August 2017

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. –William Styron    
A Note from the Library Director
Do you know how the month of August got its name? According to the World Book Encyclopedia, the Romans named it after the emperor Augustus. Before that, the month was known as Sextilis, which is Latin for "sixth." Which made sense way back when, because March was the first month of the year, making August the sixth. During the reign of Augustus, the Roman Senate took a day from February and added it to August, making August 31 days long. So there you go; some fun facts to share with friends this month, or to tuck away for next time you play Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy!  It's this kind of information that can get a person sucked into reading an encyclopedia for hours on end. Of course, the encyclopedia is often overlooked as a great information resource these days. But sometimes, you just need one answer, and you want it to be the right one. And that can be a great time to turn to the encyclopedia -- whether online or in print. 

Yours in Reading, 
Betsy Bleck, Library Director
Did You Know?
The library will be closed 
September 2 - 4, 2017 for
Labor Day Weekend.
News You Can Use
Getting ready for the new school year?! Don’t forget the little ones!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters school.

Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid foundation that is key to school and learning success. Reading together helps to encourage learning and promotes pre-reading skills. With achievements, goals, and prizes throughout the journey to 1000 books, your kids will be excited to sit down and snuggle up with a good book. Plus, sharing stories together is fun! It’s easy to get started.

To learn more about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, visit our website, stop in, or call to talk to our knowledgeable staff. Happy reading!
There is a FREE app for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten available for
download on Android and Apple devices! It’s an easy way to record all the books you read with your child. 
The library has online homework help resources for all grade levels. Students can watch videos, search newspapers, take practice tests, and search online reference sites to find the answers they need.  

Children's Programs

Tuesday & Wednesday Storytimes will return in September :) 
Move & Groove Storytime at Shorehaven - Monday August 14, 2017 10:00-11:00 am
This intergenerational storytime will feature plenty of moving, shaking, singing, and reading, all in the spirit of being together in our community.  Ages 3-5; all are welcome.
Tech Faire - Saturday August 5, 2017 9:30 am-12:30 pm
A drop-in day devoted to all things tech! Lots of hands-on play and tinkering, as well as live demonstrations of robots, AI, and more. Best for ages 5 & up; all are welcome.
Kids Fest - Tuesday August 15, 2017 (rain date August 22) 9:00 am-1:00 pm at Roosevelt Park
Join the fun and come see what the library has to offer your family and our community! Enjoy games, entertainment, music, inflatables, arts & crafts, food, and more! Stop by the library booth for a game and craft.
Girl Scout Troop 2174 presents: A Library Scavenger Hunt!
Saturday August 26, 2017 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Fun for all as you hunt for clues throughout the library! Prizes await those who complete the hunt, and it's FREE to join in! Ages 4 and up; all ages are welcome. No registration required. 

Teen Programs

Adult Programs

Adult Coloring Club - Monday August 14, 2017 4:00-5:00 pm
Feeling stressed? Come relax, listen to music, and color! Adult coloring is a huge trend nationwide - come experience it for yourself and find out why! All supplies will be provided.
Blood Drive for the American Red Cross - Thursday August 31, 2017 9:00 am–2:00 pm
Spring into action and save 3 lives! If you are able to do so, please donate at our blood drive. You can register ahead of time for an appointment or walk in! Register today at
Book a Librarian Appointments Available!
Need help with a mobile device or e-reader? Want to learn how to create an email address or apply for jobs online? Come with your technology questions and book an appointment with a librarian for assistance! Appointments are available on a limited month-by-month basis. Call Hope at extension 211 to book a one-on-one half hour appointment.
This summer at the library, we built a better world and better readers! 
All ages participated by attending programs and completing challenges to win prizes!

Here are some fun facts -

1,922 people registered for the summer reading program!
  • 305 Little Library Lovers
  • 1,314 School Age
  • 203 Teens
  • 100 Adults
We held 105 programs for all ages at the library with more than 4,000 attendees!

31,600 items were checked out so far this summer! 
Drop by and see if it’s your Lucky Day!
Library patrons who come into the library will have the chance to check out books that normally have long wait lists. This new collection means you have a better chance of finding high-demand items on the shelves, ready to check out.

Items in the Lucky Day Collection:
  • Include high-demand books by popular authors
  • Are available on a first come, first served basis (no holds)
  • Can be checked out for 1 week and cannot be renewed
  • Will be updated each month with new titles
Library Hours
Monday – Thursday:  9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday:  Summer 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
School Year 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: October – April 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
May – September CLOSED
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