The library will be closed Sunday and Monday, October 13-14, in honor of Columbus Day and Indigenous People’s Day.  Use your library to go on a voyage of discovery.  Books about Native Americans are found at call number 970.  If you prefer to explore online, try the Facts on File database.  There is a section on American Indian History that includes primary documents, videos, and information on history, culture and controversies. There is so much to discover!

This week only, October 12, the Saturday English conversation group will meet from 3:30-4:45. Next week the class will return to its regularly scheduled time, 10:00-12:00.  New students are always welcome to that group, as well as the groups meeting Monday mornings at 10:30 (but not October 14) and Thursday afternoons at 1:00.

We’re off to see the Wizard! In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the eternally popular film, Raconteur Radio will present ''The Wizard of Oz: A Staged Radio Play''.  The performance will take place Saturday, October 12 at 2:30. The entire family will enjoy the show.  It features costumes, theatrical lighting, golden age radio equipment, audience participation and sound effects! The show will be at the South Plainfield Senior Center.

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We have started a new graphic novel book club for tweens ages 8 and up. This month's selection is Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson. It's the story of two totally different girls -- quiet, shy, artistic Emmie and popular, outgoing, athletic Katie -- and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands. Copies are available at the circulation desk. The group will meet Wednesday, October 16 at 4:00.

Do you know someone who would like to have fun—and learn at the same time?  Come to Ms. Kitty’s Science Lab for an afternoon of hands-on science shenanigans. It’s for children ages 5 and up.  There will be two sessions to accommodate as many scientists as possible. The first is Thursday, October 17 at 3:30; the second session is on Sunday, October 20 at 3:30.  Please register for one session only.

The Unico Italian Film Festival is screening a movie on Thursday, October 17 at 6:30.  This month’s selection is The Garden of the Fitzi-Contini (1970). The story of a wealthy Jewish-Italian family during the Holocaust stars Dominque Sanda and Lino Capolicchio. 

The anime club is having its first meeting of the school year on Friday, October 18 at 3:00. Tweens ages 10 and up will enjoy watching some classic anime videos (and eating some Japanese snacks). You do not need to sign up in advance.

Saturday, October 19 brings everyone’s favorite: Fall Festival and Pumpkin Painting. The fun begins at 10:00. Bring your own pumpkin (and a box to take it home in) and we will provide everything else needed to create a fall masterpiece.  There will be stories, games, photo ops and lots of fun activities for the whole family from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. The Green Meadows Farm Petting Zoo will be here with friendly critters to meet from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. 

Celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz continues on Sunday, October 20 at 2:00 with a live concert featuring vocalist Francine Evans and jazz pianist Joel Zelnik. These versatile performers will take you on a memorable musical journey featuring America's number one female vocalist, Judy Garland. They will also add songs from the Broadway hit musical and movie, The Wiz. Please sign up in advance. 

Plan ahead to plan. Certified Financial Educator Sarah Ruzol is presenting a workshop on Increasing Cash Flow and Managing Debt on Saturday, October 26 at 2:00. This program will focus on strategies that may help you manage your debts, increase your cash flow and build your emergency funds so you can live a life that is debt-free. It is presented for free but please register.

We look forward to seeing you at the library on your personal voyage of discovery.