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From the Director -- September 2015

September is Library Card Sign-Up month in many libraries across the country including the Summit Free Public Library. You already knew that your library card is the smartest card in your wallet, but now your Summit library card just got more valuable. Besides giving you access to everything the Library has to offer, your card can help you save money during the month of September. Show your Summit library card at thirteen of your favorite Summit businesses from September 1 – 30 and receive a discount or gift.

Participating businesses include: The Connection for Women & Families, The Debary Inn, Edible Arrangements, the Junior League of Summit Thrift Shop, Momentum Cycling & Fitness, The NJ Dance Theatre Ensemble, Summit Video Productions, Sweet Nothings, Sweat Factory, The Teapot, The UPS Store of Summit, Verizon Wireless, and The Woodhouse Day Spa. Be on the lookout for the colorful “Show your library card” posters and start saving.

Want to take advantage of these great offers and don’t have a card? Then now’s the time to stop in and apply for your card today. Don’t forget that when September ends and the deals expire, you can still use your library card to access the library’s great collection of books, compact disks, DVDs and more. You can also use it 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.

It is with deep sadness that we must report the passing of John Fitzpatrick, founding member of the Friends of the Summit Library (FOL). John worked tirelessly with a group of volunteers through the summer of 2013 to write the bylaws and establish the FOL non-profit organization, was elected as its first treasurer and served for the past two years. John passed away on August 5, 2015, after a brief illness.

Despite this major setback the Friends of the Library are moving forward and have planned a general membership meeting for Tuesday, September 15th at 7:30 pm. At that time the group will discuss plans for a jewelry sale, a DVD transfer program and a book swap.

In addition, the Friends have added two new museum passes to the successful museum pass project. The first addition is the Princeton University Art Museum, a wonderful facility with origins dating to the 1750s. The Princeton University Art Museum is one of the world's leading university art museums with collections of more than 92,000 works of art. An exciting part of this membership is the ability to use the pass at any other museum in the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association. With this pass, you can gain admittance to the Stickley Museum in Morris Plains, The Newark Museum, the Visual Arts Center here in Summit, as well as the Frick Collection, the Museum of the City of NY, the American Folk Art Museum in NYC and hundreds more. The newest addition is passes for the Battleship New Jersey, America’s most decorated battleship, located on the Camden Waterfront across from Center City Philadelphia. Check out information on the library web page (www.summitlibrary.org) to reserve your museum pass today. If you haven’t already joined the FOL, please do so. Your membership helps pay for enhanced library services such as the exciting museum pass project.

Fall hours resume on September 8th with the library open seven days a week. The hours are Monday through Thursday – 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm.

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