check lets you spend less time waiting in line and have some privacy if you are researching sensitive subjects. Additionally, the machines have the capacity to take secure credit card payments on the spot. They are very easy to use – all you need is your library card and PIN.

Another way we are always working to improve is staff training.  Our next session will be Friday, February 28.  On that day the library will be closed all morning. Babytime is cancelled for that day.  We will open at noon.

There are a number of exciting programs coming up.

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On Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 PM, New Jersey author Eileen Sanchez will be at the library to give a presentation and to sign copies of her book, Freedom Lessons. It tells the story of three very different people whose lives intersect in a rural Louisiana town in 1969. Based on the author's experience teaching in Louisiana in the late sixties, this heartfelt, unflinching novel about the unexpected effects of school integration during that time takes on the issues our nation currently faces regarding race, unity, and identity. Books will be available for purchase.

This week’s movie is the story of Mr. Rogers, the beloved host of a children’s television show. It will be shown on Monday, February 24 at 6:30 PM and again on Wednesday, February 26 at 12:30 PM.

 Gaming geeks and tabletop traditionalists alike (ages 12 and up) are invited to join us for an afternoon of game play. Come from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM on Monday, February 24 as we get our game on! The library will provide board games as well as a dock for Nintendo Switch. Please bring your Switch if you would like to connect and play.

Coming to the library is good for your health! On Wednesday, February 26 from 2:30-4:00 PM, there will be nurses at the library to provide blood pressure and blood sugar screenings.  The screenings are free, courtesy of Saint Peter’s University Hospital Community Health Services.

When the adult screening is finished, there will be a session of Yoga for Kids. At 4:00 PM, Suchitra Uniyal will lead children ages 5 to 8 years old through some fun interactive yoga poses and mindful movement. She’ll also be teaching proper breathing exercises and playing some creative games. Space is limited; please sign up in advance.

Later that afternoon, at 5:30 PM, there will be a special workshop on Heart Disease: Prevention and Risk.  Presented by Hackensack Meridian Health, the program will inform you about heart disease and how to manage risk factors.  Registration is required; you must register online at hackensackmeridianhealth.org or call 1-800-560-9990.

All of our regular programs – English classes, story times, book clubs and more – continue.  You can sign up for our events emails, both adults and children’s, to get announcements straight to your inbox. 

there are two very special events to look forward to in March.

The first is a presentation of Freedom Songs on wednesday March 4 at 6:30 PM. Join us on a journey to discover the compelling story of the role that music played in the history of black Americans! Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre, The show will take place at the south Plainfield Senior Center. The program is reccommended for ages 8 and up but all ages are welcome to attend. In lieu of an admission charge, we will be collecting non-perishable food and hygiene items to donate to the South Plainfield Food Pantry.

Reclaiming Our Voice, taking place on Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 PM.  This historical program will focus on the role of New Jersey women in the suffrage movement. Actor/historian Carol Simon Levin will portray Lillian Feickert, president of the NJ Woman Suffrage Association from 1912-1920.  She’ll tell you how she and her fellow activists helped women get the vote.  Please register for this free program funded by the Public Scholars Project of the NJ Council for the Humanities, and produced by the American Historical Theater.

We hope to see you every week!