I have lived in Sussex county for 6 years, and I sadly admit that I just joined the library this summer! One of the big reasons for the delay is that I was unaware of all the great programs the Sussex County Library System had to offer. My goal is to provide my fellow Sussex county residents, and the rest of New Jersey, information about this great library system so they don’t delay their membership like I did!
What many people don’t know is that the Sussex County Library System consists of 6 great libraries scattered throughout Sussex county. Each library offers similar programming as well as their own unique events. Members can attend events at any of the 6 branches using just one library card!
Here is a list of the Sussex County Library System branches:
- Main Library: 125 Morris Turnpike, Newton, NJ
- Dennis Branch: 101 Main St., Newton, NJ
- Dorothy Henry Branch: 66 Rt. 94, Vernon, NJ
- E. Louise Childs Branch: 21 Sparta Rd., Stanhope, NJ
- Franklin Branch: 103 Main St., Franklin, NJ
- Sussex-Wantage Branch: 69 Route 639, Wantage, NJ
My local branch is the E. Louise Childs Library. My children get excited every time I say we are going to the library. Although it is a small branch, it is perfect for my boys (ages 4 and 21 months).
Here are 5 reasons why my family loves the library and why YOU should join the Sussex County Library System.
- Part of the Open Borrowing Program! When you get your library card at any of the 6 branches of the Sussex County Library System, a sticker will be placed on your card that says “Open Borrowing.” This allows library patrons to borrow in-person from more than 150 libraries in NJ. This includes libraries in Bergen, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties.
- Free crafts and puzzles! Each time we visit the library, my children head straight to the craft table. There are always fun activities and crafts for children to choose from such as coloring sheets, word searches or trivia questions. Most recently, children were allowed to decorate leaves for the fall which will be hung up around the library. After making a craft, my kids migrate to the table full of puzzles. My 21-month year old especially likes this table!
- Fun story time options! All 6 branches of the Sussex County Library System offer story times for toddlers and preschool aged children. The Lap Sit PLUS program is for children ages 6 months through 2 years old. It offers stories, songs and fingerplays as well as an extra 15 minutes of sensory activities. Preschool Story Time also offers stories, songs and various activities. PJ Holiday Story Time is an evening of stories and activities for the entire family. It takes place once a month and focuses on books about holidays taking place that month.
- Read-to-a-Dog Program! This is a wonderful program offered to children ages 5 – 10 years old. By reading to a dog, children often gain self-esteem, confidence and public speaking skills. This is because dogs provide an uncritical ear and they don’t interrupt!
- Fun clubs and events! The Sussex County Library System offers an abundance of clubs and events for children of all ages. Some popular programs include LEGO clubs, Onigirl Animanga club, Minecraft club and Goosebumps TV/Book club. Also available is Twistz Bandz Bracelet Fun which is a drop by weekly event for children in grades 4-8.
I hope I have provided everyone with enough information to get you excited about joining the library! If you don’t live in Sussex County, remember you can always visit using your Open Borrowing library card! I’m looking forward to all the great events coming up at the Sussex County Library System. I hope to you see you there!!