The Summit Free Public Library's new mission statement states in a very few words what the library does for its community. "The Summit Free Public Library informs, enriches and inspires the community." The library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the adoption of its ambitious new plan for 2014 through 2017.
The plan foresees the library taking on the role of a "destination" for all Summit residents. The vision statement broadens the goal of the mission statement to say that the Summit Library "will be a destination vital to the fabric of the community. The library will be the focal point for knowledge, entertainment, social gathering and the exchange of ideas."
The trustees have established a timeline for the completion of the many goals that have been set. The library will continue to provide library materials, programming, reference service and online resources for patrons and will investigate newer e-book lending models, streaming services, patron education and community outreach. Some action items are already in the works or have begun including e-mail notification of reserves, materials due and overdues. Onsite business services have been enhanced to include a computer self-printing station from library PCs or patron devices, a patron fax machine, notary services, room reservation software and improved wireless connectivity. In the next few months staff will be reviewing new integrated library systems to upgrade the library's online public access catalog and circulation system.
A copy of the long range plan is available for review in the library or on the library website at www.summitlibrary.org.
One of the goals included in the long range plan is to "provide stimulating programming for all ages." In a nod to this goal we have been offering many more movies, lectures and music programs for adults in the past year. This summer, we are pleased to announce one of the most exciting programs in recent memory. The library will be sponsoring "Shakespeare on the Green" on Thursday, July 17th at 7:00 pm. The Next Stage Ensemble of the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ will present A Midsummer Night's Dream on the big stage on the Village Green. Join us for this spectacular presentation of Shakespeare under the stars. A Midsummer Night's Dream is the ideal "first Shakespeare" for young people and a riotous roller-coaster ride for teens, adults and Shakespeare lovers of all ages! In case of rain, this program will be moved to the Central Presbyterian Church at 70 Maple Street where there will be seats available for 250 attendees. This program is made possible by a grant from the Manley Winser Foundation.
Starting on July 7th, and continuing for six weeks, Mondays at the Movies presents the ever-popular International Film Festival. Every Monday, at 12:30 and 6:30 PM, an award-winning foreign film will be shown.
The Youth Services department is bubbling with activity as well. The summer reading programs have kicked off but there is still time to join the fun. This year's theme for children aged 6 months to 5th grade is "Fizz, Boom, Read." Middle and high school students will be trying to "Spark a Reaction" in the many activities planned. Most exciting among these programs will be Teen Tech Tuesday beginning July 8th through August 12th. The library will be offering six Maker Camp programs from 5:30 – 7:30 pm each of the above evenings. Each evening will offer a different themed project. All materials for the technology programs have been provided by Google and Make magazine.
Storytimes in English and Spanish will continue including the Picnic with the Librarian on the Village Green every Thursday at 12:00 noon and Storytime at the Pool on Tuesdays at 1 PM in July and August at the Summit Family Aquatic Center. Children's librarian Jeslyn Wheeless will repeat her successful SASSYFRASS program on July 15 – 17 and July 22 – 24. Children in grades 3 – 6 will have fun learning to tell a story by memory in the oral tradition and on the final day will have the opportunity to record their stories in the studio at Hometowne TV. Get more information about all the exciting programs and projects for kids this summer at the library or on the web page at http://www.summitlibrary.org
Many local merchants have provided cool prizes and reading incentives for kids of all ages. Special thanks to our summer reading program partners including Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Branchburg Sports Complex, California Pizza, Rita's Italian Ice, the Summit Department of Community Programs, Benihana, Hilltop Bicycles, and the Summit Area YMCA.
Summer hours will begin July 1st with Sunday hours ceasing until September. All other hours remain the same – Monday through Thursday – 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Friday and Saturday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Just a few reasons why the Summit Free Public Library is the COOLEST place to be this summer!
Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library