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April 2018
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 – June 16th. We have been taking in books all winter long, books are filling up the library. Put the dates on your calendar!




February 2018
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.




January 2018

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
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).



December 2017

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



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.

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



October 2017

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!

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.


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 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.

August 2017: 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!



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.

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!





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.

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.





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