It’s time for the latest news from South Plainfield Library:
            First, the Library will be closed on Sunday (Nov. 10th) and Monday (Nov. 11th) in observance of Veteran’s Day.
            We’ll start with a look at our upcoming children’s schedule:
            - We’ll have our “Babytime” programs tomorrow (Nov. 8th) and next Friday (Nov. 15th).  These programs are for children age 2 & under.  Each Friday morning double-header of programs is scheduled for 10:15 and 11:15.
            - Tomorrow afternoon at 3:00, we’ll host another “Chill Zone” program.  It’s an informal setting where kids 10 & over can come in and study, do homework, play games or just relax.  Snack foods are permitted (and, no, large pizzas or a dozen donuts do not count as “snack foods”).
            - We’ll host our Italian language “Storytime” program both this Friday and next Friday afternoons at 3:30.  Led by Ms. Maria, they’re for children age 5-7, and feature stories in both English and Italian.
            - On Saturday morning at 10, we’ll be hosting a special cultural program on Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights.  It’s for all ages, and will feature Indian food, crafts, music and dancing.  The program will be held at the Senior Center, which is located at 90 Maple Ave.  That’s just down the road, other side of the EMS and the Monument Park.
            - Our “Toddler Time” program, for children age 2 & over, will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30.  It will be followed by our “Playtime” program, also for children age 2 & over, at 11:15.
            - The “Chinese Language Book Club”, led by Ms. Kitty, will meet on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00.  It’s for kids in first grade & up, and features stories in Mandarin.
            - On Wednesday afternoon, we’re hosting the “Heartfelt Yoga for Kids” program at 4:00.  It’s led by Certified Yoga Teacher Suchitra Uniya.  The program will give instruction on yoga poses, proper breathing, and creative games.  Participants must bring their own yoga mat & water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing.  Space is limited, so you must call the Children’s Room to pre-register.  (See below for that phone number.)
            - Our “Family Storytime” program, for children age 3 & over, is scheduled for Wednesday evening at 6:30.
            - On Thursday afternoon, Ms. Kitty will be leading the “S.T.E.A.M. Troop” program at 3:30.  This science program is for children age 7 & over.  Participants will learn about Snap Circuits.  This is another program where space is limited, so please call ahead to sign-up.
              - And on Thursday evening at 6:30, Ms. Jailene will be leading the “Let’s Learn Spanish” program.  It’s for children age 3-12.
              - And next Friday afternoon at 3:00, the Anime Club will have its next meeting.  It’s for kids age 10 & over.
              Now let’s look at programming for young adults and not-very-young adults:
              - The next “Saturday Crochet Class” is scheduled for Saturday morning at 10:00.  It’s for adults and young people age 14 & over.  Please call us to pre-register, and to get information on needed materials.  (Again, see below for the phone number.)
               - Due to the Monday closing, we’ll only have two meetings of the English Conversation Groups next week.  The Saturday group will meet on Saturday morning at 10:00, while the Thursday group is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 1:00.  These groups are for new English speakers who’d like to practice their conversation skills.  No pre-registration is required.
                - The “Tuesday Book Club” will meet (as could be expected) on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00.  You don’t need to pre-register for the group.  They’ll be discussing Delicious! by Ruth Reichl.  Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk.
                - The next meeting of the Library Board of Trustees is scheduled for Tuesday evening at 6:30.  Members of the public are invited to attend and learn more about the Library’s current and future plans.  There will be a public comment time before New Business is addressed.
               - And on Thursday night at 7:00, we’ll host the program, “How to Get Into an Ivy League College”.  The program will be led by Nikki Bruno, Executive Director of Student Coaching Services.  It’s for teens and their parents and will give tips on fair & legal college admissions.  It’s free of charge, but pre-registration is required.
               Finally, here’s a reminder: at times, patrons have called in to renew items they’ve checked out, only to find they have more time available than they thought.  As it happens, this isn’t a case of failing memories.  Since our link-up with LMxAC a few months ago, one of the new features is automatic renewals of items that are checked out, provided they’re not on reserve for another patron.  This goes for both our own items, and items from other LMxAC libraries.  However, this generosity is not everlasting.  Items may be automatically renewed at least twice (once for new DVDs); beyond that, it’s at the discretion of Library staff.  So, be sure to keep track of due dates, please.
               That’s about all for this week.  For more details, to register for programs, or just to speak to a staff member, you can reach us at (908) 754-7885.  You can also check our Facebook page at or you can go to our website at  Or you could just stop by when we’re open and ask at the Circulation Desk.  In any case, we appreciate hearing from you.  See you next time.