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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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