From the Director – May 2023

Dear Summit Free Public Library patrons and community members,

As we enter into the delightful weather that May brings, I would like to share the ways in which you can experience the Library outdoors this spring and summer.

1)     The Learning Garden – Just outside the Library along Morris Avenue, the new Learning Garden provides an opportunity for young students to learn firsthand how to cultivate a variety of plants and vegetables. Elementary students can join our weekly Little Sprouts Garden Club to dig, plant, and maintain the garden beds. Watch as the garden flourishes all summer long! These garden beds were created as part of an Eagle Scout Project by Anderson Leeds. Funding for the Learning Garden was made possible by the Wilson White bequest.

2)     The Book Bike – This spring, the Library will be unveiling its new book bike. This mobile library will hold the most popular items for children, teens, and adults. Thanks to its WiFi hotspot, the book bike allows staff to create new library cards and check out library materials on site. Keep an eye out for the book bike throughout the year, including at Summit’s Family Fun Night on Thursday, June 8, and at the Summit Farmers Market on Sunday, June 11. The Summit Free Public Library Foundation generously provided funding for our Book Bike.

3)     The Storywalk – Situated outside the Library on Maple Street, the Storywalk combines literacy, nature, and physical activity. A complete picture book is displayed on 20 signs scattered around the bushes on the Library’s front lawn. Every month, a new picture book is displayed, and families can follow the stone path to read the illustrated story together. You can also listen to the story read aloud by calling the Library’s Dial-A-Story at 908-277-9480. Funding for the Storywalk was made possible by Manley-Winser Memorial Fund.

4)     Digital Resources – Don’t forget the tens of thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and all our other digital resources that you can use at home, on your commute, or anywhere else with an Internet connection.

We hope that you will continue to make use of all that the Library has to offer. As always, if there is anything that we at the Library can do to better meet your needs, please feel free to contact me at or (908) 277-9455.


Amy Behr-Shields