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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!

January 2024 Newsletter

Winter Challenges
Happy New Year, 2024! To everyone. The Library is bright and cheerful and warm, and we love catching up with our patrons.

Food Collection Box
Annually, 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. As well as any clothing items such as Gloves, Hats, Coats. Thank you.

Looking ahead the Schedule for February
The Library will closed during the slow winter. We will be Closed in February – from Feb. 1st until Feb. 12th. The library will reopen with normal hours February 13th Tuesday-Friday 8:30-2:30pm, Saturday 10-4pm. Any questions, please call or email: (609) 486-6265 or info@strathmerelibrary.org.

Keep up to date with our Facebook Page, give us a like. Follow us. www.facebook.com/schiavolibrary
The Book Sale has officially ended, we will start it up again in May (Memorial Weekend). Thank you for all the donations and continued support.

Membership Prices Update:
$20 Weekly Membership
$30 yearly for an Individual
$50 yearly for a Family (2+ on account)

Save the Date:
The Library is hosting Come Help Build Mini-Greenhouses! January 13, 10 am Schiavo Library
Milk Jug Greenhouse Planting Party Sponsored by the SIA Pollinator Committee

Melissa Warren , Library Director

September 2018 Newsletter

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

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

End of Summer Recap:
We had Storytime and Lego Club all summer, sadly we hardly had anyone to read to or play legos with. Remember us next Summer we have it Tuesday's. Our Summer Family activities are always so much fun, and you guys make it special.
Family Scavenger Hunt (10 attended). We had 1 huge family breakup into 3 groups. It was a good time. Next year, lookout we will have a whole new list and hopefully other families to challenge.
Family Bingo Night (3 attended) However, there were several games played and lots of prizes.
Mahjong - was also played here a few Thursday (Late) evenings.

September Ideas:
Be on the lookout for our Banned Books display, the week of September 23rd
Have a great fall!

Melissa Warren, Library Director


August 2018 Newsletter

Summer Fun Highlights
We have had an awesome Summer so far, but the fun isnt over yet. Check out the rest of our programs we have for this month below. Here are a few Photos from July's events which were our New Program Bird Walking on the beach (17 attended); Turtle Terrapin Release (record Breaking number of 175 attended); New Horseshoe Crab Program (26 attended):

August 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
  • Family Scvenger Hunt - Thursday, August 2nd (6pm)
  • Open MIC night - Thursday, August 9th (6pm) ~ SIA will be recording stories to share of Strathmere.
  • Family BINGO night - Thursday, August 16th (6pm)

  • Summer Raffle Winner
    The "Spa Day Basket" was won by Rick Doyle. Congratulations!!

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

    Melissa Warren, Library Director


    July 2018 Newsletter

    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 3rd and our special family events (Sign Up):

    • BirdWatching Program - Thursday July 12th @ 6:00pm (Bring Binoculars)
    • Wetlands Terrapin Release Program - July 19th @ 6:00pm. (Please join us rain or shine!)
    • HorseShoe Crab Program - July 26th @ 6:00pm. (Rain or Shine inside Library)

    • 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, "Around the World Travel" and a children's drawing contest. Stop in for more information on these. 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 250 people visit the library to browse and buy. Our total profit was $614.85. We really appreciate the book donations all year long. Thank you!

      Other Summer Events for Families:
      Art Show - Jane Golas paintings are on display now (In the Library ~ Available for purchase)
      Team Scavenger Hunt - August 2nd @ 6:00pm
      Open Mic night (w/ Linda Bateman ~ Interviewing Locals of Strathmere & their stories) Aug. 9th @ 6pm
      Family BINGO Night - August 16th @ 6:00pm (NOTE: Change in the date from Brochure)
      Raffle Drawings for a Spa Day Basket - drawing July 31st

      For Adults: Mahjong is still on Wednesday's 10:30am (Except on 4th of July, as we are closed for Parade)

      Thanks, to Debbie Rivel for your Birding Books donations and getting Conserve Wildlife to come out for our Programs & Thank you to Karen Mitchell for the beautiful flowers planted out front in full bloom!

      Melissa Warren, Library Director


      June 2018 Newsletter

      Used Book Sale
      Our Ninth annual "Welcome Summer" Used Book Sale is going strong. The sale continues until at least June 16th. Stop in; we have TONS of books left! Great Prices. June 9th will begin our "Fill a Bag for $2" sale.

      Library 9th Anniversary
      We are celebrating 9 great years here at the Schiavo Library! Stop in June 27th we will be open 10 to 4pm and celebrating with cupcakes and balloons. We continue to add on to our Library legacy through our programs.

      Summer Programs & Events Preview
      Our summer programs will begin on July 3rd.
      The Children's schedule is the same as in the past years.
      For Teens we have a BookMark Contest as well as a photo contest 'Get Caught reading a Book'. Adults, we have Mahjong! They will continue to meet every Wednesday morning.
      Our late Night evenings will begin every Thursday July 5th - Aug 30th. (Please sign up at Library ahead of time, stop in or Call 609-486-6265, or email: info@strathmerelibrary.org

      Our New Events:
      BIRD WATCHING - July 12th Program starts at 6pm, try to arrive at least 10-15 min prior. Meeting at the North end of Strathmere, near Statepark. Will be meeting with Hosts Debbie Rivel the Conserve Wildlife NJ to take a tour on beach. Bring Binoculars, and cameras.

      HORSESHOE CRAB - July 26th Program starts 6pm, come learn about these magnificent creatures and why they are important to our wildlife, especially in our area. RARE old Dinosaur! Meet at the Library inside.

      Our tried-and-true events:
      FAMILY TEAM SCAVENGER HUNT: August 2nd 6:00pm (sign up at the Library)
      FAMILY BINGO NIGHT: August 9th 6:00pm (sign up at the Library)

      June Momental-Facts
      National Photography Day ~ June 15th - Send us your nature photos we would love to add them to our photo album for the library.
      Remember, Those Specials Dad and Granddads ~ June 17th (Happy Father's Day)!

      Melissa Warren, Library Director


      May 2018 Newsletter 

      New Books:
      New Titles added to the Collection:

      Used Book Sale: May 24
      Our next used book sale will begin on May 24th. Save the date! Lots of books - very cheap! The sale will last until June 16th. Any questions, call the library: (609) 486-6265. If you would like to help set up the sale, please call us.
      Our Hours are 8:30am-2:30pm (Tuesday-Friday).
      10am-4pm (Saturday)
      Email: info@strathmerelibrary.org

      Mahjong Lessons / Games:
      Wendy is continuing with mahjong lessons on Wednesday. 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. For Beginner's (Learning) $4.00 and for Experienced players (Non-Members) $2.00.

      Summer Program (sneak peek):
      This summer some favorites; Story hour, LEGO club, and Terrapin Release Program, 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) and Movie Nights. More information in the June newsletter.

      Fun - Facts:
      May 17th is WORLD BAKING DAY! What are some of your favorite baked goods?

      Melissa Warren, Library Director


      April 2018 Newsletter

      National Library Week: April 8-14, 2018
      Join us for National Library Week. A great time to celebrate all kinds of libraries. Find a good book and enjoy a cupcake, too. Browse our mini-museum take a look at some Local History from Strathmere Families.

      Major League Baseball (MLB)
      The 2018 Major League Baseball regular season will begin on March 29, the earliest Opening Day in league history. Stop on in and check-out a good sports books. We have a nice display going for all you Baseball fans.


      Spring Mahjong Lessons
      Wendy Dougherty has been away. However, Mahjong can still be played Wednesdays if there are 3 or more players interested and want to get together. We are more than happy to have you play here at the Library, we have Mahjong tiles sets, and tables. Times are 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.

      Volunteer Recognition Day (April 20th)
      Thank your Library Volunteers (Marion Ingram, Joan DiFiore, Ruth Nickelsburg, and Rosemarie Whelan) School Volunteers, and Fire Department Volunteers. We have so many to be thankful for. Thank you for all your help, it mean so much too so many.

      Save the date Our Annual Memorial Day Used Book Sale is scheduled for May 24th to June 16th. We have been taking in books all winter long, books are filling up the library. Put the dates on your calendar!

      Melissa Warren, Library Director


      March 2018 Newsletter

      Library Quotes:
      "The More that you read. The more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." ~Dr. Seuss

      Under-Dog Masks ~ Eagles:
      We still have some Masks available (limited amount), if you are still interested. Only $1.00

      Food Bank Collection:
      Thank you for all your donations. We will continue to collect until the end of this Month. Then it will be delivered to a Local Food Bank.

      Spring is in the air:
      It's time for the sun to shine upon us longer. Daylight Savings time is Sunday, March 11th. Don't forget to "Spring Forward". First Day of Spring is Tuesday, March 20th.

      Important Info: March (18-24) is National Poison Prevention Week. Contact your local center for resources or share materials on the American Association of Poison Control Centers. www.aapcc.org 

      Melissa Warren, Library Director


      February 2018 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 13th with our regular schedule. Mahjong games will be postponed until we resume on Tuesday, Feb. 13th.

      Blind Date with a Book
      Come check out our Mystery Date with a book, never know what you might get. There is a survey to rate your date inside each book. Let us know your thoughts. Love it, hate it, would you like to see more like it. Let us know.


      February: Library Lovers' Month
      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 just stop in and enjoy our lovely Library. You can still Donate (Books, DVD's, VHS Tapes or Money) all donations are appreciated.

      February: National Bird-Feeding Month
      Visit one of your local Audobons, or use the Audobon Guide to North American Birds to identify what birds are local to your region and which may visit your bird feeder. Check out our variety of information on Birds in North America and Cape May, New Jersey.


      Library News
      We say goodbye & Happy Retirement to our former Library Director Christine Rohrman. You will be missed and I will do my best to carry on traditions. Have a Happy and safe vacation. Will look forward to your visit in April.

      Melissa Warren, Library Director


      January 2018 Newsletter

      Winter Challenges
      Despite the cold and the snow, we're open. If you need to get out of the house (even for just a few minutes), stop in. The library is bright and warm and cheerful. We've got books, magazines and the daily newspaper to browse. You could even listen to some music.

      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!

      Brain Teaser Month
      January is brain teaser month. So, we will feature the puzzle of the week. The first one is "The World's Best Pizza Puzzle" Stop in and see if you can solve it.

      Mahjong continues here at the library. Wednesday is the normal day for play. Lessons can also be scheduled with Wendy. Call for any changes or updates or to schedule lessons (609 486-6265).

      Changes at the Library
      I'll be retiring at the end of the month and Melissa will become the Library Director. Rosemarie Whelan is going to step in as the Assistant Librarian. So, you will be seeing more of her. For the winter the hours will generally be 8:30-2:30 and occasionally 10-4pm. And we will be closed the first two weeks of February.

      I will miss seeing everyone. Please help to continue Rita Schiavo's legacy and keep this a great library.
      Thanks for a wonderful 8 years!

      Christine Rohrman, Library Director



      SCHIAVO STARS - 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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