Support the Library

Support Your Library

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Summit Free Public Library. There are several ways members of the community can lend a hand – getting involved with our Summit Library Foundation, by becoming a member of The Friends of the Library, or by giving a gift donation. Please click below for more information on ways you can lend a hand.

Summit Library Foundation
Friends of the Library
Book Donation
Donating to the Library

Amazon Smile

The Summit Library Foundation now has an Amazon Smile link. By clicking here in your browser, Amazon will automatically donate .5% of your purchases to the Foundation. It’s as simple as that!

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select “Summit Free Public Library Foundation Inc” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They’ll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
3. Select “Summit Free Public Library Foundation Inc” as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

You shop. Amazon gives.

  • Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
  • AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
  • Support the Summit Free Public Library Foundation by starting your shopping at

Who are we?

  • The Summit Free Public Library Foundation was established in 2013 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation and all donations to the Foundation are tax-exempt as allowed by law.
  • The Summit Free Public Library Foundation will further the library’s established tradition of excellence made possible by generous private gifts and strong public support.
  • The Foundation’s private funds will enhance, not replace, state and municipal funding and gifts from the Friends of the Library. The Foundation will focus on endowment, technology and facility enhancements while the Friends of the Library will remain a grass- roots effort to enhance library programming, build library collections and foster a love of reading and sense of community.

foundation event board

Pictured are L to R:  Foundation Board members: Susan Permahos, Library Director, James Fleischmann, Vice President; Michael Katz, Treasurer; Mary Tanaskovic Bitting, At-Large; performer Sarah Partridge; Ruth Hamann, At-Large.

Foundation Board of Trustees:


  • President: Ruth Hamann
  • Vice President: Renee Stene
  • Treasurer: Michael Katz, Esq.
  • Secretary: Mary Tanaskovic Bitting

Members at Large:

  • Amy Liss
  • James Fleischmann
  • Dr. Robert Rubino

What can you do to help our library continue to grow and thrive?

  • You can donate to our Foundation in many different ways:
  • A gift of cash, securities or property for immediate or future use to benefit the library.
  • Enroll in an employer matching gift program.
  • A bequest in your will or living trust to guarantee future support.
  • Beneficiary designations of life insurance or retirement plan proceeds.
  • Gifts with retained income for yourself or others.
  • Gifts may be made in honor of or in memory of another person.

It is now possible to donation through PayPal by clicking on the “Donate” button below:


Tax Benefits

A gift to the Summit Free Public Library Foundation can provide substantial tax savings for the donor.

  • Saving in income taxes by gifts of cash, securities, or property made during the fiscal year.
  • Savings in inheritance and gift taxes by bequests, trusts or living trusts.
  • Savings in capital gains taxes when gifts of appreciated securities or other property are made.

Please address gifts and correspondence to:

Summit Free Public Library Foundation, 75 Maple Street, Summit, NJ 07901

The Summit Free Public Library Foundation is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is a tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please call 908-273-0350 for more information.

Who are the Friends?
The Friends of the Summit Free Public Library is a non-profit organization made up of a growing number of community members and an active Board of Trustees dedicated to supporting the Summit Free Public Library and its programs. 

What are the goals of the Friends?

  • To promote knowledge of the functions, resources, services, and needs of the library.
  • To foster a closer relationship between the library and the citizens of Summit.
  • To lead in the development of a program for the improvement of library services and resources.
  • To attract bequests and gifts of books, money, or other appropriate materials beyond the resources of the library budget.
  • To enable supporters of the library to become acquainted and share their enthusiasm for the library and its mission.

What do the Friends do?

The Friends of the Summit Public Library work to foster interest in the library and to further its service to the community. The Friends provide direct financial assistance to the library by purchasing special or unusual items which do not come under the regular library budget. The Friends also provide various volunteer services, sponsor programs and promote events of special interest.

Why join the Friends?

As a member of the Friends of the Library, you’ll be paid back in a thousand ways every year — with the satisfaction that you are helping to expand the library collection and introducing programs such as lecture series, music programs and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with like-minded people and enjoy the pure satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference to one of our community’s most important institutions.

Click here for information about joining the Friends.

Click here to read the Friends of the Library by-laws.

Feel free to email us with questions, comments, or suggestions at

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SFPLFriends.

When you make a book donation to the Library, you may choose to have a dedication made and a bookplate inserted in a library book. What better way to celebrate an event or show someone you care than to dedicate a book on a favorite topic to be placed in the library in their honor? A special acknowledgement card is sent to both the donor and the person or a family member of the person who is being honored.

A few ideas for special days to give a book donation:

  • New baby
  • Anniversary
  • Memorial
  • Thank you
  • Birthday
  • Graduation

Please fill out a book donation form and mail it or bring it to the Library. If you have any questions, please contact our Director, Susan Permahos, 908-277-9455.

The Summit Free Public Library may accept gifts of cash, tangible property, including books, manuscripts, audio-visual materials, works of art, musical scores, jewelry, antiques, and coin, stamp or other collections and intangible property.

When appropriate, the Summit Free Public Library is pleased to accept gifts in honor or in memory of a person or event with the explicit understanding that the Library, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to display, store, sell, or otherwise dispose of all gifts and contributions of tangible property.

The condition, suitability, conformity with selection criteria in the Collection Development Policy, cost of processing or maintaining the contribution, and the availability of space are all factors that may be taken into account prior to the Library’s acceptance of gifts.

Books donated must be in good condition and should fall within the following categories: 

  1. Best sellers and new novels published in the current year.
  2. Up-to-date non-fiction books published in the current year.
  3. Current editions of standard works – where no later edition exists.
  4. Recently published paperback novels.
  5. Current children’s & young adult books.

The Library Staff cannot legally appraise or assign valuations to any gift, but will provide the donor with a Donation and Acknowledgment Form acknowledging the contribution, if requested. 

The Library is not able to accept:

• Books or other materials which are physically in poor condition (e.g., musty, stained, water damaged, broken bindings, torn pages or covers, marked by pens, pencils, crayons or highlighters, broken or missing parts, damaged cover, art etc.…)
• Textbooks
• Magazines (including National Geographic)
• Condensed books
• Encyclopedias

Approved by Board of Trustees September 2019

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