From the Director – 11/13

Message to the community from Luren E. Dickinson:

For the first time in recent memory, Shaker Library will change its hours of service to the public. Due to the triennial revaluation of properties in Cuyahoga County, increasing costs, and flat state funding, the Library Board was forced to make cutbacks at its October 2013 meeting so that most services could be retained without deficit spending. <p>

Effective December 29, Bertram Woods Branch Library will reduce its hours from 65.5 to 50 hours a week. While it will be open every day, it will be closed Monday and Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings. Hours will be 1 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Main Library will reduce its Friday hours by a half hour, closing at 5:30 p.m. to be consistent throughout the week at both locations. Main Library will remain open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays October through April.

Main Library will continue its 69.5 hours per week service when open on Sundays from October through April.  The only change in Main’s schedule will be Friday closings at 5:30 p.m. to keep late afternoon closings consistent throughout the week at both locations.

In the meantime, we will continue to provide the excellent customer service that our community has come to expect over the years from our prize- winning employees and partners.

Public Relations Coordinator Margaret Simon, who has served Shaker Library for more than 25 years, was honored at the state library convention last month with the Ohio Library Council’s 2012-13 Supportive Staff Member of the Year Award.  Local History Librarian Meghan Hays, in conjunction with the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission, has received two statewide awards for the work done on Longtime Shaker Library partner, Brondy Shanker, will receive the “Most Treasured Volunteer” award from the Center for Community Solutions in a ceremony at the City Club on November 8 for her decades of “English in Action” service teaching a “new” language to hundreds of men, women, and children from around the world.<p>


Future offerings from the library will include enhanced digital access to popular magazines through a CLEVNET consortium group subscription that will begin in 2014.  Likewise, Shaker Library will be licensing the “Hoopla” streaming system that will bring feature films, audiobooks, the latest music, and TV shows to our customers.  And, finally, our website is being redesigned for the first time in a decade with the assistance of the Shaker Square firm, Epstein Design.  We hope to have it available in early 2014! <p>

Luren E. Dickinson, Director