SUMMIT, NJ - All that is missing from this year's 'National Library Week' theme of 'Find the Library at Your Place' are the words Dewey Decimal System Not Required.

The annual celebration will take place April 19-25 and feature a theme that has been tweaked by the America Library Association from its original version -- 'Find Your Place at the Library' -- due to the coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in libraries across the United States being shuttered. The new theme reflects a new reality and one that sees library patrons are using many library digital resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital movies, newspapers, and magazines, as well as Ancestry.com, virtual lectures, and more remotely from home.  

While the Library may be closed, to celebrate National Library Week the Summit Free Public Library has three programs that patrons are invited to participate in from the comfort of their home:

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Israel: Through the Lens of a Camera

Join Paul Rabinowitz, a certified Tour Guide with the Ministry of Tourism in Israel, author, photographer, lecturer, and world traveler, as he presents an online journey with startling images of the region’s rich cultural history, iconic sites, and its people. Rabinowitz will share his deep knowledge of Israel from the perspective of one who lived there, served in the military, and is intimate with the land, religions and political conflict. Participants will visit the holy sites, see the natural beauty and visit conflict zones providing participants an overview and better understanding of this unique country. Contact info@paulrabinowitz.com and note 'ISRAEL' in the subject line to participate in this program. 

Taking Charge of College Applications  

Recognizing that college applications can be overwhelming and confusing for parents and students, even without a global pandemic, a college application expert from College GPS will clarify the steps involved in applying to college. This program is appropriate for families and students in grades 8 - 11. Participants will be asked to take notes. The program -- which will take place April 22, from 7 - 8 p.m. -- is sponsored by the Friends of the Summit Free Public Library. To register, visit summitlibrary.org and click on the Events tab at the top of the page.  

The third online program is an 8-week course,

Creative Writing Workshop for Adults

This eight-week course will take place on Thursdays, with the first class on April 23, from 7 - 9 p.m., and is taught by creative writing instructor Paul Rabinowitz. Rabinowitz will focus on creative writing and nurturing one's writing voice in productive and non-critical group discussions. Each week the class will listen to samples of poetry, prose, and short stories, discuss their meaning and use them as inspiration for their own writing. The class will use the time to share their work and offer gentle critique, if desired. The focus of the workshop is to generate work that is personal and from the heart. The workshop is open to adult writers of all skill levels. Space is limited.  To reserve a spo, visit summitlibrary.org and click on the Events tab at the top of the page.