Summit Public Library Spanish Language Programs Beneficiary of JLS Book Fair Oct. 2-4

A sampling of the Spanish-language books donated last year by the Junior League of Summit to the Summit Public Library.

SUMMIT, NJ - Proceeds from a book fair hosted by the Junior League of Summit (JLS) will benefit the Spanish Language programs at the Summit Public Library. For the second consecutive year, the JLS is supporting an initiative started in May of 2014 by Dr. Patricia Fontan, Hispanic Community Liaison with the Summit Public School System.

Dr. Fontan’s stated goal was to bring together diverse groups of Spanish- and English-speaking families through the Summit Public Library. Last year, the League’s efforts contributed 173 Spanish language books for the Library, a number that the JLS hopes to meet or exceed this year.

“The impact of the League’s efforts last year was significant,” indicated League member and project lead, Jeanette Smith of Summit, “The Library and participants in the Spanish Language programs were extremely pleased with the number of books that became available to their children. This program helps those looking to learn English as well as those looking to learn Spanish as a second language. These efforts make a difference, and the additional books that we provide this year will benefit the Summit Public Library and residents of Summit.”

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The Book Fair, which runs October 2-4, will feature two family-centric events:

- Story time, music, and activities event October 3 at 11 a.m.
- Story time and activities October 4 at 1 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, patrons can donate Spanish language books or pick up a voucher enabling their other book purchases to go towards the fundraising efforts. Those monies will be utilized to buy additional books for this program.

The Library is specifically seeking books from infant level to fifth grade reading levels.

“We are pleased to continue the League’s support of the Summit Public Library and, in particular, its Spanish language programs,” stated League President, Christine Yearing.

The Book Fair will take place at the Barnes & Noble location in Springfield, which is located at 240 Route 22.

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