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Release Date: March 17, 2020

All Sussex County library programs and group meetings are postponed until further notice.

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An Evening with Martha Washington

Frankford, NJ – On Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m., the Main Library in Frankford celebrates Women's History Month with An Evening with Martha Washington. Learn more about the daily life and world view of America's very first, First Lady.

Alisa Dupuy, a professional reenactor with The Ladies of History Historical Productions, brings Martha Washington to life, recounting "her-story" in a compelling, first-person narrative; reflecting on the world around her and what it meant to be a woman at the right hand of power in the 18th century.

The presentation concludes with a meet and greet with Mrs. Washington, followed by light refreshments. Register by visiting or calling the library at 973 948-3660, option 2, or online through the Events Calendar link at sussexcountylibrary.org.

An Evening with Martha Washington is funded through a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute on Revolutionary History.

Alisa Dupuy
Historical reenactor, Alisa Dupuy, as Martha Washington


TumbleBooks™ at the Library

Newton, NJ – TumbleBooks™, a digital collection of eBooks for kids, is now available through the Sussex County Library System's website – sussexcountylibrary.org.

Starting with existing picture books, TumbleBooks add animation, sound, music and narration to create electronic stories children can read or have read to them. There are currently over 250 animated, talking picture books available including read-along chapter books, nonfiction selections, and books in Spanish and French. There are also games and puzzles, Math Stories which promote basic math skills, and even graphic novels.

"This is such a great resource," stated SCLS Youth Services Coordinator Leigh Wilkinson. "Go to the library website, look under Access Your Library, click on eBooks and eAudiobooks, and scroll down to TumbleBooks. You can immediately Browse Books and start to listen. No need to sign in, create an account, download, or put books on hold. Everything streams instantly. It's great for little kids because it's so visual. They can pick a book cover that looks appealing and with two clicks someone is reading them the story. The animation and sound are so engaging, the highlighted text as the narrator reads is totally immersive. It's like undercover literacy."

In addition to 24/7 access through the Sussex County Library website, a TumbleBooks app is available for Android and Apple devices. Users must have an SCLS library card to sign in the first time, but no account creation or password are required. To start your TumbleBooks adventure go to sussexcountylibrary.org/ebooks-and-eaudiobooks/ to browse or get the App.

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Leap Into Reading & Win!

Newton, NJ – The Sussex County Library System (SCLS) is celebrating Leap Year with the Leap Into Reading & Win! reading raffle. Children in fourth grade through adults earn one raffle ticket for each book read or listened to throughout February. A variety of prizes, from $50 Amazon gift cards for adults, to a fun day at Skylands Ice World for students, will be awarded at each SCLS library.

There are prizes for younger readers as well. Children as young as 6 months through third grade will be given reading logs for February, and can earn stickers or a small prize for every five books they read or have read to them.

Raffle tickets and reading logs will be available starting February 1. All tickets must be turned in by 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 29 to be included in the prize drawings the following Monday. Reading logs will be accepted through March 7. For more information stop by or call any branch of the Sussex County Library System: Main Library, 125 Morris Turnpike in Newton, 973 948-3660; Dennis Branch, 101 Main Street in Newton, 973 383-4810; Dorothy Henry Branch, 66 Route 94 in Vernon, 973 827-8095; E. Louise Childs Branch, 21 Sparta Road in Stanhope, 973 770-1000; Franklin Branch, 103 Main Street in Franklin, 973 827-6555; and the Sussex-Wantage Branch, 66 Route 639 in Wantage, 973 875-3940.

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Delectable Delights @ Dennis Continues

Newton, NJ – Delectable Delights, A Cookbook Book Club, is held at the Dennis Branch Library, 101 Main Street in Newton, on the first Monday evening of every month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Unlike traditional book clubs that require a novel be consumed and reflected upon, participants in Delectable Delights are consuming delicious (in theory) dishes instead. "It's simple," stated Dawn Larsen, Principal Library Assistant and club founder. "We pick the cookbook, you pick a recipe, we all get together to eat and discuss. Were the recipes unnecessarily complicated? Was the photography appetizing? Did it taste good?" New participants are welcome to stop by the Dennis Branch during all open hours to flip through the cookbook-of-the-month (Tasty Every Day: All of the Flavor and None of the Fuss for the January 6 meeting), choose a recipe and register to attend. For more information you may also call the Dennis Branch at 973 383-4810.


Franklin Library Promotes Girls Who Code

Franklin, NJ - Girls Who Code is a nationwide initiative to close the gender gap in technology learning. The Franklin Branch Library, 103 Main Street in Franklin, is hosting two Girls Who Code clubs to encourage girls as young as 8 to think of computer science as a viable field for their future.

Girls in grades 3-5 are encouraged to attend Girls Who Code meetings on Monday afternoons from 3:45-4:45 p.m. The basics of coding are taught in a fun and friendly environment, with new skills being introduced each week. No previous computer skills are required.

Girls Who Code for Teens in grades 6-12, is a more intensive, 10-week program during which the participants work together to create a website to benefit the community. The club will meet every Tuesday from January 21-March 31 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and it is important that participants be able to attend most meetings to get the full benefit of this learning experience.

"Employment opportunities in the fields of computer and research science are projected to grow by 16% in the next decade, yet the number of girls interested in these fields has been on a steady decline," explained Library Associate Christine Clear. "The Girls Who Code program is designed to encourage and maintain interest by teaching coding in a no-pressure environment. I can't wait to see what they create."

Register for Girls Who Code through the Events Calendar link at sussexcountylibrary.org, or by visiting or calling the Franklin Branch at 973 827-6555, option 2.


Winter Storytimes at the Sussex County Libraries

Newton, NJ – Weekly storytimes will be held at every branch of the Sussex County Library System (SCLS) from the first full week in January through the last week of February.

Babies up to age two are invited to participate in Lapsits. As the name implies, each child sits with a parent or caregiver while both participate in silly songs, fingerplays, and call and response stories. This is followed by a brief period of free play to encourage early socialization. "It's pre-preschool for our youngest budding readers," said Leigh Wilkinson, Coordinator of Youth Services for the SCLS. "Early exposure to picture books, relating pictures to words, following simple instructions while being distracted by your peers, these are all building blocks for school success."

For children ages 3-5, Read & Play Storytimes offer more complex stories, shake-out-your-sillies type sing-alongs, and the chance to participate in a simple craft or free play. "Every trip to the library is an opportunity for a child to step out of the home environment and discover something new," stated Mr. Wilkinson. "You never know what's going to spark a child's interest. Perhaps today's most promising engineers were inspired by an early reading of The Little Engine That Could or Minnie and Moo Go to the Moon."

Lapsits always start at 10 a.m., followed by Read & Play Storytimes at 11 a.m. For a complete list of dates and locations stop by your local branch library, or go to the Events Calendar link at sussexcountylibrary.org external link.


Library Holiday Reminder, the Best Gifts Are Free!

If you're thinking of adding a Kindle to your holiday wish list, here's some good news. The cloudLibrary app, your gateway to thousands of free eBooks and eAudio recordings, works on Amazon Fire Tablets and Kindles. Just a few extra steps to download, and you'll have quick and easy access to the library's ever expanding, and always free collection.

Get out your library card and follow these simple steps:

1. Amazon devices have to be "enabled" to accept apps that are not from the Amazon store. Here's what you do.

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Go to the settings menu by tapping the settings icon or swiping down from the top of the screen.
Choose Security (on some Fires you will need to choose Device).
Turn on the option allow Apps from Unknown Sources.
You will get a warning message Click Ok.
Go back to the Home screen.
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Swipe down from the top of the screen. This pulls up the Quick Settings menu.
Tap More.
Choose Settings then Device (on some Fires you will need to go to Applications).
Tap on the option to turn on Allow Installation of Applications from Unknown Sources.
Go back to the Home screen.
2. Now open the browser on your device and go to yourcloudlibrary.com external link
3. Scroll down to get started/choose your app and click on
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4. Tap the red button that matches your generation of Fire and follow the instructions
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3rd generation Amazon Kindle Fire
Tap Ok to message.
Tap open Download complete.
When asked "Do you want to install this application?" select install and then open.
If the app does not open, tap on the Home icon and tap on the cloudLibrary™ icon to open the app.
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Select your country and state from the drop down menus.
Select your library and enter your library card number or ID/PIN.
5. Start browsing!

Still having trouble? The yourcloudlibrary external link website has a treasure trove of how-to videos, and tech support, and one-one help is always available at your local Sussex County library.


Dennis and Franklin Libraries add evening hours in November

Newton, NJ – The Sussex County Library System (SCLS) is pleased to announce the addition of more evening hours at the Dennis and Franklin Branches. Starting this November, the Dennis Branch, 101 Main Street in Newton, will be open Monday and Wednesday evenings until 8 p.m. New hours are Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Franklin Branch, 101 Main Street in Franklin, will be open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 8 p.m. New hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

"Increasing the Library's hours of service for Sussex County residents has been our highest priority," stated Library Director Will Porter. "Over the past 12 months we've added Saturday hours at three locations, and now have every branch open by 9 a.m. Monday-Saturday, and staying open at least two evenings a week. More hours and staffing have allowed us to greatly expand programming as well. There are over 100 events posted on the library's calendar for November alone. From Teen Tech Tutors teaching seniors about social media, to turkey origami crafts for kids, our availability and outreach has never been greater. Stop in and see what's going on, we're open!"

SCLS is comprised of six locations: the Main Library in Frankford; Dennis Branch in the heart of Newton; Louise Childs Branch in Hopatcong; Dorothy Henry Branch in Vernon; the Franklin Branch on Main Street in Franklin; and the Sussex-Wantage Branch next to the Sussex airport. In addition to books, movies, magazines and all the traditional things usually found in public libraries, the SCLS also offers public computers; scanning, faxing and printing; public Wi-Fi; a small business center with poster and banner printing at the Main Library; and free Notary services by appointment.

Full information on library hours and locations, activities, online resources and the complete catalog can be found at sussexcountylibrary.org.


SCLS Supports Early Literacy with 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a nationwide initiative to promote reading to infants and toddlers, and encourage parent/child bonding through reading. The challenge is simple, read a book, any book, to your child with the goal of reading 1,000 books before formal schooling begins. One bedtime story each night, started in infancy, will have parents and children easily reaching the goal by age three.

The Sussex County Library System supports 1000 Books Before Kindergarten by providing reading lists, logs, and small rewards as children meet each 100 book milestone. Parent information sessions will be held at multiple locations: Dennis Branch, 101 Main Street in Newton on September 30 at 6:30 p.m.; Main Library, 125 Morris Turnpike in Frankford on October 8 at 6:00 p.m.; the Sussex-Wantage Branch, 69 Route 639 in Wantage on October 9 at 6:30 p.m.; and Franklin Branch, 103 Main Street in Franklin on October 10 at 6:30 p.m. Teen volunteers will help out at each event to keep the children occupied while their parents learn about the program. For more details and to register go to Event Calendar link at sussexcountylibrary.org or stop by any Sussex County Library location.

"Getting children familiar with words and language right from the start ignites an ease with communication," stated Youth Services Coordinator Leigh Wilkinson. "Children who are introduced to early literacy components have an easier time learning to read and often stay at an elevated reading level throughout their school career. Tasks as simple as singing to your young child, showing them how to hold a book, and even pointing out the language on signs all around you, goes a surprisingly long way to promoting early literacy. You can find out more details by attending one of our Parent Nights."

More information on the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative can also be found on the SCLS website at //sussexcountylibrary.org/1000-books/.


Sussex County Library System announces updated cloudLibrary™ app

Newton, NJ – Downloading free digital content from the Sussex County Library System (SCLS) is now easier than ever with the updated cloudLibrary™ app. The SCLS catalog hosts thousands of free eBooks and downloadable audio titles that can be accessed by SCLS cardholders anytime, anywhere. From the latest bestsellers to classic children's picture books, literary entertainment is never more than a click or tap away.

Go to sussexcountylibrary.org/ebooks-and-eaudiobooks/ to browse the library's collection and download the free cloudLibrary™ app. Browsing the content has never been simpler. Digital bookshelves are arranged by genre. Filters allow you to browse by format, and ignore any titles not immediately available for download. Click on Borrow, then Read or Listen, and content immediately begins to download to your smartphone or other device. Load the cloudLibrary app to multiple devices and your titles automatically sync for seamless access wherever you are.

"This service just gets better and better" enthuses Library Director Will Porter. "There is nothing like a good audiobook to make a long drive go faster. Jim Dale's narration of the Harry Potter series could take you all the way to California and you'd still three volumes left for the trip home. Better yet, if you run out of listening while you're in California you can download more. You don't have to be in the library to access the content."

The cloudLibrary™ app works on Apple, Android and Windows systems, Amazon Fire Tablets, and Barns & Noble Nooks among others. You can link to it through the SCLS website or directly at your favorite App store. Just choose Sussex County Library and enter your card number to get started.


Automatic renewal at the Sussex County Library System

Newton, NJ - The Sussex County Library System (SCLS) is pleased to announce a new service for patrons – automatic renewal. Eligible items now automatically renew on the evening they are due. This includes most books, movies, music CDs, videogames, etc. Exceptions are new DVDs and videogames, High Demand items, and anything that is on hold for another library user. Items will automatically renew up to three times in keeping with the existing SCLS renewal policy.

"Last October we modernized and streamlined our fine policy. Now we've updated our software to make sure all eligible items automatically renew," stated Library Director Will Porter. "We're focused on offering the best, most efficient service to our patrons."

Patrons with active emails will still receive "pre-overdue" notices alerting them to upcoming due dates, and now will receive notice when items automatically renew as well. "However," cautioned Mr. Porter "even with the automatic renewal patrons should still keep track of their due dates. The software currently available will only send notice of what was renewed, it won't also tell you what to bring back."

Cardholder account access is available 24 hours/day at sussexcountylibrary.org, or by calling any SCLS location.


Sussex County Library System Adds Telephone & On-Line Chat Services

Newton, NJ - The Sussex County Library System is pleased to announce a new call and on-line chat service that greatly expands the hours live help is available. Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., and Sundays from 12:00-9:00 p.m., live help is just a call or click away.

"Many library resources are already available 24/7 through our website, sussexcountylibrary.org," stated Library Director Will Porter. "But the new Live Chat button allows patrons to ask for help when things get a little bit complicated. If you accidentally put a book on hold at the wrong branch, Live Chat can fix that for you. Before, having trouble downloading an eBook would have meant waiting until the next business day to call us. Now when library users need to reach out for help, a live operator will be available to help walk them through it even when our buildings are closed for the day."

"The service is available by calling any Sussex County Library System location Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays, or between noon and 9:00 p.m. Sundays," Porter continued. "The Live Chat feature is available on sussexcountylibrary.org the same times. We're really excited that residents of all ages can now call or chat for help with renewals, reference questions, or homework help, even late or on Sundays."

In addition to extended hours for live help, the Sussex County Library System is also expanding building hours at three locations. Beginning November 3, the Dennis Branch, 101 Main Street in Newton; Franklin Branch, 103 Main Street in Franklin; and Louise Childs Branch, 21 Sparta Road, Stanhope, will all be open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturdays.