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Summit, NJ 07901


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Lucky Day books

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  • Lucky Day books are extra copies of high-demand titles. 
  • Lucky Day books are listed in our catalog, however you cannot place holds on them. 
  • Books are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Books can be checked out for 14 days and cannot be renewed.
  • Overdue fines are 20¢ per day.
  • Only two Lucky Day books may be checked out at one time. 
  • All cardholders, including those from libraries we have reciprocity with, can check out a Lucky Day book.
  • Visit the library to see if today is YOUR Lucky Day! 

Buildings of Summit Past and Present

Find out about the history of some of the familiar buildings in town by clicking here.

carter house

"Buildings of Summit Past and Present" was written by Sheila G. Duetsch under the auspices of the Summit Historical Society in 2008 and was made possible by a grant from the Summit Educational Foundation. The Summit Historical Society, located in the Carter House at 90 Butler Parkway, is dedicated to preserve records, documents, books and artifacts related to the history of Summit and surrounding area and to educate the community with the dissemination of information about Summit’s history. For more information visit the Society’s website at www.summitnjhistory.org.

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

Hello.WW in Smoking

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

Library Rain Garden

Rain gardens 3Check out the two wonderful rain gardens that have recently been planted on the library lawn. What is a rain garden? A rain garden is a landscaped, shallow depression that allows rain and snowmelt to be collected and seep naturally into the ground. Water from the library roof will be diverted into the rain gardens instead of filling the storm sewers and eventually the streams and rivers. The library’s rain gardens have been planted not only to divert water but also as an educational tool for Summit residents. The rain gardens were planted at no cost to the library and were made possible by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, the Rahway River Watershed Association and the Summit Environmental Commission. Funding was provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grants Program.

Interested in exploring the possibility of having a rain garden on your property? Get more information here and here and here