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From the Director -- August 2015

The hottest book this summer is the long-awaited novel Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Set twenty years after To Kill a Mockingbird, the adventurous Scout returns home to Alabama to visit her ailing and elderly father Atticus Finch. Much has been written about this long-lost work. Many are disappointed in the revelation that Atticus may not be the hero we all admired but a mortal Southern man living through the turbulence of desegregation in the 1950s.

The only way to form an opinion is to join others in reading the book. There is a waiting list but we currently own six copies in regular print and two large print. You might also want to go back and read or listen to To Kill a Mockingbird. If so, we have multiple copies available in book, audiobook, eBook and even a DVD for those who would like to view the Gregory Peck classic.
As the last few weeks of summer fly by, the kids may not have started summer reading assignments. The Youth Services Department makes it easy to find your required reading titles. A list is available and books are organized by grade and class. Can’t find the one you wanted to read? Check the library catalog for an eBook.
Summer reading activities are still in full-swing with lots of fun things planned for August. Be sure to come by for a special story time with Summit’s local heroes, the Summit Police, on Tuesday, August 11th at 10:30 am. You may even get to check out a police car! Check the library web site for lots of other events during the dog days of August.
A new cast of fledgling story tellers participated in the annual story telling workshops in July learning how to tell a story in the oral tradition. These new star story tellers will display their talents on Hometowne TV in the coming weeks. Check with Hometowne TV for the schedule of when the program will be aired or find a link on the library web page.
Music lovers, make note! The Sunday Afternoon Concert schedule for the fall has been set. On October 18th the David Aaron Triowill play favorite tunes from the American Songbook. November 15th will feature the Florian Schantz Jazz Combo featuring 13-year old phenom Florian Schantz, and Maggie Worsdale will grace us with a tribute to Frank Sinatra on his 100th birthday on December 6th. All concerts are at 2:00 pm. These programs are made possible in part with a grant from the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. 
Summer Sunday closings continue through September 6th. 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 be closed for HVAC work on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 25th, 26th and 27th and will be open for regular hours on Friday and Saturday, August 28th and 29th. The library will also be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 5th, 6th and 7th in observance of Labor Day.  Sunday hours resume on September 13th.
The drive-up materials return bins located in the municipal parking lot adjacent to Cedar Street are open 24 hours a day. The library website and catalog are also available 24 hours a day at www.summitlibrary.org. Remember you can check out an eBook or eAudiobook from the library website 24/7.

Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library