Featured Programs

Hour of Code: 9 AM- 8 PM Thursday, December 10 at Main Library

hour of codeJoin people ages 8 and older from around the world as we participate in Hour of Code in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Visit the Children’s Room any time today and take a self-guided introduction to computer programming. You won’t believe how easy and fun it is!

The program repeats from 9 AM-4:30 PM Friday, December 11 at Bertram Woods Branch.


Make An Art Card with Jane Mason & Celebrate the 55th Birthday of Bertram Woods Branch: 1:30 and 2:15 PM Saturday, December 12 at Woods Branch

SnowmanWatercolor-JMMason-SmallFriends of the Shaker Library celebrates the 55th birthday of Bertram Woods Branch with a fun afternoon for children ages 8-10 with a grown-up. Meet artist Jane Mason who will demonstrate card making and help children and grown-ups, too, paint their own cards to take home. Sign up for a card -making session at 1:30 PM or 2:15 PM. Refreshments and restocked, like-new book shelves offer affordable gift-giving ideas. Celebrate the Branch and the Friends. Stop in for food and fun.

Register here.

Meet Artist Dicc Klann: 2-4 PM Sunday, December 13 at Main Library

booksitediccklannFriends of the Shaker Library invites you to a reception to meet artist Dicc Klann, graphic designer and creator of fine art images. A graduate of the Cooper School of Art Klann owned an advertising art studio, Kaleidoscope Art, Inc., for seventeen years where he and his staff of eight artists created logos for corporations, product identity and non-profit organizations. His most familiar design is that of the Lube Stop franchise. After selling the business Dicc became Graphics Director for Gallo Displays for over nine years.

Now retired, Dicc creates in Colored Pencil. He has pieces in collections across northeast Ohio. He has been featured in fine art shows in Bratenahl, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland, Geauga County’s West Woods Nature Center, Mentor, Peninsula, Shaker Heights and Willoughby Hills, Ohio. He is a member of Heights Arts in Cleveland Heights, Ohio; The Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and the Colored Pencil Society of America.

Poetry in the Woods: 7-8:30 PM Monday, December 14, 2015 at Woods Branch

December’s Poetry promises to be a delightful evening featuring Dan Rourke, Joe Toner, and Barry Zucker. When you read the poets’ biographies, you will realize you are in for a night of poetry fun!

rourkeDan Rourke was a 2014 Creative Workforce Fellow, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. He has published a book of poems, Catch Me. He has performed his poetry around Cleveland for more than twenty years. Dan is currently working on his fourth novel, tentatively titled Fair Hooker Never Let Me Down. He works at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.


Born in a crossfire hurricane, Joe Toner was raised in the Aleutian Islands by a saintly, albino Inuit mother and a deranged, gold-panning father.  Toner achieved his tonerpersonal apotheosis by coming in 3rd in the 1997 Iditarod Trail Race, while being carried the 1,000 miles …. in an iron lung!  Traveling to the lower 48, Toner tried his hand at muffler repair before getting exhausted, lumber work before getting axed, and pool repair before getting drained.  Finding himself without work, without a family, and without hope, he became a successful poet. With a  perfect poetic blend of 1% mirth and 99% melancholy, Toner has spent the last 15 years entertaining the troops–most recently Boy Scouts 101 from Lodi.

barry ZuckerBarry Zucker has read his poetry in coffee houses, bars, colleges, libraries, junkyards, arcades, and parks throughout Greater Cleveland. He was the 1986 Jewish Community Center Scholar in Residence and also tied for third place in the 2004 Geauga County Nature Center’s poetry contest. He has been published in The Cleveland Anthology of Poetry, Split City, Artcrimes, The Jawbone Open Book, The Herlands Review and The Get of My Lawn Reader. He has taught in the English Departments of Capital University, Cleveland State University, and Cuyahoga Community College.