Shaker Heights Public Library

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Basic Information

Established: 1937
Schedule: Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM; Friday: 9 AM - 6:00 PM; Saturday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM; Sundays 1-5 PM Labor Day to Memorial Day
Address: 16500 Van Aken Boulevard Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120
Phone Number: 216-991-2030
Fax Number: 216-991-5951
Director: Luren E. Dickinson

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Additional Information

Computer Capabilities:

Shaker Heights Public Library operates a FREE public computer center at the Main Library for students ages 12 and older and adults. Reservations must be made in advance; however, if a computer is available, walk-in customers can be accommodated. In addition, the library offers a series of free Computer Classes.

Education Programs: The Shaker Library Children`s Rooms are exciting, busy places to visit. In a typical week, the Children`s Department sponsors a wide variety of programs for children ranging in age from babies through sixth grade. Offerings include a variety of story times; after school craft activities; creative writing; and book clubs, as well as special and seasonal events for the whole family. A monthly flyer listing our current offerings is available in the Children`s Room at each library or visit and click on the events and programs tab.! Both libraries offer an outstanding assortment of board books for babies; picture books for young children; `Ready`, `Set`, `Go` books for beginning readers; juvenile fiction, including special sections of fantasy, mystery, sports and series books; and a comprehensive non-fiction collection that includes recreational and research materials for children through grade eight. Special collections at the Main Library include the Elaine "Boots" Fisher Collection of Newbery and Caldecott Medal and Honor books, the Coretta Scott King Collection, the Parenting Collection, and the Mentoring Collection. Both libraries also offer children`s books on tape and other audiovisual material; magazines for children; parenting and mentoring books and magazines on a variety of topics relating to child rearing and children with special needs. Reading, learning and playing together at the library is a valuable family bonding experience. Snuggle up on a couch and share a story. Attend a family program; color a picture; work on a puzzle; use our toys for gentle, imaginative play; browse the shelves, special collections, and holiday displays. Enjoy the educational games on our workstations, or explore the Internet together. Drop by the Play and Learn Station on the second floor of the Main Library with your preschooler. Try out the `listening bear` at Bertram Woods Branch, or create a `Make-It-Take-It` craft there.
Summer Programs: Explore . . Experiment . . READ! June 8 - July 31, 2009
Membership Details:

All Shaker Libray activities are free.

Friends of the Shaker Library is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 to support and promote the library. Friends` funds enhance library resources, services and programs. Membership levels range from $15 individual memberships to $100 patron memberships and remittance envelopes are available at the Circulation Desk.

Library Information:

Mission Statement: Shaker Heights Public Library provides an extraordinary range of books and other resources and activities for a lifetime of enrichment and enjoyment in an environment that exemplifies the inclusive ideals of our community.

Shaker Heights Public Library was founded in 1937, as a school-district library and serves a diverse population of 29,000 people in a city cited nationally for its pro-integrative housing initiatives and exceptional public schools. It enjoys heavy use reflected in circulation figures that are well over twice the national average for libraries in communities of comparable size. Located in the city’s commercial district, the main library occupies 60,800 square feet, including eight community meeting rooms, a quiet study room, Computer Center and Teen Center. In 1960, a branch library was built with surplus tax funds on property bequeathed to the library. The library provides an on-line catalog and databases as a member of CLEVNET, a consortium of more than 31 libraries. A home page is maintained at