SCLSNJ Unites the Community with Weekly Virtual Readings

#BeSafeAtHome: Discover Selected Readings With SCLSNJ Virtually

Submitted by Tracy Carney

In an effort to continue to connect with the community virtually, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) is launching a new virtual program series, Selected Readings: SCLSNJ Unites the Community Through Verse. During this weekly virtual program, Library staff will read selections of their favorite novel or short story live on the Library System’s YouTube Channel.

On April 28, Edward Hoag, manager of branch services, adult learning and community engagement, was the featured speaker on the series’ debut. Hoag shared the short stories “The Man in the Well” by Ira Sher, originally published in the “Chicago Tribune” in 1995, and “The Ransom of the Red Chief,” a selection in O. Henry’s collection of short stories, “Whirligigs.”

“As a child I would sit and listen to my mother read to us at night, as I grew older I would seek out story-telling programs on the radio and as an adult my wife and I still read stories to each other,” said Hoag. “I’m looking forward to sharing my lifelong enjoyment of listening to the spoken word on the premier of Selected Readings: SCLSNJ Unites the Community Through Verse. Through this live series, SCLSNJ is reaching out to connect with our community, and through these stories we will explore and discover a new way of sharing time together.”

If you enjoy Hoag’s selections, be sure to explore short story compilations virtually with these SCLSNJ e-books:

“The Adventure of the Red Circle” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The Awakening: And Selected Short Stories” by Kate Chopin

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: And Other Tales of the Jazz Age” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales of Ohio Small Town Life” by Sherwood Anderson

“The Works of Edgar Allan Poe” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

And more

“I am delighted that SCLSNJ continues to move forward at a fast pace as we continue to make personalized connections between customers and materials,” said Christopher Korenowsky, director of public services. “The public library is the heartbeat of the community and it is vital we remain a civic destination for users, albeit virtually at the moment.”

#BeSafeAtHome and connect with SCLSNJ staff virtually through selected readings on Tuesday mornings. Learn more:

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

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