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From the Director -- January 2016

Happy New Year to all! The Summit Library has new and exciting programs and services for you in 2016. Check out the new database ABC Mouse available for preschoolers on the library website. The award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. ABC Mouse is 100% educational with 3,500+ learning activities across all major subject areas--reading, math, science, social studies, art and music. This database, advertised on television for a fee, is free to Summit residents and best of all, kids love it! Access it at https://www.abcmouse.com/html5#abc/student_home or summitlibrary.org, click catalog & databases, click databases, click Homework Help, click ABC Mouse.

City Council President Robert Rubino introduced the presentation of the "Summit Historical Minute" at the beginning of each Council meeting to encourage awareness of Summit’s rich history. The presentation highlights people and places in Summit, researched and presented by Summit High School students and Summit residents. Can’t make it to the Council meetings? The library is now posting these "minutes" on the library web page after every meeting, so stay tuned to learn interesting tidbits of Summit's history every month. Check out some of the topics already posted, including the first woman to hold a public position in Summit, Summit in the Revolutionary War, the history of the Summit Public Schools and more. Find the articles at http://summitlibrary.org/15-about-us/230-summit-historical-minute. Be sure to check regularly, as new articles will be posted after each Council meeting.

Music at the Library continues on Sunday, January 10th with a concert/lecture entitled While You’re Away: Love Songs of World War II by Diane Cypkin. “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”, “I’ll Walk Alone,” “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” and “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” are some of the many incomparable love songs of the time that were written in the hope for peace and an end to the terrible and frightening war. Coming up on February 7th singer/songwriter Marc Berger will perform songs from his albumRIDE, a contemporary tribute to the American West. April 10th will bring a performance of the play Almost Maine by the Hudson Shakespeare Company and May 22nd features an encore performance by a duo from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Watch for details on these exciting events.

Welcome to the new officers of the Friends of the Summit Free Public Library (FOL). The new officers include President - Beata Williams, Vice President - Rachel Kempster Barry, Treasurer - Rajiv Kewalramani, Assistant Treasurer - Erica James, Secretary – Joan Gelman and At-Large Members - Damon Gilyard, Patricia Dixon Black, Loreli Stochaj, and Carolyn Baldacchini. A very special thanks to outgoing Board members Sheila Bonnell, Debbie Walter, Erica James, Luz Marian Bazalar and to the late John Fitzpatrick. This wonderful group of people took the newly formed FOL and turned it into a vital and active group supporting many programs and services at the library. Thanks to all. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Special thanks to the Summit Lions Club for the donation of a Clearview Flex print enlarger. This machine will help visually impaired people read bills, letters, books, magazines and more. The machine is free and easy-to-use and is housed adjacent to the music CD collection.

Thank you Summit residents for your generosity during this holiday season. The Summit Library joined with other Union County libraries in the annual holiday food drive. Over 170 pounds of food were collected in Summit alone and almost 1,000 pounds of food total in the Union County libraries. The library also participated in the annual Books for Kids program and collected 77 books for needy children. These books were donated to the Area Baby Center in Summit and to an elementary school in Paterson, NJ.

Regular library 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 library will be closed on Friday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day and Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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 catalog through the website 24/7.

Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library