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By Danielle Aronowitz


We are welcoming patrons back into the library—for specific purposes and limited amounts of time. The doors are now unlocked so patrons do not have to ring the doorbell to enter. There are some rules to ensure that everyone stays safe and healthy.  Patrons may use the computers and copier, browse for books, or have something notarized. Only a limited number of people are allowed in the building at a given time.  Everyone must wear a mask over their nose and mouth and maintain social distancing guidelines.  There are wipes and gloves available as well. We want you to use the library, but we want you to be safe, too.  Our Saturday hours have changed; we are now open 11a.m.-3p.m. 

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Curbside pickup is still continuing even though we are open in a limited capacity.  If you would like to place an item on hold that we don’t own, holds between libraries has begun again.  You can log into your account with your library barcode and pin number and place the item on hold and it will get sent to us for you to pick up. You also can call the library to place items on hold. There are Google forms to fill out to request books if you don’t have specific titles in mind.  All the information is on our website (southplainfield.lib.nj.us/curbside.htm), and there are also written and video tutorials to help guide you in this process.  All items can be picked up Monday through Friday 10:15a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and staff will contact you when your items are ready to be picked up.  Any items you are returning must be put through the outdoor book and DVD return slots.  Please be aware that all returns are quarantined for 8 days before they are checked in. This means that items you have put in the book drop will still appear on your account for a week until they are checked in.  Starting on April 1, we are going to begin charging fines and fees again.  Items will be backdated a week from the day that they’re returned in the book drop, so please return items by their due date or call us for a renewal.

At home, please take advantage of all the online offerings from our library. Everything is free as long as you have your library card. Elibrarynj has been a popular source of e-books and audiobooks for many years, but we also have many other services that you can access from home. These all can be accessed through the library homepage.  Hoopla is one of the first you should explore.  Whether you connect online or through the app, you will find movies, music, audiobooks, e-books and comics for every taste and age group.  You can borrow up to five titles each month–without hold lists.  Many people can have the same title checked out at the same time.  You will need to create an account with an email address and password, but then you’re ready to go!

The library has a brand new resource, Kanopy!  Kanopy is a video streaming service that provides instant access to thousands of critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films and kids favorites. Kanopy partners with studios like A24, The Criterion Collection, PBS and more to bring you access to thoughtful entertainment. You can search for specific titles, or browse the collection by subjects and genres. Kanopy also brings you The Great Courses series.  Each course is a series of lectures—always lavishly illustrated—from university professors and other experts.  The topics covered include the arts, history, travel and science.  There are also skills-based courses, such as yoga, photography and cooking. You get 8 play credits each month. Once you select a movie and press play, you have used a credit, but you get 3 days to watch that movie as often as you like. Stream on all your devices; Kanopy offers phone and tablet apps for iOS and Android. You can also access Kanopy on your computer or SmartTV . Young viewers will love Kanopy Kids, a special collection of movies and shows for children. There are features, classic storybooks and some of their favorite TV shows.  We offer unlimited plays in Kanopy Kids, so your kids are free to explore enriching, educational and entertaining videos. Explore and enjoy!  There are no ads or subscription fees. It’s all free with your library card.

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 that gives you access to Acorn TV, will also allow access to IndieFlix (classic movies and TV), Method Test Prep and Qello (music and concert videos).  If you have used Qello, you can use the same RB Digital account. All of these are available (for free) on your computer, smart TV or any internet-enabled device.

If you miss coming to the library to read our variety of magazines, you can keep up to date on line.  Sign in to RB Digital with your library card to browse the electronic collection of magazines. There’s over 70 titles, so there should be something for everyone. 

Cake Decorating 101, Couponing 101, Introduction to Gardening, Fundraising 101. If these courses sound interesting, then check out Universal Class for those and many more offerings.  Universal Class offers free online non-credit courses for your personal enrichment. Courses are accessible 24/7 via the Internet, and are offered in a wide variety of subjects, including business, computers, cooking, crafts & hobbies, do-it-yourself, health, history, home & garden, office skills, parenting & family, personal care, psychology, real estate, self-help, religious & spiritual studies, web development, writing, and more. You will have up to 6 months to finish each course, and each course has a real instructor you can communicate with by email!  You will need to create an account and if you’re doing this from home, you will need your South Plainfield Library barcode.

Are you looking to learn a foreign language? Rosetta Stone is an award-winning interactive approach to learning languages.  After you create a free account using the barcode on your library card as a patron ID, you will be able to choose one of over two dozen languages offered. Daily practice is the best way to learn a new language.  For those of you who have been coming to our numerous ESL classes, Rosetta Stone is very helpful for people who are just learning English as well. After selecting English (American) as the language they wish to learn, there will be vocabulary and sentence practice, and you can even hear pronunciation if you’re using a computer that has a microphone.

We are still doing our programming via Zoom.  Please go to our website at southplainfield.lib.nj.us for registration instructions.  It will let you know when you go to register if the class is full.  All programs are listed on the website as well, so always check there for a comprehensive list.  Storytime for ages 2 to 4 is held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:30a.m.  Storytime for ages 4 and up will continue each week on Wednesdays at 6:30p.m., and Babytime for under age 2 will continue each week on Fridays at 10:15 a.m.  Chinese Bilingual Storytime is presented on Zoom in both Mandarin and English on Monday at 10:30a.m.; you do not need to know Mandarin in order to enjoy this storytime.  Korean Storytime is on Zoom on Tuesdays at 11:30a.m.  Chinese Language Book club for children in first grade and up meets on Zoom on Tuesday at 5:30p.m.; you must know some Mandarin for this program.  Spanish Storytime with Ms. Jailene can be found on our YouTube channel.  Weekly storytime crafts can still be picked up in person or via our curbside program, and we also have Take and Make crafts.

On Tuesday May 11 at 4p.m., join the Tuesday Book Club as they discuss  “The Keeper of Lost Things” by Ruth Hogan  The book is available as a print book that can be picked up at the library.  To join the book club, email epasternak@southplainfield.lib.nj.us.  On Wednesday April 28 at 7p.m., join Wajiha Kamal, a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate M3 Realty Realtor for a program called “Get Your House Sold”.  In this program, Wajiha will talk about the current situation of the market and what makes a Seller’s Market which will lead into why it’s a good time to sell. She’ll also discuss getting your home ready for the sale, dealing with offers, signing a contract, inspection, appraisal, buyer’s loan approves, contingencies, legal component, closing and how a realtor can help with all of this. On Wednesday May 5 at 3:30p.m., join us for a presentation “Don’t Get Scammed! A Consumer Fraud Presentation”. From the IRS phone scam to lottery and sweepstakes scams, to the so-called grandparent scam, it appears that imposter frauds and other criminal scams are more active than ever – and are preying on potential victims in New Jersey through phone calls, emails, and other means.  Don’t get scammed!! Please join us on as a representative from the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs tells us how to AVOID GETTING SCAMMED.  The Division of Consumer Affairs is your resource for important consumer information. This program is presented by Melanie Hazim, Outreach Director of the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs.  On Tuesday May 5 at 7p.m., join us for a workshop entitled “Meditation for a Healthy Lifestyle”.  Meditation is being prescribed by many medical practitioners and has been widely recognized as a means to enhance one’s health and reduce stress. In this fast-paced world, inner peace can seem elusive. You are invited to join Arlene Samsel, long-time meditator, for an engaging workshop teaching you practical strategies to reduce stress and create a healthier and positive lifestyle. She will offer effective meditation techniques which can help you connect within to gain a real and profound sense of serenity and joy. Accompany Arlene as she takes you on this journey. There will even be a short meditation sitting. To register for any of these programs, visit our website and once you’re signed up, you will be emailed a link for the program(s). On Monday evenings at 8pm, we are continuing with our ESL classes that we had in the library when we were open.  We also added an afternoon ESL class on Thursdays from 4-5:30p.m.  If you are interested in attending, please email epasternak@southplainfield.lib.nj.us and Ms. Eve will send you a link to join the class.

We want everyone to stay safe and healthy and we hope to see everyone soon!

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