Thursday, November 07, 2019

Schiavo Library: November 2019

Schiavo Library: November 2019 

Newsletter Daylight Savings – Reminder 
Reminder November 3rd the Clocks get reset back 1 hour.

Vote Here: Nov. 6th
Again this year voters in Strathmere will be using the library instead of the fire hall. Voting is here from 6 am to 8 pm. The library is open for Voting ONLY but closed for library business that day

Revised Check-out Periods
For the winter we will extend check-out periods for books (and audiobooks) to 30 days and for DVDs to 14 days. Don’t forget: you can always renew by phone or email.

Continues here at the library, Usually on Wenesdays at 10:00am. Anyone is welcome. Contact the Library if you are New and would like to set up a lesson time with her. For more Information contact the Library: 609-486-6265

Thanksgiving Hours
The library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday (11/28nd) and Friday (11/29th). Library will be open on Saturday with normal hours 10am-4pm.

Library – Social Media Info.
Don’t forget to visit from time to time Facebook page for Schiavo Library and we are on Instagram @schiavol2009 (*note that is a lower case L in between schiavo and 2009). Drop by our pages say hello or if you have pictures you would like to share of the library or of Strathmere please do.

Pay it Forward (Give Back):
This Holiday Season, we have two great opportunities to give back to those in need and who often get overlooked during this time of the year. We will be accepting gently used Coats, Hats, Scarves, Gloves, Socks for Children and Adults to be sent as part of a Code Blue project this Winter. We are also making care sets part of our Adopt a Grandparent program, these packages will be delivered to nursing homes and shelters and help spread some cheer. The sets are $15 each stop by library fill out form, the goal is to reach as many as possible by Nov 30th.

 Melissa Warren, Library Director

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Schiavo Library: September 2019 Newsletter 

Used Book Sale: 
Our Tenth annual end of summer book sale is happening now! Library hours will remain 10-4pm until the end of September. Stop on in - the sale goes on until the end of September. Lots of great Books still left.

September News:
September is “Amnesty Month.” NO FINES are collected for overdue books!
September returns to normal off-season hours – NO Thursday evening hours.
*Beginning October library hours will go back to (Tuesday – Friday 8:30-2:30, and Saturdays 10-4)
* MahJong continues here this fall – times vary, call the library for more information.

End of Summer Recap:
We had a great Storytime (21 attended) and Lego Club (19 attended) this summer. Our Summer reading program was a great success thank you all who participated (11 completed program). We had our summer family activities which are always so much fun, and you guys make it special. Family Scavenger Hunt (15 attended). It was an awesome time. Family Bingo Night (4 attended). Mahjong – was also played here a few times this month.

September Ideas:
Thank you all for a wonderful Summer, we look forward to seeing you again next year! Have a great school year kid’s – looking forward to next year’s Reading program.

😊 Melissa Warren, Library Director

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Donations requested for Strathmere Church organ

Dear Friends of the Strathmere Church,
I'm writing on behalf of the Board of Trustees to send you greetings and blessings from all of us. We also are writing to ask for your help.
As you may, or may not know, our church has been in existence since 1916 and the cornerstone was put in place in September of 1922. I'm proud to say that my father, Harlan P. Wittkamp and his mother Carrie, were on the Board of Trustees when that dedication took place. Since then our church has been a beacon to visitors and residents of all denominations. That's one of the unique things about our congregation. There are a handful of year-round resident members and many more associate members who come to our island in the summer. On any Sunday in the summer we welcome visitors from all over this country and the world.
At the beginning of the summer our organ needed extensive repairs. Since that instrument had served us well for 20 years we decided that it was time to upgrade. We enlisted the help of the Grafton Organ Company and were able to find a used Allen digital organ that they were able to deliver to us quickly so we could continue our Sunday services without interruption of our music program. Digital organs are a wonderful choice for small churches since they digitally produce the sound of a much larger, and much more expensive, pipe organ. lt also is not sensitive to the temperature changes that it is subjected to in our "off' season. Although the church is heated all year, a pipe organ would never tolerate the temperature changes that this instrument is built for.
All that history and background is to explain to you why we need your help. Our new Organ was purchased and installed at a cost of $16,500.00. We are seeking donations to keep the music playing inside our building. A few years ago, many of you came to our aid to help keep the chimes playing outside from our bell tower. We hope and pray that you'll be willing to help us again.
We are very proud of our services and music ministry. We have very talented soloists each Sunday from Memorial Day until the end of September. We invite you to come and experience the very special spirit of our church. Our services begin with a hymn sing on Sunday mornings at 9:15 with the service starting at 9:30 am. Come and hear our wonderful new organ and be blessed by the fellowship of your neighbors. We welcome everyone and love the diversity of our visitors.
We ask for your prayerful consideration. Tax deductible donations can be IMO or IHO and sent to our PO Box 93 Strathmere NJ 08248. We wish you a blessed summer and thank you in advance.

Debbie Vandegrift.
Secretary. Board of Trustees

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Schiavo Library: August 2019 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: August 2019 Newsletter

Summer Fun Highlights
We have had an awesome Summer so far, but the fun isnt over yet.  Check out the rest of our programs we have for this month below.  Here are a few Photos from July’s events which were our Bird-Nature Walk on the beach (10 attended); Turtle Terrapin Release (122 attended); Horseshoe Crab Program (20 attended): We also Named an Oystercatcher Chick “Rocky”


August Activities
We still have a couple more weeks of our children’s activities for the summer; please join us for:
·         Story Time – Tuesday & Thursday 10:30 – 11:00am
·         LEGO Club – Tuesday & Thursday 11:00-11:30am
·         Family Scavenger Hunt – Thursday, August 1st (6pm)
·         Wildlife Conservation Film – “Lions and Elephants” – Thursday, August 8th (6pm)
·         Family BINGO night – Thursday, August 15th (6pm)
·         Wildlife Conservation Film – “Orangutans and The Great Apes” – Thursday, August 22nd (6pm)

Summer Raffle Winner
The “Summer kickoff” was won by Rose Rhine. Congratulations!!
The Huge “Turtle Basket” was won by Suzanne Teleha. Congratulations!!
We still have another “Kids Summer Fun” basket currently raffling, Drawing is August 15th tickets $1 ea.

End of Summer Used Book Sale
Save the dates: Aug. 30th – Sept. 28th. Get your bargains here!  

Melissa Warren, Library Director
Enjoy the rest of your Summer!

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Schiavo Library: July 2019 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: July 2019 Newsletter     

Summer Hours & Summer Programs:           
Our summer hours are here (Note: 4th of July we are CLSOED). We’ll be open additional hours on Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm. Children’s programs start on July 2nd and our special family events (SignUp):

*Wetlands Terrapin Release Program - July 11th @ 6:00pm. (Please join us rain or shine!)
*Wildlife Conservation Film (Shark Week) – July 17th @6:00pm
*Bird –Nature Walk Program – July 18th @6pm (Meet by Statepark, end of Strathmere Beach)
*HorseShoe Crab Program – July 25th @ 6:00pm. (Rain or Shine inside Library)

Children’s Summer Programs:
Storybook Time is on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:30 (all ages welcome) and LEGO club is right after that. We have a summer reading program, “Catch a Dragon by the tale” and a children’s drawing contest. Special Prizes if you complete Reading Form.  Teens Bookmark and T-shirt Contest. Stop in for more information on these. We have a “Makerspace Table” set up for crafts and science activities - available all day.

Used Book Sale:
Our “Welcome Summer” used book sale was a big hit as usual.  We had 327 people visit the library to browse and buy. Our total profit was $564.30. We really appreciate the book donations all year long. Thank you!

Other Summer Events for Families:
  1. Art Show – Jane Golas paintings are on display now (In the Library ~ Available for purchase) & Patricia, Jeanette Poppert paitnings are on Display now (~ Available for purchase) à Inquire within!
  2. Team Scavenger Hunt – August 1st  @ 6:00pm
  3. Wildlife Conservation Film (Lions & Elephants) – August 8th @ 6:00pm
  4. Family BINGO Night – August 15th @ 6:00pm
  5. Wildlife Conservation Film (Orangutans & The Great Apes) – August 22nd @ 6:00pm
  6. Raffle Drawings for Children’s Fun Basket – drawing July 30th  (Another Raffle Coming up end of August)

For Adults: Mahjong is still on Wednesday’s 10:30am (Except on 4th of July, as we are closed for Parade)

Melissa Warren, Library Director 

Some Birthday 10 year Celebration Pics

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Boat Ride on the Bayfront; Planning Bd. & Twp. Meeting News; July 4th Parade; Community Bike Ride/Walk; SUMC Fundraiser; SIA Dues & Swag; Pix!

From the Strathmere Improvement Association
June 16, 2019
Warm Father's Day Greetings to our Dads, Grands and Uncles!

Next Planning Board Meeting: June 20, 7:30 pm
Discussion regarding the “RR” Resort Residential Zoning District and follow up to public comments from the May 28 Township Committee Meeting.


News from Upper Township Committee Meeting:Beach Replenishment Approved for Fall:
Once the birds have left in October, 400,000 cubic yards of sand will be dredged onto the beach from Corson’s Inlet down to Winthrop, according to Twp. Engineer Paul Dietrich. The dredge will do work in Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle. It is not definite which borrow site will be used at this time; the Army Corps, with the contractor, will make the final decision as the time nears.

Plan Now to Join the Annual July 4th Parade
People make the parade! Let’s continue the tradition of bike decorating, float building and fun themed walkers down Commonwealth. Share the experience with your little ones and start your own parade tradition. No entry fee and prizes for all children.
Registration at the Firehouse: 9:15
Judging: 10 am in designated/division areas
Parade Kick Off: 10:30 am


Strathmere United Methodist Church Needs Your Help
Church trustees are launching a major fundraising campaign to replace its "beyond repair" organ. A reconditioned one has been located and will cost $16,000. More details to follow, but if you can, please mail a check to SUMC, Box 93, STM 08248 to help defray the costs. Regardless of your religious preference, SUMC has been  home to countless concerts, funeral and memorial services, hymn sings and Sunday services.  It's "the town's" church. 

In late fall,  the SIA made a donation of $500.00 to help defray some of the costs of the winter season. Here's hoping you'll  be able to offer financial support, too.


Inaugural Bike Ride/Run/Walk Down Commonwealth!
Saturday, July 6, 2019. 8 am, near the turtle sign
Lace up your sneakers and join the inaugural Commonwealth bike/run/walk down Commonwealth’s new pedestrian/recreation lane. . Gather with your neighbors and friends at the turtle sign near the trailer park for an 8 am picture, and then cyclists take off, followed by runners and walkers. We’ll head down to the new parking area near the paint chips in SIC (or as far as you’d like to go) and back.
The Commonwealth re-striping has been years in the making and has created a safe recreation corridor, with parking limited to the east/beach side of the road.  The County created 200 new parking places (replacing the approx. 190 lost on the bay side) near the paint chips. Sea Isle is waiving beach fees in that area. The committee members below have long advocated for a solution to the dangerous conditions on Commonwealth,  and worked with County Freeholder Will Morey, with community input, to seek a solution. Thanks to the members and their organizations for their advocacy.


After reading about the boat ride, click on the link at the bottom for the complete newsletter and downloadable boat ride registration form.

Ahoy SIA Members! 
Join with fellow Strathmere Improvement Association members on a boat ride along the historic Strathmere Bay front with special guest host Ed Andress.
We’ve chartered the Avalon Lady, a 45’ pontoon boat for Sunday evening, July 14, from 6-8 pm. We’re offering 20 minute trips (leaving every half hour), making a loop down to the Deauville and back to our Sumner Avenue starting point. (Unfortunately, children under 5 are not permitted onboard.)
Along the way, Ed will regale us with tales of days gone by, you’ll see the familiar houses from the bayside view, and feel the breeze that only a boat ride can deliver.
We’ll gather at the street end of Sumner and the Bay, and thanks to the generosity of Ed and Becky Grasavage, board from their dock. Please arrive15 minutes early and kindly try to keep your group size small so that everyone has an opportunity to cruise. The boat seats 30 folks with four departures every half hour. Ticket price to help underwrite costs is $5.00 per person to help defray insurance and charter costs. The balance will be paid from our treasury’s dues, fundraising efforts and generous donations.
Seating is limited and pre-registration for active, dues paying SIA members is open until July 4; then it will open to other Strathmere residents and visitors.
Reservations can only be made by email, followed by receipt of the payment form available on the SIA website. First emails received, first served. and then please fill out and mail the form and a check to: SIA, Box 4, STM, 08248.
Food and Drinks/Alcohol are NOT allowed on the Lady Avalon!

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter and download the printable boat ride form by clicking on the link below: 

Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 4
Strathmere New Jersey 08248

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Schiavo Library: June 2019 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: June 2019 Newsletter  

Used Book Sale:
Our 10th annual “Welcome Summer” Used Book Sale is going strong. The sale continues until at least June 15th. Stop in; we have TONS of books left! Great Prices.  June 11th will begin our “Fill a Bag for $2” sale.

Library 10th Anniversary:
We are celebrating  “10great years here at the Schiavo Library! Stop in week of June 25th – we will be celebrating all week with special gifts for the first ten visitors throughout the week. And celebrating with cupcakes on Thursday, June 27th All day.
Summer Programs & Events Preview:
Our summer storytime programs will begin on July 2nd.  Storytime is now offered Tues/Thurs. 
For Teens, we have a BookMark Contest as well as a T-Shirt contest.
Adults, we have Mahjong! They will continue to meet every Wednesday morning.  Our late Night evenings will begin every Thursday June 13th – Aug 29th

(Please sign up at Library ahead of time for events, stop in or Call Tel.# 609-486-6265, or email:

Our Events: (some NEW!)
· Wildlife Conservation Film Festival “Summer Series”  Grab a flyer for Dates starting June 13th @6pm. 
· BIRD Nature Walk– July 18th Program starts at 6pm, try to arrive at least 10-15 min prior.  Meeting at the North end of Strathmere, near Statepark.  Will be meeting with Hosts Debbie Rivel & the Conserve Wildlife NJ to take a tour on beach.  Bring Binoculars, and cameras.  (Sign up at the Library)
· HORSESHOE CRAB – July 25th Program starts 6pm,  come learn about these magnificent creatures and why they are important to our wildlife, especially in our area.  RARE old Dinosaur! Meet at the Library inside.  (Sign up at the Library)                                                     
· FAMILY TEAM SCAVENGER HUNT: August 1st  6:00pm (Sign up at the Library)
· FAMILY BINGO NIGHT: August 15th 6:00pm (Sign up at the Library)

Library News:         
Be on the lookout this Summer we will be adding YA – Audio Books to our collection as well as we will be adding YA - Playaway readers (Just need a set of headphones/earplugs plug in and play)

 Our Summer Raffle is underway, “Summer Kick-off” Basket, $1 a ticket.  Drawing ends June 15th. 

  Also, we are hosting a Book Signing for “One Loose String” by: Christine Scarpa  June 20th @ 5pm.

Don’t forget Father's Day June 16th                                 

Melissa Warren, Library Director

Meet the author Christine Scarpa

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Strathmere Library Poetry event, Saturday May 18th

Strathmere Library T-shirt Design contest

Schiavo Library: May 2019 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: May 2019 Newsletter

New Books:
New Titles added to the Collection:


Used Book Sale: May 24
Our next used book sale will begin on May 23rd. Save the date! Lots of books – very cheap! The sale will last until June 15th. Any questions, call the library: (609) 486-6265. Our Hours are 8:30am – 2:30pm (Tuesday – Friday).  10am – 4pm (Saturday’s).  Email:

Mahjong Lessons / Games:
We are continuing with mahjong lessons on Wednesdays. Call or email the library: we need your phone number and email address so that Wendy can get in touch with you in case of changes.

Summer Program (sneak peek):
This summer some favorites – Story hour (Will now be offered on Tuesdays and Thursday Mornings), LEGO club, and Terrapin Release Program, Makerspace Table that will be available at all times (for crafts and science experiments) and WII game system for active indoor fun (especially on those rainy days) and Movie Nights. Summer Reading Program Theme “Dragons”. ~ Stay Tuned!

Save the Date:
May 18th – is Poetry Event! We will be honored to host Two Local Poets Echezonachukwu Nduka, & Marya Parral. Light refreshments available.  We hope for a nice turn out to supoort these Poets.    

Mother’s Day is May 12th!     
Melissa Warren, Library Director

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Schiavo Library: April 2019 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: April 2019 Newsletter

News Events:
Save the Date! May 18 th (Saturday) @ 2pm. Our Poetry Event will commence with Echezonachukwu Nduka & Marya Parral both will be here taking turn doing readings, and afterwards discussions. Light refreshment will be available. Mr. Nduka’s book Chrysanthemums for Wide-Eyed Ghost will be available for purchase.

Food Bank Collection :
Thank you, to those who have helped our food bank collection. The products will be delivered to a local Food bank. Thank you for helping families in need.

Spring Mahjong Lessons:
Wendy Dougherty has been away. However, Mahjong can still be played Wednesdays if, there are players interested and want to get together. We are more than happy to have you play here at the Library, we have Mahjong tile sets, and tables. If you are interested, please call the library (609 486-6265).

Save the dates :
Our Annual Memorial Day Used Book Sale is scheduled for May 23 th – June 15 th . We have been taking in books all winter long, books are filling up the library.
Also , June 20 th (Thursday) @ 5pm – we will be hosting a Local Author Christine Scarpa of Cape May County, who will be reading excerpts from her first published Novel “One Loose String”

Schiavo Library will be Celebrating our 10 year Anniversary  (Thursday June 27th ) be on the lookout for our New Banners. Special things going on during our birthday, pop in to see. Put the dates on your calendar!​

Have a Happy & Blessed Easter!
 Melissa Warren, Library

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Schiavo Library: March 2019 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: March 2019 Newsletter     

News Event:
It’s been a quiet cold winter.   We continue to take donations throughout the year, we just want to thank you all for your generosity. 
Also to note, we have something in the works to be on the lookout for a Poetry Night event with Echezonachukwu Nduka & Marya Parral  is happening in May 2019, more details to come. 

Food Bank Collection:
Thank you for all your donations.  We will continue to collect until the end of this Month.  Then it will be delivered to a Local Food Bank.

Spring is in the air:
It’s time for the sun to shine upon us longer.  Daylight Savings time is Sunday, March 10th.  Don’t forget to “Spring Forward”.   First Day of Spring is Tuesday, March 20th.   Keep in Mind to note Easter is very late this year April 21st

Library Quotes:
“The world is full of Magical places and the library has always been one of them for me.  A library can be that special place for our children” ~Julie Andrews
Schiavo will be 10yrs old this June!                                         

Melissa Warren, Library Director

Friday, February 01, 2019

Schiavo Library February 2019 Newsletter

Schiavo Library February 2019 Newsletter

February Schedule:
Just a reminder - the library will be closed for the first two weeks of February again this year. This will provide needed maintenance time. We’ll be reopening on February 15th with our regular schedule. Mahjong games will be postponed until we resume on Friday, Feb. 15th .

Food Bank Collection:
During January and February the library will be a collection point for donations for our area food banks. If you have any non-perishables that you would like to donate, please stop in.

February: Library Lovers’ Month:
If you love your local library, show it! Write notes of gratitude to your local librarian or maybe even better - write your local politicians and tell them how important our libraries are to everyone! Or just stop in and enjoy our lovely Library. You can still Donate (Books, DVD’s, VHS Tapes or Money) all donations are appreciated.

Goodreads Most Popular Books for 2018 : 
Goodreads has a nice list of favorites. Their readers recently voted and the results were announced last month. Top Popular picks for 2018:

We have them available in the library, stop on in. This is just a partial list; for many more titles go to their website: You can also sign up for monthly e-newsletters. Good reading!

Groundhog Day:
Stay Tuned, we find out February 2nd if we are having an early Spring or 6 more weeks of winter.

Melissa Warren, Library Director

Friday, January 04, 2019

Schiavo Library: January 2019 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: January 2019 Newsletter

Winter Challenges
Despite the cold and the snow, we’re open. If you need to get out of the house (even for just a few minutes), stop in. The library is bright and warm and cheerful. We’ve got books, magazines and the daily newspaper to browse. You could even listen to some music.

Food Collection Box
We are still collecting food for the Local food banks and to the Coast Guard due to the recent government shutdown. Please take a moment to go through your pantry and see what you can contribute. Thanks! List of items needed is posted on Facebook Page.

Mahjong continues here at the library. Wednesday is the usual day for play. Lessons can also be scheduled with Wendy Dougherty. Call for any changes or updates or to schedule lessons (609-486- 6265).

Movie Matinees – Thursday 1:00pm
Our Movie Matinees will continue throughout the winter on Thursday afternoons.
January 3: Merlin
January 10: Sampson
January 17: Wall-E
January 24: Ricky and the Flash
January 31: Wild

New Schedule for February
The Library will closed during the slow winter. We will be Closed in February – from Feb. 1st until Feb. 14th. The library will reopen with normal hours February 15th Tuesday-Friday 8:30-2:30pm, Saturday 10-4pm.

Any questions, please call or email: (609) 486-6265 or

 Melissa Warren , Library Director