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This Director’s Log is established to serve as a brief online update of library activities, special events, and collection development for interested members and visitors. So check back often for the latest news!



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







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As always, 'Thank you' to all the volunteers and community groups who have helped to make these activities possible; your support is greatly appreciated!


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