Time for the latest news on the many, many things going on at South Plainfield Library:

At this writing, there’s still space available for the first session of this month’s crochet class, held on Saturday morning at 10.  This class is for adults and young people age 14 & over, and includes basic crochet instructions & techniques.  It’s presented free, but pre-registration is required.  Please call to sign up, and for information on needed materials.

Our next Monday night movie will show shown on, of course, Monday night.  It’ll start at 6:20 (note the early start time).  The movie and the popcorn are being presented free of charge; no pre-registration is required.  Please call us for title and content information.  We can say that there should be a good-sized crowd for this one, so if you get here early to find a seat, the Force will be with you.  And, if you can’t make it here on Monday, we’ll be showing it again on Wednesday afternoon at 12:30.

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Turning to our children’s programming, we have nearly our usual schedule.  “Storytime”, for children age 3 & over, will be held on Tuesday morning at 10:30, Wednesday evening at 6:30, and Thursday afternoon at 1:15.  “Toddler Time”, for children age 2 & 3, is set for Wednesday & Thursday mornings at 10:30.  “Babytime Alpha”, for children age 2 & under who can’t walk on their own, will be held on Friday morning at 10:15, with “Babytime Beta”, for children age 2 & under who can walk on their own, following at 11:15.  Each of these programs lasts 45 minutes to one hour, and features stories, songs and a craft activity for older kids.  They’re presented free, and no pre-registration is required.  There’s also our newly-revived “Friday Fun” program for children age 7 & over, featuring games and a craft activity.  It runs from 3-5 on Friday afternoon.
              There are some changes to the usual schedule coming up.  First, we’ll have our newly-added LEGO Duplo program for children age 3-5 on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00; you don’t need to sign up for it.  And second, on Saturday morning (April 16th), our usual “Saturday Storytime” will feature a special program to mark Autism Awareness Month.  “Ausome” balloon creator Eddie Lin, the ambassador for Autism NJ, will be here to make simple balloon creations for the kids.  That storytime will start at 11:00, and no pre-registration is required.  And, as if all those weren’t enough, mark your calendars for a special Bollywood Dance Workshop on Wednesday night, April 20th, at 6:30.  It’s for children age 5 & over, and will feature instructors from Navrang Dance Academy.  It’s free of charge, but space is limited, so you must pre-register.

The next meeting of our Tuesday Afternoon Book Club is set for, appropriately, Tuesday afternoon at 4:00.  Participants will be discussing the book Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.  You don’t need to pre-register for this program.

The next meeting of the Library Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the all-purpose room.  Members of the public are invited to attend and learn more about the Library’s current & future plans.  There will be a public comment period midway through the meeting, before New Business is discussed.

We’re getting a lot of use out of our all-purpose room, it seems.  There are also our Chair Yoga programs, featuring instructor Cristine Iannitto-Cancela.  While, at this writing, open spaces for the April 14th program have been filled, you can still sign up for the sessions on May 26th, June 16th and July 14th.  Please call us for more details and to sign-up.

Finally, a word from our Notary Public (who seems to think he’s some kind of journalist).  Please remember that, under NJ law, our Notary is not permitted to directly notarize or certify a photocopy of a document as genuine.  For more information on how that works, please call us and ask him to provide details.

That’s just about all we have room for this week.  If you’d like further details, you can always check our website at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/southplainfieldlibrary.  Or the old-fashioned amongst you can just call us at (908) 754-7885.  Thanks very much; see you next week.