Somerset County Library System of New Jersey

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

I am updating this welcome message as 2020 draws to a close. I don’t need to call to mind what a challenging year it has been for all of us. Yet year-ends are a good time to reflect on what went well, what could have been better, and what we plan for the future.

I hope you will agree that we more than met the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by finding new ways to deliver old services and keeping our community connecting, exploring, sharing, and discovering together. A short list of those efforts follows: 

  • On March 16, we created a #BeSafeAtHome campaign and invited everyone in Somerset County to register and begin using the expanding list of library resources that are just a mouse click away;
  • We sent frequent updates to all our borrowers about our growing list of available resources and services;
  • When masks were in short supply, our staff sewed them for community first responders; 
  • We were the first library in the state to find a way for our borrowers to pick up their holds safely and by appointment with our HandsFreeHolds service;
  • We were among the very first libraries in the state to safely reopen on the first practical day the Governor allowed (July 6, the first day after Independence Day weekend);
  • We have accelerated our purchase of e-books and downloadable audio and added other resources to our online collection, including PressReader, which links you to an up-to-the-minute worldwide collection of magazines and newspapers;
  • We purchased additional wifi hotspots to better equip those in our community who do not have broadband internet access for school and work from home;
  • We moved our storytimes, lectures, concerts, and book discussion groups online.

We believe libraries play a vital role by being that place in the community where people come together to exchange ideas, culture, entertainment, and knowledge, all at no cost. COVID-19 hasn’t changed that, but it has challenged us to find new ways to make it happen. We will carry forward many of the changes we have made – such as providing online programs – because they are working well and are convenient for so many. What will not change is our commitment to outstanding customer service in providing you with the very best in contemporary library resources.

Brian K. Auger Signature

Brian K. Auger

Our Executive Leadership Team

Brian K. Auger

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

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

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

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

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

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.