To celebrate the 239th anniversary of the United States, the Library will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. 

Do you have questions about US history?  Suppose you want to know which America’s first professional baseball team was. The answer (the Cincinnati Red Stockings) can be found in the slide show “Daily Life” which you can reach through the databases section of the Library website.  Click on Facts on File/ American History Online. The slide show presents 28 historical images of the Gilded Age 1870–1900.

The American History Online database is a great place to learn about the role of women in the Revolutionary War, or to see a timeline of the Civil Rights movement.  It includes almost 40,000 articles and 6400 images, in addition to slideshows, videos, timelines, and maps. Topic centers bring all these together by subject or era.  There are also tools for students to help them learn to analyze information, write a research paper, and cite sources. 

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There are additional Facts on File databases on African American history and American Indian history, as well as world history, science, literature, career guidance, and the World Almanac for Kids.

Want to know about agriculture in the 1970s or children’s television shows of the 1990s?  Try a different database: Salem Press History.  Topical articles coving all aspects of American life – politics, arts, technology, health, and more --of the last decades of the twentieth century are arranged alphabetically within each decade.

Online explorers will find great treasures.  The starting point is the library’s homepage, www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us

If you like to learn your history from a fictional slant, try I shall be near to you by  you  by Erin Lindsay McCabe.  Based on a true story, it centers on a strong-willed woman who disguised herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband in the Civil war. Copies are available at the reference desk.  The Tuesday afternoon book club will be discussing it on July 14 at 4:00 pm; all are invited to join the group.

Children from Pre-K through 5th grade will enjoy Mariah’s Amazing Puppets on Wednesday, July 15 at 6:30 pm. Through the stories of the Selfish Litterbug Giant and Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, puppeteer Mariah Newborne will give the children a hands-on introduction to the problems of littering, the gifts of nature, and how we can give back and make a difference by not littering and by recycling. This free program is funded by a NJ Clean Communities grant. It will be held at the South Plainfield Senior Center.

Summer reading signup continues.  There are programs for all ages, from babies through adults.  The programs are slightly different this year.  Because the construction will require the library to be closed for some time this summer, you won’t be reporting on your reading every week.  Rest assured, there will still be plenty of prizes and raffles!  Get your booklet to keep track of all the books you read or listen to, and by the end of summer when we are settled into our new space we’ll hand out all the prizes.  Sign up in the library to receive full details.  

Please remember that the library is closed on Sundays during the summer.  Where do you turn to get the latest updates on the library, including events and construction-related closings?   Check our website and our Facebook page!