Library programs this week feature movement for all ages.  On Saturday, January 25 at 2:00 pm there will be Yoga for Children ages 8 to 12.  Join us for fun interactive yoga poses, mindful movement, proper breathing exercises, and creative games taught by certified yoga teacher Suchitra Uniyal.  Bring a yoga mat and a water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing.

On Monday, January 27 at 1:00 pm there will be a Tai Chi workshop for adults. Learn some basic Tai Chi warm ups and a new way of thinking at the same time. Presenter Judy England-McCarthy will take you through stretches and simple movements that are used in Tai Chi. Once you limber up your body, the remainder of the 90-minute workshop will limber up your mind. There will be additional sessions on February 3 and 10.  You can register for any or all of the sessions.

Curious about the benefits of practicing martial arts? Come to the Daddy and Me Kung Fu class on Thursday, January 30 at 6:30 PM.  Join Master Cheung for a hands-on parent-child workshop covering the basics of Kung Fu. Dads, moms or other adult care-givers are invited to register with their children ages 6 and up. 

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When you are not limbering up your body, come and stretch your imagination. You don’t want to miss the African Folktales which will be presented on Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30 pm. Bright Star Touring Theatre will bring the vastness of the African landscape to South Plainfield in this 45-minute production. It features a variety of trickster tales, Anansi stories, and so much more! African music, imaginative costumes and lots of audience participation help bring this performance to life. All ages are welcome to attend the performance; it will be held at the South Plainfield Senior Center.

January 26 is another Classic Movie Sunday. Get ready for non-stop laughter from the Marx Brothers in a classic comedy about the government of Freedonia. The show starts at 2:00 pm at the library.

Monday night’s movie is a recent release of a live-action film continuing the story of the villain of the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty.  Featuring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Harris Dickinson, and Michelle Pfeiffer, the showing starts at 6:30.  Popcorn provided.  There will be a second showing Wednesday, January 29 at 12:30 pm.

coming in February: Rosa Parks, the first lady of civil rights. Come hear Rosa Parks in her own words on Saturday, February 8 at 2:00 pm. Rosa Parks will be portrayed by Actor/Historian Alexandra Ford. This program is funded by the Public Scholars Project of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, and produced by the American Historical Theatre.  The presentation is free but please register in advance.

We are pleased to announce the start of a fourth ESL conversation group.  It will meet on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm.  Any English learner who would like to practice speaking is welcome.  There are also sessions Monday mornings at 10:30 am, Thursday afternoons at 1:00 pm, and Saturday mornings at 10:00 am.  If you know someone who would be interested, please let them know.

January is a great time to develop new habits. (Actually, it’s always a good idea, but people seem to think about change more in January.)  Why not make it a habit to stop by the library often?  There is a new book or DVD that will catch your eye or a special event that will inspire or entertain you.  We look forward to seeing you often!