We are pleased to announce that the Friends of the Summit Free Public Library will be starting a membership drive in September. The Friends of the Library is dedicated to supporting the Summit Free Public Library and its programs. The Friends will work to foster interest in the library and to further its service to the community. They will plan fund-raising activities and provide direct financial assistance to the library by purchasing special or unusual items which do not come under the regular library budget. The Friends will also provide various volunteer services, sponsor programs and promote events of special interest.
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.
The membership drive will begin on Sunday, September 8 th at the library's Sunday grand re-opening celebration. Application forms will be available at the library and also on the library's website at www.summitlibrary.org/fol.
Special thanks are given to M. Sheila Bonnell, Katherine Daley, John Fitzpatrick, Miles MacMahon, Carolyn Baldacchini and Debbie Walter who worked throughout the summer to establish the new Friends of the Library group in Summit.
Mark your calendar now for the new weekly film programs to be shown every Monday at 12:00 pm and 6:30 pm. "Monday at the Movies" will include an eclectic selection from your favorite musicals of the past to Oscar winning films and today's international classics. The first film will be a 1954 best picture nominee and musical about backwoodsmen seeking wives. Howard Keel, Jane Powell and Julie Newmar sing and dance through a number of toe-tappin', barn-raisin' songs and dances.
Live music will be playing at the library this fall as well with our first-ever Sunday afternoon concert series in the rotunda. The first concert will be part of our Sunday grand-reopening celebration on Sunday, September 8 th. Adults will enjoy the songs of the Great American Songbook sung by cabaret singer Maggie Worsdale at 2:00 pm. Kids will then be treated to Super Heroes Muscle Man Mike and Soccer Sue at 3:30 pm .
Mark your calendar now for upcoming Sunday afternoon concerts including Rhonda Denet and the Silver Fox Trio singing "Mostly Motown" on October 20 th; the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players playing the "International Dance Party" on November 10th; and Mary Ryzuk of the Traveling Stage Company will perform as "Ethel Merman: Broadway Diva", an incredible one-woman show on December 15 th.
And if all of that isn't enough, the Youth Services Department has posted registration for the fall Mother Goose, Fluffy's Friends and Story Bears story time sessions on the library website at www.summitlibrary.org . You may also register in person at the children's reference desk.
CATSS, the after-school program for middle and high school students kicks off on September 10th. Students may come to the library after school on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays and participate in a variety of activities, including video games, crafts, and computer literacy programs. Students may also choose to begin their homework during the program. Refreshments are served to all program participants.
All these and more programs are happening at the Summit Library. Check the website regularly for new additions at www.summitlibrary.org.
Susan Permahos, Director
Summit Free Public Library