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Community Library of the Shenango Valley
April 15, 2014
Volume 1, Issue 1
A semi-annual newsletter from the Community Library of the Shenango Valley
A COMMUNITY EFFORT
The Community Library of the Shenango Valley would not be
here if not for its generous donors, dedicated volunteers,
and engaged patrons. Our donors and patrons sustain the
library and allow us to be a vital part of the community. Over
one-third of our budget relies on donations, trusts, and grants.
Whether you donate $1 to our in-library donation box, $25 for
a memorial, or a $15,000 grant, your donations matter –
and they help us to better serve the community. We
cannot thank our donors enough for their generosity year in
and year out.
REDISCOVER YOUR LIBRARY
April is National Library Week. What is the first thing you think of when you
hear the word “library?” If the first word you consider is “books” – then you are on
to something. But libraries in the modern world have become so much more. Do we
have the classic books that you would look for in any library? Absolutely – but we
have more that might surprise those with a traditional view of libraries.
The materials available to community members range from conventional to technological to innovative. We offer books – classic, bestselling, and award winners. We
have a large collection of audio books and large print materials. We have DVDs –
free to borrow – ranging from your favorite TV shows to the hottest blockbusters
and the best documentaries. We also offer music CDs, magazines, newspapers,
Kindles, book club kits, and materials for genealogical research.
In trying to meet the needs of a heavily digital society, the library is now offering
technological materials and support. In addition to lending Kindles, we also provide OverDrive, a database that allows patrons to download e-books and e-audio
books to their own devices. We offer computer classes for beginning and intermediate levels, as well as one-on-one gadget classes for patrons who have questions on how to use their own devices.
We offer databases to help patrons gather information and discover new things. Our
newest database is Mango Languages – a program that allows you to learn over
60 languages from any device.
DID YOU KNOW?
Membership is free for all
Sharon and Hermitage
Residents. Other residents
may become members for the
low price of $35 per family per
year. If you live in Sharpsville, Clark, or South
Pymatuning, the borough will
refund half of that price to you.
We have over 60,000 items—
including best sellers, new
release DVDs, TV on DVD,
audio books, e-books, and so
We have dozens of programs
each month that are free and
open to all
Is there something you
want that we don’t have?
We can order it for you from
another library—just ask for an
ILL form in person—or fill one
NEW IN 2013
Gadget Workshops: Need help with
your iPad, Nook, smart phone, or other
gadget? Sign up for a one-on-one session to ask questions specific to your
device and your skill level.
Computer Classes: We have several
levels of computer classes being offered.
Whether you are beginning or adding to
your skill set, join us for these informative, fun classes.
World Book Night: This exciting
program allows community member to
sign up as book givers and hand out
copies of a beloved book all around the
community. The program is free to the
public and to the library. We had over
twenty book givers participate in 2013
and look forward to having larger participation in years to come.
Henry Ekker Authograph Collection: One of our newest additions to the
library is the Henry Ekker Autograph
Collection. This amazing collection
showcases signed items representing
everything from football and basketball
to figure skating and gymnastics. It is a
must-see for all sports enthusiasts!
Scholastic Book Fair: This year, we
held a scholastic book fair in conjunction
with Sharon’s small business Saturday.
We hope to make it an annual event—be
sure to stop in next year!
"What best defines us as a civilization is not what's on YouTube or Facebook
or even CNN, but what's on the shelves of our libraries." ~ S. Chris Shirley
The Community Library of
the Shenango Valley is grateful to
be able to offer such a wide variety of materials and services to
our patrons. Much of what we do
would not be possible without
our group of dedicated volunteers.
Volunteers assist patrons
with technology, process new
books, shelve books, and present
programs. Volunteers include
our wonderful Friends’ group
that raises money for the library
through book sales, the Mercer
County Genealogical society
whose members assist community members in research, and the
amazing wine and cheese committee that puts together our
favorite night of the year.
If you have a skill, talent, or
time that you would like to share,
please contact the library for a
The library was a busy place in 2013—and we hope to be even busier in the coming year.
Here are a few statistics from 2013:
110,906 community members passed through our doors.
89,600 items were circulated.
Our collection consisted of 60,853 physical items and 1,961 electronic items.
Most Circulated Items in 2013:
The Racketeer by John Grisham
Mad River by John Stanford
Guilt by Johnathan Kellerman
The Racketeer by John Grisham
Rise of the Guardians
The Witness by Nora Roberts
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Private London by James Paterson
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Will Princess Isabel Ever Say Please?
Children’s Programs Offered: 130
Just Me & My Dad
Adult Programs Offered: 296
The Son by Philipp Meyer
We Are All Complete Beside Ourselves
by Karen Joy Fowler
Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
Keep the Aspidistra Flying
by George Orwell
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates
Story Hour—Every Wednesday @ 11AM
Smuggler Nation by Peter Andreas
Evening Story Hour—First Wednesday of each month @ 6PM at the YMCA
Anubis Speaks by Vicky A. Shecter
Kid’s Crafts—Each Thursday from 3-5 PM
Chess Club—Mondays and Thursdays @ 5PM
Evening Book Club — First Thursday of each month @ 6PM
Afternoon Book Club — Third Thursday of each month @ 2PM
Independent Movie—Third Thursday of each month @ 6PM
Knit & Crochet — Each Tuesday @ 1PM
Fine Arts Painting Classes—Two Saturdays per month
Computer Classes—six week sessions starting 4-5 times per year
Gadget Classes—twice each month
Juliet by Anne Fortier
The American Heiress
by Daisy Goodwin
The Berlin Boxing Club
by Robert Sharenow
Film Forward Film Festival—7 independent films will be screened and discussed at
the James E. Winner Jr. Arts and Cultural Center. Please join us!
World Book Night Open House—April 14th @ 6PM
For the first time this year—we will be offering an Adult Summer Reading Program.
Please join us! More information to follow on our website and Facebook page.
SUPPORT YOUR LIBRARY
by Jennifer Chiaverini
Despite budget cuts and difficult economic times, the library strives not only to avoid cutting materials and services, but we also work hard to improve current services. In order to do this, we
rely on donations, bequests, grants, and volunteers. Here are a few ways to help your library:
Donate in honor or memory of a loved one — a plate denoting your
dedication will be placed in a circulating book.
Donate used or new books, movies, and music. Anything that cannot
be used in the circulating collection will be sold in the book sale.
Donate to our annual fundraising letter. This money helps to provide
operating funds for the library now and into the future, ensuring that we can
continue to keep our doors open and provide materials, programs, and services
to the community.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
by Julies Verne
Leave a legacy. Remember the library in your will or estate.
Chronicles of Amber
by Roger Zelazny
Shop our books sales! Held in May and October, these sales help to provide
the library with operating and material revenue.
Attend our Wine & Cheese party. This event is our largest fundraiser each
year. For a modest ticket price, guests are treated to a large assortment of
wine, beer, and local food. Cheese is just the beginning of the offered cuisine
which has included wings, pizza, sandwiches, soup, fruit, and dessert.
Tell your friends and neighbors. Do you enjoy something that the library
offers? Tell others about it! So many don’t realize the new and innovative materials, programming, and services that we have to offer. We need your help to
spread the word!
Volunteer your time and talents. We are always looking for volunteers—
both to assist in the library and to hold programs. Do you have a talent or interest that you would like to share? Contact us—we are always looking for new
The History of Love
by Nicole Krauss
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Prime Directive by Judith and
Garfield Reeves Stevens
Eat, Pray, Love
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Through the Look Glass
by Lewis Carroll
The Boy in the Wooden Box
by Leon Leyson
Duma Key by Stephen King
Would you like to know more? Contact the library at 724-981-4360
or www.clsv.net. Or email the director at [email protected]
iPads in the children’s area with educational apps and interactive books
Refurbished public computers complete with Windows 7 and Office 2013
New e-book and audio e-book titles available on OverDrive monthly
Mango Languages—learn 60+ languages from any internet enabled device
Cybrarian Software—sign directly into our internet computers with your library
card—no more waiting at the circulation desk!
Book Flix: This database, now available through the state, offers great interactive
books for children.
New Outdoor Sign
Electronic book security system
Chairs for the community room
Comfortable seating for the reading areas
Heritage Quest Genealogical Database
Magazine and Newspaper subscriptions
Children’s Area Mural
Board Games and Chess Sets
AWE Early Literacy and After School Activity Stations
"What is more important to a library than anything else - than everything else - is the fact that it exists." ~ Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982)
American Poet, Writer, and the Librarian of Congress
FIZZ! BOOM! READ! SUMMER READING @ CLSV
Each summer, libraries all over the country
hold summer reading programs for children of
every age and every grade. This year’s national
theme is “Fizz! Boom! Read!” and we have
many events and programs planned around a
science based theme. Throughout the summer,
the library will host several interactive children’s activities, including weekly special
events, art classes, science projects, story
hours, and crafts.
Children can also register for our Summer
Reading Incentive Program and attempt to
reach a goal of either reading 20 books over the
summer or reading a half-hour each day, depending on age and reading level. Children
who participate in the reading incentive program receive a book log or calendar to keep
track of their reading each week and will receive prizes and coupons for their efforts.
Fizz! Boom! Read! begins June 9 and will run 8
weeks. We will celebrate the end of our program with a party at Buhl
Park on Wednesday, July
Some of our summer events include:
Story Hour for Children ages 3-5
Wednesdays at 10:30 AM.
Kids’ Craft Time for ages
5-up Thursdays at 1:00PM.
Tuesdays 1:00 PM.
Fridays 12:30 PM.
Children’s Art Classes
Fridays, June 27, July 11,
and July 25.
Star Wars 501st Legion
visits the Library Saturday,
June 28, with live Star Wars
Characters presenting a
program for all ages.
Other special events for
children of all ages include Professional
Story Teller Vicky Lingner as “Sealea”: A
Drop of Water, The Elk County Visitor’s
Center: All About Elk, interactive
programs conducted by Jennings
Environmental Center, Mercer County
Conservancy, and Pymatuning State Park.
The Library is a patron focused
resource center, enhancing the
lives of people of all ages and
backgrounds by providing outstanding materials, programs, and
technology in a safe inviting environment.
Friends of the Library
May 7-10, 2014
October 8-11, 2014
Annual Wine and Cheese
October 23, 2014
Community Library of the
11 North Sharpsville Avenue
Sharon, PA 16146
The Community Library of the Shenango Valley is excited to be participating in
Please mark your calendars and join us for seven amazing films to be followed by moderated discussions. All screenings are free and open to the public - and will be shown at the
Winner Arts and Cultural Center.
If You Built It – April 15th @ 6PM
The Rocket – April 16th @ 6PM
Twenty Feet From Stardom – April 21st @ 6PM
Dancing in Jaffa – April 22nd @ 6PM
Valentine Road – April 25th @ 6PM
Circles – April 29th @ 6PM
The World Before Her – April 30th @6PM
*Film Forward is an international touring program that offers film screenings, workshops
and discussions with filmmakers, designed to foster dialogue and greater cultural understanding.
*Film Forward is an initiative of the Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on
the Arts and Humanities in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the
National Endowment for Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.