Now that the weather is warming up and it’s staying light out longer, it’s the perfect time to start working on your gardens and putting new plants in the ground.  Lucky for you the library has a wide variety of plant and gardening books for novice to expert gardeners.  We have two sections that may be of help: the 712.6 which is gardening and landscaping design, and 635 which contains information on plants and gardening in general.  Come by and find the book that’s perfect for you.  To help you with this, our Friends of the Library are raffling off a garden gift basket on the first day of their book sale.  Tickets are available at the library for only $1 each! You must be 18 or older to participate. Drawing will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 13.  You don’t have to be present to win.

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 was nominated for best picture at the 2017 Oscars and stars Emma Stone (2017 best actress winner), Ryan Gosling and John Legend. Sick of serving coffee to movie stars, Mia (Stone) is an aspiring actress rushing around Los Angeles to audition for the big break that will finally let her quit her day job; Sebastian (Gosling) plays jazz piano at dive bars while waiting to be discovered. These two fall head-over-heels in love with each other but when their careers start to take off, their newfound success puts their romance to the test. They will have to decide whether living their dreams of fame is worth the heartbreak. This movie is rated PG-13. 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.

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 or call 908-754-7885 to sign up.  The meetings are Mondays at 10:30am and Wednesdays at 4pm and all are welcome to attend.

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Do you need to get organized but you are not sure where to begin? Join bestselling author and organizing humorist Jamie Novak when she presents her program, “Stop procrastinating, de-clutter and get more done”.   If you procrastinate, lose paperwork, and have a 2-page to-do list then this program is for you! Learn a few simple organizing tricks for key areas of your home and life.  This not to be missed program is for those seeking relief from the stuff they store, feel overwhelmed by all there is to do or consider their clutter situation hopeless. Come for a laugh (or two) and to learn how to easily clear the clutter and store the stuff. No more saying, “Where did I put that?” or “I’ve been looking for this! Due to the popularity of Novak’s past program at the South Plainfield Public Library this event is being offered twice to ensure everyone gets a seat. This event will take place on both Thursday May 4 at 7pm and Saturday May 6 at 1pm.

Have we got deals for you!!  The Friends of the South Plainfield Public Library are holding a book and bake sale beginning Saturday May 13 at 9am and running through Saturday May 20.  This year’s donations include an exciting assortment of literary bargains. There will be something for everyone, from book club enthusiasts to book groupies.  The Friends will also be selling AV materials (DVDs, CDs). All the proceeds will go to the Friends who help the library with programming and who also sponsor our very popular museum pass program.  The book sale will take place in the library’s multi purpose room and weather permitting the bake sale will be outside.  So stop by and pick up some good books and some baked goods to go with them because what’s a better combo then books and sweets!!

On Saturday, June 3rd at 2pm, the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes Aaron Lynah who will present a program entitled:  “Understanding Financial Literacy: Protecting your financial future and keeping your family secure”.  This is an interactive workshop for those who are interested in: understanding the credit scoring system; how it works and how it impacts your financial health and freedom, learning how financial actions can impact credit scores and how to enhance your current score, credit tips and budgeting tools to establish and maintain your good credit and identity theft protection.  This program presented free, and no registration is required.  Aaron Lynah is an independent agent with Financial Education Services.  

South Plainfield Public Library will present Oldies but Goodies: Music of the 1960s on Saturday June 10 at 1pm.  Come join Dr. Stephen Marcone as he takes you back in time with the music of the 1960s. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This walk down memory lane concentrates on the music of the beginning of the decade of massive cultural change prior to the “British Invasion.” The discussion will include America’s emphasis on its youth through the music of: The Beach Boys; Bob Dylan; James Brown; The Righteous Brothers; The Ronettes; etc. Included are audio and video examples of the above-mentioned artists plus early newsreels. He is the author of Managing Your Band, soon to be in its 6th edition, and is a frequent lecturer for the NJ Council on the Humanities. To sign up for the program, contact the South Plainfield Library at 908-754-7885. 

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!!