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 7 days before they are checked in. This means that items you have put in the book drop may still appear on your account for a bit. 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


Cook With Me by Alex Guarnaschelli The Sicilian Method by Andrea Camilleri
Have Black Lives Ever Mattered by Mumia Abu-Jamal  Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
The Searcher by Tana French The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg
Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman When We Were Young & Brave by Hazel Gaynor
You Betrayed Me by Lisa Jackson The Sentinel by Lee Child
Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell Making All Black Lives Matter by Barbara Ransby
The Violence Inside Us by Chris Murphy In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren
Three Women Disappear by James Patterson The What to Eat When Cookbook
A Christmas Message by Debbie Macomber Cardiff by the Sea by Joyce Carol Oates
Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
A Time for Mercy by John Grisham Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten

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





October is I'm Just Me Because Month

I’m Just Me Because Month in October invites all people to express their individuality …Their motto is “Be Yourself!” The entire month of October focuses on promoting individual development, creating environments that break down stereotypes, and embracing who we really are. For more information on I'm Just Me Because month, click here

Other things happening in October:
Mean Girls Appreciation Day is October 3
A mid-2000s comedy classic, "Mean Girls" has become ingrained in pop culture. Not only did the movie give us adages like "On Wednesdays, we wear pink" or "Stop trying to make 'fetch' happen!" But it also solidified Tina Fey, the film's writer, as a comedic genius. To celebrate Mean Girls Appreciation Day, throw on an extra large pink polo shirt and enjoy watching the movie.
If you want to watch it again for the 100th time, or want to see it for the first time, you can find it at the library under DVD MEA.
National Do Something Nice Day is October 5
Of course we should be nice to one another every day. But on National Be Nice Day, really commit to being kind, thoughtful, and positive in your interactions. Pay it forward by buying a drink for the person behind you in the coffee line. Compliment a co-worker whose contributions often go unnoticed. Or surprise a family member or friend with a small, “just because” gift. The chances to be nice are limitless.


Happy Day Farm – Manalapan
You won't be bored at this Monmouth County farm. It's loaded with family activities including pumpkin picking, crafts, pony rides, hayrides, a wooden train, pig races, swings, a zoo, and even a "Kids Korner" for the 2- to 6-year-old crowd. Pumpkin Festival weekends include animal feedings, cornhole, pedal carts, tractor rides, and tug-o-war fun. Pumpkin picking, as well as other fall activities, are available weekends September 12- October 25. Advanced tickets are required. 

Johnson's Corner Farm – Medford 
Take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch every day of the week from now through the end of October at Johnson's Corner Farm. You'll also find plenty of fall fun on the weekends, including a corn maze, live music, gem mining, and more. Stop at the market for cider doughnuts, pies, and more fall treats. Pumpkin picking runs daily September 12-November 1. Masks are required, and hayrides have a limited capacity.

Melicks Town Farm – Califon
This fun farm is a perennial family favorite. On weekends in October, take a horse drawn wagon ridge out to the pumpkin patch where you can select your own pumpkins still growing on the vine. After picking out your pumpkin, enjoy the free grass maze, giant hay bales, and friendly farm animals.

Norz Hill Farm – Hillsborough
Pumpkin picking, hayrides, and farm animals are all part of the fall fun at Norz Hill. Pumpkin picking and other activities run September 12-November 7. Don't forget to try the five-acre corn maze, which boasts a new design each season. 

Oasis Family Farm – Robbinsville
‚ÄčPick pumpkins, sample local honey, enjoy games, and more at this NJ farm. There's even an ant colony and gem mine to explore plus a children's Fun Zone and bee hive to check out. Farm opens for the season September 26-November 1.

Terhune Orchards – Princeton
Terhune is such a fun place to bring the family because of the breadth of kid-friendly things to do around the farm. The pumpkin-picking fields at the main farm (Cold Soil Road) are open September – October. The Fall Family Weekends takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from September 12 – November 1, 2020. Don't forget to check out the farm store and winery. 

Wondering what to do with the pumpkins that you've picked?  
Try Pumpkin Carving:

1. Start with the right pumpkin.

Choose one that's fresh, with a sturdy stem, no bruises, and a flat bottom so it won't roll while you carve.

2. Cut from the bottom, not the top.

cutting your "lid" from the bottom of the pumpkin helps prevent the sides from caving in later.

3. If you do carve from the top, cut out the lid on an angle.

This way it won't drop inside the pumpkin when you put it back on top, like it would with a straight up-and-down cut.

4. Scoop out all the pulp (and then some).

an ice cream scoop will do just fine. Thin the inner wall of the "face" area to 1¼-inch thick, so it will be easier to pierce the shell.

5. Sketch out your design on paper first.

If you draw your jack-o'-lantern face to size, you can use it as a pattern: Just tape it to the front of your pumpkin and use a fork or pencil to poke holes along the lines you want to carve. (Or save yourself from creative blocks by getting a pumpkin carving kit, complete with a marker, scraper, cutting tools, and pre-made patterns.)

6. Hold the pumpkin in your lap.

It's easier to create features when the face is gazing up at you. use a serrated kitchen knife or an X-Acto knife for carving. Just don't cut on a slant — clean up-and-down slices look best.

7. Start by making simple rough cuts.

If you get the big pieces of pumpkin out of the way first, you can go back and clean up the edges of your design later.

8. Use your scraps creatively.

Make a tongue, pipe, or hair accessories out of a discarded piece of pumpkin shell, for example.

9. Keep your pumpkin fresh.

spread petroleum jelly on the cut edges to seal in moisture. If your pumpkin still shrivels a few days later, you can revive it with a facedown soak in cold water for up to eight hours.

For some creative ideas for carving check out "Pumpkin Carving" by Ed Palmer 745.5941 PAL

Get into the spooky Halloween spirit and check out a scary movie on our:

Database of the Month
Hoopla Digital offers an enormous selection of digital video (movies and TV shows), music, audiobooks, ebooks and comics.  You can borrow the content and immediately read, listen or view it on your PC, TV, smartphone or other device. You will need a library card to access this resource.
Click here to view the Youtube video on how to use Hoopla Digital