Hi all!  It’s hard to believe that it’s June already, but here we are!  Hopefully, everyone has been staying safe and healthy.  Even though the South Plainfield Public Library is still closed, it doesn’t mean you can’t see us (virtually, of course) for some fun programs.  We have a full schedule in June, so hopefully you can join us.

Storytimes for ages 2 to 4 on Zoom are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:30 AM.  Evening storytime for ages 4 and up on Zoom is Wednesday at 6:30 PM.  Babytime for ages under 2 on Zoom is Friday at 10:15 AM.  Chinese Bilingual Storytime is presented on Zoom in both Mandarin and English on Monday at 10:30 AM; you do not need to know Mandarin in order to enjoy this storytime.  Chinese Language Bookclub for children in first grade and up meets on Zoom on Tuesday at 1:30 PM; you must know some Mandarin for this program.  Spanish Storytime with Ms. Jailene can be found on our YouTube channel.  If you are interested in joining any of these Zoom programs, please go to our website at southplainfield.lib.nj.us for registration information.

Here are some other Zoom programs for the week:
    Tuesday, June 9:
Adult Online Bookclub with Ms. Eve at 4 PM; the selection is Seventh Heaven by Alice Hoffman, which is available on Hoopla
Hip Hop Dance Class for ages 6 to 9 at 5:45 PM
Wednesday, June 10:
Yoga for ages 5 to 10 at 3 PM
Tween Trivia Time: Harry Potter Edition for ages 8 and up at 4 PM
Thursday, June 11:
Zumba for ages 6 to 9 at 4:30 PM
Let’s Learn Spanish with Ms. Jailene at 6:30 PM
Don’t forget to submit your Lego pictures to Ms. Kitty between 10 AM and 2 PM; this week’s theme is animals
Friday, June 12:
Creative Crafting Challenge with Ms. Mija at 3 PM; you will need paper towel/toilet papers rolls, aluminum foil, and cotton balls to make a castle
Don’t forget to submit your gardening pictures to Ms. Audrey by 6 PM
Saturday, June 13:
Propbox Players Virtual Theatre for ages 3 to 8 presents “Tacky the Penguin” at 11 AM; this is a sensory friendly presentation of how our differences make us special and unique
Messy Hands to Art for ages 5 and up at 1:30 PM
If you would like to register for these Zoom programs, please go to our website at southplainfield.lib.nj.us for registration instructions.  It will let you know when you go to register if the class is full.

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If you’d like to use any of 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 lhansen@southplainfield.lib.nj.us 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.  Once you’ve gotten your barcode and pin number, if you’re still unsure how to get started, check out the South Plainfield Public Library YouTube page for tutorials from our staff on how to use some of the online databases.  

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 are looking for information on the coronavirus COVID-19, here are some resources at the federal, state, and local levels:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov or more specifically www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCov/
The official site of the state of New Jersey at https://covid19.nj.gov/
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.    
Middlesex County at www.middlesexcountynj.gov or more specifically www.discovermiddlesex.com/covid19/
The Borough of South Plainfield Facebook page posts updates about the town, county, and state.  

Stay safe and healthy, and hopefully we will be seeing everyone soon!