Featured Programs

Polishing Your Workplace Writing: 10 -11:30 AM Saturday, February 28 at Main Library

norm FriedmanIs the correct phrase “hone in” or “home in”? And why did that question mark go outside the quotation marks? Wait. Can I start a sentence with “And”? Get the answers to these common questions and many more, plus a number of tips on enhancing your writing style, in a three-session course led by Norm Friedman geared to working people and job-seekers. Participants will be able to purchase Norm’s book, 100+ Instant Writing Tips. In his January class, Friedman spoke about frequently confused words and related errors. Participants will be able to purchase Norm’s book, 100+ Instant Writing Tips.  In his February class, Friedman will focus on commonly misunderstood grammar and punctuation rules.

10 -11:30 AM Saturday, March 28 the focus will be on editing and proofing your own work.

Please register for each class individually. For more information about Norm Friedman, follow him on his blog.

Friends of the Library presents Literary Libations: A Cocktail Party with a Literary Twist: 7-9 PM Friday, February 6 at Main Library


IMG_2199Release your inner intellectuals among our Dewey Decimals. We’ll offer cocktails with a literary twist. “The Last of the Mojitos,” you get the gist. Celebrate authors and the written word with a literary libation – shaken or stirred.

Friends of the Library sponsors its second Literary Libations at the Library from 7-9 pm Friday, February 6 at the Main Library. This year’s benefit features the book, Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle. The little cocktail book for the literary obsessed features delicious drink recipes and wry (or is it rye) commentary on some of history’s beloved novels. Guest bartenders are Dave Greene, Dan Mizener, Clint O’Connor, and Paul Qua.

Tickets: $25/person, which includes two drink tickets, or $50 person, which includes two drink tickets and a copy of the book.

For tickets and information, call 216-367-3005.

Magic & Myths of African American Magicians from the Past: 7 PM Monday February 9 at Main Library

Celebrate BlRory Rennickack History Month! Learn, laugh, and experience live magic as you travel through time with Rory Rennick.

This historical, magical presentation is designed for all ages and highlights African-American magicians of the past. Register for this fun family program here, or call 216-991-2030 x 2340.




Winter Reading Advisory Adult Reading Program: January 20 – March 30

Shaker Wintrer Reading Advisory 2015 for webLibrary has issued a Winter Reading Advisory from January 20 – March 30, 2015. Print this ReadTracker to track your winter reading. Add your name and contact information, and complete at least five out of ten reading/viewing categories.

After you have checked at least five snowflakes, return your Tracker by March 30 to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawing for a $50 gift card to Loganberry Books courtesy of Friends of the Shaker Library! (Drawing will be held April 1).

Warm up your winter with a good book!















Analyzing Records with Dr. Deborah Abbott: 9:30 AM Saturday, January 24, 2015

photo of Deborah AbbotThis month’s African-American Genealogical Society‘s workshop features Dr. Deborah Abbott speaking on the topic of Analyzing Records, followed by a workshop at 10:30 am for beginning researchers. After you’ve found documents about your ancestors through the census, vital and other records, what’s next?  Knowing how to evaluate and interpret what you have is an important step in the research process.

Dr. Deborah Abbot is a national speaker at genealogical conferences and lectures on a wide range of topics. She enjoys teaching genealogy methodology.

AAGS monthly meetings are open to all. Reserve your place online.



Book Bash: 2-3:15 PM Saturday, January 24 at Main Library

bookbashWarm up your winter with good reading suggestions. Enjoy refreshments as you get suggestions for books you might have missed. Browse and borrow from our carts filled with 2014’s Best Books. Take home end-of-the-year best of 2014 lists from the New York Times, The Plain Dealer, Oprah, NPR, Library Journal and more! Come ready to name a favorite book of your own and to hear about some great books that other readers recommend. Registration for this program begins on December 27.

Reading Pays Off for Teens: 10 AM-Noon Friday, January 2 at Woods Branch

read down finesStart the year off with a fine-free library card. Teens ages 12-17 can present their own library card at the Youth Services Desk to earn coupons towards paying off current overdue fines on Shaker Library materials. Earn a $2 Library Buck coupon for every 15 minutes spent reading with the potential of earning $8 in one hour. No registration is required.