The South Plainfield Public Library is still closed until further notice, but just because our doors are shuttered, it doesn’t mean you can’t still access some awesome resources from us. For our online databases, you will need a library barcode number (which is on the back of your library card) and a pin number (which is usually the last four digits of your phone number that you gave us upon creating your card). However, if you find yourself at home without either a library card or a pin number, you can apply for a temporary membership. If you are a South Plainfield resident, you can email email@example.com with your full name, address, phone number, and date of birth, and we will send you back a barcode and pin number that you can use to access our online resources.
If you have library items at home, don’t worry about renewing them or accruing any late fees. All items are being automatically renewed, and if anything is missed, just know that we are not charging any fines. If your library card is expiring soon, that will also be automatically renewed.
If you’ve run out of physical books to read or can’t find anything to watch on your streaming service, sign up for Hoopla. On Hoopla, you can check out e-books, comic books, and audiobooks, watch movies and television shows (for adults and children), and listen to music. You can also look for e-books and audiobooks on eLibraryNJ, using the website or the Libby app. If you go to www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us, you can look under the “eLibrary” tab on the home page for links to these databases. To create a free account on either of these databases, you would need your library barcode and pin number.
Also check out Universal Class, which is a continuing education database (under the “Databases” tab on our home page). Using your library barcode and pin number, you can take classes for free on different topics, such as accounting, Microsoft Excel, real estate, and website development, to name a few. They also have different classes for crafts and hobbies, such as candle making, Feng Shui, gardening and landscaping, sewing, and how to preserve food. There are also self-help classes, such as meditation, stress management, and anxiety therapy, which might be especially helpful in this stressful time. You can take these classes to get a certificate, or you can just have access to the class materials without getting a certificate.
Be sure to check the South Plainfield Public Library Facebook page. We’ve been posting daily Boredom Busters for all ages. Any updates to the library are also posted here and on our website. The library staff has also been working on virtual programming. As of this writing, there are virtual children’s programming, including storytimes and LEGO challenges. Videos will be posted on our new YouTube channel under the name South Plainfield Public Library. The staff is also working on virtual adult programming, so definitely keep an eye out for more information on that. More details on current virtual programming can be found on our Facebook page; be sure to check for updates there, as well.
If you are looking for information on the coronavirus COVID-19, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website www.cdc.gov. On its home page, you can click through for information specifically on the coronavirus, or you can go directly to the website www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCov/. It provides information on how to protect yourself, what to do if you are sick, and the symptoms you should look for. You can also go to www.coronavirus.gov, which is the website set up through the federal government. It has links to bring you to the CDC and the White House, as well.
For state information on the coronavirus, you can go to www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml, which has a lot of the same information as the CDC website. There is also another webpage, https://covid19.nj.gov/, that gives you access to live updates about the state and gives you more specific information on testing sites and about job and housing concerns, amongst other topics. For general COVID-19 questions, call 2-1-1; for medical COVID-19 questions, call 1-800-962-1253 (24/7). You can also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts.
For more local information, you can go to the Middlesex County website www.middlesexcountynj.gov. There is a link on the home page specifically for the coronavirus, which has the link to make an appointment for the drive up COVID-19 testing. The Borough of South Plainfield Facebook page also posts updates about the town, county, and state.
Stay safe and healthy, and hopefully we will be seeing everyone soon!