Featured Programs

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!

Polishing Your Workplace Writing: 10 AM-Noon Saturday, January 31 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 will focus on a hit list of frequently confused words and related errors. 

10 AM – Noon Saturday February 28, the class focus will be on commonly misunderstood grammar and punctuation rules.

10 AM–Noon 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.

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.

Poetry in the Woods: 7 PM Wednesday, December 10 at Woods Branch

December’s poetry program is sure to warm your heart. Join us for an evening of whimsey and poetry before we break for the winter months.

rourkeDan Rourke has been a teacher, magazine editor, and bookseller. He prays he isn’t just a has been. He writes novels, short stories, poems for adults and children, and liner notes. Lately he’s been trying his pen and hand at writing country songs in the hopes that he’ll someday be a one-hit wonder. His favorite poet is Dizzy Dean, and his favorite Cleveland Indian from the 1970s is Angel Hermoso. His muse is boredom and his prime motivators are decaffeinated black coffee and this month’s rent check.


tonerJoe Toner is the only son of an albino Amish mother and a Tasmanian missionary father. Toner (nee Tonér) exploded onto the literary scene with his Bulitzer Prize collection of poems: The Love Song of J. Alfred Amblyopia. His poetry ranges from the inscrutable to the incoherent. He has never recovered from his delivery: the moment the doctor grabbed him he wailed: “In the womb I was safe and fed. But now I’m doomed for a life of meds.” The doctor, impressed with Toner’s use of slant rhyming, dropped the baby–leading to a jagged indentation and an inability to confidently spell “Cincinnati.” Toner has written 12 books, the last one being A Yo-Yo for Yul Brynner, in which the yo-yo symbolizes life’s vicissitudes and Yul Brynner symbolizes a bald Russian actor, oddly cast as an Egyptian pharaoh. When he is not writing poetry, Toner enjoys cooking baklava on the grill.


barry ZuckerBarry Zucker has been busy writing the wrongs of the world as a teacher, poet and environmentalist. He has taught in the English departments of Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community, and Capitol University and is currently the director of the Ohio Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides. For the past 17 years Barry has hosted the monthly “Poetry in the Woods” readings at the Shaker Library where he has created a supportive environment where poets can meet, read, and be heard. Barry’s poems have been included in The Cleveland Reader, Hearts Cargo: An Anthology of Cleveland Poetry, The Herlands Review, The Homeless Grapevine, Poem the Nukes, Split City and ArtCrimes.