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Release Date: June 10, 2019
The Main Library, 125 Morris Turnpike in Frankford, invites the public to join them for a fascinating look at pre-Revolutionary War New Jersey.

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Revolutionary War program at Main Library, June 18

Newton, NJ – The Main Library, 125 Morris Turnpike in Frankford, invites the public to join them for a fascinating look at pre-Revolutionary War New Jersey. On Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Jonathan Mercantini will present The Coming of the Revolution, an in-depth look at how New Jersey coped in the aftermath of the Seven Years War (French/Indian War). Learn how the legacy of that struggle, and the hardships it imposed, influenced events that lead to the American Revolution. The presentation will conclude with a question and answer period, 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

Jonathan Mercantini earned his Ph.D. in American History from Emory University, and is currently Acting Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of History at Kean University. In 2014 he worked with the New Jersey Historical Commission to plan activities for the 350th Anniversary of New Jersey. Tonight’s program is funded through a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute on Revolutionary History.

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,," 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 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.