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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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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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“Can you help me find a good book?” This is my favorite question that I am asked as a reference librarian. I only wish people would ask it more often! How do we help you find a book if we haven’t read every book in the library? We are trained to listen carefully and find...
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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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The 2023 Summer Reading Program begins on Saturday, June 10! Preschool    Grades 1-5     Grades 6-12     Adults The theme of this year’s Summer Reading is ‘All Together Now’, and there will be a series of programs for all ages, including intergenerational programming.. Some of these events will be held outdoors, some on the...
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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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A lot of people engage in genealogical research trying to retrace their family history, find long lost relatives, and understand the aspirations and struggles of previous generations. It is similar to a treasure hunt, with each step bringing new insights. The thrill of discovering previously unknown family member or a family story is hard to...
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Summit Library provides a wealth of materials and services to satisfy its community’s intellectual, social, and recreational pursuits. Did you know that hosting monthly trivia nights is one of these? This workout for your brain is available at many kinds of venues, but our games rival the best of them, and they are completely free....
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