The library is closed today Friday, March 30 in observance of Good Friday.  The library will also be closed Sunday, April 1 in observance of Easter.

Come join us at the library for Monday Night Movies!  On April 2 at 6:30 PM, we will be showing a new movie based on the Agatha Christie book Murder on the Orient Express.  If you cannot make it to our Monday night showing, it will also be shown on Wednesday, April 4 at 12:30 PM.  The movie is rated PG-13.

We will also be having a Monday Morning Movie at 10:30 AM April 2.  It is a new Disney/Pixar movie about an aspiring young musician who embarks on a journey to the magical land of his ancestors.  The movie is rated PG.  Start off your children’s spring break with a fun movie and snacks.

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Back due to popular demand, we will be having a Drive-in Movie craft on Friday, April 6 at 1 PM.  Bring a cardboard box big enough for your child to sit in, and we will provide everything else you need to craft your own car!  We will also be screening a movie so you can pull your completed car right up to the screen and enjoy an afternoon at the “drive-in!”  Registration is not required. 

Join us for an afternoon of family fun as we learn about the Indian Festival of Colors.  On Saturday, April 7 from 12-2 PM, there will be a Holi Celebration at the South Plainfield Public Library with crafts, dancing, and COLORS.  If the weather permits, we will move part of the event outdoors so we can celebrate the traditional way- with a small amount of dry powdered color and water.  Please dress appropriately; a plain white t-shirt is recommended.  Other suggestions include bringing a towel or sheet to place in your car so the colors do not make a mess in your car and putting coconut oil or baby oil on your skin and hair to make it easier to wash out the colors.  Playing outside with the color and water is an optional part of this event.  All ages are welcome.

On Wednesday, April 11 at 3:30 PM, we will be showing the movie based on the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  It is rated PG, and popcorn will be served.

On Friday, April 13 at 3:30 PM, Ms. Jackie will be hosting a Tween Craft for ages 9 and up.  She will be showing tweens how to decorate pens to look like flowers, a perfect gift for mom for Mother’s Day.  Please register for this event either in the Children’s Department or by calling (908) 754-7885 ext 4.

Ms. Mija will be having a Special Needs Storytime and Special Needs Registry Event on Sunday, April 15 from 2-4:30 PM.  This registry is designed to ensure that police and other first responders have all of the vital information they will need to help your loved one in the event of an emergency.  We will be holding the Special Needs Storytime during this time; it is a storytime that is presented in a way that will make it more comfortable for participants than they would be at one of the standard storytimes.  While everyone is welcome to attend the program, only South Plainfield residents can be entered into the South Plainfield Police Department’s registry.  This event is presented in conjunction with Common Ground Support Group and the South Plainfield Public Library.

In addition to all of our special programs, don’t forget to stop by for some of our regular children’s programming!  There are storytimes for 2’s & 3’s Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 AM, storytimes for 3 and older Tuesday at 10:30 AM, Wednesday at 6:30 PM, and Thursday at 1:15 PM, and Babytimes for children under 2 Friday at 10:15 AM and 11:15 AM (walkers and non-walkers are welcome at either time).  Lego Builder’s Club meets on Mondays and Thursdays at 3 PM.  Ms. Mija has added another Puzzles and Games to the children’s calendar; on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 AM, right after the storytimes, bring your children to enjoy some play time.  Ms. Mija has also added a Family Game Time on Tuesday, April 3 at 3 PM. 

Pizza & Pages: Young Adult Book Club will be meeting on Thursday, April 19 at 3:30 PM to discuss A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle while enjoying some pizza from Papa John’s.  Copies are available at the adult reference desk.  This book club is intended for 7th graders and up, but books can be chosen that are appropriate for 5th and 6th graders as well.  If you have any questions, please call us at (908) 754-7885 ext 4 to speak to Ms. Audrey.

Did you know that you can take online classes for free through the South Plainfield Public Library?  Check out Universal Class Continuing Education under the Databases tab on our homepage.  All you need to do is put in your library card number, and then it will prompt you to create your own log-in.  You can take a variety of online classes in Accounting, Finance, Psychology, Office Skills, Computer and Career Training, and much more. 

Are you in 8th to 12th grade looking for volunteer hours?  Do you like helping younger students with their homework?  If so, sign up to be a volunteer tutor!  Volunteer tutors spend one hour a week tutoring students in 2nd to 5th grades in math, reading, or just general homework help.  The application is available in the library or on the website.  If you have any questions, you can call (908) 754-7885 or email to speak to Ms. Audrey.