Well, it looks like it’s safe to put away the rock salt and the snow tires for the next six or seven months.  While you adjust to the more agreeable weather (pollen count aside), here’s news from South Plainfield Library:

            First, the Library will be closed on Friday in observance of Good Friday, and on Sunday in observance of Easter Sunday.  We’ll be open regular hours on Saturday (9AM-5PM).

            Starting off with our children’s programming, here’s the rundown:
            -“Saturday Storytime” for all ages will be held this Saturday morning and next Saturday morning (April 2) at 11AM.
            -The “LEGO Builders Club”, for children age 7-12, will meet on Monday and Thursday afternoon from 3:30-5:00.  We’ll provide the LEGO materials; the kids will have to build their own Phantom Zone projector.
            -The “Kid’s Korner Book Club”, for children age 8-10, will meet on Friday evening at 6:30.  They’ll be talking about Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary; copies are available at the Reference Desk.
            - The “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.
            - The “Puzzle & Game Playtime” will be held on Tuesday morning at 11:30, right after the “Storytime”.
            - Our “Toddler Time” program, for children age 2 & 3, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday morning at 10:30.
            - The “Meditation & Mindfulness for Kids”, led by Miss Aimee, program will be held on Thursday evening at 7:00.  It’s for kids age 7-12.
            - And our “Babytime” programs, for children age 2 & under, will be held on Friday morning.  “Babytime: Chapter 1”, for kids who can’t walk on their own, will start at 10:15, followed by “Babytime: Chapter 2”, for the kids who can walk on their own, at 11:15.  (We’re still trying to figure out how “Chapter 3” will work.)
            Unless otherwise indicated, all of these programs last about an hour.  They’re presented free of charge, and no pre-registration required.  You can check with Miss Mija for more information.

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            Moving on to programs for young people, we’ve got three items on the schedule.  First, we’ve got a new program starting up on Tuesday at 3:00.  “The Chill Zone” is for young people age 11 & over.  It’s an informal gathering where the kids can relax, do their homework, play board games, and study.  Snack foods are permitted.  (No, that doesn’t include take-out pizzas.)
            On Thursday evening at 7:00, there’s the meeting of the “Teen Book Club” for those age 13 & older.  They’ll be discussing The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson.
            And next Saturday afternoon (April 22nd), we’ll have a repeat presentation of this month’s Teen Movie.  Kids under 13 may attend, with parental permission.  This month’s movie is based on a story by J.K. Rowling, but features a guy who’s not Harry Potter and kind of looks like the Eleventh Doctor.  Check with Miss Audrey for more details on our YA programs.

            So, let’s move on to programs for the slightly older folks.  We’ll start with this month’s “Saturday Crochet Class”, for young people & adults age 14 & over, on Saturday morning at 11:00.  The class is free, but we ask that you pre-register.  Please call and ask for Charlene for details on needed materials.
            We’ll be presenting the re-scheduled program “The Life & Music of Duke Ellington” on Saturday afternoon at 1:00.  It’ll be hosted by author/historian Michael Conklin, and feature audio & video presentations.  It’s presented free of charge, but pre-registration is required.
            Next, there’s our ESL Conversation group, for those wishing to work on their English conversational skills.  They’ll meet on Monday morning at 10:30 and on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00.  Pre-registration is requested; please check with Eve for details.
            The Job Search Skills Coaching sessions will be offered on Monday afternoon from 1:00-4:00.  They’re presented by the Professional Service Group of New Brunswick, and are free of charge.  However, they are by appointment only, so you must call ahead.
            We’ll also be holding a couple of informal meetings on setting up a support group for homeschooling parents.  The meetings will be held concurrent with the “LEGO Builder’s Club” on Monday and Thursday afternoons at 3:30.  Ms. Stella can give you details on that.
             The next “Monday Night Movie” is scheduled for, appropriately enough, Monday evening at 6:30.  It’s presented free, no pre-registration is required, and you can leave the 3-D glasses at home.  Please call for title & content information.  We can say that it’s an Oscar-winning adaptation of a Pulitzer and Tony-winning play by August Wilson.  If you miss the Monday showing, we’ll run it again on Wednesday afternoon at 12:30.  (Be advised that it runs about 2 hours and 15 minutes.)

            Well, that’s quite a lot of stuff for one week.  We do have one last note, though: Girl Scout Brownie Troop 65042 has set up a collection bin for non-perishable food items.  Donations will be given to the South Plainfield Food Pantry.  If you’d like to contribute, the bin is downstairs next to the Children’s Room.

            That’s about all for now.  For more information, please call us at (908) 754-7885, visit our website at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us or check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southplainfieldlibrary. Catch you later.