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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States. The history has it that the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag shared an autumn harvest feast and it was one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple that has become synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been...
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One hundred twenty years ago this month, on November 5th, 1901, the citizens of Summit voted to make the Summit Library a municipal library supported by property taxes. Prior to this time the Library had been an association library with stockholders who purchased shares at a cost of $5.00 a share and were therefore allowed...
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Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. It became an annual event held during the last week of September highlighting the importance of freedom to seek and express ideas, even the ones that some consider unorthodox or unpopular....
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Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the history and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.  September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the commemoration because it is the anniversary of...
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Did you love our 2021 Summer Reading Program that was held at the Summit Free Public Library this summer? Thanks to the Summit Department of Community Programs, we have a new scavenger hunt that is taking place at five parks around Summit. The scavenger hunt will take place now through September 30. Look for the...
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We are delighted to report that Library programs are coming back into the building this fall. Our programming librarians are planning a wonderful selection of lectures, discussions, movies, concerts, story times, STEAM activities and more that will be offered in the building. Some programs will remain entirely virtual and others will be offered both in-person...
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Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day – is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. The day’s name is a combination of “June” and “nineteenth” in honor of June 19, 1865, the date of the announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon...
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Eric Carle, author of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” a tale that has captivated generations of children and their parents alike, died on May 25th in Northampton, Mass. He was 91. He wrote and illustrated more than 70 books for young children, selling more than 170 million copies. “He brought light and color to our lives,”...
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Every June during Pride Month a lot of attention turns to LGBTQ culture. The books we invite you to read are books by LGBTQ writers, as well as books with queer characters. Pick up one of the books or movies from our collection that can expand your understanding and appreciation of the diverse LGBTQ world.
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What can be better than to follow fascinating characters from another time and place, to plunge into the stories based on real life historical events? For this collection we’ve chosen the most recently published and highly praised historical novels by talented well known and less known authors. Enjoy!  
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