As we wait for what the weather will toss at us next, here’s some news from South Plainfield Library:

 First, a note about the schedule: we’ll be closed on Monday, Jan. 20th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Please keep an eye on our website for any other schedule changes.

We’ll be holding a special program on the Affordable Care Act (generally known as ObamaCare) tomorrow (Jan. 11th) from 2-5PM.  Two representatives from Get Covered America will give details on what coverage is offered and how to obtain it.  It’s an informal program; you can just stop by while they’re here.  No pre-registration is required.

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Our next Monday Night Movie will be shown on Monday night at 6:30.  It’s being shown free of charge, and you don’t need to sign up.  This week’s movie is a suspense thriller starring Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman (and the former doesn’t toss the latter out of an airplane).

We have two book clubs meeting next week.  The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club will be discussing For One More Day by Mitch Albom at 4:00.  The next day, the Mystery Book Club will be discussing Room No. 10 by Ake Edwardson, also at 4:00.  No pre-registration is needed for these programs.  To find out more about upcoming books and how to get them, check with the Reference staff.

The next meeting of the Library Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday night at 7PM.  This will be their annual reorganization meeting, including the introduction of a new Board member.  There will also be discussion of the Library’s current and future plans.  Members of the public are invited to attend.  There will be a public comment time midway through the meeting, before New Business is addressed.  No pre-registration is required.

Here’s a note regarding Inter-Library Loans.  You may have noticed that sometimes it can take a while for an ILL book to be available for our patrons.  That’s because, while we try to streamline the process as much as possible, it still takes time.  We need to make a request for an item through the system, then wait for another library which has the item and is willing to lend it to respond.  Then, it gets shipped to us via a courier service, which can take additional time.  And, on top of that, we may have to hunt around for rarer items that aren’t available in our system or even in New Jersey.  Rest assured, though, that we’ll do our best to track down a requested item and get it here as soon as possible.

And here’s a related note: the MURAL agreement we’re a party to allows patrons from affiliated libraries to borrow items from each other.  (For example, a South Plainfield patron may borrow something from a Piscataway library.)  While there are some restrictions in place at some libraries, there should be little hassle involved.  Part of this also involves accepting the return of books from another MURAL library (like, say, that item from Piscataway).  However (and this is a big however), be advised that, while we’ll accept the item, it’s not really counted as being “returned”.  Due to the differences in our computer systems, the item isn’t marked as being back until the lending library receives it via the aforementioned courier service.  Now, we’ll send things out ASAP, but you must allow for the extra transit time.  As always, we appreciate your cooperation.

That’s all for now.  For more details, stop by the Circulation Desk, call us at (908) 754-7885, check our website (www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us) or check our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/southplainfieldlibrary).  (You could also try telepathy, if you’re so inclined.)  Thanks for your attention.