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DIRECTOR'S LOG

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: 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




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






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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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