It's June – that means there is only one month until summer reading starts.  As always, there will be clubs for children of all ages, adults and young adults. Reading books and winning prizes-- what's not to like? Sign up will begin the last week of June.

Anything you read counts towards your total, including the ebooks and audio books on elibrarynj.  You can read and listen on your phone or tablet using the standard Overdrive app or the new Libby app, which lets you save bookmarks, build a reading history and more. Both apps are available for Android, iOS, and Windows. You can also read or listen on your PC, Kindle or any e-reader.  As with all our databases, ask the friendly library staff any questions you might have.

You can also get summer reading ‘credit’ by reading books for book clubs.  The mystery book club meets on Wednesday, June 6 at 4:00 to discuss The Jewel that was Ours by Colin Dexter. They’ll also be choosing books for next year, so this is the meeting to attend if you’d like to join.

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The Tuesday book club meeting on June 12 at 4:00 will focus on The Crucible by Arthur Miller. This is the first time we will discuss a play. The club will be meeting all summer; check on our website or ask at the reference disc for the list of titles.

This week's programming starts off with “Discover Natural New Jersey” on Sunday, June 3 at 2:00. Jim Peck, photographer, journalist and amateur naturalist, will show his photos and discuss beautiful and little known natural areas found all across our diverse state.  The program comes just in time for making summer plans to visit some of the special places in New Jersey.

Have you watched kids having fun with origami – folding paper into all sorts of amazing shapes?  Now it's the adults' turn! On Thursday, June 7 at 7:00, artist and teacher Shelley Phillips will be teaching you to create origami works of art. All materials will be provided but space is limited; please sign up ahead of time.

The library welcomes back singer Dave Deluca, who will perform his “Birth of the Blues” program on Sunday, June 9 at 2:00. Come to hear a musical exploration of American blues music, which has its roots in the deep south of the United States around the end of the 19th century. This program features blues songs from the early 1900s through the 1970s.  Register in advance to make certain you don’t miss this special event.

There’s more music coming up, with a George Gershwin celebration on June 16 and Doo Wop on July 14.  If you’d like to know in advance what’s coming up, ask to be receive our adult programming emails.  You’ll be among the first to hear about special events and we won’t flood your inbox.

Please join us for a lecture on the history of vegetarianism and the benefits of adopting a vegetarian diet.  The Venerable Man Deng will be discussing the “Wisdom of the Ancient Diet.”  This program is sponsored by the Buddha's Light International Association on Sunday, June 10 at 2:00.

Special events in the kid’s room this week start with Chinese/English story time on Monday, June 4 at 1:30 and the Easy Reader Book Club at 3:30 on Tuesday, June 5. The Kids book club (ages 8-10) meets this Thursday, June 7, at 6:30.

Those meetings are in addition to regular story times at 10:30 Tuesday and 1:15 on Thursday for ages 3 and up, 10:30 Wednesday and Thursday for 2 and 3 year olds, and Baby time (up to age 2) on Friday at 10:00 and 11:00. There are puzzles and games available for your little ones to play with on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30. The Lego Builders club meets Monday and Thursday, June 4 and 7, at 3:00.

On Wednesday evening, June 6, the usual 6:30 story time will be preempted by “Family Bingo Night.”  There is no registration needed for this free program—just come! It’s sure to be fun for all.

The Common Ground Support Group will also be meeting on Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30.  The group is for parents and caregivers of individuals with special needs. New members are always welcome.

The evening rounds off with Meditation for Kids at 7:45. Join Ms Aimee as she teaches children, ages 7-12, practical methods to manage challenging situations using meditation and mindfulness.

Save the date-- Saturday, June 9 at 10:00-- for “Fun with First Responders.”  Several members of the South Plainfield Fire Department will be on hand to explain to children of all ages what they do.  There might be a chance to handle some equipment, too!

And of course there are movies (Mondays at 6:30 and Wednesdays at 12:30) and ESL conversation groups (Mondays at 10:30 am and 7:00 pm and Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. Don’t forget job search coaching and individualized computer instruction by appointment.

June 5 is World Environment Day, a day to think about our only planet and how we can protect it for ourselves. Many people help the planet with the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle.  Libraries have their own three Rs: read, renew, return.  Come borrow a book from the library, and you’ll be sharing resources and reusing them. When you return your books, the cycle starts all over again.






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