From the Director – August 2018 From the Director – August 2018

September signifies a time to settle in, to start projects, to make plans, to sign on to new projects, and generally to let go of carefree summer days. Fall is the time to put o?r ideas into action. While managing a busy summer reading program, library staff was also busy planning a September celebration of everything Italian. The Library will celebrate the rich culture of Italy including food, travel, language, and musicĀ­. The Friends of the Library jumped on board the celebration and will hold a wine tasting al fresco in the Woods Reading Garden from 7-9 pm Thursday, September 27. Look for an invitation in your email soon. The tasting is limited so be sure to gets your RSVPs in early. Be sure to check out our calendar and join us as we Celebrate Italy.

In addition to celebrating the culture of Italy, staff continue to offer computer classes and a variety of ongoing programs for children, teens, adults, and seniors. September’s author visit will feature award-winning keynote speaker Hugh Littleton” who will talk about his new book, Legacy Building through Extraordinary Leadership the evening of September 25 at Main Library.

Our Community Engagement librarians have been working with the city, schools, and local community partners on aligning our focus and training our staffs on Restorative Practices. The Shaker Schools use this approach to ensure youth are given adequate support to be successful in school. The library is hosting a Restorative Practices training session on Wednesday, August 29. Greg Zannelli from Shaker Schools will be presenting the 4-hour training. A number of library staff are attending, as well as staff from the city, Heights Christian Church, Shaker Heights Police Department, Shaker Heights Youth Center, and Cuyahoga County Juvenile Courts.

The Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) recently announced that OPLIN will be providing access to to all Ohio public libraries. Access will require a valid card from one of Ohio’s 251 public library systems. Shaker Library has been providing access to to its cardholders for some time. The library will now be able redirect those funds to other resources for our community. provides users access to an online platform of business, technology and creative tutorials for personal and professional skills enhancement. The service has more than 12,000 courses, ranging from computer programming to project management, including instruction on various computer software, programming languages, and business topics. The video courses are taught by industry experts and are designed for any skill level.

Amy L. Switzer
Director, Shaker Heights Public Library