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Summit Free Public Library (Summit, New Jersey)
Summit, New Jersey's first library opened on New England Avenue in 1891. The facility was run by the Summit Library Association, a private, nonprofit organization created by a group of Summit residents who felt the town needed a library. The library did not put books on loan to residents for free. Instead, those interested in borrowing had to pay a subscription fee. It was in 1911 that the city's first free public library opened. The building was constructed on land donated by the Bonnel family and funded by the estate of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The Summit Library is one of the 36 Carnegie libraries in New Jersey. In 1964, a new library was constructed at 75 Maple Street and the domed building was torn down. By 1996, it was determined that additional space was needed and a capital campaign for funding was initiated, which raised $1.3 million from activities including a community production of "The Music Man." Construction on the addition began in October 1997 and was completed in March 1999.
The lantern slides feature beautification efforts for the Summit Free Public Library.
Persons associated with the property include the Bonnel Family (former landowners, -1910s?); Andrew Carnegie (philanthropist, 1910s); Earl Harvey Hall (architect, 1910s-?).
The folder includes worksheets and other information.