Time for news from South Plainfield Library:


            Of course the big news is our BIG Book and Bake Sale.  It starts Saturday in our multi-purpose room (temporarily known as the Bargain Basement) and will run throughout the next week or until we run out of stock.  (Bet on the former, rather than the latter.)  We have a large selection of books and A/V items, as well as baked goods, available.  Prices are as marked; we only accept cash or checks for payment.  (We’ll let you know when we catch up to the rest of the world and can accept credit/debit cards.)

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            And you can still purchase a ticket for the Friends of the Library garden gift basket.  Tickets are $1.00 each, they’re available to adults 18 & over, and proceeds will support Library programs and facilities.  (No, the staff doesn’t get a piece of that.)  The drawing will be Saturday afternoon at 3:00.  The winner need not be present.


            Due to the sale, our children’s programs that would normally use the multi-purpose room have been cancelled for next week.  Also, we’re pre-empting next week’s movies.  They’ll all be back the following week, once we clear the space.  (Hey, the more you buy, the faster we’ll be able to get those programs back on.)


            Turning to programs that don’t use that room, we have another Saturday Crochet Class Saturday morning at 10.  It’s for adults and young people age 14 & older, and focuses on basic crochet instructions.  Pre-registration is required; please call to sign-up and check what materials you’ll need to bring.


            Our ESL Conversation groups will be meeting as usual next week.  Those sessions are on Monday morning at 10:30, and on Wednesday afternoon at 4.  These groups are for people who want to build up their conversational skills in English.  Pre-registration is required for these groups.  Please call and ask for Eve.


            On Monday afternoon, we’ll be continuing to offer Job Search Skills Coaching starting at 1:00.  These one-on-one coaching sessions are provided by the Professional Service Group of New Brunswick.  They’re free of charge, but you must call for an appointment.


            The next meeting of the Friends of the Library is scheduled for Thursday evening at 7:00.  Both members and non-members are welcome to attend; no pre-registration is required.


            While the Friends are meeting, our “Teen Book Club” will also be meeting, starting at 7:00.  It’s for young adults cage 13 & over.  They’ll be talking about Prom Dates from Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore.  No pre-registration is needed.


            We have space for a couple of advisories this week.  First, here’s one regarding our study rooms.  Please be advised that these rooms are in high demand by our patrons.  While you can reserve a room up to three days in advance, we ask that you be punctual when it comes to your appointment.  If you can’t get here on time, please let us know and we’ll see what we can do.  Please be aware that we can hold your room for only 15 minutes after your appointed time.  If you can’t make it by then, the room will be opened up for whoever needs it.


            Second, just another reminder regarding our computers.  Please remember that these are public computers.  While we do our best in terms of security programming, we can’t absolutely guarantee the security of your work.  So, if you must use these computers for things like personal messages or commerce, take some common sense precautions.  Be aware of who’s around you when you type in passwords.  Don’t try to save anything on the computer’s hard drive; use your own storage media.  And, when you’re done, make sure you completely log out of any sites you visit or programming you use.


            That’s about it for this week.  As always, we’re interested in your comments and questions.  For more information, you can check our website at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us.  You may also look us up on Facebook at www.facebook.com/southplainfieldlibrary.  Or, if you want to get old fashioned about it, you can just call us at (908) 754-7885 or just stop by and ask us in person.  We’re flexible that way.  See you next week.