Are you ready for some fun?  Join your neighbors, your town, and the entire country on the National Night Out. Tuesday, August 6, the Library and Borough Hall parking lots will be full of entertainment and fun for the whole family.  There will be music, magic, a bounce house, games and more—plus food, of course. This great event is presented by the South Plainfield Police Department and the Library.  The activities will last from 6:00 until 9:00.

We want to join in the excitement so on August 6 the library will be open from 1:00-9:00.  We will be closed that Tuesday morning.

The fun keeps going at a Kid’s Choice Dance Party Wednesday, August 7. DJ Dave will be on hand to provide an evening of music, dancing, and games for the entire family. The party starts at 6:30 and will be held at the South Plainfield Senior Center. Wear your dancing shoes!  Registration is not required, but it would be great if you bring an unopened non-perishable food item or personal care product to help stock the South Plainfield Food Pantry.

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If you are not a kid, your choice of musical styles might be different. On Saturday afternoon you can enjoy the timeless music of the Big Band Idols. Ken Lelen, guitarist and singer, will perform songs immortalized during the Swing Era. He combines memorable melodies, clever lyrics and amusing anecdotes to create an unforgettable experience for music lovers and romantics of all ages. He will be singing songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and many, many more. The concert will be at 1:30 on Saturday, August 10 at the South Plainfield Senior Center. 

You know that the South Plainfield Library is the best around, but there are reasons to visit other libraries. One would be to collect the library trading cards. Our new consortium, LMxAC, has created trading cards for each of the 32 libraries in the system.  Visit every library to get their card.  If you collect all 32, you will be entered into a drawing for an iPad. You have until August 30 to complete your collection.

Monday marks the start of the sixth week of the children’s summer reading program. The last day for check-in is August 17.  There are still plenty of great prizes to be earned!

There is still time for adults to sign up for summer reading.  Keep track of what you read this summer and who knows what you might win?  Ask at the reference desk for more details.

On Friday, there will be a movie that fits in with the “Universe of Stories” theme of our reading programs. Come at 1:00 to watch some very little creatures fly to the moon for the adventure of a lifetime. The animated feature is rated G.  You don’t need to sign up in advance.

The regular movie of the week (showings Monday at 6:30, Wednesday at 12:30) is based on the inspirational true story of one mother's unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith's adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. It is a reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.

We have not forgotten the teens and tweens.  On Friday, August 9 at 4:00, come join our Minute to Win It games. Can you complete the often hilarious challenges in only 60 seconds? The competition is for those 10 years old and up.

ESL conversation groups continue on Saturdays through the month of August. This week, August 10, there will not be a class.  Please come every other week (4, 17, 24, 31) from 10:00 to 12:00 to practice your speaking skills.  Monday and Thursday classes will resume in September.

The Friends of the Library are having their annual book and bake sale in September. We welcome donations of clean gently used books--no encyclopedias, textbooks or magazines, please—and unscratched CDs and DVDs in their original cases. Donations may be dropped off whenever the ibrary is open.

One more way the library will expand your horizons this month: on Monday, August 12 at 6:30, there will be a Scope Night.  John Miller of the Pearl Observatory will bring some telescopes to help you explore the mountains of the Moon and the clouds of Jupiter. The Observatory will also be bringing an inflatable mini planetarium that will be set up in our Multipurpose Room so participants can experience the magic of astronomy both indoors and out.  If it’s raining or cloudy, the event will be on Tuesday, August 13.

It’s sure to be out of this world!