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E. Louise Childs Branch of Sussex County Library System to temporarily close for construction July 31 to August 19

STANHOPE BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – Sussex County Library System (SCLS) has announced an upcoming construction project for the E. Louise Childs Branch in Stanhope Borough to replace the roof and upgrade the septic system.

The branch will close Monday, July 31, and is expected to reopen its doors to the public on Monday, August 21, 2023.

Bookdrops located at the branch, and at the Hopatcong Municipal Building, located at 111 River Styx Road, Hopatcong, will remain open during construction and be emptied daily. Patrons with outstanding hold requests will be contacted to arrange an alternate pickup location or to extend their holds until the branch reopens.

“Several library events including Storytime with Miss Derenda will be offered virtually during this time. SCLS apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this temporary closure and asks for the community’s understanding and patience during this period,” said Julie Knapp of the Sussex County Main Library.

Community members are encouraged to utilize the services and resources available at one of the five nearby SCLS branches, including the Dennis Branch, 101 Main Street, Newton; and the Franklin Branch, 103 Main Street, Franklin. Library cardholders can still access the Sussex County Library System’s extensive digital collection, including eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more through the library’s website and digital platforms.

“The Sussex County Library System and the E. Louise Childs Branch thank the community for their patience and support during this temporary closure,” Knapp said.

For more information including open borrowing policies, hours and locations of branches, eResources, and calendar of events, visit or contact the Main Library in Frankford at 973-948-3660 or email

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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