Big changes are in store for the South Plainfield Library--we ae are joining the The Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC).  Here’s what is NOT going to change:

  • The fabulous service and support we give to our patrons
  • The wonderful programming you love
  • The fantastic collection you enjoy

Here are some things that will change:

  • You will be able to use your South Plainfield library card at over 30 libraries in Middlesex, Union, Somerset and Monmouth Counties.We will accept the cards of patrons of those libraries as well.
  • You can request items from consortium libraries and pick them up in South Plainfield (but return them anywhere).
  • You can download a mobile app that will let you check on your account, browse the library catalog and place holds from your phone.
  • You will have access to Hoopla, a service that lets you b
  • You will be able to read 150 magazines on your phone, tablet or online.
  • You will be able to pay fines with a credit card
  • The library catalog will look different

The changeover will not take place until May 1, so for the next month and a half continue to use the library as you always have.  We are very excited about being able to offer you more library services than ever before.  If you have any questions, please ask me.

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While the staff is preparing for the new library system, the patrons will see that there is still a lot happening at the library.  Monday, March 18 we are showing a movie that got nominated for 10 Academy awards; Olivia Colman won for her portrayal of Queen Anne trying to decide which courtier is her favorite. The Monday night showing is at 6:30, with a repeat performance on Wednesday, March 20 at 12:30.

In addition to the regular story time Tuesday morning (10:30 for ages 3 and up), there will be a Korean/English story time at 4:00.   You don’t need to know Korean to participate; it’s a fun introduction to the language for children of all ages. This session joins our other bilingual story times, Italian/English at 3:30 on Thursday and Chinese/English at 1:30 on Saturday.

Other story times this week include Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 for ages 2 and 3, and Wednesday at 6:30 for ages 3 and up.  Babytime for children under 2 meets on Fridays at 10:15 and 11:15. There is a third session on Saturday at 10:30.

The easy Reader Book Club meets on Tuesday, March 19 at 4:30. Newly minted readers are invited to join us as we read an easy reader title together and then discuss what we've read! The club is designed for beginning readers ages 5 to 7.

Thursday, March 21 at 6:30, is the next screening for the UNICO Italian film festival.   In Cinema Paradiso (1988), an Italian filmmaker reflects on his childhood in a small Sicilian town where he fell in love with film--and with the projectionist at a local cinema.  It is presented free and open to the public by the Plainfields chapter of UNICO.  Donations to UNICO'S Scholarship Fund gratefully accepted.

Pizza & Pages, the book club for young adults grades 7 and up, meets on Thursday, March 21 at 3:30.  They will be discussing Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. A mysterious island, an abandoned orphanage, and a strange collection of curious photographs feature in this unforgettable mix of fiction and photography. Copies of the book are available at the Adult Reference Desk; we provide the pizza!

Book club members and all other tweens are invited to a special screening of the movie adaptation on Friday, March 22 at 3:15. All are welcome--you don’t have to have read the book.  The movie is rated PG-13.

Sunday, March 24 has been declared New Jersey Makers Day.  Drop by the library between 2:00 and 4:30 to try out some awesome technology.  There will be Lego Mindstorm, Sphero the robot and virtual reality headsets. The “Say Watt” robotics team will be visiting and they are bringing their award-winning robot. This event is made possible by a grant from the NJ STEM Pathways Network.

There is still time to buy tickets for the quilt raffle.  If you have been in the library, you have seen this gorgeous, handcrafted, Asian-inspired quilt.  Tickets are available at $5 each. The drawing will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 3:00.  Be sure to buy your tickets before then, and good luck!