Library foundation seeks literacy award nominations

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) is currently seeking nominations for its 2019 FFHL Honor Roll. Winners will be chosen by the FFHL board and will be celebrated at the Honor Roll Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Acacia Clubhouse at Acacia Reservation, 26899 Cedar Road, in Lyndhurst.

The honor is a “lifetime achievement” award, recognizing those who have made a sustained, outstanding contribution to the Cleveland Heights/University Heights community by promoting literacy, or by educating through literacy.

Modeled after Heights Libraries’ mission of “Opening Doors, Opening Minds,” the award recognizes both “door openers”—those who provide access to education, literature, and opportunity through literacy—and “mind openers”—those who stimulate the minds of community members through literature and thoughtful discussion, or through connections with thought-provoking ideas or individuals.

Last year’s recipients were Drapaudi Pradhan, Suzanne DeGaetano and Rachel Wayne Nelson. They joined John Jarvey and Marilyn McLaughlin from the inaugural year of the Honor Roll.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 2, and should be sent via e-mail to

Each nomination must include the name and contact information for both the nominee and the nominator. It must also include a description of the nominee’s relevant background, and a statement as to why she or he should be chosen. 

Those chosen will be officially inducted at the November dinner banquet. Ticket and sponsorship information will be available soon.

If you are interested in joining the FFHL board, contact Heights Libraries’ Director Nancy Levin at

Chase Klingenstein

Chase Klingenstein is a member of the FFHL board.

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