Summer reading is coming!!  Sign-up for our annual summer reading program (children, young adult and adult), entitled “Build a Better World” will begin Monday June 26th and will continue throughout the summer.  The first day of check-in is Monday July 3rd

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 based on William Young’s bestselling novel The Shack and stars Sam Worthington, Tim McGraw and Octavia Spencer.  After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy.  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.

South Plainfield Public Library will present Oldies but Goodies: Music of the 1960s on Saturday 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. 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.

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The South Plainfield Public Library will present Garden State in Bloom on Saturday June 17 at 2pm.  Come join professional photographer, Walter Choroszewski as he retraces the path taken in creating his award-winning book, THE GARDEN STATE in Bloom (1993) and revisits the beautiful public gardens of New Jersey. This program will showcase Walter's 25 favorite pubic gardens with colorful photography and historical information about each garden. Mr. Choroszewski has been a leading advocate of Jersey pride since 1980, when he was commissioned to photograph the state for a book project. The resulting book, New Jersey, a Scenic Discovery, launched his photographic career, as well as his link to the Garden State. He has since published 18 books of photography.  In addition to state tourism materials, his photographs of New Jersey have been widely published in calendars, magazines and textbooks.  Walter maintains an active lecture schedule with over 230 annual presentations. This program is presented free, but registration is required.  To sign up for the program, call us at 908-754-7885. 

On Saturday June 24 at 2pm the library welcomes back living history Presenter Carol Simon Levin who will portray Jeannette Rankin, America’s first female member of Congress in Pickets & Patriotism, War Service & Women’s Suffrage: American Women’s Fight to Win the Vote.  She will tell the intertwined stories of women’s war service, suffrage activism, and the political calculus that finally brought the support of President Wilson, the U.S. Congress, and state legislatures to achieve passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.  Carol Simon Levin is a Youth Services Librarian at the Bridgewater Branch of the Somerset County Library. She is an experienced storyteller and a member of the New Jersey Storyteller’s Network and the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. This program is presented free, but registration is required.  To sign up for the program call the us 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.  The last Sunday we will be open until September is June 25th

See you next week!!