From the Director – September 2023

Dear Summit Free Public Library patrons and community members,

September marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month. This commemorative month (held September 15 – October 15 annually) was originally designated as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. The day of September 15 is significant, as it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

As part of this celebration, which highlights the backgrounds and stories of members of our community, our Library is recognizing and honoring the extensive histories, diverse cultures, and many contributions of the Hispanic community through programs for all ages, including:

Saturday, 9/16 @ 2PM

Concert: Mariachi Sones de mi Tierra in the Library’s Rotunda (all ages)

Saturday, 9/16 @ 3PM

Cultural Food Tasting and Latin Dance Classes at the YMCA (all ages)

Saturday, 9/23 @ 2PM

Encanto Sing-Along (families)

Saturday, 9/30 @ 2PM

Cuentos de Aztlan: Stories from the Homeland (all ages)

Monday, 10/2 @ 7PM

Crafty Kiddos: Crafts from Latin America (grades 1-5)

Thursday, 10/5 @ 7PM

Art Talk: Diego Rivera: Mexican Murals and Much More! (adults)

Monday, 10/9 @ 7PM

Cuentos para dormir: Spanish Bedtime Storytime (families)

So please join us, as we shine light on, and better understand, generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our lives!

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