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Release Date: September 10, 2019
The Sussex County Library System (SCLS) is pleased to announce that five locations will have expanded hours effective September 1.

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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/.


#getcardedatscls and win a Kindle Fire 7

Newton, NJ – The Sussex County Library System (SCLS) is celebrating Library Card Sign-up Month this September with a social media campaign that encourages the public to #getcardedatscls.

Everyone registering for the first time, or renewing an existing card during the month of September, will be encouraged to take a selfie with the SCLS giant library card, and publicly post it to their favorite social media account with the hashtag #getcardedatscls. Current library cardholders can enter by posting a selfie with the Library Card Will (a life-sized photo of Library Director Will Porter) display that is traveling around the County. Photos with Library Card Will also need to be public postings with the hashtag #getcardedatscls. Where Is Library Card Will? hints will be posted on the SCLS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Cardholders with no social media can ask to be entered by showing their selfies to library staff.

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SCLS Director, Will Porter, is Library Card Will. Look for his photo display around the County, publicly post a selfie with the hashtag, #getcardedatscls, and you could win a Kindle Fire 7.

On October 1st all participants will be entered into a pool, and a name drawn to win a Kindle Fire 7, perfect for downloading the SCLS' wide selection of eBooks and eAudio.

This September marks the 32nd anniversary of Library Card Sign-up month, a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country join together to remind the public that libraries offer resources and services to help them pursue their passions. "People often ask me if libraries are still relevant," mused Library Director Will Porter. "We are always evolving. With the proliferation of online resources, we can focus more attention on things like early literacy, cultural and educational events and helping job seekers. More importantly, the library is a great place to spend time with other members of the community, learning or just enjoying yourself. That's relevant to everyone, even if you're not a big reader."

The 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.


Career Transition Seminar at Main Library, September 13

Frankford, NJ – The Main Library, 125 Morris Turnpike in Frankford, is hosting a free, Career Transition seminar on September 13 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Julie Wyckoff, from Custom Career Solutions, will present information on transitioning careers no matter the cause: layoff, employment gap, retirement, or simply the desire to try something new. Topics covered include self-assessments, career research, resumes and LinkedIn. Seating is limited. Potential job seekers are encouraged to register through the Events Calendar link at sussexcountylibrary.org, or by calling the library at 973 948-3660, option 2.

Ms. Wyckoff has over 20 years of experience as a career counselor and executive resume writer through her private practice, and work with University Career Centers and various non-profit organizations.


Sussex County Libraries expanding hours effective week of September 1

Newton, NJ - The Sussex County Library System (SCLS) is pleased to announce that five locations will have expanded hours effective September 1.

Both the Dorothy Henry Branch in Vernon and the E. Louise Childs Branch in Hopatcong will open Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m., and will stay open until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. New hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; and Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

The Sussex-Wantage Branch in Wantage will open at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays, and has added Monday evenings to the schedule as well. New hours are Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Dennis Branch in Newton will open on Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and remain open until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, the branch will be open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Franklin Branch in Franklin will open at 9:00 every morning, Monday-Saturday, and keep their current Thursday evening schedule of remaining open until 8:00 p.m.

"Increasing the Library's hours of service for Sussex County residents continues to be our highest priority," stated Library Director Will Porter. "All locations will now be open by 9:00 a.m. Monday-Saturday, and most locations are open at least two evenings a week. We hope to add more evenings as budget and staffing allow."

As library hours expand so do the many reasons to stop by your local branch. "There are a lot of things library users can do from home," said Mr. Porter. "Access databases, download eBooks and audio content, even read digital magazines. But the expanded hours allow us to offer more on-site programming as well. Story hours, nutrition classes, yoga, art instruction – there are so many talented people in our County eager to share their interests and experience, it's great to give them a place to meet."

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.


Free, Self-Defense for Women Classes at Main Library Sept. 3-24

Frankford, NJ - Sensei DeStefano, a third-degree black belt from the Academy of Koei-Kan Karate-Do, will lead a free, four-week series of Self Defense classes for women at the Main Library in Frankford. Class will meet at 7:00 p.m. each Tuesday from September 3-24, and is open to ages 12-adult. Girls under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating female guardian.

Week one starts with basic awareness strategies, and factors that should influence the decision of whether to fight or divert attention and run. By week four participants will have learned the most effective areas to target, basic self-defense moves, basic escapes, and the role of attitude and confidence in self-protection.

Registration begins August 20 through the Events Calendar link at sussexcountylibrary.org, or by stopping by or calling the Main Library at 973 948-3660, option 2. Participants should only register if they can attend all four sessions, and come to class in t-shirt and sweatpants or leggings.


An Evening with George Washington @ Main Library, August 28

Newton, NJ – On Wednesday, August 28 at 7 p.m., the Main Library in Frankford will present An Evening with George...Washington! Experience the passion and emotion of the Revolutionary War through the eyes of its most loyal, yet beleaguered general, George Washington.

Sam Davis doesn't just lecture about George Washington, he becomes him. Mr. Davis recounts history in a compelling, first-person narrative, reliving the triumphs and sorrows that led to the United States miraculous victory in the War for Independence.

The presentation will conclude with a meet and greet with the General, 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 George is funded through a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute on Revolutionary History.


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.


Main Library to open Thursday Evenings beginning in July

Newton, NJ - The Sussex County Library System (SCLS) is pleased to announce that the Main Library in Frankford will be open Thursday evenings beginning in July. Due to the July 4 holiday the first Thursday evening will be July 11, when instead of closing at 5 p.m., library patrons will be able to browse, attend programs, use computers, check out books and more until 8:30 p.m.

"Increasing the Library's hours of service for Sussex County residents is our number one priority," stated Library Director Will Porter. "We started by adding Saturday hours at our Dennis, Franklin and Louise Childs branches, and these additional evening hours at Main Library are another step toward better serving our local community."

The SCLS is comprised of six branches: 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.


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.