Where did the summer go? The season passes so quickly and sightings of yellow school buses crisscrossing the town are now a regular part of our mornings. In the Children’s Rooms, our Summer Reading material has been put away and we are busy planning story times, music programs, STEAM programs, and a Drop-in Roald Dahl Day because according to Dahl, “A little magic can take you a long way.” Be sure to browse our Fall Program flyers for children and teens to see what excites you and your family.
Our Adult Summer Reading Challenge was another successful program where readers “earned” a generous $500 donation to the Library from OverDrive. Library staff created a survey for book club members or want-to-be book club members and has planned a Reading Group Rendezvous for Book Lovers the evening of September 13. Joining us that evening will be Lorraine Nelson of CWRU Continuing Education, Harriett Logan of Loganberry Books and we will have material from Appletree Books and Mac’s Backs. Participants can enjoy refreshments, meet other book club members, and learn what the library offers as well as many other enriching opportunities in our community. Bring your book-loving friends and join us.
We were busy taking the library to the community this summer and will continue to do so in the fall. Look for us in Chelton Park, at The Dealership, at Shaker Football Games, and at Shaker Heights PTO CommUnity Market Nights. We will co-sponsor a Forum on the Ohio School Board on September 25 at the Main Library and a Meet-the-Candidates Night on September 28 at the Shaker Middle School with the League of Women Voters Shaker Heights Chapter.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and again this year we join with other libraries in the county to help ensure that every child under 18 years of age has a library card. The initiative, A Card for Every Kid Library Challenge, occurs during National Library Card Sign-up Month (September 1 – 30) and is a cooperative effort to raise awareness of the importance of owning a library card and to better understand the factors that keep some children and teens from getting one. Children in grades K-12 can sign up for a library card or have their fines forgiven on their existing cards throughout the month of September.
We have also debuted our new Three for Teens card for ages 13-18. Because there is no parent/guardian signature requirement, teens can sign up at the Circulation desk and borrow up to three books and gain access to emedia right away. This card follows the same principles as our Three for Me card for children ages 12 and under. We want to ensure that everyone in our community has access to the library. Do you teach? We now offer Educator cards with expanded access to our resources and materials. Cards are issued free of charge to educators who provide proof of employment at a school or licensed preschool or daycare facility. Stop in today to get yours. Get ready for success in school and be sure to have the most important school supply – a Shaker Library card.
What’s new? Overdrive has a new app called Libby, which you can use to discover and instantly enjoy thousands of ebooks and audiobooks from the library for offline reading, or stream them to save space. If you prefer reading on your Kindle, Libby can send your library books to it. All your loans and holds are consolidated on a single shelf and you can sample any book with a tap — nothing to download or delete. All you need is a library card.
Our new Spaces reservation system has made it easier and quicker to reserve one of our meeting rooms. Whether you need a meeting room for six or 100, we have the spaces and we have made it easier for you to reserve them.
While you can’t reclaim the expansive hours of a summer past, you can still find time to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate by visiting the Library. Find a comfy chair and a book or magazine that appeals and take some time for yourself. Our doors and shelves are open for your reading, listening, and watching pleasure.