As most of you know, our children’s room closed a couple of weeks ago as part of our ongoing expansion of the library, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any kids books to checkout.  We do have a small collection of children’s books for checkout in the main area.  If there is something you want or need that we don’t have available, please come see one of our reference librarians who can request the book from another library, or let you know if there is a local library that has the book.

Tired of listening to the same old music? You can download new tunes (or golden oldies) for FREE with our Freegal Music Service! Freegal gives you free access to millions of songs from over 10,000 labels. It features tens-of-thousands of popular artists in hundreds of musical genres! You can listen to a sample clip before choosing to download.  Now Freegal has gotten even better!  You can now download up to FIVE songs per week on one library card.   The downloads are not borrowed, they are yours to KEEP!  Freegal is easily accessible through our homepage and all you need to sign in is a valid library card.

The library has the federal tax forms, but because of budget cuts, the IRS Tax Forms Outlet Program has reduced the number of printed forms they will provide to libraries this year. Only Forms 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ - but NO INSTRUCTIONS - will be available in paper form for library patrons to take home.  Copies of other forms and instructions are available through the Internet for viewing and downloading at irs.gov/forms. For forms and instructions to be delivered by mail, the IRS suggests ordering online at irs.gov/orderforms or by phone at 1-800-829-3676.  Please note that if you print out forms or instructions at the library, there will be a charge of $.10 per page!  The library will NOT be receiving the state tax forms.  If you filed last year, you should get a copy sent to your home, otherwise the forms and booklets can be printed out from the division of taxation’s website or by faxing them.

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Do you do a lot of shopping at Amazon?  Did you know that you can help the South Plainfield Public Library when you shop there?  It is very simple and is for a great cause.  All you have to do is designate the Friends of the South Plainfield Public Library as your charity and shop on!  You go to smile.amazon.com (it’s exactly the same as amazon.com, but this is the charity and non-profit site) and in the pick your own charitable organization box type in Friends of the South Plainfield Public Library and click “Search”.  Select the Friends as your designated organization and shop away. The Friends of the Library will receive 0.5% from every eligible purchase you make through the Amazon Smile program.  If there’s any questions, stop by the library and pick up a flyer.

Missed a movie you wanted to see in the theaters and don’t want to pay for to stream 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 is directed by Angelina Jolie and is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestseller “Unbroken”.  After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.  Taken as a prisoner of war, Zamperini never lost hope that he'd return home, that he'd endure the barbarities of his imprisonment.  Determination and heart made it so Zamperini was never truly broken.  The movie begins at 6:15pm. You can call the library for title information or stop by and pick up a schedule of all the upcoming movies. 

The library is presenting three adult programs in April.  The first will be held on Thursday April 9th at 6:30 pm and is called “Mood Management with Essential Oils”.  Essential oils can be a great natural mood management solution without harmful side effects.  They’re often used to elevate, balance, lift and calm moods.  Many of us live lives filled with stress, fatigue, chaos. We have the ability to create a happier, healthier world for ourselves and loved ones using them. They may be used topically and aromatically to affect our mind, body and spirit. The oils help bring feelings of peace and balance, invigorate, inspire and energize us!  The second program will be held on Thursday April 23rd (the day after Earth Day) and is an Introduction to Green Cleaning.  During this program, you will learn how to create environmentally friendly cleaning products that are chemical free, less expensive and not harmful to you! Recipes for cleaning products will be shared during the program.  On Tuesday April 28th, from 7-8:30pm, Ven. Myong-Ahn Sunim, Abbot of the Soshimsa Zen Center will present a program entitled “The Spirit of Zen and Tea”.  He will talk about Korean tea and Zen.  There will also be a Korean Zen style tea ceremony.  These programs are presented free and no registration is required.

The library will be closed on Sunday March 29th in observance of Palm Sunday.  We will reopen Monday March 30th at 10am.  We will also be closed on Friday April 3rd in observance of Good Friday and Sunday April 5th for Easter.  We will be open on Saturday April 4th.

Our Storytime and Babytime programs for children are starting back up again on Tuesday March 24, although the schedule and location will be a little different.  All children’s programs will be held in the court room of the Municipal Building which is located next door to the library.  The schedule will be as follows:  Storytime and Craft ages 3 and up will be on Tuesdays at 10:30am and Thursdays at 1:15pm.  Toddlertime and Craft ages 2 & 3 will be on Tuesdays at 1:00pm and Thursdays at 10:30 am Babytime ages up to 2 will be on Fridays at 10:15am (Session I) and 11:15am (Session II).  Unfortunately we won’t be able to hold our Wednesday morning or evening storytime programs, but we will continue to schedule special evening events at the senior center each month.

If you can’t get to the library because you are pregnant, don’t drive, or are ill, and still would like to be able to get library materials, then sign up for our homebound delivery service.  You call us to sign up and tell us what you would like to read and we will match you with a volunteer.  We will pick out books for you, check them out and then deliver them to your door.  When you are done the volunteer will pick them up and bring them back to the library along with any requests for other books.   If you have any questions about this service or want to sign up, please give us a call at 908-754-7885.

Get involved with your library and become a Friend!  The Friends of the South Plainfield Public Library are always looking for new members!  This group holds fundraisers that help the library with programming, as well as sponsoring special programs.  They also provide the discounted museum passes that are extremely popular.  All are welcome to join; you do not need to be a resident of South Plainfield.  They hold meetings the first Thursday of every month at 7:30pm.  If you are interested please come to the library to pick up an application or download one from our website.

To find out more about what’s going on, or if there are any questions, visit our Facebook page, call us (908) 754-7885 or visit us on the web at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us