Did you miss a movie that you wanted to see in the theaters and don’t want to pay to rent 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. Please note that the doors for the movie will open at 6:15 so we can finish setting up for the movie.  This week’s movie stars: Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr. and Janelle Monae. Harriet Tubman (Erivo) is a legendary part of American History that works to free slaves as they escape from their masters. Her life story begins by being born into slavery. She escapes and eventually begins to help others in her position find freedom. The abolitionist works with the Underground Railroad to ensure former slaves travel to safe destinations and finds a life for herself becoming the heroine of her own story.  Stop by the library and pick up a schedule of the movies being shown.

If you want to watch some great movies and TV, try our new streaming services. Acorn TV offers the best of British television. Mystery lovers will enjoy Midsomer Murders, Vera, Poirot, Murdoch Mysteries and many more.  They also have comedies, dramas and documentaries, and new shows are added every week.  To start watching, follow the links from our home page to the RB Digital landing page. Once there you will need to create an RB Digital account.  The same account that gives you access to Acorn TV, will also allow access to IndieFlix (classic movies and TV), PongaLo (Spanish language entertainment), Method Test Prep and Qello (music and concert videos).  If you have used Qello, you can use the same RB Digital account.

Check out our newest database “SelectReads”. Select Reads newsletters deliver reading recommendations based on your unique personal interests straight to your computer or mobile device. Includes books, audiobooks, dvds, and music! Sign up for a newsletter on one of the popular topics listed under MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS, or click on the MY SELECT READS tab to create personalized alerts based on any topic you choose! Click on any book title in the listing for a book description, author bio, and GoodReads reviews. On the AUTHOR CHECK page you can sign up to get email alerts on your favorite authors, so when we order a new book by that person you will be notified!

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South Plainfield Public Library will present Rosa Parks: The First Lady of Civil Rights on Saturday February 8 at 2pm.  This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The program is funded by the Public Scholars Project of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Rosa Parks said: "I'd see the bus pass by me every day...but to me, that was a way of life; we had no choice but to accept what was the custom. The bus was among the first ways I realized there was a black world and a white one."  On December 1, 1955, what did one woman on a Montgomery Alabama Bus do to deserve such accolades and why? What drove her to her actions and what did she hope to achieve? How did this change her life, and the lives of others in the United States?  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. Alexandra Ford is thrilled to bring Rosa Parks' story to audiences in the 21st century. As part of her research for Rosa Parks, Miss Ford has traveled to Montgomery and Tuskegee Alabama. She has read all the biographies of Rosa Parks and examined pages and pages of supplemental Material related to the Civil Rights Movement in America.  This program is produced by the American Historical Theatre.  To sign up for the program, contact the South Plainfield Library at 908-754-7885.  For more information about the Public Scholars Project please visit https://njhumanities.org/humanities-to-go/public-scholars-project/.

On Thursday February 20 at 7pm the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes back Jim Rose who will present “The Healing Power of Meditation”.  Meditation is being prescribed by many medical practitioners and has been widely recognized as a means to enhance one’s health and reduce stress. Throughout the nation meditation has become a positive force for health and well-being. Join Jim Rose, retired executive with Johnson & Johnson and long-time meditator who has been practicing meditation for over 30 years.  Jim will share how meditation can improve our physical, mental and spiritual health. You will have a chance to practice this simple technique that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth. Jim Rose, M Ed., Rutgers University, is a retired executive of Johnson & Johnson a multi-national corporation. He has 35 years of experience in Human Resources management, employee development and conflict resolution. Jim currently provides workshops and training to groups throughout the world where he connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of our lives. He has been meditating for over 30 years and now focuses much of his time on his own spiritual development and in helping others who wish to do the same. If you have ever attended one of Jim's workshops, you know how special they are. This program is presented free, but registration is required.  To sign up for the program call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

See you next week!