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. Please note that the doors for the movie will open at 6:15 so we can finish setting up for the movie.  This week’s movie stars Academy Award nominees Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan. Two of the most famous queens in all of history were more than just friends, they were bound by something more and became sisters in a way. In the time of male rulers in Great Britain, two women were to become leaders of their people. But only one crown was reserved for the monarchy of Great Britain. Queen Elizabeth I (Robbie) and Mary, Queen of Scots (Ronan) show how the actions of one would affect the other in world where men almost always reigned and what would eventually be one the greatest known rivalries. This movie is rated pg-13. 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), PongaLo (Spanish language entertainment), Method Test Prep and Qello (music and concert videos).  If you have used Qello, you can use the same RB Digital account.

South Plainfield Public Library will present The Wit & Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln on Saturday April 27 at 2pm.  This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Abraham Lincoln was an autodidact who started life in poverty in New Salem Illinois.  He worked as a rail-splitter while reading the law and engaging in other studies.  Soon, he became a shop keep, and through further hard work and study raised himself to the position of a prairie lawyer and finally to the Presidency of the United States.   In this role, he undertook the task of holding the Union together throughout the moral and constitutional crisis that was the American Civil War. In his portrayal as Abraham Lincoln, Bob Gleason will talk about the formative years of this great man through his courtship and marriage to Mary Todd, the beginnings and development of his abolitionist view point, and his first, though not very successful trip to Congress. Discussion points will lay out the causes leading up to the war, both societal and economic and major events and turning points within the War itself.  Gleason will expand upon how he raised himself up from his humble beginnings to become the man who managed to pass the emancipation proclamation, to unite a splintered nation, and reaffirm through his Gettysburg Address the nation’s dedication to freedom, democracy and equality.  This program is presented free, but registration is required. To sign up for the program, call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

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On Thursday May 2 at 7pm, come to the South Plainfield Library for an interactive presentation “Keep the Mind Sharp” on brain health. There are routine maintenance activities we can do on a daily basis that helps to keep this 'master computer' healthy and in working order, even as we age. Diet, physical exercise and proper rest will be touched upon. There will also be games and exercises played that stimulate and exercise different areas of our brain to help increase our memory. A strongly exercised brain can help keep our memory strong! This program is designed for older adults and is presented by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ. Registration is required.  To sign up, call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by

On Saturday May 4 at 2pm the South Plainfield Library welcomes back gardner Althea Llewellyn who will present “Edible Wonders, Edible Petals”.  Beautify your garden with flowers and flowering herbs that are safe to eat! Certain flowers are not only beautiful to behold, but also edible. Please join Althea as we explore the world of edible flowers, try our hands at creating candied flower petals, and sample a floral treat. Althea Llewellyn is an Environmental Educator, Speaker and Square Foot Gardening Specialist.  She is First Vice President of the Master Gardeners of Union County.  She is both a Certified Master Gardener '12, and Certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor. This program is presented free, but registration is required. To sign up for the program, call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

On Thursday May 9 at 7pm the South Plainfield Library welcomes Dr. Kenneth Freedman who will present “Stress Management for Successful Living”.  This is a free workshop which will allow you to discover what can be done to safeguard yourself and function better in today’s highly stressful world. Most people run a daily gauntlet of stresses that can cause serious adverse effects on their health and lifestyle.  At this presentation you will learn: What are the three most harmful “foods” commonly found in the American diet, what is the most profound interference to your ability to heal from pain, resist disease and perform at your best, and what is the “magic shield” mindset to protect you from stress.

Dr. Ken Freedman, Founder and Director of Freedman Chiropractic in East Brunswick, NJ, is regarded as a wellness expert.  Ken is Chairman of the Middlesex County Health & Wellness Council. He has also appeared on MSNBC; News 4 NY; WABC Eyewitness News; News 12 NJ; the CBS Morning News KYW-TV Philadelphia and Channel 29 Good Morning Philadelphia. This program is presented free, but registration is required.  To sign up for the program call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.

The library will be closed on Friday April 19 in observance of Good Friday and Sunday April 21 in observance of Easter Sunday.

See you next week!!