This holiday season Euclid Public Library would like to remind you that giving books as presents never goes out of style! In the age of gadgets and gizmos, books still make worthy competitors because of their ability to help people connect. Whether they’re meant to be future bedtime stories, sources of inspiration and adventure, or educational aids, books that are given as gifts keep on giving. When making your shopping list this year, consider offering someone an experience that can only be achieved through reading. They’ll think of you with every turn of the page. Here are a few suggestions.
The Euclid Public Library began 80 years ago with small library collections in two of our early schools. Euclid Central and Shore School served as our city's two high schools and it is in these two school buildings where the Euclid Public Library began!
Euclid Public Library officially was named a public library on August 12, 1935 with a resolution stating that the newly elected board would establish “a Public Library free to all inhabitants of the Euclid City School District and Cuyahoga County, Ohio.“ At this first meeting it was also agreed that “the said library board will serve without compensation” with Sam Foster officiating as the library’s first President.
The Euclid Public Library Foundation will host a benefit on Friday, August 14 from 6:30 to 8:30pm on the subject of "The 1930s, Beer, Prohibition and Murder!"
The purpose for the event is to focus on the year 1935 when the Euclid Public Library began. The library is celebrating its 80th year of service to the community and this is one of the celebrations to take place this year.
In 1935 Eliot Ness came to town to serve as Safety Director and to clean out corruption. He had a big job on his hands because the Kingsbury Run murders, still the largest, unsolved murders in America, were taking place at this time. Also, in 1935 other topics of interest include Howard Hughes breaking air speed records, Amelia Earhart flying solo across the country, the Social Security Act is signed into law and President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated Hoover Dam to name a few highlights. Local historians Rebecca McFarland, Dr. James Badal and Mark W. Stone will share stories from the past and introduce the beers for tasting.
The party will feature a beer tasting that includes a variety of beers reminiscent of the 1930s, hor d'oeuvres and lots of intrigue! Tickets are $25 per person, payable to the Euclid Public Library Foundation, and will be available beginning Monday, July 27. Guests should be 21 and over please. For more details please call the library at 261-5300, ext. 107.
Euclid Public Library is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of FREE movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital – all you need is a valid library card!
Euclid Public Library card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.
- You will be allowed to borrow 10 titles each month
- Video lends for 72 hours
- Music lends for 7 days
- Audiobooks lend for 21 days
- Comic Books lend for 21 days
You are able to access (view/listen to) borrowed content as often as you want during the checkout period and you can return any borrowed title whenever you want.
The Euclid Public Library is fortunate to have two support groups, the Friends of the Library and the Foundation. Both groups exist to serve and support many aspects of the Euclid Public Library. For our Summer Reading programs, we thank the Friends of the Library for supporting our efforts to get more people to read in the summer! Thanks to them the library has prizes for all ages, from little children through adults. Everyone is welcome to register to win the prizes.
On May 2, 2015 the Euclid Public Library planted a commemorative oak tree to signify the 80th anniversary of the library. It was in 1935 that the residents of Euclid decided to form a public library. This library is the second oldest library levy in the state of Ohio!
Although the library has weathered a lot of troubles over the years, through the Great Depression and more, it still stands strong and is one of the most popularly utilized buildings in the city! The reason an 80th anniversary is symbolized by an oak tree is due to the fact that oak trees are well known for living to a great age and for being particularly robust. Those who live to celebrate an 80th anniversary are those who have triumphed against adversity over the course of that many years - certainly our library qualifies! Public libraries are totally reliant on a strong base of support from the public we serve. Without your tax support, and that of the state budget, libraries wouldn't exist.
The oak tree takes a long period of time and commitment to reach full maturity. It represents wisdom and longevity and is able to withstand the extreme pressure that comes with many years of life, similar to the way an 80-year-old library exists in a changing world. We aren't the same library we were in 1935, but it seems clear that we have kept up with the times and the needs of those we serve! Hopefully, in 2095 another oak tree might be planted to signify continued strength of our beloved library.
This summer, the library's reading theme is "Every Hero Has a Story: Make Your Summer Count!" From the youngest child to adults, we have lots of activities for everyone at the Euclid Public Library. In fact, this summer's reading program is bigger and better than ever! We hope to have lots of participation because the library staff will work hard to keep your summer fun.
Children need to read during the summer in order to keep up their skills. We know how important it is to avoid the summer "slide" but it's up to parents to bring the children to the library so they can select the books they want to read. In fact, children can get their own library card - the Three For Me card. It allows shildren to borrow three books at a time on a card and parents don't have to co-sign! Kids feel so proud to get their very own card - and why not?! Your library card opens a whole world of possibilities!
Libraries from across the state visited Columbus on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 for Legislative Day. Typically, the visit is to touch base with our legislators to remind them of our library’s services and to inform them that our residents have need for a free, open library. Of course, they know all about our library, especially Euclid’s legislators Kenny Yuko and Kent Smith. Both have been great friends to the Euclid Public Library over a number of years.
As we leave winter behind, walking to Sims Park is a good exersize.
After six months of sorting and a frantic day of set-up, the Spring Book Sale, held by the Friends of the Euclid Public Library, will be on April 25th and 26th, with a preview night for members on the 24th. There will be one table of special books with higher prices. Aside from that, hardbound books are 50¢; paperbacks (including large ones) are 25¢. DVDs are $2.00; most other audio-visual media are $1.00 or less. Materials have been collected for half a year, and include both library cancels and donations.
The books are roughly sorted by broad library number categories. You might find a book on plumbing, gardening, business, cooking, animal care, child care, or health, all in the 600s (Technology), or something about movies, opera, crafts, or football in the 700s (Arts and Recreation). If history and travel is your thing, wander over to the 900s. Computers are in the 000s (General Works), along with journalism, Bigfoot, and flying saucers. And the 300s contain all the stuff about human society and how it works–from economics to politics to true crime.
One of the great things about being a Friend of the Euclid Public Library is that you feel good about yourself. The Friends do a lot of stuff, but my particular Good Thing is the semiannual book sale–a service for the library and the community.
It's a service for the library because the library must–must!–get rid of material to make room for all those new books and movies. The shelves, being made of metal, not Spandex, don't stretch.
It's a service for the community partly because it's a place for people to donate books. Rather than going to the trash, they go to people who want them. And it's a community service also because where else can you find books, music, movies, etc., etc. so very cheap? Have you priced new books recently? Ouch! Even e-books cost an awful lot.
But at the Friends' sale, the prices are 50¢ for a hardbound book, 25¢ for a paperback, and–the most expensive regular item–$2 for a DVD. How can you beat it?
Friday, October 24, is Members' Night, when members of the Friends can shop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The library is closed Friday nights; only the sale rooms and rest rooms will be open. Non-members can pay $5 to join at the door.
On October 25, Saturday, the doors open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m. I think this is the best day to shop; there's room to breathe (Friday night is crowded) and still a very good selection.
Sunday, October 26, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., is Bag Day. For $3.00, you buy a grocery bag to fill. Amazingly, there's usually more than enough left to make the bag a huge bargain. DVDs are included in Bag Day, though they're usually all gone by 1:20.
Books are divided into categories roughly corresponding to what the library uses. Most sections (Mystery, Biography, Children's Books, Religion) are easy to understand, but a few are a bit confusing.
1. The 100's are psychology and philosophy. Many self-help books, the ones that deal with the head rather than the body, are here.
2. Sociology and other stuff about how people deal with one another is in the 300's--law, money, politics; also etiquette, true crime, even folk tales.
3. If you want to learn useful things, you want the 600's, the technology section, which covers cooking, health, engineering, carpentry, car repair, makeup, roofing, and, unexpectedly, child-rearing and business.
3. For recreation, turn to the arts, the 700's–-painting and football, opera and crafting, swimming and skiing. Everything that's for fun or beauty rather than purely for practical use is in the 700's.
Audio-visual materials are sorted by type--DVDs, CDs, videotapes, audiotapes, records. (Remember records? The Friends sell them for 50¢.)
Every sale is a different treasure hunt.
Euclid Public Library is at 631 E. 222nd Street in Euclid, straight north off I-90 and SR-2. There's a Veterans' Memorial in front of it, complete with a tank, so it's hard to miss. Their website is www.euclidlibrary.org.
The Euclid Public Library has a new mural at the entrance to the teen department. Meg Garbincus, a teacher from the Euclid High School Art Department, painted this mural representing various book titles that many of us read in school. The mural that has the feel of a graphic novel with a variety of independent panels. Each one of the panels represents books such as "Huckleberry Finn," "Alice in Wonderland" and "Othello." All the titles have been on high school reading lists for generations.
Once the school year is up and running, a contest to guess the book titles will take place in the Teen Department. All ages are welcome to participate. A reception will be held at the end of the month to recognize Meg Garbincus and this beautiful addition to the library! We hope you'll stop by and take a look!
September is National Library Card Month and it's that time of year when we want to send our children off to school on the right foot! No matter what age, everyone benefits from the value of having a library card. At the Euclid Public Library we want to make sure that everyone has the access to materials they need.
A library card is your ticket to join the millions of Americans who turn to their public library to borrow books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and more - for FREE! For those who want to download, we have digital books, movies and music. Your library card saves you money by permitting you to do all this from the library's web site for free! Check it out at www.euclidlibrary.org.
Lately, there has been a growth in the number of people who come to the library for wiritng a resume, finding a good book, grabbing the latest DVD for family viewing, surfing the Internet or just finding a quiet place to relax with a magazine. It's no joke when they say that your library card is the smartest card in your wallet!
Since September celebrates library cards, why not make sure yours is up to date! Come in to the Euclid Public Library and guarantee that every member of your family has his or her own card. Even children and teens who visit without a guardian can get their own card. At the Euclid Public Library we've introduced the 3 For Me and the Teen Triad cards. These special cards don't need a parent's signature and are good to borrow up to three books. No movies or games may be borrowed on these cards - only books! We want to encourage every child to read, read and read some more!
Getting a library card is easy and free and will open your life to a whole new world of information, entertainment and opportunity. We hope to see you soon.