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 Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, and Eugenio Derbez. Leonardo (Derbez), a rich billionaire playboy, falls from his yacht during a wild party waking up hospitalized and with amnesia. He is persuaded by Kate (Faris), a single mom recently unjustly fired by him and looking for payback, that he is her husband and returns to her home. Being unfamiliar with work and family, Leonardo muddles forward eventually gaining their trust and more. While struggling to regain his memory Leonardo’s wealthy family is piecing together clues to find him. Will he be lured back into a life as a selfish playboy or keep his hard-won respectability and a life with Kate?  It's classic role reversal in this remake of an iconic 1987s comedy. The 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.

Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use Gale’s Testing & Education Reference Center database to search thousands of college and graduate school entries, identify scholarships, take practice tests, and use test prep eBooks from Gale.  You will need a valid South Plainfield Library card to access this database from home.

We're excited to be taking part again in South Plainfield's annual National Night Out celebration! This year's events will include Eddie Lin and his ''Au''some balloons, strolling magician Joe Fischer, a rockin' performance by our old friend MR. RAY at 6:15 PM... plus SPPD canines, sparkle tattoos, vintage cars, food & drink, a BOUNCE HOUSE and more! There will be lots for adults to enjoy as well, so please help us celebrate South Plainfield by coming out on Tuesday August 7 from 6-9pm to show your support for our community! Festivities will be held in the Library parking lot. Great fun for the whole family! Please be aware that the library will be open from 1-9pm on that Tuesday.

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This month we have 2 yoga classes: Chair Yoga and Integral Yoga.  The Integral Yoga class will be held on Saturday August 18 at 2pm. Integral Yoga practice can help you focus your mind, strengthen your body, increase your flexibility and improve your quality of life. Please bring a yoga mat & water bottle, and wear loose fitting clothing. This yoga class will be taught by Theresa Jefferson.  There is a limit of 15 people.  Additional sessions will be held on Sept. 15, Oct. 13, and Dec. 1.  The chair yoga class will be held on Monday August 13 at 2pm. This program will start with centering, and will focus on the neck, shoulder, and six directions of the spine. There will be a deep full body scan meditation at the end. An additional class will be held on Space is limited to 25. Please bring a yoga mat to this so the chair doesn’t slide on the floor. This class is presented by yoga teacher Jillian Keller.

On Saturday, August 4 at 2:30pm, South Plainfield Public Library welcomes the Hit the Roof Band who reinvigorates old songs with a new twist.  Experience music like never before. With a taste of some of the twentieth century's most important musical movements, Hit the Roof Band offers an interactive musical program, presenting Jazz and Blues styles that emanated from the Harlem Renaissance and from the southern United States. The duet of keyboardist and drummer start off with a bit of ragtime-stride, and then on into the era of swing and boogie-woogie.  Then, they embark on rock n ' roll frenzy, all the while explaining the history and icons behind the movement.  Continuing the performance into the style of New Orleans piano, a style with roots steeped in boogie-woogie, gospel, classical, and funk, the band takes a slower approach to the blues. They transform the musical experience by giving the listener more ways to relate to and understand the music as well as breaking the barrier between the artists and the audience, making the performance a more personal and interactive experience. Matt plays the piano, writes the melodies, the words, and produces. Albert plays the drums. It's one thing to feel the rhythm; it's another to play it. Do you want to have an unforgettable experience?  Then join them and become one with the music.  This interactive experience should not be missed by all aficionados of good music and a soul! Please register for this program by calling the South Plainfield Public Library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

On Thursday August 9 at 7pm the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes Siobhan Gibbons who will present a mindful meditation workshop.  Mindfulness is the caring, compassionate, non-judgmental awareness of our own experience- our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and what is going on around us.  Mindfulness meditations are practices that help us to nurture the skill of mindfulness.  This workshop teaches short mindfulness meditations that can be done at any time of the day.  No experience or special clothing is necessary.  Dr. Siobhán Gibbons is a licensed psychologist in the state of New Jersey with an Ed. D. from Rutgers University, NJ.  She is certified to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from the Center for Mindfulness in the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has been teaching mindfulness meditation workshops since 2008.  She is a also a Certified Yoga Teacher and has completed the 40-hour Trauma Sensitive Yoga teacher training at Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center in Brookline, MA.  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, August 11 at 2pm, the South Plainfield Library welcomes back Dr. Michael Norris of Armchair Art Tours and former museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to start a new series about Post Impressionists.  This is the first of four talks and is about Georges Seurat. Georges Seurat (1859-1891): A Parisian who knew Normandy, Seurat created pictures based on the latest scientific vision research of his time, including Pointilism, a technique of placing daubs of paint close together. The other talks are on September 8 “Vincent Van Gogh”, October 20 “Paul Gauguin” and November 10 “Paul Cézanne” Come celebrate art and view amazing artwork with Dr. Norris and the South Plainfield Public Library!  Michael got his BA in classics from the University of California at San Diego and his MA in classics and Ph.D. in art history at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He spent twenty years at the Cloisters Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and has lectured on trips all over the world. This program is presented free, but registration is required.  Please register by calling the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

The library hours are as follows:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-9pm, Tuesday and Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm.  We are closed on Sundays until after Labor Day

See you next week!!