As we go further into the New Year, be sure to check out any books we have to help you accomplish your New Year’s resolutions.  The library has a large collection of cookbooks, as well as fitness, financial education, and decluttering books.  If you are looking to learn a new skill, we have books about all types of crafts, such as knitting and crocheting.  Ask the staff, and we will point you in the right direction! 

The South Plainfield Public Library will be closed Sunday, January 19 and Monday, January 20 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The library will reopen Tuesday, January 21 at 10 AM.  Due to the library closure, there will not be a movie this week on Monday night or Wednesday afternoon.  The Monday Night Movie schedule will resume next week. 

Interested in yoga for your children?  Sign up for one of the yoga classes now being offered!  Register for Kid’s Yoga, for ages 8 to 12, on either Wednesday, January 22 from 4 PM to 5:30 PM or Saturday, January 25 from 2 PM to 3:30 PM.  Mommy & Me Yoga will meet Friday, January 31 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM; children must be ages 18 months to 4 years old in order to register.  Please call the Children’s Department at (908) 754-7885 ext 4 to register for any of these classes.  Remember to bring a yoga mat and a water bottle.

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The library will be having a special program at the Senior Center (90 Maple Ave) on Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30 PM called African Folktales, which will be presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre.  This 45-minute production brings to life the vastness of the African landscape, and features a variety of trickster tales, Anansi stories, and more!  African music, imaginative costumes, and lots of audience participation help bring this performance to life.  All ages are welcome to attend.

On Saturday, February 8 at 2 PM, come to the library for Rosa Parks: The First Lady of Civil Rights, a living history presentation that is funded by Public Scholars Project and is produced by the American Historical Theatre.  Rosa Parks’ story will serve to remind all who hear it that we cannot always stand by and observe the status quo.  Sometimes, we have to take a seat to be heard and knowingly place our personal comfort aside in order to bring about the changes that will help “We the People…” form that “…more Perfect Union” that is our Nation’s promise.  Come hear Rosa Parks in her own words!  Rosa Parks will be portrayed by Alex Ford.  To register, please call the Circulation Desk at (908) 754-7885 ext 2.

Here are the regular Children’s Storytimes for the week:  Toddler Time for ages 2 and up meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:30 AM, as well as Saturday at 11:30 AM.  Playtime immediately follows Toddler Time on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 11:15 AM.  Family Storytime meets Wednesday at 6:30 PM.  Babytime for children under age 2 meets Friday at 10:15 AM and 11:15 AM, as well as Saturday at 10:15 AM.

Here are all the other regular Children’s Programs: 

Tuesday, January 21:

  • Chinese Book Club with Ms. Kitty at 4 PM for children in first grade and above 
  • Tween Graphic Novel Book Club at 4 PM for ages 8 and up; this month’s selection is New Kid by Jerry Craft 

Thursday, January 23:

  • Lego Club at 3:30 PM
  • Learn Spanish with Ms. Jailene at 6:30 PM 

Friday, January 24:

  • Chill Zone at 3 PM for ages 10 and up
  • Italian Storytime with Ms. Maria at 3:30 PM 

Always remember to check the calendar for any changes.