April 8 - 14 is National Library Week, a time to celebrate and highlight the changing role of libraries in communities across the country and the Summit Library specifically. National Library Week 2018 will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958. Interestingly, at that time research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Sound familiar? Today we often hear that people are reading less or using libraries less because they are using the Internet, reading ebooks and streaming movies. And yet our annual report shows that more than 205,000 people used the Summit Library in 2017; 19,997 people attended the over 1,000 library and community sponsored programs; 108,000 computer and wireless sessions were logged; and more than 300,000 items, including electronic items, were checked out of the library.
This year’s national theme “Libraries Lead” is relevant to the Summit Library’s mission to inform, enrich and inspire. The library has led the community with the availability of electronic databases, ebooks, eaudio books; with programs on getting a job or running a business; with lifelong learning opportunities such as the Brown Bag Book Club, the Seniors Learning courses, computer classes, ESL, 1,000 books before kindergarten, STEAM programs and more. The library leads with resources such as online test preparation, video courses through Lynda.com and more. Follow us and find where the library can lead you!
Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library