Message to the community from Luren E. Dickinson:
Summertime might be the best time to catch up on what is happening at Shaker Library. We continue to develop new ways to keep current in this age of digital advances. Take the opportunity now to try out some of our innovative offerings before the chance slips away. As Shakespeare said in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Four days will quickly steep themselves in nights; Four nights will quickly dream away the time,” and before you know it the summer will be gone!
Zinio magazines is a new product that Shaker Library offers the community. It provides easy access to the latest full-color magazines on many popular subjects. Zinio magazines enables readers to download magazines to their computers or mobile devices and take them wherever they go! Titles range from Cosmopolitan to Country Living to Car and Driver! Also available are Taste of Home, Men’s Fitness, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone from among nearly ninety titles. 30-Minute Dinners is an appealing title for busy summer evenings with its appetizing recipes and full-color illustrations. Do It Yourself is a great reference for quick projects inside and outside the home. In the market for a new car? Then Consumer Reports New Car Ratings and Reviews is what you need. Shutterbugs can enjoy the latest issue of PC Magazine with a feature on digital cameras, Popular Photography, and even Shutterbug itself!
To sign up for Zinio, go to the “Readers’ Resources” section of the library’s website and click on the “Zinio-Magazines to Download” link. All you need is your Shaker Library card number and an email, and you can begin checking out magazines to your laptop, tablet or mobile device. And the best part is that you can take them with you and keep them for as long as you want. Need help connecting to Zinio? Library staff has created a helpful handout with step-by-step instructions and we also offer a class, Try Zino Digital Magazine Reader at 3 pm Friday, July 12 in the Main Library Training Lab.
I hope that you will also find time to join Friends of the Shaker Library at its Annual Meeting, Election of Officers, and Volunteer Appreciation evening at 7 PM Thursday, July 11 at Bertram Woods Branch. Guest speaker, Karen R. Long of The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, will talk about the 78-year-old Cleveland book prize, its jury, the selection process, the 2013 award winners, and take questions from the audience. Mark the date on your calendar and plan for a fun and informative evening celebrating books and book lovers. If traditional books and magazines are more your style, stop by either library to pick up copies of “Hot Picks” magazines or relax in comfy chairs situated throughout our reading areas and enjoy a book in air conditioned comfort.
Shaker Library has made it quick and easy for you to get what you want. While you are at work or home or on the run, select the items you want from our online catalog and have them delivered to the library location of your choice. Stop by to pick up what you ordered from our self-service holds shelf, and then privately check out the material yourself using our automated self-check system. While we encourage you to linger and browse our collection, this convenient service is especially helpful for those on the go.
You can even pay your fines from home by setting up an online account through our Bibliocommons catalog, where you can track your items, renew material, and pay your library fines with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover! You can also sign up for NetNotice and you may never have to pay another fine again because you will receive automatic advance notices when items you have checked out near their due dates.
If you’ve never downloaded an eBook, summer is a great time to try, and our library staff is happy to help you learn how. Books are returned automatically so you never have to worry about paying a late fee. Believe it or not, Romance is the most popular e-book genre. You can limit your search to fictional eBooks in the Romance genre and download Secrets of a Summer Night on your device! It will certainly be an interesting read because, as the Bard wrote: “The course of true love never did run smooth!”