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 26 and will continue throughout the summer.  The first day of check-in for all the programs is Monday July 3rd

When you need a break from outside on those hot summer days in July and August check out two new electronic resources, “Qello Concerts” and “One-Play Downloadable Video Games” to keep cool inside.  Qello Concerts is the only place to watch over 1700 of the most amazing live moments in music. It's the world's largest collection of full-length concerts and music documentaries streamed on-demand to just about any digital device. It's like a never-ending concert ticket.  Qello carefully curates the live performances that matter. The greatest concerts and music documentaries are right here. With new releases every week, from iconic stars to today's best artists, you'll never run out of amazing shows to watch.  Anytime and Everywhere: Wherever you are, the live music experience follows. Watch Qello Concerts on your big screen with Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Sony, and more. OnePlay offers a digital gaming service, where users can instantly download and play unlimited Android and PC games for free.  OnePlay includes over 2,000 games from more than 75 different publishers.  There are no holds, no waiting.  You can download the games you want to your computer and play them whenever and wherever you are, no internet required (once you’ve downloaded the game).  Parents can set a different password from the account to approve activation of game.  There are 1500+ PC titles and 500+ android titles.  Patrons can log in at the library, at home, and on multiple devices. To access these resources, go to www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us and click on “elibrary and follow the instructions for each resource.

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 stars the voice talents of Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes and Zach Galifianakis. Batman (Arnett) is the beloved hero of Gotham City. He is praised by the public and supported by the police. Through all of this he is alone until his butler Alfred (Fiennes) urges him to raise Dick Grayson (Cera), a young orphan he adopted. Reluctantly, Batman includes Dick in his crime-fighting exploits, with the boy assuming the identity of Robin. When the Joker (Galifianakis) devises a plan that threatens all Gotham, Batman must do something he has never done before, work with a team by joining with Robin and new police commissioner Barbara Gordon (Dawson) to stop the Joker and his group of villains. This movie is rated PG. 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.

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On Saturday 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. 

On Thursday, July 6 at 7pm, South Plainfield Public Library welcomes local resident Joseph Belardo who will present a presentation and hold a book signing for his book, Dusterman Vietnam: Story of the last great gunfightersDusterman Vietnam is a transcript of Joe’s diary and memoirs, including photographs, while he served in Vietnam in a specialized Army mobile combat team and body recovery unit called “Dusters” attached to the Third Marine Division along the DMZ in 1967 and 1968 during the infamous TET Offensive. His book gives a detailed, day-by-day, frontline battle and body recovery narrative of daily combat life while attached to the Marine Corps. Joe and his crew hold the distinct honor of being the last Americans to leave the finally abandoned Khe Sanh Combat Base. Joseph Belardo is the New Jersey State and Middlesex County Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.  His combat medals include the Bronze Star w/Valor, Purple Hearts, Gallantry Cross with Palm, Marine Combat Action Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal, both the Army and Marine Presidential Unit Citation’s, Valorous Unit Award’s, Meritorious Unit Commendation’s. Joe has conducted over 229 oral slide presentations about Vietnam to high schools, colleges, library’s, civic and military organizations. He has appeared in two television documentaries: The Soldiers Story and Vietnam War with Oliver North

On Saturday, July 8 at 2:00pm, South Plainfield Public Library welcomes back Dave DeLuca who will perform Star Spangled SongbookThe Star-Spangled Songbook is a musical celebration of the great American composers and lyricists who together crafted a body of work that is uniquely American, from Tin Pan Alley to Broadway, from jazz standards to the songs that won the war.  Join Dave DeLuca as he sings songs from the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. In an age when hardly anything is "Made In America" anymore, The Star-Spangled Songbook is 100% made in the U.S.A. Every performance is a musical journey through the lives of the people we call the "Greatest Generation" - those Americans who grew up in the United States during the deprivation of the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in World War II, as well as those whose productivity within the war's home front made a decisive material contribution to the war effort. A lifelong New Jersey native, Dave DeLuca has been a professional musician since 1977.  Please register for this program by calling us at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

All children’s programs are cancelled until Monday July 3.

The library hours are as follows:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-9pm, Tuesday and Friday 10am-6pm, and Saturday 9am-5pm.  This Sunday (the 25) will be the last Sunday that the library is open until September.

See you next week!!