In observance of Palm Sunday, the library will be closed Sunday, March 20.  The library will also be closed on Good Friday, March 25, and on Easter Sunday, March 27. 

Most of the time, the library is open again, and it’s been great.  It is wonderful to see the community back and taking advantage of all the library has to offer.  People are giving the building positive reviews, too.

Even when school is closed the library is open, and the children’s room will be busy with lots of special vacation time programming.  All of these programs will be held in our beautiful new program room.  If you haven’t yet come by to see it, delay no longer!

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 Come and build with your friends at LEGO workshops.  For kids ages 3 to 5, DUPLO fun is on Monday, April 21 from 1:15 until 2:30.  There are three programs for kids ages 6-10: Monday the 28th from 1:30-3:30, Wednesday, March 30, from 12:30-2:30, and Thursday the 31st from 3:30-5:30.  The number of participants in each workshop is limited; please register in advance.

Everyone’s favorite guitar player, Mr. Kurt, is coming back on Wednesday, March 30.  The silly song sing-along starts at 6:30 pm. The show is designed for children up to the age of 7.  There’s no need to sign up in advance, and no tickets are required, but if you bring a non-perishable food item, it will be donated to the South Plainfield Food Pantry.

There will be several movies appealing to children over the next few weeks.  On Thursday, March 24, you will be able to see the latest movie from Disney/Pixar about dinosaurs.  The Monday night movie, at the regular 6:30 time, stars Snoopy and the gang.  On Tuesday, March 29 at 2:00 you can see something new based on the popular series by R.L. Stine.  (It’s rated PG for some scary and intense creature action and images.)  Call the library for more information about movies.

The regular storytime schedule is in place for the next few weeks, with stories and crafts for children ages 3 and up on Tuesdays at 10:30, Wednesdays at 6:30 (except for March 30, when Mr. Kurt is coming), and Thursdays at 1:15.  Time for 2s and 3s is on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30.  Babytime happens at 10:15 and 11:15 (but not on March 25 when the library will be closed).

We’ve added a new storytime for the entire family.  Every Saturday morning at 11:00 the program room is full of songs, stories and lots of fun.

Friday fun will resume on April 1 (no fooling!).  Children ages 7 and up are invited to join us from 3:00-5:00 to play games, do crafts and have fun! No registration is required.

Adult events are filling our new space as well.  Monday night movies are as popular as ever and much more comfortable in the program room.  Every week you can expect to see a newly released DVD and enjoy some popcorn with your friends. Most weeks the show starts at 6:30.

Book clubs are for all readers who enjoy discussing what they read.  (Since almost everyone who likes to read likes to talk, it’s a natural.)  The Thursday night group meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00.  On March 24 they will be discussing The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman.  New members are always welcome.  Ask at the reference desk for a copy of this book, and all the book club titles.

If evening is not a good time for you, consider the Tuesday afternoon group.  They meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 4:00.  The title for April 12 is Where’d you go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple.

There is also a group that reads nothing but mysteries.  They meet on the third Wednesday of each month.  On April 20 they will be discussing Dead Heads by Reginald Hill. There are plenty of copies of all book club titles available at the front desk.

If you’ve always wanted to learn to crochet, Charlene Varry is continuing her popular classes. The next session is on Saturday, March 26th at 10:00. Beginners will use simple stitches to create a scarf.  Contact Charlene at the circulation desk to find out what supplies you need.

Experienced and beginning needleworkers might like to join the Knitters and Crocheters Club that meets Thursday evenings at 6:30.  Bring your current project and share techniques, advice and camaraderie.  Registration is not required.

Look forward to more programs in April and May.  So far there are plans for several sessions of Chair Yoga.  This gentle introduction to yoga uses movements and positions that are very simple and suitable to all ages and bodies.  There will also be a presentation by a professional organizer with tips on how to clean your closets and make piles of paperwork disappear. The schedule is available on our website, southplainfield.lib.nj.us

Keep your eyes on this space for more information about what is happening at YOUR library.  Better yet, come in and see for yourself!