Well, the hiatus continues.  Fortunately, the work of South Plainfield Library also continues, albeit under more electronic conditions.  Here’s what we’re up to:
            Even though the building is still closed and we can’t meet personally, we’re still offering many of our programs, for both adults and children.  Most of the programs utilize Zoom in order to allow participants to interact with our staff just as they would in person.  You’ll need to contact us to get information on how to sign up and then access the programs from home.  Details on those can be found on our website.  (See below for that address.)  Here are the regularly scheduled programs coming up:
            For adults, we have the English Conversation Group, for those new to English who want to practice their language skills, on Monday evenings at 8:30.  It’s moderated by Ms. Eve, our cataloguing librarian.
            We also have our online book club, also led by Ms. Eve.  They meet on Wednesday evening at 6:30.  The book scheduled for Wednesday, May 6th, is the biography, The Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn in World War II by Robert Matzen.  For those who don’t have the actual book, it’s available for download via Hoopla.  Our website has details on how to access it.
            Turning to the children’s programming, we’re holding our on-line “Babytime” program, with Ms. Mija & Ms. Audrey, on each Friday morning at 10:15.
            Our “Storytime” sessions, for children age 3 & over, are held on Tuesday (with Ms. Linda), Wednesday (with Ms. Mija) and Thursday (with Ms. Audrey) mornings.  Each day’s program will start at 10:30.  Space is limited for these sessions, so you must pre-register.
            Ms. Kitty is leading two Chinese language programs each week.  The Chinese “Storytime”, presented in both Mandarin and English, is set for Monday mornings at 10:30, with the Chinese language book club, for children in 1st Grade and over who have some knowledge of Mandarin, on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30.
           Ms. Jailene is handling our Spanish language programs.  The Spanish language “Storytime” program is on Monday nights at 6:30, with the “Let’s Learn Spanish” instructional program on Thursday evenings, also at 6:30.
           There’s a bit more audience participation involved in our weekly “LEGO Challenge”, led by Ms. Kitty.  Each week on our Facebook page (that address is also below), she’ll pass along a theme for the kids to base a construction on.  Then, on each Thursday between 10 AM and 2 PM, the kids can e-mail photos of their creations to her for display on our website so everyone can vote for their favorite.  Be sure to have the kids include their name, age and the name of their creation.
           As noted, these programs are interactive via Zoom.  We do have one program that doesn’t require it.  Our weekly Classic Movie watch parties will continue this Friday afternoon at 2:00.  Please check our Facebook page for the link to this week’s movie.  It’s a 1939 adaptation of one of the best-known mystery novels.  Deerstalkers may be worn during the movie.  We’ll also post a link to an audio introduction to the movie provided by one of our staff members who seems to think he’s some kind of film historian. If you missed our previous Abbott & Costello and Laurel & Hardy showings, you can still find those links on the Facebook page.
            That’s about all of our programming for the next few days.  Please check our website and Facebook pages for updates on special programs, changes in scheduling, and (we really hope!) our future reopening.  Our website is at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us and our Facebook page is at www.facebook.com/southplainfieldlibrary.  Thanks for reading and try to stay safe and healthy.  And hope that the Internet connection keeps functioning.