You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.  Your Library is the place to go if you have unanswered questions, big or small. 

Local author Emilio Dabul will address the question “Why does Syria matter?” on Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 pm. Dabul, whose paternal grandparents were from a small village outside Damascus and who still has many relatives in the region, will read from his novel, Achmed Remembers. The novel considers the Syrian civil war from a child’s perspective. The South Plainfield resident will also discuss other fiction and nonfiction relevant to the conflict.  There is no need to pre-register to find out “Why is the final outcome of what happens in Syria so relevant to the US and to the rest of the world?”

If you have begun to question “How can I collect the best benefits from Social Security?” come to the library on Thursday, October 16 at 7:00. Dan Rogers, a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, will be speaking about creative ways to enhance your retirement. Registration is not required to find the answers.

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“What is Diwali?”  The simple answer is that it’s the Indian festival of lights. To find out more, come to a children’s program October 16 at 6:30. There will be stories, crafts, music and dance to help children ages 5 and over experience the festival. The program will be held at the South Plainfield Senior Center. Please register in advance.

“When can I paint my pumpkin?” If you’ve been waiting for this popular annual program, your wait will be over on Saturday, October 18.  Bring a pumpkin (and something to carry it home in) and we will provide the rest.  All ages are welcome to drop in any time between 9:30 am and noon. 

On that same day (October 18) you might be wondering, “Who would like to taste some of my cake?” The Friends of the Library are sponsoring a bake sale. If you would like to donate baked goods, please register at the circulation desk and we will send you a reminder. If you would like to purchase some yummy treats and help the library at the same time, be sure to save the date! And if you’re wondering “What should I bake?” browse through the library’s extensive cookbook collection.

“How else can I help with the expansion project?” There are fundraisers planned in conjunction with many local businesses: Uncle Louie G (on Spetember 27), Yo-Fresh, Five Below, and Oak Tree Wine and Spirits so far.  They run on different dates and some require a flyer to hand in at the cash register. For full details, check the Friends of the Library page on our website, or come in to the library for answers. If you buy books or other merchandise on, use Amazon Smile to benefit the library with every purchase.

“Can I do something special for the new building?” Please consider sponsoring a shelf. Our library has 80,000 books, videos, CDs, and other materials which will need a new home in our new building! Your $100 donation will help us purchase new shelving for our collection, and your generosity will be commemorated with a plaque on the shelf.

Your questions might be more immediate.  “What’s playing Monday night?”  The library continues to bring you recent releases on our big screen free of charge, without registration. Call or come in to the library to find out what’s on the schedule.
“Which storytime should I bring my child to?” The answer to that depends on the age of the child. Children ages 3 and over enjoy stories and crafts Tuesdays at 10:30, Wednesdays at 6:30, and Thursdays at 1:15.  Two- and three-year-olds have their program Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30. If your child is under 2 and enjoys walking around, come to Babytime from 11:15 to 12:15 Friday morning.  Children who are not yet walking will be happier coming to the earlier session, from 10:15 to 11:00.

There is a classic question of “Whodunit?” On October 15 at 4:00 the mystery book club will be discussing Death of a Political Plant by Ann Ripley. All are welcome; copies of the book are available at the reference desk.  If you would like to know, “What other books can we talk about?” it will not remain a mystery.  The Tuesday afternoon club will discuss Imperial Woman by Pearl S. Buck on October 14 at 4:00.  On Thursday, October 23 at 7:00, the conversation will be about Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman.

What else would you like to know? What books do you want to read, what movies do you want to watch, what programs would you like to attend? Those are our questions for you.  Please come to the library, email or call with your answers as well as with your questions!