From the Director-June 2021

Dear Patrons,     

The Library Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the restoration of Library hours and loosening of some restrictions beginning June 1st. The Library’s hours will be Monday-Thursday, 9am-9pm; Friday and Saturday, 9am-5pm. The Library will remain closed on Sundays but will re-open on Sundays in September, after Labor Day, which has been the traditional launch of Sunday hours.

With social distancing and mask requirements changing almost daily, we are doing our best to keep up. At this time we can say with confidence that the time limit on visits has been lifted and patrons will be able to spend up to two hours a day using the Library PCs. Some chairs have been brought back to the reading areas, as well as some lounge seating in the rotunda and the Youth Services Department. Restrooms will be open but the Quiet Study Rooms and Think-it Lab will remain closed.

Before Governor Murphy’s most recent announcements, almost all adult programming for the summer was planned to be virtual while many programs for children and young adults were planned to be outside on the Library lawn or on the Village Green. We may be able to bring some programs inside but that decision will be made by the Board of Trustees based on current information and may change over the course of the summer. These decisions are fluid and subject to change if there is an increase in covid cases or recommendations to increase restrictions are made by the CDC or Governor Murphy. Please stay tuned for information on all the wonderful events that are planned for the animal-themed Tails & Tales summer reading program for all age groups.

I’d like to bid a fond farewell to part-time librarian Shirlee LeWinter on her retirement after 40 years of service to the Summit Library. In recent years, Ms. LeWinter has been responsible for ordering and maintaining the DVD collection. You may have taken home one of “Shirlee’s Picks” for some weekend entertainment. Early on in the pandemic Ms. LeWinter started offering a very popular monthly film discussion program on Zoom. Shirlee, you’ll be missed!

Susan Permahos
Director, Summit Free Public Library

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