September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Shaker Library is proud to join with other libraries in Cuyahoga County on A Card for Every Kid campaign, which aims to put a library card into the hands of every child under 18 in Cuyahoga County. Celebrate with us two ways:
1.) Get your child a library card. It’s easy: just visit the library and sign up.
2.) If your child already has a card but it’s blocked by fines, bring your child to the library to have fines forgiven. (This is a one-time benefit.)
Plus, parents and guardians can get $5 off their fines by taking our brief survey.
Now that you have your card, we encourage you to use it to read what you like, when you like, and in whatever format you choose. Shaker Library has something for everyone, including a large selection of emedia. A recent Pew Research Center survey, “Book Reading 2016,” found that 73% of Americans have read a book in the last 12 months. Print books remain more popular than ebooks: 65% have read a print book in the past 12 months, while only 28% read an ebook. Just 6% read only ebooks. Younger people are even more likely than their elders to have read a print book in the past year. As we plan for the library’s future, it’s clear that print books and ebooks will co-exist for some time to come.
Part of planning for the future is to ensure that we offer spaces to fulfill our mission to build community and to enrich lives by bringing together people, information, and ideas. To that end, the Library Board of Trustees has been studying several facility options to address community needs as well as the projected $5 million in maintenance costs over ten years. A thorough study of the options listed below should be completed by September 2016.
- Keep both buildings as they are, which entails making the required repairs noted in the 2014 facility assessment but not undertaking service or facility improvements.
- Replace two aging facilities with one new, up-to-date facility.
- Keep and update both facilities to be more modern and flexible.
- Keep both buildings but significantly reduce service at Main in an effort to reduce costs.
- Never go on the ballot again.
- Join the Cuyahoga County Public Library system.
Recently, the Mayor’s volunteer task force issued an opinion recommending that Shaker Library join Cuyahoga County Public Library; however, the report leaves many important questions unanswered. Shaker Library customers should expect nothing to change with their library and its services as a result of this report. The Shaker Library Board has not taken a position for or against inclusion. Until our analysis of our policy options is completed and our Board has acted on it, we consider inclusion to be an open question. Library Board President Chad Anderson’s response to the task force is posted on our website.
As we move forward and evaluate the library’s options for the future, please know that we value our independent library―a legacy left to us by previous generations who envisioned it and grew it to what it is today.