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From the Director - September 2014

September is back to school, back to work and back to reality for many who enjoyed a carefree summer. September is also Library Card Sign-Up Month in many libraries across the country including the Summit Free Public Library. When you are picking up paper, pencils and flash drives at the store, make sure that the students in your family have the most important school supply of all – a free library card. Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library and signing them up for a library card.

Library card sign-up is for adults as well as kids. You don’t have to come to the library to use library services. Use your library card from home to access online databases and check out ebooks, eAudio books and eMagazines. Your library card also entitles you to a $3.00 discount at the Liberty Science Museum in Jersey City. So as you can see, your library card is the smartest card in your wallet.

 Work in Summit but don’t live in Summit? That’s okay. If you work in Summit, you are entitled to a library card too! Stop in and sign-up during September or anytime.

The library is working with The Connection to offer English as a Second  Language (ESL) classes starting September 8th. Classes will be offered at the library four mornings a week   The ESL program is designed to help non-native speakers improve their conversation skills, increase vocabulary, learn idioms and explore U.S. culture. The Connection’s ESL program has provided services to students from 22 different countries. Registration for classes will take place at the Connection located at 79 Maple Street or through their webpage athttp://www.theconnectiononline.org/.

In addition, the library offers an ESL conversation class for native Spanish speakers every Monday evening at 7:00 pm. No registration is required for this class. Just stop in beginning September 8th.

Whether you are participating in ESL classes or not, be sure to check out the library’s recently enhanced ESL collection. The books and recordings provide practice reading English, increase grammar skills and introduce American culture. The library also subscribes to a newspaper entitled Easy English Reader written specifically for new English speakers/readers.
The museum passes are here! The Friends of the Library 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. Stop at the circulation desk to check out a museum pass today. Information about the museum program is on the library website atwww.summitlibrary.org.     
Don’t forget to sign up to be a Friend of the Library and help develop other exciting programs and raise funds for the library. If you would like to be a member of the Friends of the Library, membership applications are available in the library and on the library website.
On September 7th Sunday hours resume with the library open from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Sunday is a great family day at the library and a great day to stock up on Playaways and audio books for the daily commute. Keep an eye out for the announcement of Sunday afternoon concerts starting in October.

Check for more information and updates on all these events and services on the library web page at www.summitlibrary.org

Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library