Bastille Day has just passed – are you ready for a different French revolution? French Impressionist painters, among them Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley, rebelled against classical formats and the ancient state system of art training. Their revolutionary style created new images quivering with energy and emotion.  Join us for an Armchair Art Tour of Impressionist paintings led by Dr. Michael Norris on Saturday, August 5, at 2:00 pm.  This is the first in a series of four talks; the next will be September 9. The program is presented free, but registration is required.

What would be your impression of a performer who combines physical acrobatics and musical creativity with a zany sense of humor that kids love? You’d think you were listening to the silliest man in the land—popular children’s entertainer Mr. Scott!  Come to the South Plainfield Senior Center (90 Maple Ave.) on Wednesday, July 26 at 6:30 pm for an evening of music and movement. There is no registration and no fee, but you can bring a new, unopened, non-perishable food item for each person attending. Donations will be given to the South Plainfield Food Pantry.

Earlier that day (Wednesday, July 26) the tween graphic novel book club is meeting at 3:30 pm. The group is for kids ages 10 and up who love graphic novels.  They will be discussing Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol – not Brave as originally announced.  Pick up your copy of the book at the reference desk.

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Tweens and teens (ages 9 and up) are invited to show off their building skills. Join the Styrofoam Challenge on Friday, July 28 at 3:00 pm.  You’ll be building something out of (you guessed it) Styrofoam pieces.  We'll have all of the supplies on hand. All you need to bring is the creativity!

Parents are invited to a special presentation titled Give your Child Financial Strength on Saturday, July 29 at 1:30. You’ll be informed about the financial consequences of a college education—both the benefit to your child’s future and the costs today or in the future. You’ll learn about things you can do now to make sure you’re ready, and places you can turn to for help.

We're excited to be taking part again in National Night Out, August 1 from 6:00-9:00. NNO is an annual community celebration to promote police-community partnerships. This year's events will include face painting by Moogieland, Eddie Lin and his ''Au''some balloons, and a rockin' performance by our old friend Mr. Ray at 6:30 PM plus SPPD canines, Sparkle Tattoos, and a BOUNCE HOUSE! There will be lots for adults to enjoy as well, so please help us celebrate South Plainfield by coming out that night to show your support for our community! 

Because we will be enjoying the National Night Out with all of you, library hours on August 1 will be from 1:00-9:00 instead of our usual 10:00-6:00.

English Conversation groups continue through the month of July on Monday at 10:30 and Wednesday at 4:00.  We’ll be taking a break in August and resuming in the Fall. If you or someone you know is interested in practicing their English, be sure to give us names and contact information (email or phone).  Fall sessions might be scheduled at different times; let us know what is most convenient for you.

All our regular programs are going on too: book clubs, movies, science league, job search coaching, etc., etc., etc.  Our website is the best place to find everything listed. Don’t forget you can also find links to ebooks, music (Qello and Freegal) and games (OnePlay). You can search the library catalog, place holds and renew your books, too.  Ask our helpful and friendly staff if you have any questions.

Of course, Summer means summer reading clubs for kids, teens and adults.  If you haven’t joined yet, there are still four weeks to log in your reading and earn prizes.  More reading = more fun!