As the summer heats up, the cicadas sing their last songs, and life returns to a pre-pandemic normal, we are working to bring back those Library Services we suspended during the public health emergency. A full restoration will take the summer to complete and we do appreciate your patience.
For the next few months, we will continue with our virtual programs but will be moving some of them indoors when possible. We are also working to continue with those service initiatives developed during the pandemic which have proven to have perennial value, including virtual programming. We are restoring our popular Cultural Adventure Pass program, but this project will take some time before all our partners are ready to reopen and to restore their services to us.
We do face challenges in some of our library branches where older systems are unable to maintain reasonable temperatures and are sometimes forced to close because of excessive heat. Please know that we and our hosting towns share the same goals to keep buildings open and available, and that we regret every closure.
Your County Library remains a community treasure for connecting, exploring, sharing, and discovering what’s new, what’s historic, and what makes Somerset County the best in the Garden State. If you haven’t already checked out some of our great online resources, be sure to have a look at PressReader, with access to over 7,000 magazines and newspapers from around the world, flex your brain muscles at BrainHQ, or maybe spend some time learning a new craft with Creativebug. And, don’t forget to register your whole family for our Summer Reading Challenge. Children from around the county are welcome to register for a Library Card during the Challenge.
Brian K. Auger