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 Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated. The movie is rated R, so please be advised. 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.

On Thursday April 12 at 7pm the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes Jim Rose who will present “Meditation for Optimal Well-Being”.  People have been practicing meditation for centuries and today we see a surge in its popularity as new benefits continue to be discovered. It is recognized how meditation can help the body, mind and spirit. Incorporating meditation into ones life has many positive effects. Join Jim Rose, retired executive with Johnson and Johnson and long time meditator for this inspiring program. Learn a simple meditation technique that can help you in all aspects of your life. He has been meditating for over 30 years and now focuses much of his time on his own spiritual development and in helping others who wish to do the same. This program is presented free, but registration is required.  To sign up for the program call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

On Saturday April 14 from 1:30-3, the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes award-winning author Andrew Darlow who will hold a portrait photography workshop and book signing.  During the workshop, Mr. Darlow will cover a range of portrait photography tips and techniques from his new book: Focus and Filter: Professional Techniques for Mastering Digital Photography and Capturing the Perfect Shot (Ulysses Press). Some of the topics will include: How to set up your camera to take better candid and formal portraits with any camera (especially DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, but also with smartphones), ideas for what to say to kids, adults, and even pets to help them feel more relaxed in front of the camera, how to choose just the right background for your subject, including where to find very affordable, yet elegant options and, how to use natural and artificial lighting, including LED flashlights, to create different lighting effects. Mr. Darlow’s presentation will be followed by a question and answer session, and his books will be available for purchase. He will also give away a book and three signed 18x24 inch photographic posters featuring his work during the presentation. This program is presented free, but registration is required.  To register, please call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

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South Plainfield Public Library will present Franklin Delano Roosevelt: An Arsenal for Democracy on Saturday April 21 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, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The date is December 29, 1940.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt has just been re-elected to an unprecedented third term in office.  But the world is in a crisis.   Nazi Germany has blazed the path of destruction across Europe, and America may soon be drawn into war. Watch this famous moment come to life, as you meet with the President just prior to his delivery of the famous “Arsenal of Democracy” speech.   Learn what President Roosevelt was thinking, and listen to his plea for the support of our Allies.   Experience first-hand the history that shaped our nation. Neill Hartley is Franklin Delano Roosevelt in this fully staged historical presentation that will entertain and educate audiences from school age to adult.  Following the presentation, there will be time for comments and questions for the one of the most influential presidents of all time. Come hear Franklin Delano Roosevelt 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. 

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!!