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SCLS Celebrates National Library Week, April 19-25

Release Date: April 20, 2020
This week, the Sussex County Library System (SCLS) invites all community members to find the library at their place by visiting the website,, to access virtual services and resources.

Find the library at your place this National Library Week April 19-25

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(Newton, NJ) –This week, the Sussex County Library System (SCLS) invites all community members to find the library at their place by visiting the website, external link, to access virtual services and resources. While the library's physical spaces are temporarily closed due to COVID-19, the public can discover downloadable eBooks and eAudio, online storytimes, a wide selection of virtual learning tools, and much more—all from home.

In times of crisis, libraries respond to their community's needs in innovative and inspiring ways. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, libraries of all types are continuing to make a difference in people's lives by providing electronic learning resources, including virtual homework help, online crafting and DIY sessions as well as information about keeping your family well and safe. Social media is also playing in a key role in keeping the library connected with different audiences. The Youth Services department has created the SCLS School's Out Storytime Facebook group external link, inviting children to stop by daily for silly songs, stories, and simple crafts from Mr. Leigh and his crew. The Adult Services staff is "curating the internet" with daily updates to their Stay Home and Play for Adults Facebook page external link, a compendium of online destinations for culture, cooking, crafts and collaboration. Facebook isn't the only resource. Children's videos are also available on the SCLS YouTube Channel external link, craft ideas are loaded the library's Pinterest external link page, the SCLS Instagram external link account features inspirational sayings and images with a literary twist, and there's plenty to tweet about from the SCLS Twitter account external link as well.

April 19-25, 2020 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by following them on social media and using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek. Direct links to SCLS social media accounts can be found by scrolling down the SCLS homepage at external link.

The original theme for National Library Week, "Find your place at the library," was chosen months ago before the emergence of a global pandemic would force libraries to close their buildings. In response to our rapidly-changing times, the theme was revised to "Find the library at your place" to bring attention to how libraries are open for business online, offering the electronic services and digital content their communities need now more than ever.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries of all types across the country each April.