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Release Date: October 28, 2019
The Sussex County Library System (SCLS) is pleased to announce the addition of more evening hours at the Dennis and Franklin Branches.

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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.