Summer reading has come to a close. All the hours of reading have been logged. Terrance the Tiger is back home after trips to Summit’s best-known landmarks. All the prizes have been claimed. The best thing about 2021’s summer reading program was being able to welcome the children of Summit back to the library for in-person programming for the first time in sixteen months. The programs were held outside under the tent on the lawn. While the frequent thunderstorms and extremely hot weather presented challenges, it was joyful to watch the children listening intently to the stories, dancing along to the music and enjoying time together. Older children participated in hands-on activities and ended each session with a creation to take home. But the fun was not just for kids. Summer reading ended with the adult Brown Bag Book Discussion Group having their first in-person meeting in more than a year under the tent.
We are looking forward to offering a full schedule of programs in the building starting this month. Lectures, concerts, story times, STEAM programs and discussion groups are all back and in-person. CATSS, the after-school program for middle and high school students, is back, as well. Kids can come to participate in activities, do homework, hang out or play video games in the Hickok Room. Check out this issue of the Beacon and the Youth Services’ newsletters The Bookworm and The Scratching Post for a full list of activities planned for September. Some programs will remain virtual and other programs will be both in-person and virtual so check the schedule for your favorites.
Programs are not the only reason to come to the Library. Come on in to work from here, use the WiFi, print from home, scan documents and pictures, use a Quiet Study Room, use the Library PCs, screen a DVD, have documents notarized or check out something from our fabulous collection. We hope to see you soon!
Director, Summit Free Public Library