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Release Date: March 27, 2019
Essential computer skills classes will be held at the Franklin Branch Library, 103 Main Street in Franklin, from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 3-May 15.

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Essential Computer Skills Classes at Franklin Library April 3-May 15

Franklin, NJ – Today's job market demands basic computer literacy. Your local library is here to help. Essential computer skills classes will be held at the Franklin Branch Library, 103 Main Street in Franklin, from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 3-May 15. Each class focuses on a different aspect of computer literacy as it relates to finding and attaining employment. Participants need not attend all six sessions and can choose the classes that best fit their needs. Library laptops will be available for use on a first-come, first-served basis and participants needing a laptop are encouraged to register in advance by calling Career Connections Associate Julie Knapp at 973 948-3660 ext. 3409.

April 3 – Intro to Computers starts with the very basics including finding the power button, understanding the keyboard and using the mouse.

April 10 – The Internet and Email is an overview of search engines, setting up and accessing email, and basic browsing and email security.

April 17 – Intro to Microsoft Word is an overview of all the Microsoft Office programs with a focus on using Word to create, edit and save documents.

May 1 – Creating a Resume in Microsoft Word is a hands-on resume building class. Participants will leave with a basic, working resume that can be tailored to different job opportunities.

May 8 – Online Job Search introduces employment search engines and job boards, as well as ways to use social media in your job search, and how to avoid common scams.

May 15 – Online Job Applications prepares you to have all the necessary paperwork on hand for completing online job applications, plus useful tips for answering commonly asked assessment questions.

These free classes are made possible by a Career Connections Grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. In addition to Essential Computer Skills, the Sussex County Library System also hosts classes on using LinkedIn, networking, mock interview practice and much more. Details, dates and times are available through the Event Calendar link at

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.