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Dial-a-Story: Tuesday, March 31


This week’s Dial-a-Story is “Pete the Cat​: I Love My White Shoes” story by Eric Litwin, art by James Dean, and read by Christine Jansen, SCLSNJ’s manager of youth services programming and collaborations.

Call (908) 458.8409 to listen now.

DID YOU KNOW: Singing helps develop early literacy skills by slowing language down. This helps children to hear individual sounds in words. Explore TumbleBooks’ Tumble Tunes to watch and sing with animated sing-a-long videos.

March 31st, 2020|

#MythbustingMonday: Monday, March 30


Is the argument that there is a division between protecting the economy and preserving human life a kind of myth, or do we actually have to choose one over the other in stark terms? 

As we collectively navigate the situation at hand, we must responsibly rely on the counsel of experts, historical precedence, consistency, and caution. The efficacy of dedicated social distancing, improved testing procedures, new governmental support, confidence in renewed stability, and other factors, will all play decisive roles in the potential recovery of both public health and the economy. 

Librarian-Recommended Readings:

Mondays at SCLSNJ will now be known as #MythbustingMondays. Our Monday share will focus on COVID-19 and relate to significant false or misleading information trends that are relevant at the moment. This information is written by Darryl Voorhees (, SCLSNJ’s manager of adult services, programming, and collaboration. Let’s #SpreadTruthNotGerms, #BeSafeAtHome, and always stay well informed.

March 30th, 2020|

Special Access to Ancestry: Friday, March 27

Ancestry​ is now available to all SCLSNJ digital library card holders at home through April 30, 2020.

I don’t know about you, but I have always wanted to learn more about my family tree – about where my grandparents came from, how they made a living, and most importantly, if I am related to Dolly Parton! (Just kidding. Maybe?)

Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest​ and its partner Ancestry. Explore your family tree today.

Remember, signing up for a digital library card is easy and available to ALL Somerset County residents through April 30 –

Explore what features are available within Ancestry’s Library Edition.

March 27th, 2020|

Recommended Reads: Thursday, March 26

Looking for your next great read or listen? Explore for librarian-curated recommendations and updates about e-books, e-audiobooks, and some other fun stuff available to you while you’re safe at home

Links for finding your next great read:

Library Reads
Books librarians across the country recommend and love.
NextReads Newsletters
Receive an email newsletter containing an annotated list of new books and suggested titles. Simply sign up for e-mail delivery of as many newsletters as you want…it’s FREE.

Find a book to match your mood, browse lists, and find author and title read-alikes.

What’s Next: Books in Series
Really quick and simple way to search by author, series name, or the title of a book in a series to see what comes next or what you may have missed.

Best Seller Lists

March 26th, 2020|

#WeCountWednesday: Wednesday, March 25

2020 Census

The goal of the U.S. Census Bureau is to count every person living in the United States, once, only once, and in the right place. #BeSafeAtHome and respond online today at When responding online you will be prompted to enter your unique Census ID which can be found on the Census Bureau invitation letter sent to every residence sometime between March 12 and March 20.

Questions? Call 844-330-2020 to connect with a Census representative.

2020 Census Mailer
March 25th, 2020|

Dial-a-Story: Tuesday, March 24

Dial-A-Story at SCLSNJ

This week’s Dial-a-Story is “Interrupting Chicken” written by David Ezra Stein and read by Christine Jansen, SCLSNJ’s manager of youth services programming and collaborations.

Call (908) 458.8409 to listen now.

The more words a child hears at home, the more words they will understand and speak at school. Explore ReadyRosie at for short videos in English and Spanish that show quick early literacy activities you can do at home.

March 24th, 2020|

#MythbustingMonday: Monday, March 23


In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, myths frequently spread online due to poorly researched misinformation, entrenched confirmation bias, and malicious disinformation campaigns. Help combat what the World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed an infodemic by being discerning of information sources at our disposal.

Trusted sources include:


Let’s #SpreadTruthNotGerms#BeSafeAtHome, and always stay well informed.

Read more in depth:

March 23rd, 2020|

A Note From Darryl Voorhees

Dear SCLSNJ customers and stakeholders,

My name is Darryl Voorhees, and as SCLSNJ’s manager of adult services, programming, and collaboration, I am proud to introduce a weekly series called #MythbustingMondays. It will focus on the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and come in the form of a brief social media posting. The subject will relate to significant false or misleading information trends that are relevant at the moment. There are many credible articles, sources, and SCLSNJ services that go into far greater depth on these topics, and some of these will be referenced in the postings.

In this time of the COVID-19 pandemic that we are experiencing together, we collectively share the enormous responsibility of making sense of an immense and rapidly developing set of circumstances. This is made all the more difficult in a fractured news and social media landscape, which often presents information that is confusing, conflicting, misleading, or plainly false. Further compounding this is that we are all naturally prone to confirmation bias, or seeking out evidence for an answer we presume to know. This has the effect of amplifying false information if it is aligned with our preconceived notions. #MythbustingMondays is simply a distillation of the clarification we have to offer as information professionals, a crash course in information literacy.

One important certainty is that we are all very much in this together. While our physical spaces are currently not accessible to the public, as an organization SCLSNJ is firmly committed to continuity in providing services in this time of need. Stay tuned for more to come.

Darryl Voorhees
Manager, Adult Services, Programming and Collaboration

March 23rd, 2020|

Announcing the National Emergency Library, a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed: Learn More

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board approved a suite of new programs designed to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19: Learn More

Information about applying for unemployment during COVID-19: Learn More

Access your Library’s digital resources from the safety of your home. Available for all Somerset County residents through April 30, 2020: Learn More

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Learn More

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) provides an estimated $2 trillion stimulus package to battle the harmful effects of the COVID-19 pandemic: Learn More

Information on housing assistance programs during COVID-19: Learn More

Comcast has announced an expansion of the availability of their Internet Essentials program. New families who connect to Internet Essentials will receive 60 days of broadband service for free. Additionally, over the next few days, Internet Essentials speeds will be increased from 15/2 MBPS to 25/3 for all new and existing customers, and will become the speed of the service going forward: Learn More

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