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eBooks, eAudiobooks, and More! Oh, My!

One-click eCheckout coming to an SCLSNJ branch near you

(Somerset County, NJ: November 6, 2017) The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s (SCLSNJ) boasts the largest eBook collection in the State of New Jersey. And with the release of the Library’s new checkout and catalog system, it will be even easier for patrons to find and borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks with just one click.

"I can't wait to be able to see all my holds and checkouts in the same place! With our new integrated catalog, all your books and eBooks will be available to view once you login to your account,” said Yvonne Selander, collection development manager.

By combining the new Libby app from Overdrive, the enhanced catalog searching available through mobile devices, and the ability to check out eBooks directly from the catalog, patrons will discover a more streamlined experience. These new features will delight both frequent eResource users and those patrons who are navigating the eCollections for the first time.

Selander continues, “Want to download an eBook from the new catalog? If the item is checked in you'll be able to download the eBook without having to leave the catalog. The seamless integration of our digital and physical collections is one of the features I am most looking forward to in December.”

In early December, the Library System will be completing the installation of the new system, CARL•X from The Library Corporation. SCLSNJ’s new checkout and catalog system will offer easier searching yielding more relevant results, innovative account management features, effortless integration with eBooks and eAudio, a librarian-curated kids catalog, and an intuitive layout and user experience.

For more information about SCLSNJ’s new checkout and catalog system, contact SCLSNJ’s Director of Operations Lynn Hoffman at lhoffman@sclibnj.org. 

Mary Jacobs Library Programs December 2017

Most programs require
registration. For further
information, call 609-924-7073
or visit SCLSNJ.org.

* The Library is closed on December 2 & 25.

All Ages
Winter Festival Dec. 5 at 6 pm
DIY Family Craft - Make a Card Dec. 6 at 6 pm; Dec. 16 at 10:30 am
Saturday Sing Along with Pat Dec. 9 at 10:30 am
Storytime - Stories, Puppets & Songs Dec. 15 at 10:30 am

Saturday Programs
DIY Family Craft - Make a Card (all ages) Dec. 16 at 10:30 am
Pathways (adult) Dec. 16 at 10 am
Volunteer Opportunity - DIY Family Craft (grades 7-12) Dec. 16 at 10:30 am

Preschool Programs
Babytime - Rhyme Time (ages birth - 24 months) Dec.r 1 & 8 at 10 am
Toddler Sing with Pat (ages 1-3) Dec. 5, 12 & 19 at 10:30 am
Crafts for Little Hands (ages 2-6) Dec. 13 at 10 am

School-Age Programs
Chess (grades 1-6) Dec. 11 at 5 pm
Lego Challenge (grades K-5) Dec. 19 at 5 pm
Saturday Sing Along with Pat (all ages) Dec. 9 at 10:30 am

Teen Programs
First Look Books (grades 6-12) Ongoing
Volunteer Opportunity: Adopt-a-Shelf (grades 7-12)
Applications accepted beginning Dec. 1
Volunteer Opportunity: Winter Festival (grades 7-12) Dec. 5 at 5 pm
Teen Programs
Volunteer Opportunity - DIY Family Craft (grades 7-12) Dec. 6 at 6 pm; Dec. 16 at 10:30 am
Volunteer Opportunity - Chess (grades 7-12) Dec. 11 at 4:30 pm
Monty Math Club grades 6-8 Dec. 18 at 5:30 pm
MAKE a Difference: Cards for Hospitalized Kids (grades 7-12) Dec. 18 at 5:30 pm
Volunteer Opportunity - Lego Challenge (grades 7-12) Dec. 19 at 4:45 pm

Programs for Adults
A Good Yarn Book Group Dec. 5 at 7 pm
Chronic Illness Self-Management Dec. 6 at 10 am
Technology Time: iPad Basics Dec. 7 at 3 pm
Tuesday Morning Page Turners Dec. 12 at 10 am
Ready for the Worst Dec. 13 at 7 pm
Pathways Dec. 16 at 10 am 

Chorale to Perform Annual Holiday Concert at RVCC

The RVCC Chorale will give its annual holiday concert on Friday, December 1, at 8 p.m., in the Welpe Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College’s Branchburg campus.

The program will feature Franz Josef Haydn’s Missa Brevis (St. Joannis de Deo) as well as works by Bach and a cappella pieces from the Renaissance by Thomas Morley, Antoine Busnois and Josquin des Prez. The program also will include an audience singalong of traditional carols.

Directed by Dr. John Sichel, RVCC Assistant Professor of Music, the RVCC Chorale is composed of students, former students and members of the community. The holiday concert’s performers include Eleni Catanzaro, Melissa Jo Donlay, Carina Gonzalez, Gillian Koch, Kaitlin May and Mia Mazzariello, sopranos; Ruth Dilley, Jennifer Kapoian, Alison Quairoli, Jane Sausanavage and Theresa Vitovitch, altos; Patrick Gardner, Daniel Hogan, Christian Loree and Anthony Martinez, tenors; and Michael Krupinski and Rudy Plesmid, basses. Gregory Stout is the Chorale’s accompanist.

General admission tickets cost $12 per person, $8 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the night of the concert or in advance from the Theatre box office, 908-725-3420. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.

 

RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses, and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.

 

December School-Age & Tween Programs at The Mary Jacobs Memorial Library

Chess: Dec. 11, 5 pm (grades 1-6). An hour of informal play. It is recommended that participants have a basic knowledge of chess.


Lego Challenge: Dec. 19, 5pm (grades K-5). Get your STEM brains working and participate in the Lego Challenge.


For more information or to register, visit 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill or call (609) 924-7073. For a complete list of upcoming Library programs and additional information about SCLSNJ visit SCLSNJ.org. 

December Preschool Programs at The Mary Jacobs Memorial Library

Storytime: Rhyme Time: Dec. 1 and 8 at 10 am (ages birth - 24 months) Interactive babytime featuring puppets, songs and fingerplays.


Toddler Sing with Pat: Dec. 5, 12, and 19, 10:30 am (ages 1-3) Miss Pat returns for guitar sing-alongs. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library.


Crafts for Little Hands: Dec. 13 at 10 am (ages 2-6) Stories and rhymes followed by a process based
art project. Dress for a mess.


For more information or to register, visit 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill or call (609) 924-7073. For a complete list of upcoming Library programs and additional information about SCLSNJ visit SCLSNJ.org. 

December Teen Programs at The Mary Jacobs Library

Monty Math Club (MMC): Dec. 18 at 5:30 pm. MMC is for students who want to improve their problem solving skills and build a solid mathematical foundation through fun and challenging math problems. Grades 6-8.


SCLSNJ needs reliable teen volunteers in grades 7-12 to provide assistance during our programs. Duties include: set-up, hands-on interaction during the program, and clean-up of the room. Teen volunteers must be attentive, enthusiastic, and able to assist the library staff as needed. Volunteers must have great social skills and should have previous experience with children. Community service hours will be awarded for participation for the following programs: Winter Festival: Dec. 5, 5 pm; DIY Family Craft December 6, 6 pm and December 16, 10:30 am; Chess: December 11, 4:30 pm; Lego Challenge: December 19, 4:45 pm.

Volunteer Craft Opportunity: MAKE a Difference: December 18, 5:30 pm. Create art for Cards for Hospitalized Kids, an internationally recognized charitable organization that spreads hope, joy, and magic to hospitalized kids across America through uplifting, handmade cards. Grades 7-12.


We need reliable, detail-oriented teen volunteers in grades 7-12 to organize assigned portions of the library collection during our Adopt-a-Shelf program. The Winter session of Adopt-a-Shelf will be held from January 8 to March 30, 2018. Teens in grades 7-12 can submit an application starting December 1.
For more information or to register, visit 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill or call (609) 924-7073. For a complete list of upcoming Library programs and additional information about SCLSNJ visit SCLSNJ.org. 

December Adult Programs at The Mary Jacobs Library

Chronic Illness Self-Management: December 6, 10 am - 12:30 pm. The Montgomery Township Department of Health presents an evidence-based, Stanford University developed program series that will help those with chronic health conditions manage their well-being. This is the sixth and final session, but we welcome newcomers.


Technology Time: iPad Basics: December 7, 3-4 pm. Bring your iPad and join us for an overview of the functions of this popular device, including how to download and enjoy eBooks and audiobooks.
Ready for the Worst: Preparing Your Home and Family for Natural Disasters: December 13, 7-8:30 pm. You can't prevent extreme weather and natural disasters from striking your home, but you can learn how to keep your family and property safer in case of emergency.


Pathways book discussion group: December 16, 10-11 am. Read and discuss books that help us become our best selves. For this month the book is Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do by Wallace J. Nicholls. For assistance with getting a copy of the book, please come to the library or call (609) 924-7073.


For more information or to register, visit 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill or call (609) 924-7073. For a complete list of upcoming Library programs and additional information about SCLSNJ visit SCLSNJ.org.
 

Find What You Need Faster, Easier with Library Checkout and Catalog Upgrade

Learn how to save your Library wishlists and borrowing history

(Somerset County, NJ: October 30, 2017) This year has been the year of technology for the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ). The System has already seen a new visual user experience release at SCLSNJ.org, a new phone system installed, an updated calendar and reservation system, and an upgrade to internet speed and reliability at all ten branches.

In early December, the Library System will be completing their most impressive enhancement with an upgrade to their almost fifteen year old checkout and catalog system. The new system, CARL•X from The Library Corporation, will offer patrons a suite of innovative features including improved search capabilities, the release of a curated children’s catalog,

“We think patrons are really going to love the new catalog system,” said SCLSNJ Director of Operations Lynn Hoffman. “People who are accustomed to shopping for products online will find it has a very familiar feel. And our Library power users will find a host of new features that will make them even better at searching the catalog.”

In order to get ready for this exciting change, Library patrons should prepare to save certain information that will not migrate over from the old checkout and catalog system to the new upgraded interface. Two such items are patron borrowing history and patron wish lists.

Saving your borrowing history and wish lists is a 3-step process that you can complete at home or with the assistance of an SCLSNJ staff member at your local branch.

Step 1: Log into your Library account at SCLSNJ.org.
Step 2: Click on the My Borrowing History or My Wish Lists link along the left sidebar of the window.
Step 3: Click on the Export Borrowing History or Export My List button along the top of the window.

And you’re done!

You can then import your lists to a number of outside reading websites including GoodReads or LibraryThing, you can save your exported data to a Microsoft or Google spreadsheet, you can print your list, or you can choose to email your list to yourself.

For a detailed document of instructions, download a PDF or schedule an appointment with an SCLSNJ staff member by calling 908.458.8400.

For more information about SCLSNJ’s new checkout and catalog system, contact Hoffman at lhoffman@sclibnj.org.

About Somerset County Library System of New Jersey

Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) partners with you to connect, to explore, to share and to discover. 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 Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Somerville, Warren Township, and Watchung. Additionally, there are two SCLSNJ reading stations in Branchburg and Washington Valley. Visit SCLSNJ.org.