SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Running out of ideas for dinner? Missing your scheduled yoga class? In need of a DIY project? Or simply looking to learn something new? Then why not dust off that library card hidden somewhere in your wallet and head over to the South Plainfield Public Library’s website. 

“The library may be closed but our online resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Linda Hansen, the library’s director, noting that through the website, cardholders can access a variety of cooking, health, and wellness programs as well as music and online training courses to help curb coronavirus cabin fever.

“Patrons can learn a new language, research their ancestry and genealogy, peruse newspaper archives, receive test prep assistance, or take one of hundreds of online courses plus so much more,” said Hansen. 

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Through the library website, cardholders can access a gamut of free databases, including but not limited to Ancestry, Heritage Quest Genealogy, Rosetta Stone, and both Peterson’s and Method Test Prep, just to name a few. To view any of the options available, simply log onto to http://www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us and click the ‘database’ tool bar at the top of the page. 

The South Plainfield Public Library also offers free music downloads and streaming through Freegal (https://southplainfield.freegalmusic.com/home), which allows for up to five free downloads per week per library card in addition to three hours of free audio streaming daily. Freegal also offers hundreds of musical selection focused on meditation and yoga and, for those looking for health-related videos, head over to the ‘Universal Class’ database or check out the library's WordPress page at https://southplainfieldlibrary.wordpress.com/tag/meditation/.

The library also offers free access to British television shows and movies through Acorn TV (https://signup.acorn.tv); indie films on Indieflix (https://www.indieflix.com); live concerts on Quello (https://qello.com); and Spanish language programming on Pongalo (https://pongalo.com). 

Additionally, a valid card also offers one access to additional services offered through South Plainfield’s partnership with the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC). While LMxAC’s interlibrary loan system is currently suspended due to the coronavirus shut down, access to hundreds of magazines is available through Zinio (https://southplainfieldnj.rbdigital.com), and audiobooks, ebooks, movies, music, TV shows, comics and more are provided through Hoopla (http://www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us/hoopla.htm). 

Anyone who doesn’t currently have a library card or has misplaced it or forgotten their pin number can email Hansen at lhansen@southplainfield.lib.nj.us for a temporary card. Please also include your full name, address, and date of birth. “We will send you back a barcode and pin that you can use to access all of our online content,” she said, adding that during the closure, materials do not need to be returned. "At this time, residents may hold on to any checked out items. We will not be accessing any late fees accrued as a result of this closure." 

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