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 Judi Dench, Michael Gambon and Ali Fazal. When Abdul Karim (Fazal), a clerk in his twenties, comes to the Queen of England's (Dench) court from India in 1887, he comes for the queen's Golden Jubilee festivities. He stays long after and develops a close and sometimes controversial friendship with the aging queen. Curious about his homeland, a nation over which she is Empress, the queen's personal favor grows as she gets to know Abdul as both her clerk and confidant. In a time of heightened prejudice and inequality between the two nations under her rule, this brings criticism from members of her court and family. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity. 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 Martin Luther King Jr.: A Man of Conscience on Saturday February 3 at 2pm.  This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Born Michael King and later renamed by his father, after the Baptist Minister who was a seminal leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the world’s greatest orators, as well as a pastor, activist, and humanitarian. King is best remembered for the advancement of civil rights.  He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work combating racial inequality through the use of nonviolent civil disobedience, an approach refined based on his studies with Veteran African-American civil rights activist Bayard Rustin and his admiration for Ghandi. While King organized or participated in a great many, and variety, of protests, his most famous speech, the “I have a Dream”, was first delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. Martin Luther King Jr. will be portrayed by Keith Henley.

Keith Henley’s background is one of great diversity.  He graduated South Carolina State College with a major in Chemistry and minors in mathematics and biology. Later, he went on to study Theatre Education at Camden County College Blackwood, NJ. He currently owns and operates J.O.Y. Productions, Queenie’s Homemade Sweets and Catering, & Alpha Designs. In addition, he is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for Folkloric Heritage Culture Arts Company Inc. of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He began his historic interpretation career with Historic Philadelphia Inc. and has since worked for American Historical theatre and History First Hand and has performed for the Smithsonian Associates’ Teaching American History program, Historic Germantown, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia as well as local libraries. Come hear Martin Luther King Jr. in his own words.  This program is produced by the American Historical Theatre.  To sign up for the program, contact the South Plainfield Library at 908-754-7885.  For more information about the Horizons Speakers Bureau please visit http://njch.org/programs/hsb/.

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On Thursday, February 15 at 7pm, the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes lawyer Mitchell Schley who will present a program, “Your Rights in the Workplace”.  Most employees are unaware of the many recently added job protections available under New Jersey and federal law. This free seminar will cover many topics concerning your job and career and you will have the opportunity to ask a labor lawyer any questions you may have regarding: Sexual harassment, Unfair treatment on the job, wrongful discharge, discrimination, employment contracts and, performance reviews, wages, salary, hours, overtime and compensation, disability leave, pregnancy leave and health insurance, severance pay and unemployment benefits and non-competition agreements.  Mitchell Schley is a labor and employment lawyer in East Brunswick, New Jersey, who has been practicing for over 25 years. He has prosecuted cases on behalf of employees with the National Labor Relations Board and has represented Fortune 500 corporations and now represents hourly, salaried, professional, and managerial employees regarding employment matters. This program presented free, and no registration is required.

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 10am for children of all ages.  Along with our storytime programs, we offer a variety of other programs.  We have a LEGO builders club for ages 7 and up that meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 3-4:30pm, a puzzle and games group for ages 3 and up at 11:30am on Tuesdays and a Chess Club that meets on Saturdays at 11:30am. 

The library hours are as follows:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-9pm, Tuesday and Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 130pm-5pm. 

See you next week!!