April showers bring May flowers, so on the rainy days of April check out two new electronic resources, “Qello Concerts” and “One-Play Downloadable Video Games”.  Qello Concerts is the only place to watch over 1700 of the most amazing live moments in music. It's the world's largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries streamed on-demand to just about any digital device. It's like a never-ending concert ticket.  Qello carefully curates the live performances that matter. The greatest concerts and music documentaries are right here. With new releases every week, from iconic stars to today's best artists, you'll never run out of amazing shows to watch.  Anytime and Everywhere: Wherever you are, the live music experience follows. Watch Qello Concerts on your big screen with Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Sony, and more. OnePlay offers a digital gaming service, where users can instantly download and play unlimited Android and PC games for free.  OnePlay includes over 2,000 games from more than 75 different publishers.  There are no holds, no waiting.  You can download the games you want to your computer and play them whenever and wherever you are, no internet required (once you’ve downloaded the game).  Parents can set a different password from the account to approve activation of game.  There are 1500+ PC titles and 500+ android titles.  Patrons can log in at the library, at home, and on multiple devices. To access these resources, go to and click on “elibrary and follow the instructions for each resource.

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. This week’s movie is a children’s movie and has the voice talents of Auli'i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson.  An inspiring young princess named Moana Waialiki (Cravalho), who is the daughter of a chief whose family is known for their exploration skills, sets out on an exciting voyage to find a legendary island. She is aided along the way throughout her adventurous search by an entertaining character the mythological demi-god Maui (Johnson). Together they forge a strong friendship and find victory in their struggles against the many dangers of the sea to fulfill Moana's dreams of discovery and to help her family. The movie begins at 6:30pm.  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.

The Friends of the South Plainfield Library are planning to hold a book and bake sale beginning on Saturday May 13 at 9am through Sunday May 21, 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).   If you have any questions, or if you would like to sign up to bring a baked good for the book sale, please call or stop by the library.

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The South Plainfield Public Library is partnering with Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings to screen world class performances from Lincoln Center’s growing digital catalog in the library.  Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings, a program created by Lincoln Center Education and hosted by libraries and community centers, brings the best of Lincoln Center—world-renowned performances coupled with unparalleled educational resources—off its Manhattan-based campus and into communities anywhere. This Lincoln Center program provides high-definition screenings from the growing digital catalog of the world’s leading performing arts center. Our next screening is Heritage Blues Trio on Saturday April 8 at 1:30pm. When not performing with their nine-member, Grammy-nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra, guitarist and harmonica player Bill Sims, Jr., vocalist and percussionist Chaney Sims, and guitarist and vocalist Junior Mack moonlight as the intimate Heritage Blues Trio. Just as the blues is full of joy and sorrow, the program will range from upbeat and celebratory to somber and reflective. This is a screening of the Heritage Blue Trio which was performed at Damrosch Park Bandshell on April 7, 2014.This screening is presented free and registration is not required.

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 on Saturday April 15 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.  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 and open to the public, but registration is required.  To sign up for the program, call us at 908-754-7885. 

On Saturday April 29 from 1:30pm-3pm, join South Plainfield resident Jes Vasquez for a screening of her video short, “Put a Pin in It”.  "Put a Pin in It" - Wallaby Wilson, host of Urban Excursions, explores the avid bobby pin user! Tom doesn't understand his girlfriend's love of the small hair accessory; isn't he enough for her?!  Three other filmmakers will also be on hand to screen their video shorts. “Jenny:  A Beach movie” by Indyago Productions.  A young man takes his girlfriend Jenny to the beach. What was intended to be a day of fun in the sun suddenly takes a drastic and dangerous turn when Jenny decides to go for a swim.  "Henchmen for Hire," by Andrew Froening, Two talkative henchmen are hired to stand guard over a clandestine meeting; when the job runs later than expected, they are forced to find ways to entertain themselves. "Healing Heroes" by Chris Orangeo centers around our main character, Dr. Henry Connors, a therapist that specializes in treating Super Heroes and Villains.  A Q & A session with the filmmakers will follow the screenings.  Jes Vasquez grew up in South Plainfield, New Jersey, earned her Bachelor's Degree in Writing from Ramapo College of New Jersey, and moved to Philadelphia 3 years ago where her filmmaking career is underway!

On Friday April 7 at 3:30pm and Saturday April 22 at 2pm, we are having “Teen Movie Afternoons”. The movie being shown on both of these afternoons is the movie adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and stars Eddie Redmayne. Upon arrival in the mid-1920s New York, a young writer named Newt Scamander (Redmayne) attends a meeting for the Magical Congress of the United States of America after having just concluded his worldwide journey of discovering, researching, and recording a collection of fascinating and marvelous creatures. While at the meeting the creatures, which were being housed and contained in a magical briefcase, manage to escape thanks to the interference of a No-Maj named Jacob. This situation leaves tensions running high as Newt attempts to right this newly-created wrong in a world already burdened by conflict between those for and against magic.  The movie is rated PG-13.

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.

The library 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!!

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