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From the Director - April 2016

The renovation of the children’s room will be starting on Monday, April 4th. The project will be completed by mid-late May. During the period that the children’s room will be closed, there will be a small browsing collection available in the library’s Hickok Meeting. Story time and other programs will be held in the lower level meeting room for the duration of the project.

Patrons are reminded that you can use your Summit Library card at the Millburn Library, in libraries in Union and Middlesex Counties that participate in the MURAL Reciprocal Borrowing program and also at libraries that participate in the MUF program. For more information about libraries that honor the Summit Library card, check the Summit Library website athttp://www.summitlibrary.org/about-the-library/reciprocal-libraries. In addition eBooks and eAudio books are available through the library website athttp://www.summitlibrary.org/resources/ebooks-eaudiobooks. Thank you for your patience during this time.

The Summit Library Foundation is raising funds to assist in this wonderful project. You can help! The Foundation invites the entire community to participate in this vital endeavor and hopes you will join in making a contribution. Your contribution will ensure that our library can continue to enrich and support our community. Gifts of any size are important and appreciated. You may donate by mailing or dropping off a check made out to the Summit Free Public Library Foundation, 75 Maple Street, Summit, NJ 07901. You may also pay online through Paypal by filling out our online donation form.

Check out the fun new art work on the library lawn. “Speedo” by sculptor Jay Lagemann has been placed at the library by Summit Public Art. Lagemann, a long time Martha’s Vineyard resident, has his work displayed around the country in many public spaces and private collections. Established in 2003, Summit Public Art is a volunteer-based city organization solely funded through private donations, corporate sponsors, and grants.

In lieu of a musical presentation, this month’s Sunday afternoon program will feature a performance of Almost, Maine by the Hudson Shakespeare Company. The play by John Cariani consists of nine short stories that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine. It premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine in 2004 where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. Though its Off Broadway run in 2006 was brief, the play is featured in Smith and Kraus' New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006 and has proved popular in professional and nonprofessional theatre companies worldwide. It is now the most produced play in North American high schools, recently supplanting Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. The play will be presented on Sunday, April 10th at 2:00 pm.

On Wednesday, April 13th at 2:00 pm Youth Stages, a creative drama and theatre arts organization, will be offering a dramatization of the French folktale Stone Soup for kids ages 3 – 9. Kids will become part of the story as they provide sound effects, physical movements, and lines of dialogue and suggest foods to add to the soup.

Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library