Online programs & info from South Plainfield Library

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For your convenience, we’ve compiled links to essential COVID-19 resources on one page of our website. Just go to our homepage at http://www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us/ and click on “COVID-19 INFO & RESOURCES”! http://www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us/covid.htm

Updated 11/2/20

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

Connection to the internet has been more essential than ever during the pandemic, but not everyone can afford broadband (high speed) access. Today, May 12, 2021, low-income consumers can begin applying for and enrolling in the new Emergency Broadband Benefit Program! The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households.
https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit
https://www.fcc.gov/consumer-faq-emergency-broadband-benefit
https://getemergencybroadband.org/
==> Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to:
Emergency Broadband Support Center
P.O. Box 7081
London, KY 40742

Webfinder: Genealogy Resources

Ancestry Library Edition logo Heritage Quest logo

PLEASE NOTE: While the library remains closed due to COVID-19, Ancestry.com is providing free remote access to their ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION! See http://www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us/ancestryremote.pdf for instructions on how to log in with your library card number. Our video on How to Access Ancestry Library Edition [NEW!] will lead you step-by-step through setting up an account and starting your research.

Afro-American Genealogical Research Guide – A list of useful print resources for researching for African-Americans trying to trace their family history (Library of Congress). See also History Hub, below, and Slave Trade Voyages & its sister site, African Origins (Emory University et al.)

American Indian Ancestry – A guide to acquiring the genealogical documentation needed to establish descent from an Indian tribe for …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Book Bingo

Parents, check out RIF’s Book Bingo for grades K – 3, to help get your kids excited about reading!
https://www.rif.org/sites/default/files/Media/BTS_Reading_Bingo_Final.pdf
https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/reading-logs
==> SPPL Recommended Reading Lists: http://www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us/lists.htm
==> Children’s & Teens’ Books and Reading links: http://www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us/useful/books.htm#children

Health benefits of gardening

“A new study reveals a significant association between gardening more frequently and improvements in wellbeing, perceived stress and physical activity.”
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/gardening-as-good-as-rigorous-exercise-mental-health-rhs/
==> Adult books on gardening: http://bookdb.nextgoodbook.com/booklist/w/a766f9d4b53cef2071389c94bbbdd56a/l/241250
==> Kids’ books on gardening: http://bookdb.nextgoodbook.com/booklist/w/a766f9d4b53cef2071389c94bbbdd56a/l/243826
==> RU Ready to Garden Webcasts:
http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/BDE/Pages/RUReady2Garden.aspx
==> More gardening resources: https://southplainfieldlibrary.wordpress.com/tag/gardening/

Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! http://www.americaslibrary.gov/es/co/es_co_cinco_1.html
History: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo
Crafts: https://www.bhg.com/holidays/traditions/cinco-de-mayo-crafts/
Art activity for kids 3 – 8+: https://tinkergarten.com/activities/flowers-of-frida
Food: https://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/cinco-de-mayo
==> Cinco de Mayo books for kids: http://bookdb.nextgoodbook.com/booklist/w/a766f9d4b53cef2071389c94bbbdd56a/l/244253

Screen-Free Week

Screen-Free Week is coming May 3-9, 2021 – an annual celebration of unplugging, reconnection, and joy!  https://www.screenfree.org/resources-for-families-individuals/
Screen-Free book list: https://www.screenfree.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/21CC0326_sfwbooklist_5.pdf

==> More screen-free activities:

Befriend a Tree!

Tinkergarten‘s ‘My Friend the Tree’ activity “offers kids and families the opportunity to deepen their awareness of and connection to the amazing trees that they see every day.”
https://tinkergarten.com/activities/befriend-a-tree
==> Get the complete May calendar from Tinkergarten: https://d2gesac5hma2c2.cloudfront.net/uploads/attachment/file/1992/Tinkerarten_May21_Calendar.pdf