Summit Public Library Announces September Programs

(above) The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo will play in the Summit Library’s Rotunda on September 26 from 2-3 p.m.

Summit Library September 2021

Bring a Mix of Live and Zoom Programs for Adults, Kids, and Teens!


Mother Goose Storytime restarts on Monday, September 13 (and every Monday thereafter). Popular storytime host Ms. Lisa reads stories, sings songs, and enchants with her magic—and best of all she’ll be doing two sessions: 10-10:30 a.m., and 10:30-11 a.m.! Open to babies through age 2. This program will be live. Registration required.

Fluffy’s Friends returns every Tuesday starting September 14 from 10-10:30 a.m. Mrs. Wheeless hosts this popular storytime, featuring stories, songs, bounces, and rhymes. Geared to preschoolers age 2-3 years of age (and their caregivers). This program will be live. If you’re over age 2, please wear a mask. Registration required.

Wednesday Wigglers returns every Wednesday starting September 15 from 4-4:30 p.m. Deb Sandford presents this popular storytime. Open to preschoolers ages 2 years and up. This program will be live. If you’re over age 2, please wear a mask. Registration required.

Spanish Storytime finally returns on Thursdays starting September 16 at 10 a.m. Join our newest children’s librarian, Maggie for this special program. Open to babies through age 4. This program will be live. Anyone over age 2 must wear a mask. Registration required.

Elementary School

Open to kids in grades K-5, join The Family STEAM Club returns every Tuesday starting Tuesday, September 14 from 7-8 p.m. Each week there will be a different science-related activity. This program will be live. Everyone must wear a mask. Registration required.

Join Mrs. Wheeless for her popular Serendipity program starting Thursday, September 16 from 4-5 p.m. Open to grades K-5. We have a different theme each week—Mrs. Wheeless tells tales, sings songs, and sometimes has a special craft! This program will be live. Everyone must wear a mask. Registration required.


CATSS at the Library, our popular teen program, will resume the week of September 13. Teens are welcome to hang out and do homework in the Children’s Room or Teen area. There will be special programs designed to interest teens. Every day, from 3-4:30 p.m. Programs may be held under the tent or in the library. Registration required for programs. Everyone is asked to wear a mask.

Programs for Adults

On Friday, September 10 (and for two subsequent Fridays), Dr. James Carter, Associate Professor of History at Drew University presents The Sixties in the United States from 9:30-11:30 a.m. This three week class, which will be presented live, will focus on the Sixties in the United States, focusing on the counterculture and advent of rock music culture, and will look at the role college campuses played in shaping history. Funded through the generosity of the Manley Winser Memorial Fund. Registration required. All who attend should wear masks.

On Monday, September 13 from 12-2 p.m., Stephen Woolston will present Making a Peaceful Mind Your Personal and Professional Superpower via Zoom. Stephen is a professional coach who lives by the mantra, “When we live and work coming from a more peaceful grounding, not only do we become happier and healthier, but our sphere of influence increases”. Stephen will talk about why this is so, and how we can all get started on this journey to making a peaceful mind part of our daily lives. Registration required.

On Thursday, September 16 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., get the inside scoop on what’s hot and what’s not in new releases and attend Book Talk with Debbie! Librarian and book aficionado Debbie Abrams will present this popular program. Feel free to share your own picks and pans—or just attend and come away with a list of new books to read. This program will be delivered via Zoom. Registration required. 

On Monday, September 20, from 7-8 p.m., Author Libby Copeland will discuss her book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are. The Lost Family explores the rapidly evolving phenomenon of home DNA testing, its implications for how we think about family and ourselves, and its ramifications for American culture broadly. The Wall Street Journal says it’s “a fascinating account of lives dramatically affected by genetic sleuthing.” The New York Times writes, “Before You Spit in That Vial, Read This Book.” The Washington Post says The Lost Family “reads like an Agatha Christie mystery” and “wrestles with some of the biggest questions in life: Who are we? What is family? Are we defined by nature, nurture or both?” This program will be delivered via Zoom. Registration required.

Get Crafty with Marge!

On Wednesday, August 18 at 11 a.m., crafting wizard Marge Barkan returns with Crafting with Marge: Make an Easy Animal Suncatcher. This will be a Facebook Premiere video. Kits with essential materials will be provided to the first 12 registered attendees. Printed sheets of paper with animal images to color in will be provided to all registered attendees. Registration required. 

Trivia Night!

On Friday, September 24 at 7 p.m., join mistress of ceremonies Mary Piekarski for our popular Trivia Night. G-rated fun for all. Questions are geared to ages 18+, but all are welcome to play! Via Zoom. Registration required.

On Wednesday, September 29 from 7-8:30 p.m., our latest Great Decisions program will focus on The Korean Peninsula. The Korean Peninsula is facing a defining era. Attempts by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and former U.S. President Donald Trump to repair the rift between North and South have lost any momentum as Pyongyang continues to test long-range missiles for its nuclear weapons program. As the rift between the U.S. and China grows further, South Korea may end up in the middle of the two superpowers. What does the future hold for the U.S. relationship with the Republic of Korea (South Korea)? This program will be live. Registration required. Please wear masks.

Live Music Returns to the Library!

On Sunday, September 26 from 2-3 p.m., join us as we present The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo! We’re excited to be bringing live music back to the library. The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo will be playing a selection of popular Dixieland music. Please join us! Made possible by funds from the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts as well as funding from our Friends of the Summit Free Public Library.

Interested in signing up for any of these programs? You can visit our website at and go to the events tab at the top of the homepage or call the library at 908-273-0350, option 3 to register directly with one of our librarians. Note, since many of the library’s programs are currently being delivered via Zoom, you’ll receive a Zoom link in your email, typically the day before and the day of the start of the program. All live programs are subject to change based on Health Department guidance. 

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