Online programs & info from South Plainfield Library

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>>>>> We have CURBSIDE SERVICE! <<<<<
>>>>> We have LIMITED IN-PERSON SERVICE! <<<<<
>>>>> Check out our growing collection of READING LISTS! <<<<<

Visit our website for a regularly updated schedule of all our online and in-person programs!
NOTE: If you’ll be joining us on Zoom, check out these Zoom security tips first! Click here for Zoom support.


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.

Classic movie list

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movie reelHere’s the complete list of freely available classic movies, shorts/cartoons, and movie intros by Mr Ken (who also selects the movies) that we’ve been posting every week on our Facebook page since April 2020. Links to new movies are added here weekly. Enjoy!
…CLICK HERE TO SEE THE MOVIE LINKS!

COVID Unemployment Benefits, Financial Resources & Support

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May 2022 UPDATE: Applying for Unemployment in NJ: Unemployment Insurance (UI) provides temporary financial support to people who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. If you find yourself in this situation, you will want to visit the new, simplified unemployment application, available online from the Department of Labor: https://www.myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/myunemployment/before/about/howtoapply/applyonline.shtml

Federal laws that expanded Unemployment Insurance benefits to more workers expired September 4, 2021. Learn about extended benefits at https://www.myunemployment.nj.gov/apply/extensions/. If you have exhausted your unemployment benefits or are not eligible, or you need additional support, additional resources may be available to you related to work, family, food, child care, health, rent/housing, utilities,and more.
https://www.myunemployment.nj.gov/labor/myunemployment/help/resources-support/

==> ADDITIONAL COVID-19 JOB RESOURCES: http://www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us/useful/jobs.htm

==> JUNE 2020: Millions of workers have filed for unemployment insurance benefits as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. If you’ve lost your job or a portion of your income, you can apply for benefits through your state unemployment program, and if you qualify, you have options for how you can receive this money…
https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/receive-your-unemployment-benefits-options/

Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month!
==> About Older Americans Month: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/stories/older-americans-month.html
==> Sites for Seniors: http://www.southplainfield.lib.nj.us/seniors/seniors.htm
==> Prevent scams targeting older adults:

Staycation Guide 2022

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museumThinking about keeping your vacation local this summer, or maybe just planning to do some exploring right here where we live? Maybe you’re new to the area, or just haven’t had a chance to get to know what’s in your own backyard? We have information that can help you find fun & family-friendly things to do in South Plainfield and the surrounding area! …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Webfinder: Green Living

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Baby Steps to Going Green provides practical green tips that can easily be introduced into your daily routine (Earth 911; site includes advertisements). See also 12 ways to save energy and money [NEW!] (America Saves), How to Start Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle [NEW!] (GreenerChoices.org), Make Your Online Life Greener [NEW!] (Christian Science Monitor).

EPA’s Household Carbon Footprint Calculator helps you estimate your household’s greenhouse gas emissions, then suggests actions you can take to lower your emissions …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS POST!

Webfinder: Green Shopping

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EPA’s Sustainable Marketplace aims at helping you choose safer, more environmentally-friendly, and often less costly products & services (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). NJ WasteWise Business Network [NEW!] can help owners of small businesses  learn how waste reduction, recycling, and recycled product procurement not only help the environment, but also your bottom line. Individuals can close the loop by buying products with recycled content [NEW!] (State of California).

EWG’s Skin Deep is an online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products, launched in 2004 to help people find safer products, with fewer ingredients that are hazardous or that haven’t been thoroughly tested. EWG also has similar guides for Household Cleaners, Food, and other products (Environmental Working Group). For more on green cleaning, see our Spring Cleaning Webfinder.

Fair Trade America – “Fair trade means the farmers and workers who grow the food we eat and produce the products we use get a fair deal.” This site features certified fair trade products & brands, as well as advice on How to Shop Sustainably (US branch …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!

Student loan payments & COVID-19

UPDATE April 2022: Pause on federally-held student loan payments has been extended through August 31, 2022! For more info, see:
https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/covid-19
https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/the-student-loan-pause-was-extended-three-things-to-keep-in-min/
…CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS POST!

Webfinder: Recycling

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Recycled Items are Not Created Equal [Link opens a PDF] –  Despite what many consumers think, not all packaging materials are equally recyclable. This infographic shows you what happens to plastic, glass, and steel items when they are recycled (2019, Consumer Action).

Recycling in South Plainfield provides information for local residents on drop-off and curbside pickup, including yard waste, textiles, motor oil, paint, tires, electronics and more. See also …CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THIS WEBFINDER!