Come join us for Monday Night Movies!  On Monday, March 25 at 6:30 PM, we will be showing this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, who won Best Supporting Actor for his role.  This film, based on a true story, follows Tony Vallelonga (Mortensen) and Dr. Donald Shirley (Ali) as they travel the American South for Dr. Shirley’s piano tour.  If you cannot make it to the Monday night showing, there is a second screening on Wednesday, March 27 at 12:30 PM.  This movie is rated PG-13.

This Saturday, March 23 at 3 PM, the Friends of the Library will be drawing the raffle to see who will win the lovely quilt that has been on display in the building.  If you are interested in entering the raffle, tickets are $5.  The hand-crafted, Asian-inspired quilt is currently being displayed by the Reference Desk, over the copier.  All proceeds benefit library programs and services.  The lucky raffle winner will also receive a wooden quilt hanger.

Interested in science and technology?  This year, the South Plainfield Public Library will be holding a New Jersey Makers Day event on Sunday, March 24 at 2 PM.  There will be a LEGO Mindstorm kit, virtual reality goggles, a BB-8 Sphero, plus the Say Watt Robotics Team and their award-winning robot.  This event is made possible by a grant from the NJ Stem Pathways Network.  Registration is not required.  If you have any questions, please contact the Children’s Department at (908) 754-7885 ext 4.

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Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 PM, instead of our regularly programmed storytime, the Lizard Guys will be coming to South Plainfield!  Children ages 4 and up are invited to the Senior Center (90 Maple Ave) to meet some lizard friends and learn about their lives and habitats.  Children must be able to sit and follow instructions.  Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item or personal hygiene product to donate to our local food pantry.

Join Ms. Stella on Sunday, March 31 at 2:30 PM for Super Science Sunday.  Intended for children ages 8 and older, Super Science Sunday meets once a month and engages children in hands-on activities and experiments to learn more about different scientific concepts.  This month’s program relates to prostheses, so we will be learning about artificial body parts by making an artificial leg.  Registration is not required.

On Thursday, April 4 at 7 PM, author and New Jersey resident Michael C. Gabriele will be presenting the History of Diners in New Jersey.  New Jersey is universally recognized as the “Diner Capital of the World.” Friendly, familiar beacons on the Garden State's highways, byways, and downtown business districts, diners play an important role in New Jersey's culture, commerce, mythology and community life, and serve as the ultimate egalitarian dining experience. The Garden State was also the “factory” that built hundreds of diners during the 20th century - the streamlined, stainless steel gems that are admired around the world and recognized as iconic examples of American industrial design. Today the state's diner manufacturing sector is extinct, a forgotten chapter of New Jersey's history.  Gabriele's book, The History of Diners in New Jersey will be available for purchase after the program.  Registration is required; please call the Circulation Desk at (908) 754-7885 ext 2.

And now for our regularly scheduled Children’s Programs: Italian Storytime meets Thursdays at 3:30 PM.  Storytime for 3 and older meets Tuesday at 10:30 AM, Time for 2’s & 3’s meets Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 AM, and Babytime for under 2 meets Fridays at 10:15 AM and 11:15 AM and Saturdays at 10:30 AM.  Playtime meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 11:30 AM (right after storytime!).  Lego Club meets on Mondays at 3:30 PM, and Legos Create Club meets on Thursdays at 3:30 PM.  Easy Reader Book Club for ages 5 to 7 meets Tuesdays at 4:30 PM; this book club is for beginning readers.  Remember to check the calendar and the website to see about any changes to the schedule.