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Summit, NJ 07901


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From the Director - May 2016

The renovation of the children’s room is moving along and will be completed by mid-June. The children’s room will re-open in mid-May with the major parts of the project completed. Some of the furniture and finishings will follow shortly thereafter. Watch for the announcement of the official grand opening later in June. Contributions are still welcome and will help us complete this wonderful project. You may donate by mailing a check made out to the Summit Free Public Library Foundation to 75 Maple Street, Summit, NJ 07901, by dropping off a check at the library or online using a credit/debit card at www.summitlibrary.org/about-the-library/support-the-library/summit-library-foundation.

In preparing for the children’s room renovation library staff was busy making room for the storage of some of the children’s room materials and came upon an interesting treasure. We found a book entitled Clans Originaux, a swatch book of Scottish tartans, produced in 1880 in Paris. The book was donated to the library in 1906 by Mrs. Nathaniel (Mary) B. Day. According to the Scottish Register of Tartans, "The only copy known to exist is in America and is in the possession of Pendleton Mills in Portland, Oregon." And now, the Summit Free Public Library! The Board of Trustees has decided that the book will be properly stored in an archival box while we investigate options.

The Friends of the Library have added two new museum passes to the library’s museum pass program, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, right here in Summit. Like the Princeton University Art Museum pass to which the library subscribes, the passes for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey also entitle the holder to access any museum that is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM). A complete listing of these museums can be found at http://narmassociation.org/.These include such favorites as the Frick Collection, the Musuem of the City of New York and the Newark Museum. To reserve a museum pass, visit the library website athttp://www.summitlibrary.org/our-services/museum-passes or call the circulation desk at 908-273-0350, option 2.

The final Sunday afternoon concert of the spring on Sunday, May 22nd will feature a violin and viola duo from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Their performance of “Musical Conversations” will include works of Bach, Banchieri, Sibelius and Mozart. The concert starts at 2:00 pm and is made possible in part by the NJ Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.

Regular library hours are Monday through Thursday – 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm.

The library will be closed Sunday and Monday, May 29th and 30th in observance of Memorial Day. The drive-up materials return bins located in the municipal parking lot adjacent to Cedar Street are open 24 hours a day. The library website and catalog are also available 24 hours a day at www.summitlibrary.org. Remember you can check out an eBook or eAudiobook from the library catalog through the website 24/7.

Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library