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Summit, NJ 07901


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From the Director -- May 2019

Have you ever come to the library, picked out a book, DVD or audiobook that looked really great but then when you arrived at home and started reading/watching, you realized you had read the book or seen the movie before? How annoying is that?  You can avoid this by signing up to keep your loan history in your online account. Just stop at or call the Circulation Desk at 908-273-0350, option 2, and the staff will help you opt-in to Loan History. Once Loan History is activated, you will be able to sign into your library account on the online catalog in the library, at home or on your mobile device and check to see if you’ve read/viewed the item before. This will be especially helpful if you are catching up on some of your favorite TV series and don’t remember what seasons you have completed. So sign up for Loan History before your next visit and be assured the Summit Free Public Library complies with the New Jersey Library Confidentiality Act and will not disclose your personal information, including your reading history, except as provided for in state statutes.

I am proud to announce that our Youth Services Department has been selected for this year’s New Jersey Library Association’s Multicultural Program Award. The award is given to a library that has conducted an exemplary program or program series that foster the understanding of multiculturalism in partnership with community organizations. The Summit Library won the award in recognition of the multi-day Chinese New Year events held this past winter in cooperation with Summit Chinese American Association. In recognition the Youth Services Department will receive a $1,000 honorarium to be used for future programming, a certificate and statewide promotion as a model program. They will be honored during the 2019 NJLA Conference at Harrah’s in Atlantic City at the end of May. Kudos to our winning team and the volunteers who worked so hard to present this wonderful series.

More kudos are due to the wonderful Friends of the Summit Free Public Library for their most successful jewelry sale yet. We appreciate the months and months of work that went into sorting, pricing and organizing this wonderful event. We also appreciate the generous donations from our Summit residents and patrons. There would be no sale without these donations. Thank you to all for your efforts!

Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library