What's Happening @ the Library
Welcome to our monthly newsletter.  We wanted to provide an update on how to access our services.  We are open to the public in a limited capacity. Patrons are allowed back in the library—for specific purposes and limited amounts of time. 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, so we recommend making an appointment. Appointments go from 10:30am-5pm Monday-Friday and 9:30am-4pm on Saturdays. If there is space, you may be allowed as a walk-in. To schedule an appointment please call 908-754-7885 ext. 3.
Contact-less Pickup is another great option for patrons who don't feel comfortable coming into the building, but who would still like to use our collection. If you are a South Plainfield resident with a South Plainfield library card, you can go on to the online catalog and request your books, DVDs, and other materials. Only items from South Plainfield Public Library can be requested; the delivery system
between libraries is currently suspended. If you are an out-of-town resident, you can still request materials from the library; you would have to send your request to spcurbsidepickup@gmail.com  and include your full name and library card number/address and phone number. If you're looking for some recommendations, check out our booklists for adults created by the librarians in a variety of genres. There are also 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 10:15 AM to 6 PM and Saturday 9:15 AM to 5 PM. 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 72 hours before they are checked in. This means that items you have put in the book drop may still appear on your account for a few days. Don’t worry, we are not charging any fines during this time. Everyone must wear a mask over their nose and mouth and maintain social distancing guidelines while in the library.  We are providing disinfecting wipes and gloves for patrons who wish to use them.  We want you to use the library, but we want both patrons and staff to stay safe.  This is also why we aren't circulating newspapers at this time and aren't allowing patrons to sit and read the magazines 


Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey Christmas Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Just Like You by Nick Hornby The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Money Hacks by Lisa Rowan The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult
Murder Thy Neighbor by James Patterson The Coast to Coast Murders by James Patterson
The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett Total Power by Vince Flynn
Shadows in Death by J.D. Robb Well Played by Jen Deluca
The Return by Nicholas Sparks Chaos by Iris Johansen
Gordon Ramsay Quick and Delicious by Gordon Ramsay Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn
Royal by Danielle Steel The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves
All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny Anxious People by Frederik Backman

If you would like to put any of these books on hold, please visit our library catalog and log into your account with your library barcode and PIN number




September is Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 and goes through October 15.  For more information on Hispanic Heritage month, click here
Check out or Latino Reads for both Fiction and Non-Fiction

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month

If you don't have a library card, stop by and sign up for one!  All you need is proof of address that you live in South Plainfield and we can make you a card in a few minutes!  If you don't feel comfortable coming in to get one, click here to find out how to apply online.  Your library card is your passport to no cost learning and entertainment!

Rosh Hashannah begins in the evening on Friday September 18, 2020 and ends in the evening on Sunday September 20, 2020
If you would like to learn more about what Rosh Hashannah is, please click here
Apples and honey is a traditional sweet treat for Rosh Hashannah and September is the perfect time to go apple picking


Battleview Orchards – Freehold
Battleview Orchards, a family-owned and -operated farm, invites you to pick your own apples beginning in September. Enjoy a family hayride on the weekends, or schedule a group tour and learn how they make their delicious apple cider. Battleview is also known for its adorable Country Market & Bakery, which features a variety of treats, including its popular apple pie.

Eastmont Orchards – Colts Neck

Eastmont Orchards (formerly Delicious Orchards) has been owned by the Barclay family since 1923.
Eastmont Orchards has been growing apples since 1923. The farm, which is open daily, offers 19 different types of apples.


Giamarese Farm and Orchards – East Brunswick

Enjoy apple picking at Giamarese Farm from the end of August to Columbus Day. All of the apples grown at the farm are non-GMO. Hayrides are available during the farm's Fall Harvest Weekends, which also feature pony rides and a corn maze.


Johnson's Corner Farm – Medford

Apple picking at Johnson's Corner Farm begins in early September. September and October, nine additional apple varieties will be ready for picking. Apple-picking hayrides begin in September, and the farm's popular Fall Festival Weekends include live music, a corn maze, moon bounce, and a food tent. Its animal farm and discovery barnyard are also fun to visit, and the farm market sells fresh baked pies, caramel apples, and cider donuts. Stop at one of the ice cream windows for an apple cider slush or some pumpkin ice cream. 


VonThun Farms – South Brunswick and Washington

VonThun Farms offers apple picking from mid-September through the end of October. Apple trees at the farm are dwarf trees that grow very close to the ground, which makes picking easy for kids. Family activities include a corn maze, an inflatable obstacle course, hayrides, face painting, pony rides, and a pumpkin blaster.

Wondering what to do with all the apples that you've picked? 

Check out our Recipe of the Month:
Apple Pie
If you liked this recipe, check out the book that it came from: Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible 641.5975 DEE

If you need to refresh or brush up on your baking skills before you begin to bake with the apples, take a look at our:

Database of the Month
Universal Class
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, baking, cooking, crafts & hobbies, do-it-yourself, health, 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 a library card to access this resource.
Click here to view the Youtube video on how to use Universal Class