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Schiavo Library: December 2017 Newsletter

December Crafts
At our Makerspace Table this month, we will feature several special holiday crafts. Children can make a reindeer or Christmas tree ornament out of popsicle sticks or a candy cane ornament using beads.

Winter Movie Matinees (Thursday -1:00pm)
December 7: Holiday Inn (75th Anniversary edition)
December 14: Come Dance with Me (Hallmark movie)
December 21 : Last Holiday (a personal favorite)

Books under the Tree
We are continuing our annual tradition – books under the tree! What better present than a book! Come in and choose one for you or a friend.

For the Holiday
In movie theaters now – The Man Who Invented Christmas. This movie is adapted from the book of the same name by Les Standiford. It’s the story of Dickens writing A Christmas Carol. At the time he wrote it, he was at a low point in his career: it was written and self-published in just six weeks. The movie stars Dan Stevens (from “Downton Abbey”) and Christopher Plummer. Look for it in a theater near you.

Holiday Hours
Our schedule for the holidays:
Open Dec. 23
Closed from Dec. 24 to January 1
Reopen Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A Special Note from the Director
I will be retiring at the end of January, 2018. I’ve loved this job since the first moment I stepped in the door back in late October 2009. I will miss it, but the library will continue to be open and thrive under the capable hands of my assistant, Melissa Warren. She will step up and be the new director starting in February.


Happy Holidays!
Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: November 2017 Newsletter 

Vote Here: Nov. 7
Again this year voters in Strathmere will be using the library instead of the fire hall. Voting is here from 6 am to 8 pm. The library is open for voting but closed for library business that day.

Revised Check-out Periods:
For the winter we will extend check-out periods for books (and audiobooks) to 30 days and for DVDs to 14 days. Don’t forget: you can always renew by phone or email.

Fall and Flowers: 
Thanks to Karen Mitchell’s green thumb and a mild fall, we still have beautiful flowers around our sign. Can’t believe we will get to enjoy them into November. Thanks again, Karen!


Thanksgiving:
The library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday. Melissa will be here on Saturday with normal hours.


Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: October 2017 Newsletter

October Perks
This month we will be offering FREE DVD rentals. Come in and choose your favorite movie. Hopefully we have something you like. If not, suggest a movie and we can try to purchase it for the library. You can’t lose! Also in October and November we will have a drawing for a mystery prize. Check out a book and enter the drawing. You may win!

Fake News and Libraries
Americans struggle to decide what news source they should trust. A recent Pew Research Center Poll shows that the majority of adults find libraries helpful in this search. And surprisingly Millennials are the most ardent library fans.

How to spot fake news (a quick guide):
• Consider the Source (investigate the site, its mission and contact info.)
• Check the Author (Are they credible? Are they real?)
• Check the Date (Reposting of old stories doesn’t mean they’re relevant.)
• Check your Biases (Do your own beliefs affect your judgment?) • Read beyond (Headlines an be outrageous to grab your attention. What’s the whole story?)
• Supporting Sources (Click on those links. Does the info. actually support the story?)
• Is it a Joke? (It might be satire.)
• Ask the Experts (Ask a librarian or consult a fact-checking site.)

Mah Jongg
Mah Jongg continues here at the library, but days and hours vary. Everyone welcome; just call the library to get up-to-date information: 609 486-6265.


Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: September 2017 Newsletter

Used Book Sale
Our eighth annual end of summer book sale is happening now! Library hours are generally 10-4pm. Some days we open earlier. Stop in - the sale goes on until the end of September.

September News
September is “Amnesty Month.” NO FINES are collected for overdue books! September returns to normal off-season hours – NO Thursday evening hours. Mah Jongg continues here this fall – times vary, so call the library for more information.

Have You Read this Yet?
According to ReadingGroupGuides.com  the five most popular “book group” books this summer were:
'A Gentleman in Moscow' by Amor Towles
'A Man Called Ove' by Fredrik Backman
'The Nightingale' by Krisin Hannah
'Commonwealth' by Ann Patchett
'All the Light We Cannot See' by Anthony Doerr

Our most popular book was: 'Small Great Things' by Jodi Picoult and our most popular DVD was: 'Hidden Figures'.

Back to School Ideas
The website: The Tech Edvocate (www.thetechedvocate.org) has several lists of educational apps for teachers and parents. We have a copy of “The Tech Edvocate’s List of 99 Curriculum and Instruction Apps, Tools and Resources. “ Go online to see what other lists are available. Have a great fall!

Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: August 2017 Newsletter

Raffle Winners
We had two drawings this year. The “Family Fun Basket” was won by Rose Rhine (for the second year in a row). The BIG Teddy Bear was won by Lukas Capobianco. Congratulations!



Summer Events
Here is a photo from our Puppet Workshop. The other photo is from the evening Poetry Event. Thank you Marya and Karen; loved the poetry readings. Hope we can do it again.





Children’s Activities
We still have a couple more weeks of our children’s activities for the summer; please join us for:
• Story Time – Tuesday 10:30 – 11:00am
• LEGO Club – Tuesday 11:00-11:30am


End of Summer Used Book Sale
Save the dates: Sept. 1 – Sept. 30th. Get your bargains here!



Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: July 2017 Newsletter

Summer Hours & Summer Programs
Our summer hours are here. We’ll be open additional hours on Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm. Children’s programs start on July 11th and our special family event for July is the Wetlands Terrapin Release Program on July 13 at 6:00pm. Please join us rain or shine!

Children’s Summer Programs
Storybook Time is on Tuesdays at 10:30 (all ages welcome) and LEGO club is right after that. We have a summer reading program, “Fetch a Good Book” and a children’s drawing contest. Stop in for more information on these. This summer there is no scheduled craft time, but we have a “Makerspace Table” set up for crafts and science activities - available all day.

Used Book Sale:
Our “Welcome Summer” used book sale was a big hit as usual. We had 204 people visit the library to browse and buy. Our total profit was $584.75. We really appreciate the book donations all year long. Thank you!

Other Summer Events for Families:
Art Show – Mary Reola’s paintings are on display now and Jane Golas’ paintings will be returning
Puppet Workshop Day – July 19 (all day)
Family BINGO Night – July 20 7:00pm
Poetry Day – July 27 10-11am (children) and 7-8 pm (adults)
Team Scavenger Hunt – August 3 7:00pm
Two Raffle Drawings for a Family Fun Basket and a BFG Teddy Bear – drawing July 28


Thank you to Karen Mitchell for the beautiful flowers planted out front and for helping to organize the Poetry Day event. Happy Summer everyone!


Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: June 2017 Newsletter 

Used Book Sale
Our Welcome Summer Used Book Sale continues until June 17. There’s still plenty of selection. Come in and browse. The last week will be our “Fill A Bag for $2” sale.

Summer Brochures
Our new 2017 summer brochure is ready. It lists our children and adult programs and special summer events. Lots of special happenings - stop in the library often to learn all about them. More details will be shared in the July newsletter.

8th Anniversary of the Library
Our Eighth Anniversary will be celebrated on June 27th with balloons and cupcakes. Come in and help us celebrate 8 wonderful years as a library!

Early Summer Happenings
The library will be closed on July 4th so that everyone can participate in Strathmere’s celebrations.
Regular children’s programs will begin the week of July 11th.
Our Turtle Program will be July 13th.

New Display:
Can you guess what it is? Stop in and find out!




Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: May 2017 Newsletter

New Listening Center
We recently received a wonderful donation of over 250 CDs from a longtime friend, Steve. They are classical, opera and pop. I thought the best way to share this collection would be to create a “listening center” here at the library. So, you can either enjoy the music here using headphones (yours or ours) or check out a CD to try out at home.

Used Book Sale: May 25
Our next used book sale will begin on May 25th. Save the date! Lots of books – very cheap! The sale will last about 3 weeks. Any questions, call the library: (609) 486-6265. If you would like to help set up the sale, please call us.

Mahjong Lessons with Wendy
Wendy is continuing with mahjong lessons on Fridays. Call or email the library: we need your phone number and email address so that Wendy can get in touch with you in case of changes. If you’re not a member of the library, a small donation is appreciated.

Display Case
Help! We have an empty display case! Do you have a collection you would like to share? I bet it would look great in our very-secure glass display case. Stop in and discuss some ideas with us.

Summer Preview
This summer we’ll have old favorites and exciting new projects. Old favorites – story hour, LEGO club, and Terrapin Release Program. New projects - a makerspace table that will be available at all times (for crafts and science experiments) and WII game system for active indoor fun (especially on those rainy days). More information in the June newsletter.


Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: April 2017 Newsletter

National Library Week: April 9-15, 2017
Join us for National Library Week. A great time to celebrate all kinds of libraries. Find a good book and enjoy a cupcake, too.

Looking for a Good Book?
The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts I would recommend this book if you like history, horses and a really good story. It’s about the daring rescue of the famous Lipizzaner horses of Vienna during the final days of World War II.

Spring Mahjong Lessons
Wendy Dougherty has agreed to again give Mahjong lessons here at the library. She will be available on Fridays in April and May between 10:30-12:30. If you are interested, please call the library (609 486-6265). We need your name, phone number and email address so that Wendy can contact you. The lessons will be free for Schiavo Library members and $4 for non-members. Wendy says that beginners should figure on at least two 2-hour lessons to feel comfortable at open games.

Earth Day (April 22) and Recycling
Here at the Schiavo Library, we’re really great at recycling! We constantly recycle books. We’ve been taking in used book donations all winter and our next sale will start right before Memorial Day weekend – May 25 and probably last at least 3 weeks! Save the dates and get your recycled books here!

Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: March 2017 Newsletter

New Movies Based on Books:
If you like to read the book before you see the movie, get reading. These movies are coming out in March and April. For more movies based on books, check out this website (20 Books to read before they become movies): www.elle.com/culture/books/g29305/movies-based-on-books-2017/




More Art at the Library:
This summer we will be displaying more art work by local artists. Stop in often and see what’s on the walls. Maybe you’ll find that perfect painting.

First Day of Spring: March 20:
Hang in there – spring is just around the corner!


 Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library February 2017 Newsletter

February Schedule - 
Just a reminder - the library will be closed for the first two weeks of February again this year. This will provide needed maintenance time. We’ll be reopening on February 14th with our regular schedule. I will be in Florida, so Melissa Warren, my assistant, will be covering the library. Her hours will be 9-3:00pm Tuesday - Friday and 10-4:00pm Saturday. I’ll be back at the beginning of March.

Take Your Child to the Library Day – Feb. 4 -
There’s an official day for everything – so, don’t miss a chance to take a child to the library on February 4th or any day of the year. Libraries are very special places. Or if you’re looking for a great February book for your child or grandchild, check out the website: www.the-best-childrens-books.org They have comprehensive lists for every occasion. For Valentine’s Day I recommend Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli and The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond. We have them right here in the library.

Love Your Pet Day – Feb. 20
If you would like to read a novel or memoir about pets, stop in to the library and try one of these:



Library Quote 
“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. “ Andrew Carnegie

February: Library Lovers’ Month 
Last, but not least: February is Library Lovers’ Month. So, if you love your local library, show it! Write notes of gratitude to your local librarian or maybe even better - write your local politicians and tell them how important our libraries are to everyone! Or donate books, money or even your own time to your local library. I’m sure that they will appreciate it.


Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: January 2017 Newsletter

Facebook Presence
Melissa has recently created a new page for the library on Facebook. It’s full of photos of library activities and events. I’m sure that you will enjoy browsing through it. So, look us up: www.facebook.com/schiavolibrary and don’t forget to LIKE US.

National Hot Tea Month
January is the perfect choice for National Hot Tea Month. So, we’re celebrating with a little contest: Coffee versus Tea. What’s your preference? Come in and tell us what you like and you’ll have a chance to win a prize.



Food Collection Box
We are still collecting food for the local food banks. Please take a moment to go through your pantry and see what you can contribute. Thanks!

January 19th – Popcorn Day
Another fun fact: January 19th is Popcorn Day. We’ll be popping up some fresh popcorn that day – stop in and warm up.

Game Day
Like board games or card games? Let us know and we will set up a day of the week for games in the library. You don’t want to play alone – so, talk your friends into participating, too. Bring along a favorite game – Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Rummy, Poker, etc. We’ll provide a cozy and warm place this winter.


Christine Rohrman, Library Director





Schiavo Library: December 2016 Newsletter 

Holiday Merchandise Sale
We are having a 50% off sale on our short sleeve t-shirts. Normally priced at $12; we are selling them for $6. We have children and adult sizes. Come in early for the best selection.

Friday Movie Matinees (1:00pm)
December 2: Family Thanksgiving
December 9: A Christmas Wish
December 16 : Last Holiday
December 23: Mixed Nuts

WII Game Set at the Library
Looking for a fun way to burn calories in the winter? We recently purchased a WII game set for use in the library. So far we have 2 sets of games: Cruise Ship Vacation Games (which includes fun things like mini-golf, arcade, shuffle board) and Game Party 2 (which includes darts, bowling, horseshoe, etc). Stop in any time to try it out. It’s lots of fun and a good workout!

Free DVD Rental
For the month of December, we are offering a free DVD rental. And you may check it out for 2 weeks. Treat yourself to a good movie.

Holiday Hours
Our schedule for the holidays:
Open Dec. 23
Closed from Dec. 24 to January 2
Reopen January 3, 2017


Happy Holidays!
Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: November 2016 Newsletter

Vote Here: Nov. 8
This year voters in Strathmere will be using the library instead of the fire hall. Voting is here from 6 am to 8 pm. Regular library business will be conducted between 10-4pm.

Revised Check-out Periods
For the winter we will extend check-out periods for books (and audiobooks) to 30 days and for DVDs to 14 days. Don’t forget: you can always renew by phone or email.

Audiobooks
Audiobooks are gaining in popularity. According to the Audio Publishers Association audiobook sales in 2015 totaled $1.77 billion, up 20.7% over 2014. WOW! Do you like to listen to a good story? My husband and I especially enjoy audiobooks on long drives in the car. Email and let me know your favorite audiobooks and when you like to listen. (info@strathmerelibrary.org)
The library has over 100 titles from David Baldacci to Danielle Steel. And this time of year you may borrow them for 30 days. Come in and choose a favorite story to take traveling.

A Lovely Addition
Thanks to the Strathmere Improvement Association we have a lovely addition to our children’s section: a bench with a custom cover. Thank you SIA and Linda Bateman – the children will love it!




Thanksgiving The library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday. Melissa will be here on Saturday with normal hours.


 Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: October 2016 Newsletter

October 18: Snapshot Day
This day highlights New Jersey libraries. Librarians all over the state report what was happening in their libraries that day. The statistics are amazing! For example, last year on Snapshot Day over 287,000 people visited their local library, 190,000 items were circulated, over 37,000 reference questions were answered and over 1,300 programs were offered. Yeah, New Jersey! We love our libraries!

And the winner is…
The winner of our popularity contest, that is.
Our most popular books this summer were Dead Wake: the last crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson and Property of a Noblewoman by Danielle Steel.
Children’s books: Big Nate flips out by Lincoln Pierce and Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
DVD: Bridge of Spies
Children’s DVD: Zootopia

Mah Jongg
Mah Jongg continues here at the library, but days and hours vary. Everyone welcome; just call the library to get up-to-date information.

Have you read these?
Here are some of the new books just ordered for the Schiavo Library:



If you have suggestions for new books for our collection, please call or email (609 486-6265 or info@strathmerelibrary.org).
We love to hear from our patrons.

Thanks for your donations all year around. We use the proceeds from our used book sales to buy the new bestsellers.


Christine Rohrman, Library Director





Schiavo Library: September 2016 Newsletter

Used Book Sale
Our seventh annual end of summer book sale is happening now! Don’t be discouraged by the road work going on in front of the library. We’re still OPEN! The sale goes until September 24th.

Techboomers
This is a new free educational website that targets boomers. It introduces new websites that might be of interest and features free video and article tutorials on various internet applications. They also provide periodic email newsletters on new trends and favorite internet products. Check it out: www.techboomers.com

September: National Preparedness Month
The theme this year is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Here at the shore we realize the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Whether it’s just moving deck furniture or making a plan for evacuation. It’s always good to PLAN ahead even when it turns out not to be necessary (like when a hurricane changes direction and drifts around in the ocean). So, make your plan today! For more information: www.ready.gov/september

September News
September is “Amnesty Month.” NO FINES are collected for overdue books!
September returns to normal off season hours – NO Thursday evening hours.
Mah Jongg continues here on Fridays around 12:00pm. Come in and join the players


Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: August 2016 Newsletter

Summer Fun:
We’ve had some great programs this summer for families. Our ever popular “Turtle Program” was a winner! Then there was Pirate Day and Family Bingo Night. August has the Scavenger Hunt tonight and Family Bingo on Saturday, August 13 at 1:00pm.

Here are some photos from the terrapin release:




Children’s Activities
We still have a couple more weeks of our children’s activities for the summer; please join us for:
• Story Time – Tuesday 10:30 – 11:00am
• LEGO Club – Tuesday 11:00-11:30am
• Kid’s Crafts with Melissa – Wednesday 10:30-11:30am


End of Summer Used Book Sale
Save the dates: Sept. 1 – Sept. 24th. We have tons of books to sell. Stop in and find a bargain.


Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: July 2016 Newsletter 

Summer Programs for Kids 
Here’s our lineup:
• Story Time (ages 3-5) Tuesday 10:30-11:00am
• LEGO Club (ages 5-12) Tuesday 11:00-11:30am
• Kids’ Craft with Melissa (age 5-12) Wednesday 10:30-11:30am
• Summer Reading Program “Be A Smart Cookie” (all summer – sign up at the library)
• Kids’ Drawing Contest “At the Beach” (all summer - sign up at the library)


The Turtles are coming!!


 Special Family Events
• Wetlands “Terrapin Release” Program July 14 6:00pm (in the parking lot)
• Pirate Day July 20 – all day
• Family BINGO night July 28 6:00pm
• Team Scavenger Hunt August 4 7:00pm (sign up at the library)

Summer Adult Programs
• Adult Coloring Thursday 10:30-11:30am
• Art Exhibits by Jane Golas and Priscilla Bohlen June 24 – July 31

Raffle Drawing
We have a really cute “Family Fun Basket” this summer. Come in and see! Just $1.00 a ticket. Drawing on August 5. Good Luck!

New Saturday Assistant
We’ve got a new assistant for our Saturdays. Stop in and say hello to Rosemarie Whelan. She’s not always here, but works about every other week.

 Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: June 2016 Newsletter 

Used Book Sale
Our SEVENTH annual “Welcome Summer” Used Book Sale is still going strong. The sale continues until at least June 17th. Stop in; we have TONS of books left!

Lucky Seventh Anniversary
We are celebrating 7 great years here at the Schiavo Library! Stop in on June 30th – we will be open 10 – 8pm and celebrating with cupcakes and balloons.

Here are some fascinating statistics:
• In 2009 the library opened with 643 items in the collection. We now have over 4,000.
• The DVD collection has exploded. In 2009 we had 10 DVDs. Now we have 732!
• We have 2 annual used book sales; profits have increased from around $400 in 2010 to $773 at our last sale in the fall. And the book sales bring in tons of people: we had 407 people come to the last sale.


In the Spotlight… Joan DeFiore, Summer Library Assistant



As a life-long summer resident of Strathmere, I was thrilled when they built the new library. I was asked to work here just days after my retirement from the School District of Philadelphia. This is my eighth summer here and I really enjoy interacting with all the different people using the library.

Summer Programs & Events Preview
Our summer programs will begin on July 5th. The schedule is very similar to last year. Some new programs include: Adult Coloring on Thursday morning, Two Art Exhibits, a Family Art Project for our Anniversary and a Family Bingo Night. Brochures will be available in a few days & more details in the July newsletter.

Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: May 2016 Newsletter



Used Book Sale
Our SEVENTH annual “Welcome Summer” Used Book Sale is scheduled for May 26 – June 17th. We have so many donated books, our closets are overflowing. It looks like a great sale.

Our hours are 10 - 4pm Tuesday – Saturday.
Everything very reasonably priced ($.25 to $1.00).
For more information, call the library: (609) 486-6265
Or email us: info@strathmerelibrary.org







Winner of the April Book Lovers Raffle
The winner of the raffle was: Lindsay Michaels. Prize: tote bag of Schiavo Library goodies.


In the Spotlight… Melissa Warren, Library Assistant




'I went to Rutgers University; received my B.A. in computer information systems. I am a librarian assistant for 5yrs. now. I love my job. I love to work on projects with the kids that visit, and I get to meet new people all the time, and watch some grow up, lol. I am married to Jacob Warren; we have two children, Cadence Warren (age 10) and Ethan Warren (age 7). We are longtime residents of Sea Isle. We have seen our fair share of storms; despite the odds against us, we still love the shore.'









Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: April 2016 Newsletter

National Library Week: April 10-16, 2016
This year the theme is “Libraries Transform” and Gene Luen Yang will serve as Honorary Chair. He is an award-winning graphic novelist. This is the perfect time to celebrate libraries everywhere!


April Book Lovers Raffle
So, in honor of National Library Week, let’s celebrate with a raffle. Check out a book in April and you will be automatically entered. Prize: A Schiavo tote bag filled with goodies. Drawing will be held on May 6, 2016.

Art at the Library Update
Cecelia Quigley, Director of the Children’s Country Place School, brought in the students art work. We set the canvases out all over the library. When the parents came in with their children, they had to hunt for their own canvas. That way they got to see all of the library. It was a fun activity – we had 7 families visit and then Cecelia brought the whole class in on March 31st. The art work (based on Van Gogh’s Starry Night) will be here for a few more weeks. Stop in if you can; it’s definitely worth a peek!





Save the date
Our Seventh annual Memorial Day Used Book Sale is scheduled for May 26 – June 17th. Used books are filling up the library. Put the dates on your calendar!


Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: March 2016 Newsletter

Snow at the Beach 
So, we’re having our last snowfall of the year (fingers crossed) as I compose this newsletter. These pictures are from the upstairs balcony of the library: a gray, snowy day at the Strathmere beach!


Art at the Library
The Schiavo Library will be the exclusive stop for a special traveling art show. The students at Childrens Country Place have created their own masterpieces in the Van Gogh style. Their canvases will be on display here between March 14 and March 31. Stop in and enjoy them!

Lines on the Pines 2016
Sunday, March 13th, 11:00am – 4pm: the Renault Winery will host the eleventh annual “Lines on the Pines” event. Enjoy the day meeting Pine Barrens authors, artists and artisans. For more information go to www.linesonthepines.org.

Online Story: The New Jersey Trackers and the Imagination Tree
The New Jersey Center for the Book will launch an online serialized mystery story beginning March 17th. If this sounds intriguing, check out their website: www.njcenterforthebook.org.


Christine Rohrman, Library Director



Schiavo Library February 2016 Newsletter 

February Schedule
Just a reminder - the library will be closed for the first two weeks of February. This will provide needed maintenance and cleanup time. We’ll be reopening on February 16th with our regular schedule, but closed on Saturday the 20th. I’m still in Florida, so Melissa’s hours are 9-3:00pm Tuesday - Friday and 10-4:00pm Saturday.
Mah Jongg will continue once the library reopens. Call for the schedule.

Tech Trends for 2016
I was recently reading a newsletter from Techsoup (a company that connects nonprofits with corporate tech donations). These were some of Editor Jim Lynch’s predictions for 2016:
• Video will continue to be the most interesting media on the Internet. This past year, U. S. adults spent more than five and a half hours on their digital devices, mostly watching video.
• Apparently in 2016, we will have to stop using punctuation in our texting, especially periods. It supposedly conveys insincerity. (???)
• And smart watches like the Apple Watch haven’t taken off as expected. But guess what has? Fitness trackers such as Fitbit. Even I have a Garmin vivofit that tracks my steps for the day.

Romance Videos
In searching the Internet to find the top 10, 50 or 100 romance movies, I realized that no one can agree. Even our library has over 35 DVDs classified as “Romantic.” Do you have a favorite? Let me know; we can create our own list. Here are a few of our Romantic DVDs (come in and check one out):



Christine Rohrman, Library Director






Schiavo Library: January 2016 Newsletter

Winter Schedule:
Melissa will be covering the library this winter while I vacation in Florida. Her hours are usually 8:45 – 2:45pm. We will again close for the first two weeks in February: from Feb. 2 – Feb. 15. Reopening on Feb. 16. I’ll be back March 2. Any questions, please call (609) 486-6265 or email: info@strathmerelibrary.org

Curl Up with a Good Audiobook? 
Recently we received a very nice donation of audiobooks from some local library lovers – Lee & Bill Smythe of Wildwood Crest. On our drive to Florida, my husband and I love to listen to audiobooks. Thank you Smythes!
Here are some of the titles:

Food Collection Box:
We are still collecting food for the local food banks. Please take a moment to go through your pantry and see what you can contribute. Thanks!

Movie Matinees –
Thursday 1:00pm Our Movie Matinees will continue throughout the winter on Thursday afternoons. Brave the cold and join us for:
January 7: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
January 14: Still Alice
January 21: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
January 28: Becoming Jane
February 18: Evening
February 25: This Is Where I Leave You

Mah Jongg:
A group of ladies continue to meet here for Mah Jongg. The schedule varies, so please call the library for day and time. Also, Wendy Dougherty will be giving lessons – call for day and time.

Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: December 2015 Newsletter:  Holidays Are For Giving

Two special happenings for December:
*Our gift to you - Free DVD rentals for the month of December
*Your gift to others - Food Collection: this winter we will collect canned goods for our local food banks; bring something in when you visit; everything is appreciated but especially peanut butter, soups and other nutritious basics

Thursday Movie Matinees (1:00pm)
December 3: A Christmas Wish
December 10: Last Holiday with Queen Latifah

Christmas at the Library:
The tree is going up and there’ll be gifts under it. Come in and choose a book or DVD to take home and share. Our way of saying THANKS for your support all year round!

New Christmas Titles:
If you would like some light reading for the holiday, you can find these new books in our library:


Coming Soon: A Survey:
Do you have some great ideas about how our library can better serve our patrons? Well, you’ll have your chance to express those when our survey is sent out this winter. We need to keep improving – you can help!

Holiday Hours:
Our schedule for the holidays:
Open Dec. 22 & 23
Closed Dec. 24 & 25
Open Dec. 26 (Saturday)
Closed Dec. 29 – Jan. 1
Open Jan. 2 (Saturday) Regular schedule resumes on Jan. 5



Happy Holidays!
Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: November 2015 Newsletter

VHS Tapes 
We decided to remove our old VHS tapes from the collection in order to free up more shelf space. If you know of anyone who could use these tapes (thrift shop, nursing home, etc.) please call (609 486-6265) or email info@strathmerelibrary.org. Thanks!

Winter Movie Matinees
This year our movie matinees move to Thursdays at 1:00pm. Some suggested titles include: Big Fish, Stardust, A Christmas Wish and Last Holiday. If you have a favorite, stop in and we’ll try to show it

Revised Check-out Periods
For the winter we will extend check-out periods for books (and audio books) to 30 days and for DVD’s to 14 days. And remember, you can always renew by phone.

Membership Cards – A Milestone
The very first membership card for this library was number 8000. We are now on number 8495 and only have 5 cards left. That means that we have processed almost 500 new members in 6 years. WOW! That’s a real accomplishment. Guess it’s time to get more cards printed! And by the way, your membership card is even more valuable than you think. Just show it at these participating independent libraries: Absecon, Atlantic City, Avalon, Linwood, Margate, Ocean City and Northfield; and you can join their library for free.

New Display
Stop in to see our newest display of teapots. Coming soon in the other display case: Christmas memories.



Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: October 2015 Newsletter

Used Book Sale:
Our annual “End of Summer” book sale was another record breaker! We made a profit of $773.90 and had 470 people attend. We stretched it to almost 40 days, but it was worth it. Profit from the book sale funds our book budget so that we can carry the newest bestsellers and book club choices. Thanks again for all the donations.

October is Mystery Month at the Library:
For the month of October we are having a special drawing for a “mystery prize.” Check out a book or DVD and enter to win. Good luck!

Hot Items for the Summer Crowd:
So, what was the most popular book this summer?
It was a tie between The Stranger by Harlan Coben and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
Children’s books: Our Country’s President and Judy Moody Gets Famous.
DVD’s: Gone Girl and The Theory of Everything.
Children’s DVD: The LEGO Movie.

Mah Jongg: Mah Jongg continues here at the library, but on Fridays at 12:30pm. Everyone welcome. Call the library if you need more information: 609 486-6265.

Ghost Stories: If you like ghost stories, we’ve got them. Lots of great local stories. Check them out (if you dare)! Here are a few:



 Christine Rohrman, Library Director





Schiavo Library: September 2015 Newsletter

Used Book Sale: 
Our sixth annual end of summer book sale is happening now! Come on in for some great buys. The sale goes until September 26th.

New Trends for Relaxing:
This summer we had a program on Meditation and Relaxation given by Marya Small. It was very well received and we hope she’ll be back again next summer – maybe for more than one session.
But if you would like something different to help you relax this winter, you may want to try one of these two new trends: coloring books for adults or Zentangle.
Any book store will have lots of choices of coloring books and of course, you can find them online too. The relaxation is supposed to come while you concentrate on filling in the intricate designs with colored pencils or pens. Zentangle is the art of drawing structured patterns and is supposed to be calming and creative. It’s done with black pens on white paper.
Here are some examples of both:



Summer Wrap-up:
This summer we had a great time at the Terrapin Release Program with 133 attending and many donating towards next year’s program. The Family Scavenger Hunt turned into a super competition between 2 families. Lots of laughs! Hope you had a great summer, too!!

September News: 
*September is “Amnesty Month.” NO FINES are collected for overdue books!
*September returns to normal off season hours – NO Thursday evening hours.
*Mah Jongg continues here on Wednesdays at 10:00am. Come in and join the players!


 Christine Rohrman, Library Director




Schiavo Library: August 2015 Newsletter 

Meditation Program Coming soon!! 
Need to relax or learn to relax? Come to our Meditation and Relaxation program on August 26 10-11 am. Marya Small will share her secrets to this important life skill. Join us!

Drawing Contest & Photography Contest
It’s not too late for children to enter our “Let’s Make a Garden” drawing contest. We also have a photography contest for teens: “Your Favorite Garden.” Stop in the library for more information.

End of Summer Used Book Sale
Our next book sale will begin on Sept. 4 and continue until at least Sept. 26th. We’ve been collecting donations all summer. Save the date!

Murder, She Wrote? 
There’s still time this summer for some fun light reading. If you like mysteries, you’ll love our newest novels from the “Modern Mavens of Murder” *


 *according to AARP Magazine 



Enjoy the Rest of Your Summer!
Christine Rohrman, Library Director





Schiavo Library: July 2015 Newsletter


Summer Events in July:
Don’t miss: Terrapin Release Program – July 16 6:00pm (in our parking lot)
Movie Night for Kids – July 23 6:00pm “Song of the Sea”
Family Scavenger Hunt – July 30 7:00pm (sign up at the library)

For Adults: Weekly Morning Lecture Series – Wednesday 10:30-11:00am

Our Summer Hours will be 10-4pm Tuesday – Saturday and an additional 4-8pm on Thursday evenings. The Thursday evenings are also when we schedule our special events.


Used Book Sale:
Our SIXTH annual “Welcome Summer” Used Book Sale is over. Wow, what a great book sale! Because of the additional sale of some antique books, we had a record-breaking profit of $735.90. Thank you for the great donations all winter long. See you again in the fall for our next sale: September 4th – Sept. 26th.


Kid’s Craft Night – Wednesday 6:00-6:45pm
Please join Melissa on Wednesday evenings for this fun program. She has lots of exciting projects planned for the kids.


Raffles: 
This summer we have two new raffles:
1. Movie Night Basket (full of DVDs and movie popcorn & candy) Just $1.00 a ticket
2. Antique Book Raffle (choose one favorite book from our collection of “Rare & Antique Books”) Just $1.00 a ticket


Christine Rohrman, Library Director




      




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