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From the Director -- October 2015

Ice-bucket challenge, move over! The Summit Library has a challenge for parents of babies, toddlers and preschoolers. We are challenging you to read 1,000 books with your child before s/he starts kindergarten. The Youth Services Department is proud to announce a new initiative to help young children become successful readers. Studies have shown that families that start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary – two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter kindergarten. Sign up to participate in the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program and we will help you keep track of how many books have been read and provide some incentives along the way. Sign up in the Youth Services Department starting in October.

Calling all Luke Skywalker, R2-D2 and Chewbacca fans! Saturday, October 10th is Star Wars Reads Day and the Youth Services Department will be offering Star Wars themed programs all day. Wear your favorite Star Wars costume and pick up some free Star Wars prizes provided by DK Publishing.

The Youth Services department is also adding another story time to the already eight offered each week. The new story time called “Serendipity” will be offered after school on Thursdays at 4:00 pm for children in grades K through 2. And if that isn’t enough, Family STEM Club will begin on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm. Drop in with your family to take part in group science and technology activities using robot kits, the 3-D printer, Lego Wedo, story starter kits and more! More information on all youth services programs is available in the Youth Services Department.

October brings Sunday afternoon music back to the Summit Library. We will be kicking off the fall music series with a performance by the David Aaron Trio on October 18th. The group will perform music from the swing era including many well-known standards. November 15th will feature 13-year old phenom Florian Schantz and his Jazz Combo performing music from the “hot jazz era” of the early 20th century. Maggie Worsdale will perform a tribute to old blue-eyes with her show “Sinatra: The Songs, The Stories” on December 6th. All Sunday performances are held in the rotunda on the main floor of the library at 2:00 pm.

Saturday, October 18th will be Summit Heritage Day from 2:00 – 6:00 pm on the Village Green. Head on across the street after the Library’s David Aaron concert to celebrate Summit’s History and foster a sense of what it means to live in Summit and be a part of this community. The Library will be there with the 1900 and 1922 Summit atlases showing Summit property holders in those years. You can find your property and see who was living there almost 100 years ago!

Back by popular demand! The Friends of the Library (FOL) are sponsoring the second annual DVD transfer event on Saturday, October 24th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Do you have old family movies on VHS, 8 mm or other formats? Time to get those converted to DVD! Bring in your old movies and they will be converted just in time for holiday gifts. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library and that will benefit the library. Start looking for your videos now so you’re all ready by October 24th. While you are here, don’t forget to sign up to be a member of the Friends. Fundraisers such as the DVD transfer program are only one way the FOL raises money to help the library. Membership dues have helped purchase museum passes for five different museums, purchase robotics kits for the Makerspace program and paid for a puppet show held last spring. Your dues help enhance library services so join the FOL today.

Fall 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 Monday, October 12th in observance of Columbus 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. See you at the library!

Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library