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Would you like to take a cooking lesson from a chef at the Culinary Institute of America, or learn chess or Tai Chi from international masters? You can through the wide variety of classes on DVD and CD we have just added to the library collections.

We've chosen some of the most interesting offerings from the Teaching Company's lineup of Great Courses. Tour the Smithsonian Institute or the National Parks from the comfort of your living room. Learn to appreciate the world's greatest paintings or the art of investment, both taught by renowned professors. There are also courses in entrepreneurship, stress management, gardening and algebra, to name just a few. Search in the catalog with the phrase "great courses" to see the full curriculum.

If you rush right over to get the best selection of courses, you'll be in time to enjoy our fall festival and annual pumpkin painting: Saturday, October 14. Drop in anytime between 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM to enjoy crafts, games, prizes and fun! Please bring your own pumpkin (& a box to carry it home in) for painting, and we will provide the rest. At 10:45 AM we will have a special Scarecrow Storytime, and kids will have a chance to take photos with our friendly scarecrow immediately following the storytime! The fun takes place in the parking lot behind the library.

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There are special events every day next week. On Sunday at 2:00 PM, local author and historian Dr. Richard Veit will present a program and hold a book signing for his new book, South Plainfield in the 20th Century. Dr. Veit will be talking about how South Plainfield was transformed from a sleepy rural area into the strong & diverse community it is today.

The next day brings the ever-popular Monday Night Movies.  This week's movie is based on a classic novel by Daphne Du Maurier. The showing starts at 6:30 PM and is repeated on Wednesday at 12:30 PM.

On Tuesday, children of all ages are invited to learn Hindi at the library.  Ms. Seema will make the learning fun with stories and songs. Join us on October 17 from 3:30 – 4:30 PM.

Wednesday, October 18, is the afternoon to unplug.  Kids ages 10 and up can enjoy going without power as they choose from an assortment of table-top games starting at 3:30 PM.  There will be games to suit every taste, from simple board and card games to a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) like Dungeons and Dragons.  Come play!

Are you a young adult? (13 and older) Do you like to read? Do you like to talk? Do you like talk about what you've read? Come to the first meeting of the Young Adult book club Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 PM.   We will pick out the first book for discussion, so come with your best suggestions.

Kids (ages 10 and up) are asking when the next Chill Zone is coming. Chill zone when Ms. Jackie lets the kids do homework, play games, read, or just chill (and eat snacks!). It's happening Friday, October 20 at 3:00 PM.

There will be a chess club on two Saturdays, October 21 and 21. Players of any ability level and over 6 years old are invited for a few friendly games from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. You will be matched with an appropriate opponent. If you have a board at home, please bring it—we only have a few and there will be a lot of games going on!

Later on the 21st, at 2:00 PM, there will be another talk in our series on Impressionism. This month we will focus on the Impressionists and their relationship to the city of Paris. They were keen to capture the city on canvas as Paris became renovated and reinvigorated between 1853 and 1870. Please register for this program in advance.  The fourth and final talk will be on Impressionism and America on November 18.

One more program: October 22 will be a Super Science Sunday. From 2:00-3:00 PM, children ages 8 and up will learn about chemistry this month and engage in lots of fun activities to reinforce the learning. Participants will be making a model molecule to take home. Sign up in advance to make sure you have a spot.

All of these are in addition to our regular schedule of story times, English conversation groups, job search coaching, computer lessons and more.  There's fun in learning, the learning is fun, and it's all at your library!

 

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