Message to the Community from Luren E. Dickinson:
Explore, Experiment, Read! is this year’s Summer Reading Program theme. Registration begins June 8 and we will kick things off with our annual Ice Cream Social at the Bertram Woods Branch from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 12. There will be games for children, a book sale for the older crowd, and free popcorn, punch, and ice cream for all.
Adults have the opportunity to join
in a summer reading program and win weekly prize drawings, too. Read a book,
listen to an audiobook or Playaway, attend a library-sponsored book discussion,
program or movie and share their reactions with others. Do you know what your
reading properties are? Be sure to check out the library’s Periodic
Table of Reading posted at both libraries.
Our teen programs will be boosted again this year through a MyCom grant. We will share a $19,000 grant with other members of the South Shaker Neighborhood Council. About one third of these funds will help us expand our Teen Center hours throughout the week and on Saturdays. We will also add a variety of programs on art, science, music and cooking for teens and ‘tweens. Our partner groups include Shaker Heights Youth Center, which will conduct an enrichment program for students in grades K-4 who are struggling academically; First Baptist Church, which will hold a six-week career exploration and development program for teens; and Shaker Prevention Coalition, which will continue its SHARP (Student Health Advocates Reaching Peers) training and create a Junior SHARP program for middle school students.
We are proud to announce that Susan Scheps, Youth Services Manager and a library employee since 1982, was presented with the 2009 Carolyn Grossman Award by the Heights Parent Center. This annual award honors an individual who demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to strengthening families and preparing young children for success in school and in life. Susan was honored at the Center’s gala event, “A Night under the Stars,” held on May 29 at the Great Lakes Science Center.
Adult programs continue throughout the summer, including evening Knit Nights at Bertram Woods Branch on June 11 and July 9, and Wednesday afternoon Wii gaming programs for seniors on June 10 and 24. In addition, we will host two historical programs at the Main Library. “Down the Garden Path: Lake View Cemetery’s Horticulture” features Dave Gressley, OSU graduate and horticulturalist, who will speak about the history of landscape cemeteries at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2. Kent State University Professor Charles P. Graves, Jr., author of The Genealogy of Cities will speak about urban design and historic city plans at 7 p.m. June 16.
We are moving forward in implementing our strategic plan. We have placed orders for twenty new lounge chairs for the Main Library, which are due to arrive later this summer. We have finalized the Preconstruction & Joint Use Agreement with the Shaker Schools for the Library Renovation & Redesign Project, and we have extended our Lease Agreement with the City of Shaker Heights through August 29, 2033. The School Board is scheduled to approve the contract with library architect, Duane Van Dyke, at its June 16 meeting. Upon approval, we will begin to develop a master plan and to move ahead with second
floor renovations at the Main Library, and to complete other work as the budget allows.
Luren E. Dickinson, Director