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From the Director - August 2014

The summer is already half over and back-to-school supplies are lining store shelves but summer is not over yet at the Summit Library.

There is still plenty of punch left in the summer reading program in the youth services department. Regular story times in English and Spanish for children aged 6 months through kindergarten continue on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays right through to the end of August. Check the website or with the Youth Services department for times. Story time at the Summit Family Aquatic Center is held every Tuesday at 1:00 PM and Picnic with the Librarian is held on the Village Green every Thursday at 12:00 noon.

Children in grades 1 through 5 will learn about fascinating artists such as Eric Carle and Jackson Pollock in the Wednesday evening Artist Series at 7:00 pm August 6, 13, 20 and 27th. Teen Tech Tuesdays run through August 12th with exciting projects for kids in grades 6 and up. More fun projects for teens and tweens are planned for Thursdays at 5:00 pm through August 28th.

Be sure to stop by the library on Thursday, August 14th at 4:00 pm for an interactive, entertaining and surprising Paleozoic adventure!. The Dinosaur Troubadour from Field Station loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge of dinosaurs through song with children who are as interested in dinosaurs as she is. There will be a dinosaur egg hunt, a dinosaur story time, a sing-a-long and dance party. Then, kids will meet an unbelievably life-like roaring, breathing 15-foot tall juvenile T-Rex This project is a joint effort with the Summit Department of Community Programs.
The adult department will continue the Monday at the Movies programs weekly at 12:30 and 6:30 pm. The International Film Festival runs during this time period through August 11th. August 18th and 25th will feature recent films hot from the box-office. The monthly Friday Film offering on August 8th at 12:30 pm will be an award-winning French film and the adult book group will meet on Friday, August 15th to discuss Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
The recently formed Friends of the Summit Free Public Library have announced that museum passes will soon be offered. The Friends have purchased memberships for the Intrepid Air & Space Museum, the Morris Museum and the Grounds for Sculpture. Summit residents will be able to check a pass out of the library and attend one of the museums for free. Most passes allow entrance for two adults and two children. Details are being worked out and the Friends hope to have the program up and running before the end of August.

If you would like to be a member of the Friends of the Library and help offer programs like this, membership applications are available in the library and on the website. The Friends group is planning a jewelry sale for the fall so keep an eye out for an announcement soon.
If you haven’t been to the library recently, stop in to see the many changes that are occurring. Last month the adult reference desk was moved to a new, easy-to-find central location and business has been booming ever since the move. The administrative offices have been moved to the main floor to provide oversight and better access for patrons. The Young Adult Room has completed a facelift that includes new kid-friendly furniture and a giant chess board carpet for giant chess games. The new furnishings were purchased with donations received in memory of Matthew Permahos and the large chess pieces were purchased thanks to a donation from the Moms Club of Berkeley Heights. Watch for an upcoming chess event in August or ask for the chess pieces when visiting the library.
Summer Sunday closings continue through August 31st. All other hours remain the same – Monday through Thursday – 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Friday and Saturday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The library will remain closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 30th, 31st and September 1st in observance of Labor Day.  Sunday hours resume on September 7th.
Check for more information and updates on all these events on the library web page at www.summitlibrary.org.
Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library