| December 2017 ||
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.
Our schedule for the holidays:
Open Dec. 23
Closed from Dec. 24 to January 1
Reopen Tuesday, January 2, 2018
| November 2017 ||
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.
The library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday. Melissa will be here on Saturday with normal hours.
| October 2017 ||
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!
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.
| September 2017:
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 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.
| August 2017:
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!
| July 2017:
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.
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
| June 2017:
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.
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.
Can you guess what it is? Stop in and find out!
| May 2017:
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.
| April 2017:
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.
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!
| February 2017:
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:
| January 2017:
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.
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.