Events at Scotch Plains Public Library

Library Closed

April 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

The Library will be closed on Friday, April 18 for Good Friday.


What Can You Build With This?

April 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

The entire family is invited to create with our unusual building supplies!


TAB: Put a Poem on the Pavement

April 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Teens in grades 6-12, celebrate National Poetry Month with the Teen Advisory Board on Monday, April 21!


LEGO Club

April 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Students in grades 1-5 are welcome to join in on the fun at our new LEGO Club!
Registration is required and limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only.


Friends of SPPL Meeting

April 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Friends of the Library will meet on Monday, April 21 at 7:30pm in the Music Room.


Little Listeners

April 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

Designed for children aged birth through 23 months, this interactive program features activities that will promote language development and an enjoyment of books and reading in every child. Registration is required and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only. Registration for this event opens April 14, 2014. Click here to register.


Terrific Twos

April 22, 2014 at 10:30 am

Terrific Twos features stories, songs, and movement activities to promote language development, pre-reading skills, and an enjoyment of reading. Registration is required and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only. Registration for this event opens April 14, 2014. Click here to register.


Celebrate Earth Day at ScotLib!

April 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Join the SPFHS National Honor Society on Tuesday, April 22 for crafts, science experiments, and planting!


Read, Play, Learn!

April 23, 2014

Toddlers aged 18 to 35 months and their caregivers can join the fun as we enjoy classic picture books, learn songs and rhymes, and explore play and movement activities. Registration is required and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only. Registration for this event will open April 14, 2014.


Minecraft: In Real Life!

April 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Can’t get enough Minecraft? Students in grades 3-5 are welcome to join us as we celebrate all things Minecraft!
Registration is required.


Ready, Set, Read!

April 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

Ready, Set, Read! is a fun way for 3 to 5 year olds to build listening skills while enjoying stories, songs, rhymes and more. Registration is required. Registration for this event opens April 14, 2014. Click here to register.


How to Get Started Writing a Memoir

April 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Whether you dream of hitting the bestseller list or just sharing your story with family, Dr. Roberta Temes will share techniques on writing a memoir in 30 days.


Creative Kids: Farm Animals

April 25, 2014 at 10:00 am

This weeks theme is farm animals! Our craft activities are geared for children ages 3 through 6 and are all connected to the stories we read, linking literature to art and creativity while practicing school readiness skills. Registration is required. Registration for this event opens April 14, 2014. Click here to register.


Baseball Films: Touching Home

April 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Celebrate the National Pastime with these baseball movies on Fridays in April at 1:00pm.


Haiku Storytime

April 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a morning of Haiku poetry!


Civil War 150

April 28, 2014

We are proud to present Civil War 150, a traveling exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History from April 28 through May 17.


Career Networking Group @ SPPL

April 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm

This is the second of a two-part presentation on how to maximize your use of LinkedIn for your job search.


Little Listeners

April 29, 2014 at 9:30 am

Designed for children aged birth through 23 months, this interactive program features activities that will promote language development and an enjoyment of books and reading in every child. Registration is required and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only. Registration for this event opens April 21, 2014. Click here to register.


Terrific Twos

April 29, 2014 at 10:30 am

Terrific Twos features stories, songs, and movement activities to promote language development, pre-reading skills, and an enjoyment of reading. Registration is required and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only. Registration for this event opens April 21, 2014. Click here to register.


Creative Kids: Insects

April 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm

This weeks theme is insects! Our craft activities are geared for children ages 3 through 6 and are all connected to the stories we read, linking literature to art and creativity while practicing school readiness skills. Registration is required. Registration for this event opens April 21, 2014. Click here to register.


Teen Scene Plus

April 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us on Tuesday, April 29 at 3:30 pm to play Wii and other games and to enjoy snacks, too!


Read, Play, Learn!

April 30, 2014

Toddlers aged 18 to 35 months and their caregivers can join the fun as we enjoy classic picture books, learn songs and rhymes, and explore play and movement activities. Registration is required and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only. Registration for this event will open April 21, 2014.


Civil War 150- Opening Reception and Exhibit Preview

April 30, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Join us for a gallery reception to preview the documents, photographs, and posters that are Civil War 150.


Ready, Set, Read!

May 1, 2014 at 10:00 am

Ready, Set, Read! is a fun way for 3 to 5 year olds to build listening skills while enjoying stories, songs, rhymes and more. Registration is required. Registration for this event opens April 21, 2014. Click here to register.


The Women – Who Were They?

May 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps, will present a program examining the changing role of women in society as a result of the Civil War.


Creative Kids: Insects

May 2, 2014 at 10:00 am

This weeks theme is insects! Our craft activities are geared for children ages 3 through 6 and are all connected to the stories we read, linking literature to art and creativity while practicing school readiness skills. Registration is required. Registration for this event opens April 21, 2014. Click here to register.


Sensory Storytime for Children of All Abilities

May 3, 2014 at 9:30 am

This inclusive storytime features books, songs and movement to stimulate the senses and promote learning.


Drop In Craft: Spring Wreath

May 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

Drop in to create a spring inspired wreath.


Songs of the Civil War: History and Myth

May 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Musicians Chuck Winch and Lisa Wilkins will present authentic Civil War era songs and original compositions.


Teen Monday Meet-up

May 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm

On May 5 at 3:30pm, meet-up with your friends to get started on homework. A librarian will be there to help or suggest an independent reading title.


Evening Book Club

May 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The May selection for the Evening Book Club will be The Bachelor Brothers Bed & Breakfast by Bill Richardson.


Little Listeners

May 6, 2014 at 9:30 am

Designed for children aged birth through 23 months, this interactive program features activities that will promote language development and an enjoyment of books and reading in every child. Registration is required and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only. Registration for this event opens April 28, 2014. Click here to register.


Terrific Twos

May 6, 2014 at 10:30 am

Terrific Twos features stories, songs, and movement activities to promote language development, pre-reading skills, and an enjoyment of reading. Registration is required and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only. Registration for this event opens April 28, 2014. Click here to register.


Creative Kids: Gardens

May 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm

This weeks theme is gardens! Our craft activities are geared for children ages 3 through 6 and are all connected to the stories we read, linking literature to art and creativity while practicing school readiness skills. Registration is required. Registration for this event opens April 28, 2014. Click here to register.


Ready, Set, Read!

May 8, 2014 at 10:00 am

Ready, Set, Read! is a fun way for 3 to 5 year olds to build listening skills while enjoying stories, songs, rhymes and more. Registration is required. Registration for this event opens April 28, 2014. Click here to register.


The Civil War at Sea

May 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Craig L. Symonds, Professor Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy and renowned expert on Civil War naval battles and combatants, will speak.


Creative Kids: Gardens

May 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

This weeks theme is gardens! Our craft activities are geared for children ages 3 through 6 and are all connected to the stories we read, linking literature to art and creativity while practicing school readiness skills. Registration is required. Registration for this event opens April 28, 2014. Click here to register.


Folk Songs and Stories

May 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

Join Mr Kyle for a morning of sing-along and stories!


Family Genealogy Day

May 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Catherine Medich, from the NJ State Archives and members of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will present programs on tracing your genealogy from the Civil War era.


Paws for Reading

May 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Our canine visitors will be here once a month. Five minute time slots will be assigned to all participants. Priority will be given to Scotch Plains and Fanwood library cardholders.


Robert E. Lee: Conflicted Confederate

May 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Author, and historian Elizabeth Pryor will speak on Robert E. Lee: Conflicted Confederate.


Friends of SPPL Meeting

May 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Friends of the Library will meet on Monday, May 12 at 7:30pm in the Music Room.


Little Listeners

May 13, 2014 at 9:30 am

Designed for children aged birth through 23 months, this interactive program features activities that will promote language development and an enjoyment of books and reading in every child. Registration is required and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only. Registration for this event opens May 5, 2014. Click here to register.


Hypertension Clinic

May 13, 2014 at 10:00 am

The township nurse will be available for blood pressure checks from 10:00am until noon. No registration is required.


Sensory Storytime for Children of All Abilities

May 13, 2014 at 10:30 am

In recognition of Early Intervention Week, we are bringing Sensory Storytime mid-week! This inclusive storytime features books, songs and movement to stimulate the senses and promote learning.


Creative Kids: Lois Ehlert

May 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm

This weeks theme is Lois Ehlert! Our craft activities are geared for children ages 3 through 6 and are all connected to the stories we read, linking literature to art and creativity while practicing school readiness skills. Registration is required. Registration for this event opens May 5, 2014. Click here to register.


Teen Scene Plus

May 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us on Tuesday, May 13 at 3:30 pm to play Wii and other games and to enjoy snacks, too!


Read, Play, Learn!

May 14, 2014

Toddlers aged 18 to 35 months and their caregivers can join the fun as we enjoy classic picture books, learn songs and rhymes, and explore play and movement activities. Registration is required and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only. Registration for this event will open May 5, 2014.


Ready, Set, Read!

May 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

Ready, Set, Read! is a fun way for 3 to 5 year olds to build listening skills while enjoying stories, songs, rhymes and more. Registration is required. Registration for this event opens May 5, 2014. Click here to register.


The Meanwhile Men: Non-Combatants in the Civil War

May 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Author, columnist, and pastor, Robert John Andrews will present The Meanwhile Men, a program about how non-combatants served in the Civil War.


Library Board of Trustees Meeting

May 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

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Creative Kids: Lois Ehlert

May 16, 2014 at 10:00 am

This weeks theme is Lois Ehlert! Our craft activities are geared for children ages 3 through 6 and are all connected to the stories we read, linking literature to art and creativity while practicing school readiness skills. Registration is required. Registration for this event opens May 5, 2014. Click here to register.


Dinosaurs Galore

May 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

The entire family is invited to hear some roaring dinosaur books, followed by a dino-themed craft.


Teen Board Game Bonanza

May 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Join us on Tuesday, May 19 at 3:30pm for some off-line gaming. Challenge your friends to an old favorite or learn a brand new game!


LEGO Club

May 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Students in grades 1-5 are welcome to join in on the fun at our new LEGO Club!
Registration is required and limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only.


Little Listeners

May 20, 2014 at 9:30 am

Designed for children aged birth through 23 months, this interactive program features activities that will promote language development and an enjoyment of books and reading in every child. Registration is required and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only. Registration for this event opens May 12, 2014. Click here to register.


Terrific Twos

May 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

Terrific Twos features stories, songs, and movement activities to promote language development, pre-reading skills, and an enjoyment of reading. Registration is required and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only. Registration for this event opens May 12, 2014. Click here to register.


Afternoon Book Club

May 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm

The May selection for the Afternoon Book Club will be No Time Like the Present by Nadine Gordimer.


Creative Kids: Birds

May 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm

This weeks theme is birds! Our craft activities are geared for children ages 3 through 6 and are all connected to the stories we read, linking literature to art and creativity while practicing school readiness skills. Registration is required. Registration for this event opens May 12, 2014. Click here to register.


Read, Play, Learn!

May 21, 2014

Toddlers aged 18 to 35 months and their caregivers can join the fun as we enjoy classic picture books, learn songs and rhymes, and explore play and movement activities. Registration is required and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only. Registration for this event will open May 12, 2014.


Ready, Set, Read!

May 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

Ready, Set, Read! is a fun way for 3 to 5 year olds to build listening skills while enjoying stories, songs, rhymes and more. Registration is required. Registration for this event opens May 12, 2014. Click here to register.


College Financial Planning

May 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Representatives from Ecliptic Financial Advisors will be here on Thursday, May 22 to discuss strategies for financing college. To register, contact the library or call Ecliptic at 1-888-377-5001.


Creative Kids: Birds

May 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

This weeks theme is birds! Our craft activities are geared for children ages 3 through 6 and are all connected to the stories we read, linking literature to art and creativity while practicing school readiness skills. Registration is required. Registration for this event opens May 12, 2014.Click here to register.


Teen Scene Plus

May 27, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us on Tuesday, May 27 at 3:30 pm to play Wii and other games and to enjoy snacks, too!


Sensory Storytime for Children of All Abilities

June 7, 2014 at 9:30 am

This inclusive storytime features books, songs and movement to stimulate the senses and promote learning.


Paws for Reading

June 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Our canine visitors will be here once a month. Five minute time slots will be assigned to all participants. Priority will be given to Scotch Plains and Fanwood library cardholders.


  • Library Hours

    Monday: 1pm to 9pm
    Tuesday: 9am to 5pm
    Wednesday: 9am to 8pm
    Thursday: 9am to 9pm
    Friday: 9am to 5pm
    Saturday: 9am to 5pm
    Sunday: CLOSED
  • Holiday Closings 2014

    January 1: New Year's Day
    January 20: Martin Luther King Day
    February 17: Presidents' Day
    April 18: Good Friday
    May 26: Memorial Day
    July 3: 2PM closing
    July 4 & 5: Independence Day Weekend
  • Scotch Plains Public Library

    1927 Bartle Avenue
    Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
    908-322-5007