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: Zack Gottsagen, Dakota Johnson and Shia LaBeouf. Set in North Carolina, Zak (Gottsagen) is a young man with Down syndrome residing in a nursing home. Inspired by his favorite professional wrestler, The Salt Water Redneck, Zak sets out to train at a wrestling school. To make his dreams come true, Zak breaks out of the facility and ends up running into Tyler (LaBeouf), a grieving outlaw who becomes his friend and coach. When Eleanor(Johnson), a kindhearted caseworker, tries to bring him home, she's convinced to join them on their journey. The trio bands together to help Zak and learn heartfelt lessons about themselves and the meaning of life. This week, the movie that is shown on Monday night will also be shown again on the Friday at 12:30 pm for those that can’t make the Monday night showing or don’t like to drive at night because we will be closed on Wednesday for New Year’s Day.  Stop by the library and pick up a schedule of the movies being shown.

The Library will be closed on Tuesday December 31 and Wednesday January 1 for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  We will reopen Thursday January 2 at 10am. We are now a part of LMXAC!  With your South Plainfield Library card you can now visit more libraries and be able to check out items from them.  With your South Plainfield card, you are automatically registered into the systems of the other LMXAC libraries.  You can visit any LMXAC library to check out and return books and place holds on items that South Plainfield Library doesn’t own, which will be sent here.  Another great new thing that you will now be able to do is pay your library fines with a credit card through our website by logging into your account and clicking on “Smarter Pay”.

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.

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Beginning on Monday January 13 at 1pm the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes back Judy England McCarthy who will present a 4 workshops entitled “Tai Chi = E2”.  Come to these workshops if you want to learn some Tai Chi basic warm ups and a new way of thinking in one fell swoop. This interactive workshop is with Judy England-McCarthy. A seasoned veteran of facilitating workshops Judy will take you through stretches and simple movements that are used in Tai Chi. Once you limber up your body the remainder of the 60-75 minute workshop will limber up your mind. Registration is required and please wear comfortable clothes. The dates of the workshops are: January 13 and 27, February 3 and 10 at 1pm. Judy England-McCarthy has been doing motivational and stress relief workshops since the 90s and is also a professional storyteller. She was selected to tell one of her original tales at the National Storytelling Conference in 2013. Her background includes: Workshops, Storytelling, Acting, Poetry, Author, RN and Massage Therapist. These programs are presented free, but registration is required.  To sign up for these workshops call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

Who hasn’t watched Antiques Roadshow with curiosity and wonder and thought about Aunt Sally’s old costume jewelry, coffee or tea set or that clock that was passed down from your great-grandfather?   Could they really be worth something, aside from sentimental value?  Take a closer look at the items on your shelves, dig around your basements and attics; and then bring them to South Plainfield Senior Center Saturday January 18 from 1-3pm as the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes back extremely popular expert antique appraiser Alan Snyder.  Mr. Snyder discusses the current marketplace and the recent changes in collecting trends. Then he examines and verbally appraises the items that have been brought, providing facts or historical information about the item. He concludes with an entertaining question and answer period.  At this program people will receive a number, and as each person's number is called, they will bring up 1-2 items for Alan to appraise (please no weapons). For larger items a good photo will suffice. It’s always interesting to see what the true value is compared to what you would think it is. It’s also fun to see what other people collect, as well as their reactions to Alan's appraisal.

Alan Snyder of A.G. Snyder & Associates is a certified antiques and estate appraiser in Watchung, NJ who has been in business since 1979. He has participated in appraisal programs since the early 1990s long before Antiques Roadshow debuted on PBS television. He is also an antiques broker selling individual items, collections and estates for clients.  There is a limit of 50 people.  Registration is required and can be done by calling 908-754-7885 or stopping by the library. This program will be held at the South Plainfield Senior Center.

See you next week!