Find all the information on the Summer Reading website.
The 2015 Summer Reading Clubs have over 2,500 participants, up over 1,000 registrants from last year. The summer programs were filled with excited children learning about the true heroes of Sussex County; our police and firefighters, and all the people working hard to make Sussex County a wonderful place to live. They learned about building character and that you don’t have to be a superhero to be a hero. They read to dogs, learned about bees and birds, reptiles and gardens. It was a special summer and we thank everyone who participated.
All of the End of Summer Parties will be held on Friday, August 14. Be sure to register!
Raffle prizes winners will be announced the week of August 17.
The Libraries send a special thank you to all of the teen volunteers.
But Wait, There is MORE Happening in August!
There will be a series of lap sits and preschool storytimes at Dennis (Tuesdays), Louise Childs (Thursdays), and Franklin (Fridays) beginning August 4. The Main Library will host the Bedtime Math Summer of Numbers 4-week series beginning August 5 (6:30-7:15). Be sure to register each child for every program they plan to attend in the series.
The Collaboration Innovation Lab at Picatinny Arsenal is presenting programs for children and Teens (Sensors & Segways, Technology Innovation, A Look at the Sun) at several branches during August. Sign up online.
Visit Us at the Fair
The Library will have displays and giveaways in the Ernest Kosa Building. This small building is packed with fun and interesting information about County services, municipalities and area organizations. On Tuesday, August 4, Miss Beverly will be telling stories from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Enjoy a break with your children!
The Libraries will not have any closings in August.
Dorothy Henry Library
Sat., Aug. 22, 9:30am – 3:00pm
A warm welcome to
Youth Services Librarian
Main Library Page
Robin Chandler, and
Dennis Page, Susan Waltner.
Share Your Story
Jodi Rizzo, Franklin Library – – Reading has always been very important to me. Books teach me new ideas. They transport me to places that I may never have a chance to visit. So when I moved here 3 years ago, it was a given that one of the first things I should do was get a new library card.
Franklin is a small but intimate branch. I was welcomed right away and by the second time I came in, they already knew my and my children’s names.
There’s always a great selection of material, from Anime for my daughter to chapter books for my son. Our branch offers interesting programs that involve the whole family. This will be the second summer my daughter has volunteered.
Even though the Sussex County Library System offers many eBooks, to me, there’s nothing like walking into the library, selecting a book off the shelf and holding it in your hand. It’s like a gift waiting to be opened.
Book of the Month
Dylan Goes Electric!’ Considers Folk, Rock and a ’60s Divide
By JANET MASLIN for the New York Times, JULY 23, 2015
Saturday night is the 50th anniversary of Dylanageddon: the night Bob Dylan savaged the Newport Folk Festival by making loud, electrified noise at a sanctuary that had never been thus sullied. The story of his 1965 assault on Newport is very well known. Its effects have been contemplated ad nauseam. Its details show up in every Dylan biography. It’s so essential to the Dylan story that it may even have engendered folk songs of its own. So the idea of a book to commemorate this geezer milestone seems unnecessary, to put it kindly.
But what a surprise “Dylan Goes Electric!” turns out to be. This splendid, colorful work of musicology and cultural history is written by Elijah Wald, whose broad range of other books (“Narcocorrido,” “How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ’n’ Roll” and “Global Minstrels”) allows him to approach Newport with a broad base of knowledge. He is perhaps best known for “The Mayor of Macdougal Street,” a collaboration with Dave Van Ronk that became Mr. Van Ronk’s posthumously published memoir. That book reads like a labor of love. This one does, too.
This month’s titles were selected by
Franklin borrower Jodi Rizzo.
This month’s titles were selected by
Chief Librarian, Ellen Callanan.
Ellen Callanan’s job title is Chief Librarian and it certainly fits. She has worked for the Sussex County Library System for 14 years. Ellen supervises the five branch libraries, filling in as Branch Librarian during vacancies. She also oversees the Technical Services Department at the Main Library, which purchases and catalogs all of the library systems’ materials, and the library’s courier service, that delivers materials between the branches quickly and efficiently. While that may seem like more than a full-time job, Ellen also coordinates collection development, policies and procedures for the library system, selects and purchases ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, oversees hiring in the branch libraries, and this year, is in charge of the library’s Summer Reading program.
Somehow, Ellen balances all of this and still manages to offer individual attention to staff and library users, keep everything running smoothly, and does it with kindness and humor. Ellen is a true hidden gem of the library.
Although Ellen was raised in Bergen County, she has special ties to Sussex County both through her brothers, who went to Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco (where Friday the 13th was filmed), and through her husband John, whose family has resided in the County since 1711.
Resource of the Month
Learning Express provides resources for students and job hunters. You create an account based on your library card barcode and from there Learning Express will keep track of practice exams, help you create and then store resumes and cover letters, or step you through training tutorials. Additionally there are hundreds of ebooks that you can download and read.
Practice exams include ACT, SAT, AP, GRE, LSAT, CLEP and GED. There are also practice exams for specific types of jobs: Civil Service, Commercial Driver’s License, Plumbers License, Radiology and more.
If you are interested in self-help or self-improvement, there are eBooks for public speaking, vocabulary and grammar, and math.
Sussex County News
Poll Workers Needed
“The best part about being a Poll Worker is getting to see all your neighbors and everyone who comes in to vote. It really is a social thing, and you get paid to do it!” says Jeanie Nigro, former Poll Worker and current Poll Worker Coordinator for the Sussex County Board of Elections. She agrees that “the $200 a day is a perk for the long hours.”
Sussex County consists of 119 voting districts and employs about 480 Poll Workers for each county-wide election (June and November). The day is usually 15 hours long, and is very rewarding because you are a vital part of the American Democratic process.
The Board of Elections is currently looking to fill positions in many locations throughout Sussex County since openings constantly become available due to illness, vacation, or retirement. Poll Workers are usually placed in or near their home town. If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining our team, please contact Jeanie at 973-579-0950 x 1591 or email her at PWinfo@sussex.nj.us. Training will be provided free of charge and has been scheduled for September – seats are limited so contact the BOE and become a Champion of Democracy today!