School’s out. Summer is here! Are you travelling this summer? Are the kids headed off to camp? Before you all head out of town, your first stop should be the library. Plan your destination and itinerary with help from the library’s extensive travel collection. Stock up on some great beach reads or the required summer reading titles for the kids. Grab some DVDs to keep the kids occupied on those long car rides. Pick up a book on Playaway to listen to on hikes. Reserve museum passes early and plan your outings to one of the museums in the library’s free museum pass program. Travelling light? Then load up your devices with eBooks and eAudio books from our free eBook selections through Overdrive, OneClick Digital and Tumblebooks available from the library website.
Get your lawn chairs and boxed dinner ready for the Wednesday, July 13th presentation of William Shakespeare’s Edward III on the Village Green. The Summit Library’s third annual Shakespeare on the Green performance will be presented at 7:00 pm by the Hudson Shakespeare Company. This program is made possible in part by a donation from the Manley-Winser Foundation. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved to the Central Presbyterian Church auditorium, 70 Maple Street, directly opposite the library.
Time to clean out the jewelry box! Do you have jewelry you just don’t wear, or is it just time for a change in your accessories? DONATE that unwanted men’s and women’s costume and fine jewelry, including watches, rings, bracelets, necklaces, broken pieces and single earrings to the 1st Annual Pre-Owned Jewelry Sale to benefit the Friends of the Summit Free Public Library. The sale will begin on August 25th. More details to follow. The Friends of the Summit Library is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Friends fund the library’s museum pass program as well as programs throughout the year and the prizes for the summer reading programs for adults and children. Help the Friends continue funding these projects by donating your used jewels today. Donation receipts available.
Attention Summit businesses! Join us for the second annual “Show Your Card” promotion for Library Card Sign-Up in September. Local businesses agree to offer a discount or a free item when customers show their library card. More people will visit your business to take advantage of the promotion and more people will get library cards as well. If interested, please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots..
Check out the two wonderful rain gardens that have recently been planted on the library lawn. What is a rain garden? A rain garden is a landscaped, shallow depression that allows rain and snowmelt to be collected and seep naturally into the ground. Water from the library roof will be diverted into the rain gardens instead of filling the storm sewers and eventually the streams and rivers. The library’s rain gardens have been planted not only to divert water but also as an educational tool for Summit residents. More information is posted on the library website for residents who would like to consider planting a rain garden on their property. The rain gardens were planted at no cost to the library and were made possible by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, the Rahway River Watershed Association and the Summit Environmental Commission.
Be sure to stop by at the library booth on the Village Green on National Night Out, Tuesday, July 26th to find out all the latest library offerings. Summer library hours begin on July 1st. The library will be opened Monday through Thursday – 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The library will be closed on Sunday until September 11th. In observance of Independence Day weekend, the library will be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, July 2nd through the 4th.
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