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From the Director - May 2015

Start off the month of May with a wonderful performance by cabaret singer Barbara McCarthy on Sunday, May 3rd at 2:00 pm. McCarthy has appeared off-Broadway in the long-running improvisational hit “The Proposition” at the Manahattan Theatre Club, with the NJ State Opera Company and the Stuyvesant Opera Company in New York. She has performed in regional theatre and appeared in industrial films and over 250 commercials. For her performance at the library McCarthy will present "Dreaming This Time", a cabaret show about the beauty and power of dreams. “I Dreamed a Dream” that “Maybe This Time” “I Loved” “My Man” at “A Bar on the Piccolo Marina”. These songs, a dreamy tango and dreams of paradise are found in songs by Gershwin, Berlin, Brel and others.

Coming soon – Summit newspaper archives! Early in May patrons will have access to the library’s digital newspaper archive including theHerald, the Observer, the Dispatch, theHerald-Dispatch, the Local Source and theRecord. The most exciting part of this is that they will be easily searchable so you will be able to find obituaries going back to 1896, articles about Summit in years gone by and the story about the champion football game where you scored the winning touchdown. Check the library webpage at www.summitlibrary.orgsoon.

The Summit Library is a partner for Summit entrepreneurs. The Library has paired up with SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE provides free business counseling with volunteers trained by the Small Business Administration. Experienced business people are available to offer private, one-hour sessions of business coaching by appointment at the library. Please call the Reference Desk at 908-273-0350, option 3 and ask to speak with Rebecca if you would like to schedule an appointment with a SCORE volunteer. This program is free of charge.

Be on the lookout for an announcement of the library’s first “Coworking Fair” on Friday, June 5th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm cohosted with Launch NJ. Launch NJ is a local nonprofit group whose mission is to help entrepreneurs. The fair will offer the opportunity to interact with entrepreneurial-focused subject matter experts and other entrepreneurs. Come find out what other entrepreneurs are working on and talk to the experts about your entrepreneurial questions. More information to follow next month.

Getting ready for the written test for your driver’s permit? The Summit Free Public Library has paired with Driving-Tests.org to provide FREE access to state-specific practice tests and information to help you pass your NJ driver permit test, and more! Driver-Tests.org provides: 11 car practice tests, 6 motorcycle practice tests, 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and a FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions. Visit the library’s website to access this valuable free resource.

The library will be closed on Sunday and Monday, May 24th and 25th in observance of Memorial Day. The library will be open regular hours on Tuesday, May 26th but will be closed again on Wednesday and Thursday, May 27th and 28th for preliminary work necessary before the partial replacement of heating and air conditioning equipment. We apologize for the inconvenience and remind you that many library services are available through the library website. This might be a perfect time to try out downloading electronic and audio books through the library’s online lending service.

Check out the library website and Facebook page for information on more programs and services. The website is www.summitlibrary.org. Library hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Hope to see you soon!

Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library