SUMMIT, NJ - 'Summit Reads to Babies', a program designed to promote the importance of reading to babies and young children -- and sponsored by the Summit Free Public Library, the Mom’s Club of Summit, and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders -- is now available for parents of children from birth thru Kindergarten.

The program encourages parents to bring their young children to the library and introduce them to the joys of books and reading. Children under the age of two are eligible for this program and will receive a gift from the library -- a special book bag will be information about getting a library card for your child, bookmarks, bibliographies of great books for children, other important resources, and a gift board book. 'Books for Babies' is available in both English and Spanish. 

The Children’s Department offers a wide variety of programs for young children which help to stimulate interest in books and reading and develop early literacy skills. The library’s storytime programs are designed to be developmentally appropriate per the child’s age level. The 2017 winter storytime session at Summit Free Public Library is now underway and includes:

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  • Mother Goose:  For children 6-24 months—Tuesdays at 10 and 10:30 a.m.
  • Storytime Stars:  For children age 3 through Kindergarten—Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Spanish Storytime:  For children ages 6 months thru Kindergarten—Thursdays at 10 a.m.
  • Terrific Twos:  For children 2-3 years old— Fridays at 10 and 10:30 a.m.

The library also encourages parents to participate in '1,000 Books Before Kindergarten', which is cosponsored by the 1,000 Books Foundation, the Friends of Summit Free Public Library, and the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. '1,000 books before Kindergarten' is a free incentive program which encourages parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their child before he or she starts kindergarten.

Parents can repeat books, and read with their child at whatever pace is easiest for them. To sign up for the program, visit the Ask Us Desk at Summit Library or visit summitlibrary.org.

For every 100 books read together, participants may stop by the library and receive a milestone sticker. Once the goal of 1,000 books is reached, participants will receive a special prize from the Friends of the Summit Public Library.

Library cards are also available parents children as well as themselves. For adults, a current ID (driver’s license, lease, utility bill) showing a Summit address is required. with children having their choice of a “Gateway to Imagination” card, or a traditional Summit Free Public Library card.

The Summit Free Public Library is located at 75 Maple Street.