SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -  There were no Lions and Tigers, but Llamas and ponies and plenty of other animals as the South Plainfield Library hosted it’s Fourth Annual Fall Festival on October 19th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library, located at 2484 Plainfield Avenue.  The event was free and featured pumpkin decorating, games, crafts, treats, prizes, temporary tattoos, photo ops, snacks, and more.  The highlight of the event was Scarecrow Story time, presented by Jeffrey Scala, who dressed as the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, and Councilwoman Christine Faustini in costume as the Cowardly Lion.

"I was thrilled that we had such gorgeous weather and a fantastic turnout for this event,” said Library Director Linda Hansen. “The staff and I look forward to it every autumn, and we are so grateful to all of the community businesses and organizations that help make Fall Festival possible year after year. In addition to our amazing volunteers who give up their Saturday to help run the event, DPW helps with the preparation, Nischwitz Feed & Fuel loan hay bales and Green Olive Farmer's Market are very generous with their donations.”

According to Hansen it is really a team or more accurately a community effort. The Friends of the Library provided bulk of funding for the program and it is this funding that makes it all possible.

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Friends of the Library President Stephanie Bonanno manned a table with info on Friends of the Library as well as their buy a brick program which is still on going.

The animals were from Green Meadow Petting Farm. 

Activities were planned by the Children's Staff (Audrey Cupo, Jailene Betancourt, Jessica Gentile, Kitty Wang, Mija Clemente, Suzanne Martin) and all activity tables were manned by the teen volunteers listed at the end.

Green Olive Farmer's Market generously donated a ton of apples and oranges so there was fresh fruit to hand out to the kids, as well as 2-3 dozen small pumpkins.

Stephanie Wolak arranged for that donation, and she and Anne Troop manned the snack table.

Bob Bengivenga arranged for Nischwitz to loan hay bales and picked them up and dropped them off.

Library Board President Cheryl Nagel Smiley, her son Calvin John, Maria Smiley manned the petting zoo area. 

Below is a listing of the teen volunteers.

Ayesha

Ali

Hiir

Bhatt

Alexander

Brown-Smith

Shaira

Chaudhuri

Steven

Clemente

   

Megan

Dineen

Salma

Elgebally

Aashita

Grover

Nayela 

Haji

Karina

Herrera

Halyna 

Ho

Victoria 

Huynh

Simran

Jakate

Tijil

Kiran

Sharvil

Limaye

Emma

Morin

Madelynn

Pfeiffer

Catherine

Pfeiffer

Yaseen

Popal

Katrina

Rasmussen

Shraddha

Reddy

Jerry

Shang

Jacob

Sottiriou

Aneesh

Teelair

Christina

Zhang

 

The South Plainfield Library’s Annual Fall Festival has become an event the community looks forward to every year as the chill of autumn arrives and the first leaves begin to fall.  The library hopes to continue the tradition for years to come.  Visit their website at www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us for information on upcoming events or to apply for the library’s volunteer and tutoring programs.