Call for Artists! Not in Our Town Essay and Art Show

Following the horrific action of one individual on October 27 of last year, at the Tree of Life Synagogue, thousands of people from across the country and world responded with love and kindness. Our Library community was no exception. Countless parents and caregivers have asked “how can we help?,” and “how can we continue to show our kids that this is not the way we want to live?” In 2019 and beyond, the Shaler North Hills Library will be consciously and deliberately making an effort to provide opportunities for discussion, growth, caring and sharing. We are providing an opportunity for children, tweens, teens, caregivers and adults to express their thoughts and feelings through artistic expression, be it through the written word, photography, sketching or even fingerpainting. We will be accepting entries during the month of January at the Youth Services Desk in the Children’s Department. Visit the art on display in our Community Room beginning February 1. Join us for a closing reception on Friday, March 1 at 7:00pm. We are better together!

Click here to download and print an entry form.
Click here for labels to affix to the back your work or clip to your work.  


Our Summer Reading Store is open until September 7, but our Fall Events are ready!  We can't wait to see you!  


1000 Books before Kindergarten!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.

Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary –two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter kindergarten.
How Does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Work? 
Register at the Library take home your first reading log.
Track Your Reading
Each time you read a book with your child, fill in a circle on the reading log. 
Show us Your Reading Logs 
When you reach 25 books, bring in your reading log, and get a small prize! At 500 books, you get a really cool tote bag for carrying all those books. And at each 100-books mark, you get a "100 books!" sticker.
Read More Books! 
When you get all the way to 1000, you’ll receive a free book.

Download the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten App from iTunes here! 

Download instructions here!

Download a reading log for books 1 - 100 here! 

Get Appy!

Libby, by Overdrive
Meet Libby. Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.iPhone/iPad App 
Android App

Check out a magazine from our newly expanded collection to read on your computer or mobile device.
iPhone/iPad App  Android App


Choose from thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, comics & graphic novels, movies & TV shows or music albums (music is available for borrow of one week). Enjoy on your computer (streaming) or through the Hoopla app for Android or iOS devices (stream or download).  

iPhone/iPad App  Android App


Lexile Help?

Are you looking for a book within your Lexile range?

Try this!

At the top, click on the catalog tab.  In the "Reading Program" field, you can click on the drop down arrow and choose "Lexile" and then enter a range.  If you leave the "Find" field blank and just press return/enter, you will get a list of books in that range!  These are books found in the Shaler Area School District Libraries. You can check them out at your school if you are an SASD student, or bring the title to your public library and we will order it for you!  

Winter/Spring Events and Classes for Those from Birth to Teen!

Here it is!  An Olympic Reading program, Teen Chocolate Fest, meet Connor from PJ Masks, a Curious George Valentine's Day Party, Chess for Preschoolers and MORE MORE MORE!  Click here to download the flyer!  We can't wait to see you in 2018!  Here is our Teen Flyer, for students in grades 7-12!  

Bully-Proof Books

Are you having some trouble with bullies at school?  Here are some books that may help.