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Release Date: July 10, 2019
The Sussex County Library System (SCLS) is pleased to announce that the Main Library in Frankford will be open Thursday evenings beginning in July.

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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, or by calling any SCLS location.

The Empire Strikes Back, staged radio play at Sussex-Wantage Library 7/20/2019

Wantage, NJ – Raconteur Radio will present a staged radio play parody, The Empire Strikes Back, at the Sussex-Wantage Library, 69 Route 639 in Wantage, on Saturday, July 20 at 1 p.m.

Get in on the action as the as the battle between the cruel Galactic Empire and the ragtag Rebel Resistance rages on. As Darth Vader chases the Alliance across the galaxy, Luke Skywalker studies the Force, jogging the bogs of Dagobah with a backpack full of backward phrasing and sphinxlike wisdom (otherwise known as Yoda). But when the villainous Vader captures Han and Leia, Luke must decide whether to complete his training and become a full Jedi Knight or to boldly confront Vader and save his friends.

This epic radio opera is presented by costumed actors with theatrical lighting, vintage commercials, special effects and more. Registration is through the Events Calendar link at or by stopping by or calling the Sussex-Wantage Library, 973 875-3940, option 2.

Pack up your family and get ready for adventure to a galaxy far, far away. Register today.

Revolutionary War Program at Main Library, July 10, 2019

Newton, NJ – The Main Library, 125 Morris Turnpike in Frankford, is pleased to present George Washington and the Revolutionary War, a fascinating look at New Jersey's role in the War for Independence. On Wednesday, July 10 at 7:00 p.m. Joel Farkas, Docent from Morris Plains Museum, will discuss highlights of battles fought in New Jersey, and take the audience on a virtual tour of the Ford Mansion, Washington's temporary headquarters in Morristown. 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

George Washington and the Revolutionary War is funded through a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute on Revolutionary History.

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

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.