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 Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan, Mckenna Grace and Octavia Spencer. Frank Adler (Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida. Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old's mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank's formidable mother Evelyn (Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary. Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary's landlady and best friend. 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 Give Your Child Financial Strength, a program for parents on Saturday July 29 at 1:30pm.  Topics that will be discussed are:  The difference a college education can make in your child's future, how much a college degree costs today-and what it may cost tomorrow, things you can do now, to make sure you're ready and places you can turn for help. John D. Begley (CFP, CLU) Life Product Consultant of New York Life will present the seminar.  There is no registration required for this program.

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On Saturday at 1:30pm Seema Gupta and John Begley from New York Life will be here to present a program called “Give Your Child Financial Strength”.  In this program, you'll learn about the difference a college education can make in your child's future. How much a college degree costs today - and what it may cost tomorrow. Things you can do now, to make sure you're ready. Places you can turn for help! There is no registration required for this program.

We're excited to be taking part again in National Night Out, 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!!  The library will be OPEN on TUESDAY, AUGUST 1st from 1:00 - 9:00 PM instead of our usual 10 - 6!  We hope to see everyone there!!

On Saturday, August 5 at 2pm, the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes back Dr. Michael Norris of Armchair Art Tours and former museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mix the following ingredients together for an overview of the Impressionists: Influences from Japanese art, a fascination with daily life in modern France, and new bright colors in paint tubes to more easily paint outside.  Add artists such as Frédéric Bazille, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley. This is part 1 of a series of 4 talks.  The next talk will be on September 9 and is entitled “Impressionists on the Water”.  Come celebrate art and view amazing artwork with Dr. Norris and the South Plainfield Public Library!  Michael got his BA in classics from the University of California at San Diego and his MA in classics and Ph.D. in art history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spent twenty years at the Cloisters Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and has lectured on trips all over the world. This program is presented free, but registration is required.  Please register by calling the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

On Wednesday August 2 at 6:30pm The Sciencetellers are back! Ahoy! They combine exciting experiments with dynamic storytelling to create a unique and highly interactive program for kids.  Set sail with the Sciencetellers on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a desert island. With mutiny and high-tide looming, they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to build a new ship before all hope is lost … at sea!  Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience will help them explore the incredible science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure and more. Do not miss this refreshing nautical tale with a twist! This program will be held at the SENIOR CENTER.

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. 

Summer reading is in full swing and our summer reading program is more popular than ever!   This year’s theme is “Build a Better World”.  Our summer reading program runs for 7 weeks and encourages children to set aside time each week to read.  Each child will be given a booklet to record the titles of books/magazines/books on tape/CD that they read/listen to (the majority of materials that are used should be borrowed from our library).  Each week they come in with their booklets and check in with Ms. Audrey at the summer reading desk, and they will be awarded a small participation prize and will have the chance to earn more prizes based on the amount of reading they complete.  You can come into the library and pick up a children’s calendar for more information.   There is also be a young adult summer reading club for students entering grades 5-12.  There will be prizes for this summer reading program that will be young adult oriented.  We don’t want the adults to feel left out, so we also have an an adult summer reading program.  If you have any questions please see our library staff.

The library hours are as follows:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-9pm, Tuesday and Friday 10am-6pm, and Saturday 9am-5pm.  We are closed on Sundays until September

See you next week!!