Philip Read Memorial Library

E-bikes Test Ride

Do you wish biking was part of your life? E-bikes can greatly increase that possibility. E-bikes (electric bikes) are like regular bikes but with an electric motor in addition to human-powered pedals, a battery to store power for that motor, and a heavier frame to accommodate the increased hardware. The electric assist can help with the physical issues, daunting hills, and the need to haul heavy loads that might otherwise keep you off your bike. This could enable you to replace many car trips with breezy, two-wheel journeys that don’t clog the roads or present parking challenges. 

Online Security Basics

"Online Security Basics: 10 Things You Should Be Doing to Stay Safe Online" is a  tech security presentation led by technology librarians Chuck McAndrew and Jaki Frisina of the Lebanon Public Libraries. 

Learn about using the internet safely and protecting yourself online.

Some of the material covered includes:

Basic computer security

Setting and storing good passwords

Using VPNs

Using public wifi


Come and learn how to be safer online!   Paid for by the Friends of Philip Read Memorial Library in memory of Nancy Liston.

Mah Jongg Classes

Interested in learning how to play Mah Jongg but didn't want to have to try to learn on your own?  Played before and need a refresher?  Join our 4 week Mah Jongg class, every Wednesday starting January 22nd from 1-3.  Class is taught by local Mah Jongg enthusiasts with years of experience under their belts and eager to help get a new group started at the Plainfield libraries.  

Register with Mary at

Holiday Card Workshop

Patti Warren and Gael Clauson, who presented the sketchbook journaling workshop last month, will be back in December to host another papercraft workshop.  Create a holiday or New Year's card, with watercolors led by Patti and lettering and envelope decorating led by Gael.  Space is limited to 12 participants. Sign up calling 675-6866 or by emailing

Sketchbook Journaling

Sketchbook journal is a blank book that you use to record memories, explore themes, and try out new art or lettering techniques. The class will cover sketching, watercolor techniques and hand-lettering. All supplies provided. Presented by Gael Glauson & Patty Warren. Limited to 12 participants. Register by calling 675-6866 or by email:

Music in My Pockets: Family Fun in Folk Music

"Jeff Warner is among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountain tops of America connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives–and artistry–of 19th century Americans. 'Providing more than just rich entertainment, Jeff will leave you with a deeper appreciation of the land you live in.'" (Quoted from his website)

Don't miss this chance to see Jeff Warner perform at Plainfield Town Hall on Friday, October 18 at 6:30 PM. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Book to the Big Screen Book Club

New film book club at Philip Read --

Was the book really better?  Read the book, come watch the movie, and discuss what you liked, disliked, or found different about the two. 

February's choice is the book My Abandonment by Peter Rock that was made into the 2018 film Leave No Trace, about a father/daughter duo living off the grid in a major city nature preserve.

Movie Night

Join us at Philip Read at 6:30 for a viewing of the family movie Wonder Park. Wonder Park tells the story of an amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.