summer reading

10:15 am-1 pm Saturday, July 26: Steps to Writing a Living History

Barbara Flewellyn, African-American Genealogical Society member and author, presents “Steps to Writing a Living History” at the Main Library. Using the recently published book, In His Presence: A Memoir in Traditional Gospel Music, she and Helen Turner-Thompson will discuss the collaboration required between the author and oral historian for the completion of a successful product.


2-6 pm Monday, August 4-Thursday, August 7: FREE ACT Boot Camp for Teens

What is the ACT?
a.) A national college admissions exam that consists of subject area tests in English, Math, Reading, and Science.act boot camp
b.) A test that includes 215 multiple-choice questions and takes approximately 3½ hours to complete.
c.) A test whose results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.
d.) A test that makes most high school juniors anxious.
e.) All of the above.

If you answered (e) all of the above, you are correct! To ease a high schooler’s anxiety College Now Greater Cleveland will present a FREE ACT Test Preparation Boot Camp from 2-6 PM Monday, August 4 through Thursday, August 7 at the Main Library. During this 16-hour course, students will learn about and practice for each section of the ACT. Snacks will be served daily and every student will receive an ACT prep book at the conclusion of the Boot Camp. To register, go to CollegeNow ACT Test Registration.  You will be contacted one week before the start of the camp to confirm your enrollment. For more information, call Michelle Broome at College Now Greater Cleveland at 216-241-5587.


  7-8 pm Wednesday, August 6: End-of-Summer-Reading Interactive Art Show

finishing touchesGet Creative at this special family event when we put the Finishing Touches on our art-themed summer reading program. Programs will be held at Main Library and Bertram Woods Branch. Choose the library where you’d like to attend. Make make cool art projects. Vote for your favorite painting in our art show. Spin the Wheel of Artists. Play Masterpiece Memory. Enjoy light refreshments.
Special thanks to Friends of the Shaker Library for underwriting another successful summer reading program!

From the Director 6/2014

The problem with the weather, as the saying goes, is that everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it! The same could be said about the so-called “achievement gap” in the schools. Politicians want to pour more money into “education” to “level the playing field” for certain groups of students defined by socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity and gender. In Ohio, we now have the “Third Grade Reading Guarantee.”

What is it that causes some to do better in school than others? Almost everyone agrees that the key is to start early—very early! Children need to be talked and read to from the very beginning. Give them plastic books they can chew on and then board books with pages they can turn—and take them to the Shaker Library!

The Library and Family Connections operate the “Play and Learn Station,” for preschool children, their parents and caregivers, where children learn by playing in a variety of interactive settings with other children. We offer regular story times including, “Nestlings” for babies from birth to 15 months, “Fledglings” for 15 to 24 month-old toddlers, “Terrific Twos” for two-year-olds, and “Stories for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds.” From June 16 through July 22, we offer a “Baby Summer Sampler” for babies from birth through 23 months.

Once children reach school age, there are many more opportunities for educational enrichment. We host a variety of book parties for different grade levels and other book-related activities, such as the American Girl Doll series (for grades 1 to 5) and a Writer’s Club (for grades 2 to 4). In addition, we have provided free Homework Help after school through MyCOM grants (for grades 2 to 8) for a number of years during the school year. Our popular “Read to a Dog” events provide school-age children the opportunity to practice their reading skills with a furry, friendly certified Therapy Dog that loves listening to stories!

One of the most important things a child can do to improve educational achievement is to participate in the Summer Reading Program. Educators agree that to be successful, children must be exposed early to language and reading. Just as important, however, is that they must not fall behind during the summer when they are out of school. The sure cure for “Summer Reading Loss” is our “Summer Reading Program,” which is designed to encourage young readers by offering prizes as reading incentives. This year’s summer reading theme is “Get Creative—Read!” Beginning June 11 through August 6, children can earn prizes by listening to someone read to them and by reading or listening to books themselves. Prizes include colorful stickers, modeling dough, watercolor paint sets, design-your-own paint smocks, books, and medals thanks to our Friends of the Library which underwrites the programs and prizes.

Teens have their own summer reading program with weekly prize drawings for $10 gift cards and a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer for a Kindle Fire HDX! The number of hours read or listened to must be logged each week by 9 pm Wednesdays to qualify for the weekly drawings and reading for each ten hours earns a teen a ticket for the grand prize drawing.

Adults can model good reading behavior by participating in the Adult Summer Reading Program. Register at the Reference desks at either library or online at www.shakerlibrary.org and log your reading time to be eligible to win a Kindle Fire.

We can help close the “achievement gap” and help children meet the “Third Grade Reading Guarantee” by getting them involved early in reading and other learning at the Library, and by helping them maintain and improve their skills through the Summer Reading Program! Get Creative—READ!