Featured Programs

Community Baby Shower: 2-4 PM Sunday, October 26 at Main Library

Community Baby shower color smallerExpecting? Expect to get some good information from a variety of community agencies serving children when the Library welcomes parents-to-be and new parents to a community baby shower. Learn all that the Library and local agencies have to offer new families. Nonprofits and for-profits will staff tables of their services and wares, and each mom- and pop-to-be will receive a bright baby bag to fill with free samples.

The City’s Health department will be on hand to offer flu shots and hand out literature about immunizing babies. The Shaker Fire department will demo safe car seat placement and offer tips to keep the home safe for baby. The Breastfeeding Support Group at Hillcrest Hospital and La Leche League of Cleveland Heights will be available to offer new moms help and support, and Family Connections will have information about its many services for families.

Walgreens, MotoPhoto, Stroller Mama, and Buy, Buy Baby are some of the commercial entities that will be on hand to demonstrate their services and equipment. The Library’s children’s department will have literacy tips for parents and lists of books to read to babies as they grow.

Enjoy cake and punch, enter drawings for raffles, and discover all the resources the library and the community have to offer you and your bundle of joy. Siblings are welcome.


Poetry in the Woods: 7 PM Wednesday, October 29 at Woods Branch

maj ragain The Library opens its 17th year with regional poets Maj Ragain and Bill Kennedy.

Maj Ragain has taught off and on at Kent State University since 1969. For nearly 30 years he has hosted bill kennedy open poetry readings in Kent, Ohio at the Brady Cafe, North Water Street Gallery and the Last Exit Bookstore. A Hungry Ghost Surrenders His Tackle Box is his fifth and latest collection of poems.

Bill Kennedy is a Cleveland writer and poet who has been traveling, reading, singing, and honky-tonking with Major Ragain since the 1980s. They are brothers of the road and of the spirit of open readings.

Shaker Library celebrates Cleveland State University’s 50th Anniversary 50 Book Challenge.

Where will the reading take you? Shaker Library celebrates50 book challenge Cleveland State University’s 50th Anniversary 50 Book Challenge.

All children in grades three and under in Cuyahoga County and those attending Center for Excellence and Innovation member districts outside of the county can meet the 50 Book Challenge by reading (or being read to) at least 50 different books between Sept. 19, 2014 and May 15, 2015.  Exciting events, activities and recognition for kids who meet the challenge!!!

For more info on the 50 Book Challenge, special events and special “read along” videos, go to: www.50bookchallenge.org.

6-8:30 pm Wednesday, October 1 at Woods Branch- Harvard University Public Affairs: Henry Paulson

henry paulsonListen to a live broadcast from the John F. Kennedy Forum of Harvard’s Institute of Politics featuring an address by the former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson.

Following his talk,  a graduate of  the Institute of Politics will moderate a discussion. The John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum is Harvard’s premier arena for political speech, discussion, and debate. Attend it virtually at the Library!

4:30-6 pm Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays: Reading Skills Center for Grades K – 4 at Main Library

The Reading Skills Center provides an opportunity for students to receive extra reading practice,   work on increasing their reading levels, or brush up on reading skills before taking a standardized test. Each student can spend up to 15 minutes reading one-on-one with a helpful teacher, and up to 15 minutes reading independently or practicing skills using online resources each day.  An adult must be present to register the child at the first visit. This program is funded by MyCom. children reading