Together we enrich lives, expand knowledge, and strengthen communities. SCLSNJ branches can be found in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, North Plainfield, Peapack & Gladstone, Rocky Hill at the Mary Jacobs branch, Somerville, Warren Township, and Watchung. Additionally, there are two SCLSNJ reading stations in Branchburg and Washington Valley.
Message from our County Library Administrator
While it has never been the practice of this Library to advocate for anything other than the love of reading, the open exchange of ideas and the promotion of free and open access to the universe of information, the events of recent weeks and the sincere urging of many thoughtful staff members compel me to break with custom.
This Library is, and always has been, a place – and a staff – of welcome and assistance for all. As a staff and an institution, we reflect the rich tapestry of cultures, customs and colors that make Somerset County the vibrant community it is today. Our role should always be one of promoting and celebrating that diversity and, importantly, of building communities of tolerance, respect, and meaningful dialog. Can we do more? Each of us certainly can. And we take this opportunity today to ask everyone to join us in confirming our commitment to kindness and mutual support, free from violence of any kind.
Our staff has been busy preparing tools to promote these values. While it is challenging to foster dialog during a pandemic shutdown, we have prepared a curated list of suggested readings and encourage you to explore it at this link. We are planning virtual, and, we sincerely hope, in-person opportunities to engage with thoughtful speakers on how to best promote justice and equality. Our System Training Manager has been working with our staff Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee to engage and inform staff. We will redouble our efforts at recruiting a diverse staff.
Please join me and our outstanding library staff as we advocate for the values needed to support our neighbors and together build that better world we all want to live in.
Our Executive Leadership Team
BRIAN AUGER, MA, MLS; has been County Library Administrator for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey since 2010. Prior to coming to SCLSNJ, he was in library system administration in three Maryland county libraries. He knows that there are two kinds of library users, those coming for the first time and those who come back because the library has the best staff and the best stuff. He is dedicated to ensuring both in Somerset County. Auger has degrees in theology from Loyola University of Maryland and the Catholic University of America as well as a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Maryland. He is addicted to podcasts, nonfiction and space operas, and grows far too many orchids for one person. Favorite book of all time: “A Canticle for Leibowitz,” a sci-fi novel that has remained in print since 1959.
CAROLANN C. DEMATOS, MS, is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations – an NJLA award-winning department – for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey. Throughout the past 15 years, DeMatos has worked within a wide range of industries including: agency, pharmaceutical, state and county government, Fortune 500 corporations, as well as technology-based, lean start-ups. DeMatos has a Master of Science from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts from Rider University. DeMatos is currently striving to achieve her Doctoral Degree from Columbia University. She loves to immerse herself in historical fiction, fantasy, arts and culture, female memoirs, and can never pass up a love story written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
LYNN HOFFMAN, MLS, is the Director of Operations for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey. With more than two decades of public library experience in a variety of roles, Hoffman’s understanding of the challenges of front-line service, combined with her technical and project management expertise, make her well-suited to keeping SCLSNJ running smoothly behind the scenes. Hoffman has a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa, and has worked in several large public library systems. She reads a wide variety of books, with interests ranging from neuroscience to knitting to leadership development to fiction featuring libraries – real or imagined.
CHRISTOPHER KORENOWSKY, MLS, is the Director of Public Services for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey. Korenowsky is delighted to be going into his third full year at SCLSNJ. Korenowsky has worked in multiple library systems around the country – notably at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (OH) and the New Haven Free Public Library (CT). He is passionate about space planning issues and creating a seamless and exceptional customer experience for all users. Korenowsky has a degree in English Literature from The Ohio State University, as well as a Master’s degree in Library and Informational Sciences from Kent State University. Korenowsky possesses a deep love of reading for pleasure and strongly believes that books will always be the business of the public library. Matching the right book, with the right reader, at the right time is what we do as a library staff. In fact, some of his favorite contemporary fiction authors include Elizabeth Strout, Jane Hamilton, and Lauren Groff.
BRIAN MORGAN, MS, QPA; is the Director of Finance for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey. He has a Bachelor’s degree with majors in economics and statistics as well as a Master of Science in social psychology, both from Rutgers University. A Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA) since 2014, his focus is on organizational efficiency and maximizing value to the communities served by the Library. Morgan has a love for reading and for libraries, and his favorite book is “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger.
DEANNA RIVERA, MS, SHRM-CP, PHR; is the Director of Human Resources for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of human resources in both the public and private sector. Rivera appreciates the opportunity to support the strategic priorities of SCLSNJ through its human resources program. Rivera earned a Master’s in Administration from West Chester University (PA) and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Kean University. The library is an ideal place for Rivera by providing an endless supply of e-books and traditional materials – of which true crime and suspense are her favorites.