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

Stuff You Should Know by Josh Clark Light for the World to See by Kwame Alexander
Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz Saving Freedom by Joe Scarborough
All That Glitters by Danielle Steel Pretending by Holly Bourne
Robert B Parker's Someone to Watch Over Me by Ace Atkins Fortune and Glory by Janet Evanovich
Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas Piece of My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark
The Lady Upstairs by Halley Sutton Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent
The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly White Ivy by Susie Yang
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur Confessions in B-Flat by Donna Hill
Hot to Trot by M.C. Beaton The Archer by Paulo Coelho
Daylight by David Baldacci Deadly Cross by James Patterson
The Cul-de-Sac War by Melissa Ferguson The Woman Outside My Door by Rachel Ryan

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



November is National Family Stories Month

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many of us will be reconnecting with family members and many of us will listen as our older relatives talk about “the good old days”. All the stories that get passed around this time of year give us a great opportunity to learn about our heritage. This is why November is National Family Stories Month.

We all know that families have some wonderful stories to tell, but National Family Stories Month is not just about collecting family stories. It’s also about keeping family traditions alive. Traditions make us feel connected to something bigger than ourselves. They help us achieve a sense of self-definition, establish our sense of belonging, and give us a healthy perspective of our place in the world. 

Other things happening in November:
National Sandwich Day is November 3
It’s been said that the humble sandwich is the perfect food. And the right bread, meats, cheeses, veggies, and condiments can create endless tasty options. From classic peanut butter and jelly sammies to super indulgent (and inventive) combos, the delicious possibilities are endless. Get some fresh bread and all of your favorite fixings to indulge on this special day.
Want some ideas on what to put in your sandwich? Check out "400 best sandwich recipes : from classics & burgers to wraps & condiments" 641.84 LEW
National Clean out your Fridge Day is November 15
To free up some space for Thanksgiving cooking, use this day as a reason to clean out your fridge. Make a plan to eat perishable foods before they spoil. And consider donating some items to a local food pantryCommon speculation is that this day was created just in advance of Thanksgiving, to allow room for holiday leftovers.


Have a fun family Thanksgiving bingo competition with these Thanksgiving bingo cards from happinessishomemade.com


Print out a bingo card for each player along with one set of calling cards. Cut out the calling cards and place the cards into a bowl or a hat.

Pull one card at a time from the hat/bowl and describe the image to the players before showing them the card. For example, “Turkey in a Pilgrim Hat” or “Slice of Pumpkin Pie.”

Cover the corresponding image on the bingo card with a marker (candy corn, pennies, and cereal  all make great markers!).

To win the game, a player must cover 5 spaces in a row either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, and shout out “BINGO!” before any of the other players.

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe  
If you want more Thanksgiving recipes, check out the book that this recipe came from: 
The Thanksgiving Table call number 641.568 MOR


Don't want to watch football on Thanksgiving?  Check out this alternate option for some great British TV
Database of the Month
Acorn TV

RB DIGITAL (from Recorded Books) presents Acorn TV: World-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond, including a full slate of original and exclusive programming. With thousands of hours of commercial-free programming and new shows added weekly, there's always something to watch! All you need is an Internet connection and a desktop computer, TV, or device to watch! Acorn TV is currently available with a variety of browsers and apps. You can also access it with Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV & Prime Video, Google Chromecast, and Xfinity TV.

Click here to view the Youtube video on how to use RB Digital