Did you miss a movie that you wanted to see in the theaters and don’t want to pay to rent it or for the DVD? Come to “Monday Night Movies” at the library. It’s all the fun of a movie theater but none of the cost. We are showing brand new releases every Monday night and we will be providing popcorn for all who attend. The next movie is Monday October 29. This week’s movie stars John Travolta, Kelly Preston, and Stacy Keach. John Gotti (Travolta), known as 'Dapper Don', has made a name for himself as one of the most renowned mobsters of the 1900's. Leading a life susceptible to crime, Gotti finds himself in and out of jail most of his life. His son, Gotti Jr. is also living a crime-driven, Mafia lifestyle. While in jail, Gotti falls ill and loses his life to cancer. After deciding to clean up his life, Gotti Jr. ditches the Mafia and faces his legal backlashes. Please be advised, the movie is rated R. The movie that is shown on Monday night will also be shown again on the subsequent Wednesday at 12:30 pm for those that can’t make the Monday night showing or don’t like to drive at night. Stop by the library and pick up a schedule of the movies being shown.
If you want to watch some great movies and TV, try our new streaming services. Acorn TV offers the best of British television. Mystery lovers will enjoy Midsomer Murders, Vera, Poirot, Murdoch Mysteries and many more. They also have comedies, dramas and documentaries, and new shows are added every week. To start watching, follow the links from our home page to the RB Digital landing page. Once there you will need to create an RB Digital account. The same account gives you access to Acorn TV, IndieFlix (classic movies and TV), and PongaLo (Spanish language entertainment), as well as OnePlay (video games) and Qello (music and concert videos). If you have used Qello or OnePlay, you can use the same RB Digital account.
On Saturday at 1pm, South Plainfield Public Library welcomes back Vincent Bruno who will present The Sixties: A British Invasion. This lecture will focus on the phenomenon rise of the British pop and rock acts that invaded our shores in the 60’s. From pop groups (The Beatles, The Dave Clark 5, The Animals, The Kinks) to the psychedelic and progressive bands (The Who, Pink Floyd, Cream, Traffic). We will explore highlights from landmark recordings that clearly defined this British pop renaissance era. Our journey will also include aspects of British popular culture (cinema, fashion, TV and UK underground) whose influence added to the impact of this remarkable decade. Slides and audio clips will enhance this lecture. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Vincent Bruno is a Sixties Rock Historian. He recently retired as Director of First Year Programs at LaGuardia Community College (City University of New York). He holds an MPA from Baruch College. For the past 17 years he has lectured extensively on The Beatles and The Sixties at universities, colleges, libraries and community centers. To sign up for the program, contact the South Plainfield Library at 908-754-7885.
South Plainfield Public Library welcomes Fred Miller who will present Lectures in Song: Try to Remember (1957-1964): The Youth Culture Takes Over on Saturday November 3 at 2pm. The years stretching from Eisenhower’s second term through the arrival of the Beatles was a sunny extension of the baby boomer years, more prosperous, optimistic good times for America. The seismic shock of both the Kennedy assassination and the arrival of the Beatles heralded changes we’d never experienced: The British invasion, the rise of Motown, and the California sound, big city boy and girl groups. The hit parade and top 40 became a weekly drama for young people and routinely tied teenagers to the Sunday night ritual of watching Ed Sullivan with their families while the commercial music market was now geared mostly to the very young, the tone of the times was to become less innocent. I Love Lucy and Ozzie and Harriet were behind us, ahead lay an era of radical change, some much needed, some simply subversive. Life in America was very different. To sign up for the program, contact the South Plainfield Library at 908-754-7885.
On Saturday, November 10 at 2pm, the South Plainfield Library welcomes back Dr. Michael Norris of Armchair Art Tours and former museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for his final talk in the post-impressionist series. This talk is about Paul Cézanne. Paul Cézanne (1839-1906): A native of Provence, Cezanne began as an Impressionist painter who later pursued his own inexpressible artistic goals, which included revealing an underlying geometry in his subject matter. Cézanne's often repetitive, exploratory brushstrokes are highly characteristic and clearly recognizable. He used planes of color and small brushstrokes that build up to form complex fields. The paintings convey Cézanne's intense study of his subjects. Come celebrate art and view amazing artwork with Dr. Norris and the South Plainfield Public Library! This program is presented free, but registration is required. Please register by calling the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.
ATTENTION: Potterheads! WizKids! GryffinDorks! Raconteur Radio's got a Potter mouth! Come Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter with Raconteur Radio's uniquely immersive, parody interpretation of The Goblet of Fire. Come in costume if you would like and experience the story in a whole new way. The Boy Who Lived LIVE! On Saturday November 17 at 2pm. How good is it? On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s 9 ¾, which as all potterheads know, is as good as it gets. The Radio play features real actors in front of a live audience. The actors wear costumes, the stage features theatrical lighting, golden age radio equipment, fog fx, audience participation and of course hundreds of sound effects! The production stars Jason Jackson, Shawna Lagan, Jeff Maschi, Michael Jarmus, and Alex Dawson from Raconteur Radio. A radio play or audio narrative, what some call an "ear movie," is a story told through dialogue, sound effects, and music. We add costumes, colored spots, a fatboy Elvis mic, a fog machine and a strobe light, then perform it for live audiences at a range of traditional and improvised venues throughout the Tri-State area. Got it? No? Well, come find out for yourself! This program will be held at the South Plainfield Senior Center. Admission is free, but registration is required. The performance is sponsored by the South Plainfield Public Library and the Friends of the South Plainfield Library. Please register by calling the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.
The library hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-9pm, Tuesday and Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 1:30-5pm.
See you next week!!