2024 Summit Anniversaries: Happy Birthday Summit Public Library & More

Join In On Local Celebrations Of Summit Institutions!

By Glenda Robson, Macaroni KID Summit Short Hills SOMA Publisher May 24, 2024

To say that we love our local library, is a bit of an understatement. As Summit residents and avid readers, we drop in after school regularly to swap out books that we’ve read for new ones that might spark our imaginations or inform us of fascinating facts. We stop in for special events ranging from learning about exotic animals to reading aloud in front of registered therapy dogs. We get our homework and tutoring done there. We attend interesting classes, clubs, and presentations, such as the STEAM club or how to help your kids with new math. We pick up museum passes. Or we might catch a movie. Sometimes, we even meet up with friends there before heading off to other spots. It’s our downtown hub.

So, you can imagine it was a treat to speak with Amy Behr-Shields, the Director of the Summit Free Public Library! She informed us that the library and a few other esteemed Summit institutions are celebrating major milestones this year. Check out some of the planned activities.

The Summit Public Library, Established In 1874, Celebrates Its 150th Anniversary

Join our beloved library in some of their upcoming celebratory events:

  • Vote for your favorite books from the library's list of the top 100 Books for Children and Teenagers from the past 150 years. They have two lists, vote for the one for kids and/or vote for the one for teens. A list of Summit's Top 10 favorite Books for Teens and Kids will be released at the end of the summer reading program.
  • Ask about their limited edition library cards, featuring images from historical renditions of the Library. These are available for new members or for those that have lost their cards (with a $3 replacement fee). In addition, they have commemorative postcards, as well.
  • Check out their "Throwback Thursday" social media posts.
  • Join them for a "Happy Birthday to the Library" on the Village Green, in partnership with the Department of Community Programs. Sat., 6/8, 2pm – 5pm

For more information about the history of the library, view “The History of the Summit Free Public Library”, a 9-minute tour by Amy Behr-Shields on YouTube.

The City of Summit Turns 125

Summit itself became the “Township of Summit” when it separated from New Providence in 1869, 155 years ago. It was incorporated in 1899, 125 years ago. We think this is a good time as any to remind ourselves that voting for the Primary Election is on June 4th.

Happy 50th, Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Established in 1974, Summit’s own arboretum celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. We are very lucky to have their grounds open all year. It’s a gorgeous and fun place for parties and outdoor classes. As members, we’ve gotten a chance to camp there. Sometimes, it’s simply the perfect spot to take a stroll and forget where you are for a while. Their 50th Anniversary Garden Tour will be held on 5/30. Their ART in the Garden 50th Anniversary Gala is on on 6/8. You may currently participate in their 50/50 raffle from now until their drawing at the Festival of Trees on 12/8.

Sage Eldercare Turns 70

Sage Eldercare, established in 1954, provides a full range of eldercare services. Their mission is to help seniors remain living in their own homes. They will be having a Casino Night on 6/14 to raise funds. Join them by showing your appreciate for the work they do.

Other Summit Anniversaries

  • Oak Knoll, 100
  • New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, 55