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From the Director - March 2014

So what's up with the groundhog? The countdown until the first day of spring on March 20th is on and it can't come soon enough for many Summit residents suffering from cabin fever. If you are stuck inside due to weather, don't forget to stop by the library for some good books, movies, music and audiobooks to pass the time. The library has all the latest DVDs from Nebraska to Captain Phillips on the shelves and waiting for you. Movies are a great choice for the kids for a snow day as well. Some new titles fresh from the theater include Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Despicable Me 2.

Too much snow to get out? Then check out the e-book, e-audio and e-magazines available for download to your devices right from our web page. These are great to load onto your devices for traveling, waiting at the doctor's office or reading in bed without the lights on. Waits are shorter on eLibraryNJ (Overdrive) these days when you select Advantage titles that are exclusively purchased for Summit residents.

If you are looking for a suggestion for something to read, check out the newest feature on our webpage. On the home page under the heading of Recent Fiction and Biography, you will see a row of scrolling book covers. These include a selection of recently received titles. If you click on an appealing book cover, you will be brought to one of our online newsletters with a description of current books. If you are still interested after reading the description, click on the title and you will be brought directly to our library catalog where you will be able to see if the book is checked in and the location on the shelf. If the book is checked out, you can place a hold on the book immediately. This is just another way that we are making it easier for you to find some good reads.

The library has teamed with the Women's Center for Entrepreneurship and the Small Business Administration to offer several valuable lectures for small business owners and the self-employed. We will be offering a lecture on "Personal Branding" on March 4th at 8:00 am, a lecture entitled "Tap into the Power of LinkedIn" on March 5th at 5:45 pm and a lecture entitled "Big Marketing on a Small Budget" on March 18th at 5:45 pm. The library is also a perfect place for business owners and the self-employed to come for free wireless access, copy machines, a fax machine and many business resources both in print and on-line. Our librarians are waiting to assist you with your business needs and our study rooms are available by appointment for quiet study or small meetings.

For those still studying or looking for a job, we are pleased to announce a wonderful new database called LearningExpress Library. This database provides access to a comprehensive collection of test preparation tools, skill-building materials, and career resources. The database offers over 1,000 online practice tests and interactive skill-building tutorials including preparing for professional certification, licensing, and aptitude tests in a range of occupations: health care, civil service/government, law enforcement, firefighting, EMS, military, real estate, and more; achieving higher scores on college entrance exams including the ACT and SAT; improving performance on college Advanced Placement (AP) exams; preparing for the GED®Test; preparing for graduate school admissions tests; GMAT, GRE, LSAT, and MCAT and improving proficiency levels in reading, writing, and math for elementary through post-secondary school levels. This database is available in the library or from home through our web page at www.suumitlibrary.org.

Don't forget to check out the free concert at the library on Sunday, March 16th at 2:00 pm. Our Music at the Library series will feature jazz vocalist Stephen Fuller. Steve will put his unique spin on an eclectic mix of timeless hits from your favorite artists.

Do your countdown to spring at the library! 20, 19, 18, 17, 16.....