Message to the community from Luren E. Dickinson:
Last month I wrote about the many awards the library received in 2009. I am quite proud of our accomplishments, and the staff, and the Shaker community that made these awards possible. Now we move forward into a new year and a new decade. Aptly, our program theme for 2010 is “Moving Forward,” and we invite you to come along with us and take advantage of our many free programs and services.
There were some positive signs in December that library funding may improve in the new year. First, our monthly Public Library Fund receipts were only 11% below 2008. That’s good news compared to the declines of more than 20% over the preceding months. Also, with the passage of HB 318, libraries and local governments may see small increases. For us, it will mean approximately $70,000 over the biennium, which will help to offset the expected loss of $200,000 in reduced property tax collections due to declining home values.
The best thing we can do to “move forward” in 2010 is to help our customers. This year, resolve to use the library! Check out at least one book or movie; learn to knit; improve your computer skills; join a book discussion or take your child or grandchild to a library program.
Can’t afford the high cost of a new book or the gas to go buy it? Reserve it online from the convenience of your home, office or phone. Want to stay up to date on the latest new books? Sign up for “Good Reads” newsletters and choose categories ranging from arts & crafts to African-American authors to romance to children’s books. All you need is an e-mail address to register at: http://www.booksite.com/texis/scripts/bookletter/addnluser.html?sid=6795
Resolve to never pay another overdue fine! Sign up for NetNotice at: www.clevnet.org/netnotice.php and renew your items from your home, office or phone before they’re due. Need a place to meet? The Library offers meeting rooms to suit both small (5 people) and large groups (up to 100). Reserve and pay for a meeting room online. We have downloadable materials for you, too. To find the audiobook, ebook, music, or movie you want, go to our eMedia page at
Our 12th Annual MLK Student Writing Contest Awards ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, January 15 at the Main Library. Meet the winners and hear them read their affirming essays. Then join us at the citywide MLK celebration at 7 p.m. January 20 at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building when the MyCom collaborative receives the 2010 Human Relations award.
And there is so much more. Percy Jackson fans and their families can warm up their winter nights with a Camp Half-Blood program at Main Library from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, January 28. We have extended the popular Teen Yoga program cosponsored with MyCom through January. Our collaboration with Shaker Arts Council yielded a fine exhibit, “Of Shaker, By Shaker,” which continues through January 14, and will be followed by Winter Blues to Winter Hues. Meet the artists at a gallery-opening reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, January 31. For newsworthy entertainment, come to Bertram Woods Branch at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 20 and meet John Tidyman, author of Gimme Rewrite, Sweetheart, who will talk about the glory days of Cleveland newspapers. Poetry is alive and well at the branch as we continue the longest running poetry series in a library, Poetry Back in the Woods, featuring monthly performances by regional poets. We continue to find new ways to use our grant-funded computer games and flatscreen TV. In addition to our afternoon Wii® for Seniors we will begin a special Game Girlz program for girls from 8 to 108!
I have listed just a few highlights of this month and there’s more to come throughout the year. I invite you to take advantage of all the free programs and services your library has to offer. Visit us in person or on the web at www.shakerlibrary.org
Luren E. Dickinson, Director