From the Director – January 2021

Happy New Year! We are all looking to 2021 with great hope that the coronavirus will be conquered, that life will return to “normal” and that the Library will be able to open its doors once again. Just as we don’t know how long it will take for life to return to normal, we also don’t know when the Library will reopen to full service. We expect when the doors re-open, service will start with limited capacity and limited computer access. In the meantime, curbside service and telephone reference are available Monday through Saturday. There is a full choice of virtual programming for all age groups and a wide selection of electronic access to eBooks, eMagazines, digital music, video streaming and access to resources for research, learning a new skill, genealogical research and more through the Library website.

This has been a difficult year for the Friends of the Library (FOL). With gathering limited, the Friends were unable to hold their regular jewelry sales in 2020. The Friends provide full support for the museum pass program; they support many programs for all age groups; they provide funds for special projects such as 1,000 Books before Kindergarten and Library Loot and more.

The Friends need your help in order to continue to support these projects. Think about becoming a member. The Friends have changed their membership structure to encourage more participation by children and young adults. Children and teens up to age 18 can join the FOL for $1.00 a year and young adults from age 19 to 25 can join for $5.00. Sign up to become a member on the FOL website.

You can also help the Friends by purchasing jewelry and mask holders through their Facebook page or website. Help our hardworking Friends with your support until they can resume their regular fund-raising projects in 2021.
Looking forward to seeing all of you in 2021.

Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library

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