As the first month of 2021 comes to a close, we're rounding out January busier than ever. As usual, the library is open from 10 am - 6 am on weekdays and 11 am - 3 pm on Saturdays. Contactless curbside pickup is also available during those hours. And while programming might not be happening in the actual library, there's still a whole lot going on online. Here are some of this week's highlights. 

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we have a special pre-recorded program available for patrons to watch. "Meet Mr. King" is presented by the Bright Star Touring Theatre and is the perfect introduction to one of history's most influential civil rights leaders. While geared towards children in grades K-5,  it's a great viewing experience for the entire family. The video will be available until January 31. Please contact the children's department for a link to the video. 

We'll also have a special program to ring in the Lunar New Year. While the holiday doesn't officially take place until February, we'll be celebrating early. Join us on January 29 at 7:00 pm and enjoy a lion dance performance, martial arts demonstrations and more as we honor the Year of the Ox. 

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    We're also wrapping up our Valentines for Veterans program. You can pick up art supplies in the children's room. Please drop off all completed cards by January 29 so that we can distribute them in a timely fashion. 

Here's what the rest of our virtual children's programming looks like for the week ahead: 

Monday January 25 

  • Bilingual Chinese Storytime at 10:30 am; it is presented in Mandarin and English. No prior knowledge of Mandarin is needed to attend this program.

  • A new Spanish Storytime video with Ms. Jailene can be found on our Youtube channel

Tuesday, January 26:

  • Morning Storytime geared toward children ages 2 - 4 will be held at 10:30 am

  • "Chinese Book Club", led by Ms. Kitty, is set for Tuesday afternoon at 5:30.  It's for kids in 1st Grade and up who have some knowledge or Mandarin.

Wednesday, January 27: 

  • Morning Storytime geared toward children ages 2 - 4 will be held at 10:30 am.

  • Evening Storytime geared towards children 4 and up will be held at 6:30 pm.

Thursday, January 28: 

  • Morning Storytime geared toward children ages 2 - 4 will be held at 10:30 am.

  • Following Storytime, you can join Ms. Mija for Craft Time at 11:15 am, You can pick up the week's craft project on the table inside the Library entrance.

Friday, January 29: 

  • Join us for Baby Time, and enjoy songs and rhymes geared for children under 2 at 10:15 am.

  • Join Ms. Mija for an afternoon of Simple Snacks, where we'll be working on recipes that use apples and bananas. Geared for children ages 6+. 

And now for the adult programs. We'll have two English Language Conversation programs this week, one on Monday at 8pm and the other on Thursday at 4 pm.   This program is for people learning to speak English who'd like to practice their conversation skills. Looking ahead to February, our monthly book club will meet on February 9 at 4 pm to discuss "Before She Was Helen" by Caroline Cooney.    

Can't make it to the library? We're always open online. Your library card grants you access to a huge selection of downloadable audiobooks, ebooks, movies, music and more.  Unsure how to access our electronic resources? Check out our YouTube page for guided tutorials on many of our apps including Hoopla, E-Library NJ and more. (  )

    As always, check our website ( www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us ) and our Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/southplainfieldlibrary ) for more details or updates. Hope to see you soon!