May brings good weather and plans for family vacations. Be sure to stop by the library to borrow one of our many travel guide books as you plan for your spring and summer travels. The library offers a large collection of guides including Frommers, Fodor's, Eyewitness, Lonely Planet, Rick Steves and more for destinations all over the world. These guides will help you choose a hotel or restaurant, plan out your daily activities and advise you on local customs. The library also offers a collection of travel DVDs to help get you in the mood before you take off.
Before taking off on that vacation, remember to load up your e-book reader with e-books or e-audio books from the library's e-book collection at www.elibrarynj.com. We've added many "Summit only" Advantage titles to make your selection better and your wait shorter. Don't pay for your e-book reading materials. Remember "our e-books are free books."
If you're sticking close to home for a while, check out the Technology Meetup Group that meets every Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm. The group views instructional programs produced by Pluralsight and then discusses the topic and shares experiences. The group is currently studying the topic (Photoshop) A Programmer's Guide to Game Art for Unity. Learn to develop high quality, stylized low poly models with hand-painted textures for Unity3D with Blender, Gimp or Photoshop. This art and asset creation course is delivered through a programmer's perspective. As each topic is completed, the group chooses the next topic for study. You can join the group by signing up here or just come on by on any Wednesday evening to check it out.
The Children's Department is hosting a new and exciting Spanish language story time each Thursday at 10:00 am and one Saturday a month. Whether you speak Spanish or not, stop by for picture books, songs and dancing. Pick up a complete schedule in the Children's Department.
There's lots of other "may"hem going on the Children's Department this month too with Mother's Day crafts on Saturday, May 10th, Appalachian Tales and Tunes on Saturday, May 17th, and Books and Woofs on Monday, May 19th. These exciting programs are in addition to the regular six weekly story times and after school programs.
The library will be observing Caribbean American Heritage Month in June. We'll actually kick off the celebration on Saturday, May 31st at 2:00 pm with stories of growing up in Jamaica. That will be followed the next day with a great performance by Pipeline, a Caribbean steel band, on Sunday, June 1st at 2:00 p m in the rotunda.
Please be sure to share your e-mail address with us on your next visit to the library so that you may receive holds, courtesy and overdue notices more efficiently via e-mail. Looking forward to seeing you at the library!
Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library