Next week we will be observing Veterans Day. This federal holiday honors all who served in the armed forces.  Proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, it originally was called Armistice Day, commemorating the cessation of hostilities after the First World War on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. In 1954, President Eisenhower declared it to be a day to honor servicemen from every war and changed the name to Veterans Day.

You can find out more about the brave men, women, and dogs (!) who have served our country at the library.  You will find the stories of the famous and the not-so-famous, history and analysis of battles and campaigns, and plenty of fiction and movies featuring soldiers during fighting and after they have come home. Use our online databases, such as Facts on File and EbscoHost, to learn more.

The library will be closed on Tuesday, November 11, so borrow library materials ahead of time.  The online databases are available from home anytime.  In honor of the holiday, the library will also be closing at 6:00 pm Monday. The Library Board of Trustees meeting, usually held on the second Tuesday of the month will be on Monday, November 10 at 7:00 pm.  It is open to the public.

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Even though we are closed one day, the rest of the week is filled with library programs.  On Thursday, November 13, at 7:00 pm, we are offering a “Riskonomics” seminar.  This free workshop for adults will offer advice on what you can do to potentially enhance your retirement income while minimizing financial risk.  The presenter is Asia Hollis, a financial services representative from First Investors Corporation.  Registration is not required.

Crafty folk over the age of 14 are welcome to join the crochet class held Saturday, November 15 at 10:00 am.  To find out what materials to bring, please register during the week.

For children ages 5 and up, Wednesday, November 12 brings a Bollywood dance workshop.  Instructors from the Navrang Dance Academy will be leading a class in Indian dancing.  Wear comfortable clothing and come ready to move!  The fun starts at 6:30 pm at the South Plainfield Senior Center. The class is free but you must sign up in advance.

There will be no storytimes on Tuesday or Wednesday evening, but the rest of the schedule is in effect.  Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 am is time for 2s and 3s.  Children ages 3 and up should come for stories and a craft on Thursday at 1:15.  Babies can come on Friday: from 10:15 until 11:00 am is for children 2 and under who do not walk yet, and 11:15-12:15 is for those under 2 who already roam around.

Regular adult programs continue with slight schedule modifications. There is no movie Monday, November 12 because of the Board meeting, but come for special features on the 17th and 24th at 6:30 pm.  Because of the holidays, all three book clubs are meeting in the third week of the month.  The Tuesday afternoon group (usually the second Tuesday) will meet on November 18 at 4:00 pm to discuss The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (the basis for the movie).  On November 19 at 4:30, the mystery book club will discuss A Case of Two Cities by Qui Xiaolong. Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 the evening book club will be talking about Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood.

The Thursday evening book club is meeting one week early this month because the library will be closed from Wednesday, November 26 at 6:00 pm through Friday, November 28 for Thanksgiving.

We hope you have been to the library to see the progress being made on the addition.  Once the building is completed, we will need new furnishings.  You can help with these improvements with two fundraisers this month.  On Tuesday, November 18, eat at Mr. Subs (100 Plainfield Ave) between 4:00 and 8:00 pm. You get a delicious meal, and the library receives a percentage of all sales made that evening.

During the week of November 30-December 6 the South Plainfield Five Below store is making a donation to the library when you present a flyer. Flyers are available at the library or from our website.

I will close with a quote from President Obama’s speech to the American Legion National Convention, 2014 (The full text is available at Vital Speeches of the Day, available through EbscoHost when you sign on with your library card):

“In the story of your service we see the spirit of America. When your country needed you most, you stepped forward. You raised your right hand, you swore a solemn oath. You put on that uniform and earned the title you carry to this day—whether Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman. Among you are proud veterans of World War II; of Korea; of Vietnam; of Desert Storm and the Balkans; and our newest veterans—from Iraq and Afghanistan. Across the generations, you served with honor. You made us proud.“

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