From the Director – June 2022

Dear Summit Free Public Library patrons and community members,

It’s about to be June – and that means it’s time for summer reading. Books, e-books, and other library materials are wonderful any time of year, but there is something special about summer reading. The days are longer and people tend to have more free time. It’s an opportunity to explore a diverse range of new, fun books and connect with your reading style. There are many styles of readers out there. Below are a few of the most common reader types and how Summit Free Public Library can accommodate each type:

—–1. The Pop Culture Reader: You LOVE bestsellers. Our recommendation? Pop in from time to time and check out the Library’s Lucky Day collection. Our Lucky Day items are extra copies of high-demand titles that are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

—–2. The Digital Reader: E-books, blogs, digital magazines – if it can be accessed digitally, then you are reading it! Our recommendation? Check out the New York Times Digital, read a digital magazine through Flipster, or check out an e-book through the Libby app.

—–3. The Habitual Reader: One book at time, you have your reading habits and you are sticking to them! Our recommendation? Our staff librarians are here to help you find your next read-alike. You can also try NoveList Plus, a database of reading recommendations.

—–4. The Explorer: You are in constant search of new forms of entertainment and information. Our recommendation? Try our Library of Things, check out a free Museum Pass, watch an online class through Creativebug, learn a new language with Rosetta Stone, or stream TV shows and movies through Kanopy.

—–5. The Writer Reader – Every piece of text is susceptible to your critique. Our recommendation? Create your own book club with the Library’s Book Club Kits or join our Brown Bag Book Club and share your thoughts and opinions.

Don’t fall into one of these categories? Don’t worry. This list is not all-inclusive. Just know that no matter your style, we have what you need to sit back and relax all summer long. If there is anything that the Summit Free Public Library can do to better meet your needs, please feel free to contact me at or (908) 277-9455.


Amy Behr-Shields