By

Tom Mizisko
As the Library celebrates its 150th anniversary, we will be highlighting other organizations that also have long histories in Summit. It seems fitting to begin with the Summit Area YMCA because it shares a common history with the Library. The Y was founded in 1886. The land for both institutions was sold to the City...
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2024 marks the 150th anniversary of the Summit Free Public Library. Hundreds of dedicated people since 1873 have helped create and grow this institution from its humble beginnings in a rented room, including Andrew Carnegie, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, Henry Van Dyke, and many other notable figures and local heroes. We are proud to celebrate their...
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As we enter into December and begin to prepare for the new year, I want to shine light on an upcoming milestone at the Library. In 2024, the Summit Free Public Library celebrates 150 years of serving the community. It’s a significant anniversary that we are commemorating with 150 days of celebration – and we...
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Pulitzer. Booker. National Book Award. Many of you may be familiar with the names of these prominent annual literary awards. But how many of you have heard of the Eisner? The Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards recognize the year’s best new graphic novels and comic books. And no, graphic novels and comics aren’t just for...
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Summit Library’s Volunteer Fair is now in its 5th year! Come join us on Sunday, October 8 from 1:30-4:30 and explore many options for volunteering. Whatever your interests may be, there will likely be an organization that will be thrilled to have you. We began hosting this event back in 2018 as a way to...
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Design and submit a special logo for the Library’s 150th anniversary in 2024! We will use two winning designs from our Logo Contest to help us celebrate this milestone anniversary, and to showcase the talents of Summit’s finest artists and graphic designers across all age groups. Submissions will be accepted from Wednesday, September 6, 2023...
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Dear Summit Free Public Library patrons and community members, September marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month. This commemorative month (held September 15 – October 15 annually) was originally designated as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. The day of September 15 is significant, as it...
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You may notice raised garden beds on the lawn of the Library along Morris Avenue. Soon you will see a plaque installed there that reads “The Wilson White Learning Garden.” Installed this spring, the Wilson White Learning Garden has already produced a new generation of aspiring gardeners. Children’s Librarian Lisa O’Shaughnessy has been using the beds...
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Dear Summit Free Public Library patrons and community members, It’s about to be June – the start of our annual Summer Reading Program. Books, e-books, and other library materials are wonderful any time of year, but there is something special about summer reading. It continues to foster a love of literature and helps to prevent...
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Lights! Camera! Action! The library has been making movies available to the public since 1985, when we began to loan videocassettes (remember those?) from a pilot collection of 85 titles. That collection grew and grew until it was replaced by newer technology. The Library now owns more than 9,700 titles on DVD and 1000 on...
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