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Release Date: November 26, 2018

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War of the Worlds Live! at Main Library December 15

Newton, NJ – Raconteur Radio will present a staged radio play of H.G. Wells War of the Worlds on Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Library, 125 Morris Turnpike, Newton.

Complete with theatrical lighting, period costumes, Golden Age radio equipment, sound effects and vintage commercials, War of the Worlds Live! recreates the broadcast that caused panicked New Jerseyans to flee their homes in fear of a real invasion 80 years ago.

Famously narrated and directed by Orson Welles, the October 30, 1938 broadcast started with music, intermittently interrupted by news flashes about strange explosions on Mars and the landing of an alien spacecraft on Earth. Despite a disclaimer at the beginning of the program, the simulated 'news bulletins' led many listeners to believe that an actual alien invasion was currently in progress and, as a result, there were instances of panicked evacuation throughout the United States.

Raconteur Radio's reenactment features real actors in period costumes using authentic equipment and sound effects to recapture the feeling of that historic broadcast. The performance is free but seating is limited. Registration is through the Events Calendar link at or by stopping by or calling the Main Library at 973 948-3660, option 2.

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.

A Memorial Speaks: A Stonecutter's Story at Main Library, November 3

Frankford, NJ - Phil and Lorna Woodridge of Wise Owl Workshops will be at the Main Library, 125 Morris Turnpike in Frankford, on Saturday, November 3 at 1:00 p.m. to present A Memorial Speaks: A Stonecutter's Story. Learn the history of Barre, VT, onetime "Granite Center of the World," through the eyes of Lorna's great grandfather, a stonecutter during the city's heyday. Barre is still home to the world's largest granite quarry and instrumental in the resurgence of granite carving as an art form. The presentation concludes with a virtual tour through Hope Cemetery, one of the "top ten cemeteries you must see before you die."

Attendance is free but seating is limited. Please register through the Events Calendar link at or by visiting or calling the Main Library at 973 948-3660.