Category Archives: Adult

Adult Library Bingo Challenge

Just for fun, we’ve created an Adult Library Bingo Challenge card. We hope that it will help you find new and interesting activities to keep you busy while you’re safe at home. The library’s mission is “to welcome and support our entire community with resources and services that enhance lifelong learning”, and that doesn’t stop just because the building is closed.

We encourage you to explore our many resources with activities such as borrowing digital books and magazines, watching streaming videos, and listening to music (did you know you can create and share your own playlist with us on Freegal?). You might even find something you never knew the library offered.

There’s a link at the bottom of this post to a printable version of the Bingo card. While we’re not requiring you to report back to us when you get a BINGO, if you want you could post a picture of your Bingo card, or how you earned a particular square, and tag us on Facebook or Instagram. We’d love to hear how you’re using the library at home.

Library-Curated Collection of Free Online Resources

Scotch Plains Public Library subscribes to many digital resources to support and entertain you while we Stay at Home. To add another level of variety, the librarians curated this list of free online resources.

Looking for something outside of our RBdigital or Overdrive collections? Try these free online resources…


Project Gutenberg – Over 60,000 public domain books available in ebook format.  Read online in html or download in ePub or Kindle format.

LibriVox Audiobooks – Audiobooks in the public domain. Listen on your computer, download with iTunes or as a zip file. Audiobooks for adults and children.

Sync Audiobook Collection – Beginning April 30, teens ages 13 + can download one selected audiobook title every week via the Sora app through July 29. These titles do not expire once downloaded.  Sora is the student version of Overdrive.

Missing our museum passes? Try a virtual tour instead…


American Museum of Natural History – Explore AMNH’s exhibits, take a museum view virtual tour, and enjoy guided tours of some of the museum’s halls via Facebook Live.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Discover the gardens online, learn about the flowering cherry tree collection, and read gardening how-to articles to prepare for spring.

Cooper Hewitt – Explore this national design museum’s virtual exhibits.

Frick Collection – The Frick is known for its Old Master paintings and examples of European sculpture and decorative arts. Take a virtual tour, explore its online exhibitions and watch videos of lectures on the museum’s YouTube channel.

Guggenheim – Visit the Guggenheim from home. Tour the building virtually, download audio guides about the museum, the building, and its collections, and watch archived live-stream interviews with staff members.

Intrepid – Take a virtual tour of the museum, explore the collection, watch videos and animations, and hear the stories of those who served on the aircraft carrier.

Looking for a replacement for our Gentle Fitness and Walk with a Librarian programs? Visit our Wellness Programs page for free online fitness and meditation resources.

Where the Big Books Are

Big Books have moved!

Looking for your favorite giant art book? It may have moved to a new location! Our ‘oversized’ books are moving to the display shelves in the magazine area of the Adult Services department. All big books–including sports books, cookbooks, photography books, and others–will be shifted to this location over the next few weeks.

With comfortable seating on the other side of the shelves, this will be a great place to relax and browse through a beautiful (but possibly heavy!) book.

The online catalog will show ‘Oversize Books’ as the shelf location once a book has been moved. Just ask at the Adult Services desk if you have questions about the current location of any book.


“Must See” Thursday Nights

Author Talk on The Ice at the End of the World

If you’re looking for something fun to do on a Thursday night, with a little learning thrown in, we’ve got some great programs lined up for you! Registration is recommended for these programs (unless otherwise noted).

Thursday, October 24 @ 7pm

We welcome back author and diner historian (what a great job title!) Michael Gabriele to share his new book Stories from New Jersey Diners: Monuments to Community. Come listen to his stories, and maybe share one of your own as well. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.


Thursday, November [email protected] 7pm

Greenland has certainly been in the news recently, and we are fortunate to have author Jon Gertner back to share his book, The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland’s Buried Past and Our Perilous Future, with us. Find out how scientists have been studying the island’s icy past to get answers about our planet’s future.


Thursday, November [email protected] 7pm

Who would have thought that a “lost” sculpture by Auguste Rodin would be found in Madison, NJ! Mallory Mortillaro, curator of the Hartley Dodge Foundation, will share the amazing story of the bust that was hiding in plain sight with us, and her campaign to have it authenticated.


Thursday, November [email protected] 6:30pm

Leah Zara-Acevedo is back with another Let’s Monet event. She will guide you through the process of recreating a painting in your own style. You do not need to consider yourself an artist to enjoy this creative program. Registration will begin in November. Space is limited; registration for this program is required and limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood adult cardholders.


Thursday, December 5 @ 7pm

Trivia Night!! We had to reschedule our Summer Reading Trivia Night, so we’re sticking with the Universe of Stories theme but in the winter instead. Join us for trivia about outer space and battle for galactic bragging rights. Registration is required, either as a team or an individual (solo players may choose to team up that night).

Thursday, December 12 @ 7pm

Author Andrew Lewis will be here to bring the climate change conversation closer to home with his book, The Drowning of Money Island: A Forgotten Community’s Fight Against the Rising Seas Forever Changing Coastal America. Learn about how rising seas have impacted New Jersey’s Bayshore region.


Reading Together

The Library has many options for getting together with other readers to talk about books!

  • Have you read a really great book that you want to tell everyone about? Join us monthly for Bagels & Books!
  • Do you want to exchange different perspectives on a shared reading experience? Join one (or both!) of our two Book Clubs–we offer evening and afternoon options.
  • Are you a cookbook enthusiast? We want you for our brand new Cookbook Club!
  • And for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Next Chapter Book Club offers an opportunity to share reading and conversation with friends.

Check out our book club page for details–and join us for any or all of these opportunities to share the reading experience.

The Fiddler Phenomenon

Who could have predicted that a Yiddish writer’s tales of an impoverished Jewish milkman in czarist Russia, reborn as a smash Broadway hit, would become a cultural touchstone of lasting popularity and global recognition into the 21st century?

In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, Scotch Plains Public Library will examine the phenomenon of Fiddler on the Roof from a variety of vantage points. We invite the community to join us for the following programs throughout the month of May. Registration is not required for these events.

Film Screening: Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
Thursday, May 2 at 7 pm

We will screen Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness, a riveting portrait of the great writer whose stories became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. This film tells the tale of the rebellious genius who created an entirely new literature. Plumbing the depths of a Jewish world locked in crisis and on the cusp of profound change, he captured that world with brilliant humor. Sholem Aleichem was not just a witness to the creation of a new modern Jewish identity, but one of the very men who forged it.

Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band
Sunday, May 5 at 2 pm

Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band will bring the joyous dance music of the Klezmorim (Jewish folk musicians) to the library. They have been playing since 1984, celebrating the heritage of Eastern Europe, Ladino, and Middle Eastern music.

The Legacy of Fiddler on the Roof with John Kenrick
Thursday, May 16 at 7 pm
Theater historian John Kenrick will present “The Legacy of Fiddler on the Roof,” digging deep into Aleichem’s short stories about a Jewish milkman in a Russian shtetl (small town) and how they became a lasting worldwide hit.

Fiddler on the Roof Sing-A-Long
Sunday, May 19 at 12:30 pm
Tim White—author, historian, performer, professor, and one of our library’s all-time favorites—will return to the library with Jessica Katz to lead a rousing group sing-a-long while viewing the 1971 hit film, Fiddler on the Roof.  Patrons are encouraged to come in costume and join in the fun!

Teen Cooking Programs

Join us for the next in our series of YA cooking programs. On Wednesday, February 20th we’ll be making personal pizzas, and on Wednesday, March 20th we’ll be cooking up fajitas. Registration required. Grades 5-12. See calendar for more details.

Upcoming Fall Teen Events

Keep an eye out for some brand new programs for the Fall! Middle School Scene has moved to Mondays and Thursdays at 3:30. We’ll be continuing our YA cooking classes as well as offering a sewing class in October. There will also be college essay writing classes for high school students in October and November. Be sure to check out the teen event page for more details!

Mason Jar Recipes

mason-jar-soupBring a mason jar this Friday at 11am, and we’ll supply everything else you need to fill it with a delicious bean soup mix. Sample a cup of soup and get ideas for other mason jar gifts. Please register in advance.