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Summit, NJ 07901


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Wilson White letter

The Summit Library recently received the following letter from Wilson White, a former Summit resident and Library Board member. He now resides in Paris, but has never forgotten the Summit Free Public Library. Please take a minute to read his letter. The Board of Trustees and current staff were delighted to read about the impact the library had on Mr. White throughout his life. We thought you might enjoy reading it too. 

The Board of Trustees, and Staff
Free Public Library
75 Maple Street
Summit, NJ 07901

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I can't think of an institution that has advanced my life so beneficially as your Public Library. I wish to express my gratitude to the fine City of Summit, N.J., and to the excellent library staff, past and present.

From 1936 I lived with my family at 149 Maple Street, four blocks south of the library itself. By fourth grade in Brayton School I'd read most of the books available there, and began to borrow, but was restricted to the big library's Junior Section. But what a thrill - nine years old, with books to read at my leisure, back home!

In the next year I'd read what interested me, and began to wonder about the grown-up books. In a long stack, novels' authors were arranged from 'A', to 'D' near the Junior Room. When no one was looking, I'd hurriedly snatch a book, any book, from the nearest shelf and read from it in the Junior Room. So you can see whyCarnegie bldg I was (and remain) absorbed by The Three Musketeers, Jamaica Inn, and David Copperfield – written as they were by Dumas, DuMaurier, and Dickens.

Then, when I got to Summit Junior High, I could take out any book I liked. What a feast! Not only fiction 'A' to 'Z', but my new favorite, play scripts - especially The Admirable Crichton, by J.M. Barrie. Later I turned to science books, some of which were mysteriously withdrawn around 1943. But not before I'd gleaned enough to explain in 1945 the power of the Hiroshima bomb to my somewhat startled father and incredulous younger sister. "Yes, there's enough atomic energy locked up in a railroad ticket to send a freight train around the world."WW Armangnac 2

At Summit Senior High, with my third library card I mined the more abstruse non-fiction relegated to a damp basement room, including Darwin's On the Origin of Species. I continued borrowing from your library after college, my reading greatly applauded by my marvelous father, Wilson White Jr.  

In 1961 my new family - wife Joyce Rudd White and three kids, Catherine, William, and Elizabeth, moved to 297 Summit Avenue. wilson white bk coverWe all used the library for many years, and are five proud graduates of Summit High. Years later I was honored to be elected a member, then President, of your Board of Trustees (c. 1980). Our board helped the library find a new Director, approved its first expansion, and successfully resisted the YMCA's proposal to build an overpowering structure next to 75 Maple.

The Board authorized me to turn the outdoor amphitheater on the Morris Avenue side into a perennial garden, which I tended for some fifteen years. The library's second expansion replaced it, but not before Mayor Elmer Bennett led a small ceremony proclaiming 'The Wilson White Garden' on a beige plastic plaque there, now lost.

I am now eighty-six, of relatively sound mind and body, and my will includes three bequests – to my college (Harvard, '54), to Lincoln Center, and to the Summit Library. (However, in view of the bequest amounts, better not plan to rename the building.)

Thank you, my grand Summit Free Public Library.
May you lend forever.

Wilson (Peter) White

Volunteer Fair

volunteering hands pictSaturday, March 10 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

A variety of Summit-based organizations will be available to provide information on the good works each of their organizations perform on a daily basis. Attendees will have the opportunity to “shop” the organizations to find the right fit for their interest and skills.

Organization representatives will be available to answer questions and sign-up potential volunteers. Participating organizations include The Connection , The Summit Area YMCA, SAGE, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Home for Good Dog Rescue, Friends of the Summit Library, Overlook Hospital Elder Life Department, American Red Cross, the Rotary Club of Summit-New Providence, Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit First Aid, Bridges, Summit Helping Its People (SHIP), St. Hubert’s Animal Rescue, The Summit Playhouse, Summit College Branch of the American Assoc. of University Women, Summit Area Green Faith Circle and Family Promise.            

Adult, senior and teen volunteers are welcome. No registration is necessary. For more information and to get an email reminder, click here.

Hometown Heroes

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The mission of the Summit Hometown Heroes program committee is to recognize and honor local veterans. 

Through the program, the names, images and dates of service of participants will appear on banners displayed along city streets from Memorial Day through July 4. The program is funded through private donations; there is no fee to participate. 

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2018.

Applications can be found at the Reference Desk. More information can be found here.



The library has a subscription to Tumble Books Premium
It can be accessed by clicking on this link

Storybooks/Non-Fiction:  Tumblebooks has several picture books for your children to practice their reading. The books can be accessed on a computer or mobile device. All picture books have animated images with the full text of each book highlighted.

In addition to picture books, Tumble Books has a collection of animated songs with the text included as well.

Read-Alongs:  Tumble Books has a collection of famous and popular books for children that you can read along with on a computer or a mobile device. You can change the font size, style and color. You can also add bookmarks and notes to the books as well Each story has audio that can be played back while the corresponding text on the screen is highlighted.

eBooks:  eBooks contains popular children's titles in text only formats. You can change the font size, style and color. You can also add bookmarks and notes to the books as well

Graphic Novels:  Tumble Books premium contains over 50 graphic novels for children. Each graphic novel is narrated per panel, with the full text of each book highlighted.

Videos:  Tumblebooks has a collection of educational videos released by National Geographic on Topics from Animals to Social Studies.

Playlists: Collections of books to watch together for a specific period of time. 

Games: Puzzles, Memory games, crosswords, word search and spelling games

Kindle ebooks

Downloading ebooks to your Kindle
Go to https://www.elibrarynj.com

Sign into your account:

  • Click on Sign In towards the top of the page
  • Select Summit Free Public Library as your Library.
  • Type in your complete library card number beginning with 29547…
  • Hit <Enter> or click on ‘Sign In’.

Search for a book:

  • Use the quick search feature — By title, author, subject, etc. by clicking on the magnifying glass on the top right side of the page.
  • Once you click on the magnifying glass, you can click on the Advanced Search to limit your search to Kindle eBooks (under Formats), or titles that are available now (under Availability).
  • Browse by Subject (historical fiction, mystery, short story, etc.) or Collection (available now, most popular, new ebooks) by clicking on the tabs on the top left side. 

Borrowing your Kindle Book:

  • Select your book; availability is noted on top of each cover image. If it says Wait List, you may place a hold on the title.
  • Once you select a book, select “Borrow” then go to your "Loans" page. Select “Download” and check “Kindle Book”. 
  • You will then be taken to Amazon.com. Log in using your Amazon Kindle account.
  • Amazon will then ask where you would like to have the book delivered. Choose your Kindle OR the device on which you have the Kindle app.
  • The book will be transferred to your device via Amazon’s WhisperSync technology.

***Keep in mind that Library ebooks can only be delivered while you are connected via WiFi; they will not be synced if you are using a 3G connection.***

***Some titles can only be transferred to your Kindle via USB. This means that you will download the book to your computer and save it to your Kindle, as if you were saving it to a flash drive.***

Want a PDF version of the above instructions with images to show you what your screen should look like?

application-pdfInstructions using Kindle for downloadable e-Books
application-pdfInstructions for using the Kindle App for downloadable e-Books
These documents are PDFs. You will need Adobe Acrobat on your computer to open the files.

Questions? Problems?
Please contact the Reference Desk at 908-273-0350 ext. 3
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