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Upcoming Events
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Date
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Meet David Namkoong, author of From Chosun to Freedom: The Trek of the Namkoongs. David is well known for his involvement in civic affairs in Shaker Heights and in the Cleveland Asian community. In his memoir, he relates the travel and experiences of his family beginning in Korea and then in the United States to continue the struggle for Korea's independence.
Meet the author and his writing consultant, Barbara Flewellyn, who will speak on the process of writing and publishing a memoir.
Location
Meeting Room E
Library
Main Library

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Date
Monday, February 15, 2016
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Career Transition Center hosts a weekly job club for job seekers. Meet and mingle with others in transition to share leads and challenges; hear from facilitators and guest speakers. Start your week with support and a positive attitude! All job seekers are welcome.
Location
Meeting Room E
Library
Main Library

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Date
Monday, February 15, 2016
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
A fun chess club for all levels of ability and for both teens and adults. The club will be facilitated by Mike Reeves, a long-time instructor with Progress with Chess and the Shaker Heights High School Chess Club. The library will provide the chess sets and refreshments will be served. No registration is necessary.
Location
Meeting Room B
Library
Main Library

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Date
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
ESL, a free program for those seeking to learn to read and speak English, meets at 7 pm every Tuesday in a meeting room on the second floor of the Main library.
Location
Meeting Room F
Library
Main Library

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Date
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Description
Join this fun group of knitters and crocheters to give and get help and just have a good time with yarn. All experience and ability levels welcome. Led by experienced yarn woman Fern Braverman.
Location
Dietz Community Room
Library
Bertram Woods Branch

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Date
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Learn professional letter writing techniques including how to write effective cover, marketing, follow-up letters, and more. Get tips on what works in today’s job market and learn new ways to make your letters stand out among other job seekers. Learn how to prepare writing samples when employers request them.
Location
Meeting Room F
Library
Main Library

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Date
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Description
Join teaching artist Sheela Das and learn how to play the ukulele or improve your skills in a fun group setting!
Bring your own instrument or borrow one of Sheela's for the sessions. You must register in advance by calling 216-991-2030 if you want to use one of Sheela's ukuleles for the club meetings.

Sheela Das is a Shaker Heights resident teaching artist who has served hundreds of northeast Ohio groups
with music enrichment programs since 2007. She is a member of an Ohio Arts Council Touring Band and musician in several Ohio Arts Council programs serving the community.
Library
Main Library

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Date
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Intergenerational Community Group meeting to bridge the achievement gap in the Shaker Heights Public Schools. Facilitated by the Student Group on Race Relations at the High School.
Location
Room E and Room F combined
Library
Main Library

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Date
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Coloring is not just for kids anymore! Adults are rediscovering the calming and creative pleasure of coloring with intricate and beautiful images made just for us. Join us for a relaxing hour of coloring and conversation. We'll provide coloring pages and colored pencils on a different theme each month. You're also welcome to bring your own sheets, books or coloring supplies. Refreshments will be served.
Location
Meeting Room G
Library
Main Library

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Date
Monday, February 22, 2016
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Career Transition Center hosts a weekly job club for job seekers. Meet and mingle with others in transition to share leads and challenges; hear from facilitators and guest speakers. Start your week with support and a positive attitude! All job seekers are welcome.
Location
Meeting Room E
Library
Main Library

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Date
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, "The Orphan Master's Son" follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.

Please register in advance at the Main Library Reference desk,k online or by calling 216.991.2030. Copies of the title will be available at the Main Reference Desk one month before the discussion.
Location
Meeting Room G
Library
Main Library

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Date
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
ESL, a free program for those seeking to learn to read and speak English, meets at 7 pm every Tuesday in a meeting room on the second floor of the Main library.
Location
Meeting Room F
Library
Main Library

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Date
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
People are your greatest resource in a job search and a network of “business friends” is essential to reach a decision-maker and to learn about companies and their cultures. A network helps you obtain information about industries, trends, and new career fields so you can present yourself effectively to your next employer. Learn how to build and maintain business relationships that can help you in your job search
Location
Meeting Room F
Library
Main Library

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Date
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Presented in collaboration with the Shaker Heights High School Student Group on Race Relations: a book discussion on Just Mercy: a Story of Redemption and Justice by Bryan Stevenson.

This 2014 New York Times Notable Best Book, has won numerous awards including the 2015 ALA Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction and the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction. Desmond Tutu described the author as “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” Join in the discussion of this moving book about a young lawyer’s quest to achieve justice and mercy in the modern American criminal justice system.
Books will be available at the Main Library Reference desk beginning January 25. Please register in advance and pick up your book or call 216-991-2030, option 6.
Location
Meeting Room E
Library
Main Library

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Date
Friday, February 26, 2016
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Meeting for the planners of Octavofest 2017.
Location
Dietz Community Room
Library
Bertram Woods Branch

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Date
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Description
Finding Your Family: Tips, tricks and new techniques to maximize your online search

At this session, discover how to make your online genealogy searching easier and more productive, and learn how to find information in a way that you may not have thought of before.

Guest Speaker: Mary Jamba, President of the Greater Cleveland Genealogical Society.

Speaker, writer and researcher Mary Jamba is an avid genealogist with more than 20 years of research experience. She is President of the Greater Cleveland Genealogical Society and a member of the Computer Assisted Genealogy Group. Memberships include the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, and Ohio Genealogical Society.
Location
Room E and Room F combined
Library
Main Library

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Date
Monday, February 29, 2016
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Career Transition Center hosts a weekly job club for job seekers. Meet and mingle with others in transition to share leads and challenges; hear from facilitators and guest speakers. Start your week with support and a positive attitude! All job seekers are welcome.
Location
Meeting Room E
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
ESL, a free program for those seeking to learn to read and speak English, meets at 7 pm every Tuesday in a meeting room on the second floor of the Main library.
Location
Meeting Room F
Library
Main Library

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Date
Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Bring a project and get or give help at this creative morning moderated by experienced knitter Elfriede Heaney.
Location
Meeting Room E
Library
Main Library

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Date
Thursday, March 03, 2016
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Most job applications are completed online and a computer scans them looking for keywords for skills, education, and experience important to the employer. It also scans for keywords that may screen out candidates. Learn how to tackle questions on an application to be sure yours will be read.
Location
Meeting Room F
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Thursday, March 03, 2016
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
Intergenerational Community Group meeting to bridge the achievement gap in the Shaker Heights Public Schools. Facilitated by the Student Group on Race Relations at the High School.
Location
Room E and Room F combined
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Monday, March 07, 2016
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
A fun chess club for all levels of ability and for both teens and adults. The club will be facilitated by Mike Reeves, a long-time instructor with Progress with Chess and the Shaker Heights High School Chess Club. The library will provide the chess sets and refreshments will be served. No registration is necessary.
Location
Meeting Room B
Library
Main Library

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Date
Monday, March 07, 2016
Time
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Description
Enjoy poetry performed by Jack McGuane, Claire McMahon, and Ray McNiece.

Jack McGuane is a 44-year resident of Lakewood. The former Poet Laureate of Lakewood (2006-2007) began writing poetry after his retirement from Fireye Inc in 1997. He was the poetry editor for Whiskey Island magazine for three years and has three chapbooks published by Deep Cleveland Press (Sleeping With My Socks) and Night Ballet Press (Chickenhawk and Unfinished).

Claire McMahon has been writing poetry for many years. At Naropa University, she studied with Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Joanne Kyger, Anselm Hollo, Gary Snyder, and Bill Berkson. At Naropa, she and Steve Roth founded the journal Make Room for Dada, which published poets including Amiri Baraka, Charles Bukowski and Bernadette Mayer. She earned a Ph.D. from Kent State University in 2004. With poet Lisa Janssen, she founded and co-edited the arts journal MoonLit (Drag City Records/Press.) She has taught English and creative writing at Tri-C, BGSU, Baldwin-Wallace College, Lake Erie College, and ITT-Technical Institute. Her book, Emergency Contact, is available from Van Zeno Press, Cleveland. In March, she’ll continue running a monthly poetry workshop with poet Ray McNiece. She works in higher education, as an Associate Dean, at Tri-C’s Westshore campus.

Ray McNiece is the author of eight books of poems and monologues. The Orlando Sentinel reporting on Ray’s solo show at the Fringe Festival called him “a modern day descendant of Woody Guthrie. He has a way with words and a wry sense of humor.” He toured Russia with Yevgeny Yevtushenko where he appeared on Good Morning, Russia and performed at the Moscow Polytech, the Russian Poets’ Hall of Fame where he was dubbed ‘the American Mayakovski.

Location
Dietz Community Room
Library
Bertram Woods Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Time
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Description

The Boston Girl, by Anita Diamant

A grandmother, who was born in 1900 and raised in the North End of Boston in an immigrant Jewish family, shares her complicated and moving life story with her granddaughter.

Book Buzz is led by Stacie Anderson. Please register and pick up books at the Main Library Reference desk one month before the discussion.
Location
Meeting Room G
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
ESL, a free program for those seeking to learn to read and speak English, meets at 7 pm every Tuesday in a meeting room on the second floor of the Main library.
Location
Meeting Room F
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Time
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
The Dead Key by D.M. Pulley

This award winning mystery by local author D. M. Pulley follows two young women, Iris Latch and Beatrice Baker, separated in time by twenty years. Beatrice was a secretary at the First Bank of Cleveland in 1978; Iris is working for a local architecture firm in 1998 looking to renovate the old bank building. Why did the First Bank of Cleveland close suddenly and without warning in 1978, and what secrets are waiting inside to be discovered….
Books will be available one month before the discussion at the Main Library Reference desk. Please register online at shakerlibrary.org, by calling 216-991-2030 or when you pick up your copy.
Location
Meeting Room G
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Time
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Description
Dr. Tracy Harris will be speaking on the many uses of hypnosis for better health, wellness and healing. If you have ever wondered how hypnosis helps people to change their lives, reduce stress, eliminate fears and sadness or even stop smoking, this is a great opportunity to have your questions answered! Following her presentation, Dr. Harris will do a group hypnosis session for stress relief and relaxation for attendees.

Dr. Harris is a certified hypnotherapist, sports hypnotist and strategic life coach. She helps clients to release issues and gain confidence so they can live happier, more balanced lives. Her specialties include stress relief, confidence, insomnia, emotional issues and mental training and mindfulness for academic achievement. Dr. Harris is also a dual-certified sports hypnotist and mental toughness trainer who provides sports hypnosis, guided imagery and visualization techniques to athletes to improve their statistics, enhance their performance and stop emotional issues from interfering with their game. Additionally, Dr. Harris has certifications in pain management, sexual dysfunction and PTSD.
Location
Meeting Room F
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
When looking for a job, your principal “sales tool”is a well-designed, targeted resume. This workshop will teach you how to create a resume that will gain the employers' attention and result in an interview.
Location
Meeting Room F
Library
Main Library

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Date
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Everyone has a story. The Life Writing Club is here to encourage you to write it down. Each month we’ll provide the writing material and the prompts to get you started – you provide the words. Write as little or as much as you like.
Location
Teen Center
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Monday, March 14, 2016
Time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description

Enjoy a burger and beer with your biography? A martini with your mystery? Then please join us for some “savory” stories and a “spirited” discussion of a good book. The group decides which books to read a few months in advance and the titles are posted on the Shaker Library website.
Copies will be available at the Main Library Reference desk for loan one month before the discussion and at Loganberry Books for sale.



The Academy Tavern is at 12800 Larchmere Blvd. Loganberry Books is at 13015 Larchmere.
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Main Library

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Important Messages
Be a Super Reader this Summer: June 8 – August 7

You don't need a mask or a cape to be a super reader - just a love of reading and the desire to share your favorite heroes and heroines from your much loved books. Stretch your super powers and read with us this summer. There will be weekly drawings for gift certificates from local merchants who support our summer reading program, as well as a grand prize of an eReader device at the end!

New this summer! Be a POWerful supporter. Register to be a Super Reader and help us by putting your face on good reading! Sign up to be photographed with your favorite book and we’ll post it on our Super Readers’ Gallery.

Eager readers can register beginning May 15.

To be eligible for weekly prize drawings:
• Read or Listen to a Book
• Take a Computer Class
• Have a Personal Technology Training Session
• Join a Book Discussion
• Attend a Library Program
• Complete a Puzzle or Game

All Prizes must be picked up at either library by Friday, August 21.

Reviews
Title or Activity
There was lived a girl who seduced her sister's husband and he hanged himself.
Author
Petrushevskaia
Review
I really enjoyed although it was her collection of short stories about love. She has another collection about scary fairy tales. I hope to read that soon  Shaker Heights Public Library Catalog
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Title or Activity
the Lost Continent
Author
Bill Bryson
Review
Bill Bryson is hilarious and entertaining.He undertakes a journey from his hometown in Nebraska,after living in England for several years.My only quibble is that he gives a windshield review of Cleveland.He calls this Pearl of the Midwest a "dirty,ugly,boring city." and sarcastically compares our Jewel on the Lake to Florence, Italy.Well sir, I won't call you a cretin, but you don't know what you are talking about.I can tell because he describes I-90(coming in from Ashtabula)as passing several "outer suburbs" -all called "Something Heights".I sent him a postcard(he now lives in Vermont) but I haven't heard from old Bill yet.His criteria for choosing roadside restaurants("Never eat in a restaurant that displays pictures of the food its served",etc.) is very funny.  Shaker Heights Public Library Catalog
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Title or Activity
Who Let the Dog Out
Author
David Rosenfelt
Review
This is the latest novel of his Andy Carpenter mystery series. Typically a murder is committed and the wrong person is arrested. Andy reluctantly becomes the defense attorney of the accused. He struggles to find evidence of innocence, but it is routinely non existent. The story revolves around his efforts to find this evidence. This story is typically infused with his usual sense of humor. The same colorful characters appear in his novels, who help him solve the mystery. In addition to his girlfriend,who is now his wife, they have an adopted son who adds to the loving nature of the novel. If you love a good mystery with a laugh-a-minute along the way, definitely pick this newest Rosenfelt novel.   Shaker Heights Public Library Catalog
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Title or Activity
Orange Is the New Black
Author
Piper Kerman
Review
This is the true account of Piper Kerman's 13 months in a women's prison in Danbury, Connecticut. Kerman, a graduate of Smith College, was charged with transporting drug money 10 years after the crime occurred. By then, she had turned her life around. Years ago the charges were brought against her, Piper pleaded guilty and was sentenced to serve time in prison. The book documents her experiences in the Danbury Correctional Institute as she makes friends and learns a new trade, her regrets over becoming involved in drug trafficking, and her insights into the lives of other prisoners. I would recommend this book, even if you are not a fan of the TV series based on it. I myself have never watched the show, so I really can't give an opinion about it, but I liked the book.   Shaker Heights Public Library Catalog
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Title or Activity
Snow White Must Die
Author
Neuhaus, Nele
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