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Library announces summer reading programs for all ages

According to the National Summer Learning Association, all school-age children and teens experience learning loss when they fail to engage in educational activities during the summer.

With that in mind, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System has created a summer reading program designed to lessen learning loss and get kids—and adults—excited about reading. This summer, the program’s theme is “Dream, Build, Share,” and it focuses on construction and community building.

The summer reading program is free and will run all summer, from June 1 to Aug. 10.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:58 AM, 05.03.2017

What’s going on at your library?

Noble Neighborhood Library
2800 Noble Road, 216-291-5665

Wednesdays, May 3–31, 4–5 p.m.

May Momentum. Spend a little time thinking about your short- and long-term future before the school year ends. Take a personality test for some thoughtful guidance, and learn some tips for finding a summer job in the neighborhood.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:57 AM, 05.03.2017

Cleveland Heights - University Heights Library Board meeting highlights

There is no League of Women Voters library board report this month.

Unfortunately, the League of Women Voters observer for the meetings of the Cleveland Heights - University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees was unable to attend the March meeting, and no substitute LWV observers were available.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:00 AM, 05.03.2017

Library receives financial reporting award

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System has once again received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals.

Heights Libraries earned the award for its 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment.

“The award is great news for us and for the taxpayers in our community,” said Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin. “They can rest assured we have been spending their money wisely, and will continue to do so.”

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:55 AM, 05.03.2017

Heights Libraries and HCC present April 28 fair housing program

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Popularly known as the Fair Housing Act, it prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, and gender.

On April 28, at 7 p.m., Heights Libraries is partnering with Heights Community Congress (HCC) to celebrate fair housing month with program that will examine the current state of fair housing. The program will take place at the Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Road.

The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged (call 216-321-6775).

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 5:51 PM, 03.30.2017

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 2-20-2017

FEBRUARY 20, 2017

  • Fiscal officer’s report
  • Personnel report
  • Mobile hot spots and safe place designation
  • Youth services outreach

Present were President Ron Holland, Vice President Abby Botnick, Secretary Chris Mentrek and board member Suzann Moskowitz. Susan Beatty, Max Gerboc and Jim Roosa were absent.

The meeting was held from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:15 AM, 04.10.2017

What’s going on at your library?

Noble Neighborhood Library
2800 Noble Road, 216-291-5665

Friday, April 7, 1:30–3 p.m.

Share Your Story: CH-UH Resident Interviews. Are you a longtime resident of Cleveland Heights or University Heights? Would you like to share your experiences living in these cities? Sign up to be interviewed and recorded to share your story with others. Registration required at www.heightslibrary.org.

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Monday, April 24, 6:30–8 p.m.

Deaf Gathering. This social hour is for the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as those interested in learning more about deaf culture. An interpreter will be provided.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 5:54 PM, 03.30.2017

Heights Libraries designated a 'Safe Place' for kids in crisis

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is now a designated Safe Place for youths in crisis. Each library branch will display the yellow-and-black Safe Place sign, which signifies immediate help and safety for young people.

“Libraries are already great places for kids and teens, with programs and materials that cater to their interests and educational needs, and staff members trained to work them,” said librarian Sara Phillips, the library’s Safe Place point person. “That’s why Karen McHenry, manager of Bellefaire JCB’s Homeless and Missing Youth Program, thought the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library would be a perfect candidate to become an official Safe Place for youth.”

“There are already lots of kids here,” said McHenry. “The library is already a safe place for kids, so this Safe Space training and designation just makes it official.”

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:09 PM, 03.20.2017

Noble library continues to welcome Nepalese refugees

For close to a decade, Bhutanese and Nepali refugees have been arriving in the Greater Cleveland area. Last year, ASIA Inc. estimated 400–500 Bhutanese families have resettled in Cleveland Heights.

As these refugees bring hope, optimism and a desire to learn, they contribute to making Cleveland Heights a better place. Noble Neighborhood Library sees this during its Welcome Hub hours.

“[The Welcome Hub] is this idea of having space that people can go to and acquire resources,” said Jessica Markowitz, a youth services associate at Noble Neighborhood Library. “If there is anyone in the community that does speak English as their native language but wants to connect to the non-native English-speaking community, they are more than welcome to join.”

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 6:20 PM, 02.28.2017

Library receives grant for digital media lab for teens

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System received a Library Science and Technology Act (LSTA) STEM grant from the State Library of Ohio to create a Teen Digital Media Lab in the teen room at the Lee Road Library.

With $7,393 provided by the grant, Heights Libraries will build a sound isolation booth equipped with professional recording equipment and software that will allow local teens to learn sound- and music-related skills, including recording, mixing, editing and producing. The library will purchase and install the booth and equipment in the spring and summer.

This fall, the library will offer a formal program for up to 12 teen students, ages 13 to 18, to teach them how to use the equipment and software, produce a student album and learn about the music industry.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 6:03 PM, 02.28.2017

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Wednesday, March 8, 7–9 p.m.

Cedar-Coventry Author Series. A book launch and signing for National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon. In his new novel, Ill Will, two sensational unsolved crimes—one in the past, another in the present—are linked by one man’s memory and self-deception. Registration opened Feb. 22. (This series, celebrating local authors, is presented in partnership with Mac’s Backs Books and Appletree Books.)

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 6:22 PM, 02.28.2017

Heights Libraries offers drop-in tech support

Though technology is everywhere, not everyone is comfortable using it. Just ask Jackie Mayse, technology librarian at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System.

Heights Libraries has offered free computer classes and individual tutorial sessions for years, but Mayse said staff recently decided they could do even more to put tech help within reach of customers who need it most. She and her fellow technology trainers have started offering a new service at each branch: Ask a Tech Trainer. 

“Ask a Tech Trainer is a service that we started a few months ago,” said Mayse. “We were looking for a training option that was more flexible than our classes. This is a walk-in service so a customer can just walk right in, no appointment necessary, and get help on the spot.”

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 12:51 PM, 01.31.2017

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights

DECEMBER 19, 2016

  • Farewell and welcome
  • Employee benefits
  • Library revenues
  • Construction and renovation updates
  • Kudos
  • Food for fines
  • Heights libraries in the community
  • Library utilization

Board members Rick Ortmeyer (president), Ron Holland (vice president), Abby Botnick (secretary), Susan Beatty, Chris Mentrick and Jim Roosa were present. Board Member Suzann Moskowitz was absent.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 6:22 PM, 01.17.2017

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Thursday, Feb. 16, 7–8:30 p.m.

Caregiver Bootcamp: Home Safety and Housing Options. Mindi Thal, of the Visiting Nurse Association, will discuss home safety awareness and provide an overview of where to shop and how to find the available tools, equipment and home modifications to enhance home safety and ease. Thal will also provide information about the housing options that are available if home care is no longer possible.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:44 PM, 02.03.2017

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Thursday, Jan. 19, 7–8:30 p.m.

Caregiver Bootcamp: Recognizing and Managing Difficult Behaviors. Learn the multiple and often interacting causes for a loved one’s inappropriate or difficult behaviors, as well as real-world tips and strategies for managing and preventing them.Bert Rahl (MSSA, LISW-S), director of mental health services at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, will provide information on community agencies, organizations and programs that provide respite and other services—and how to qualify for them.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 10:40 AM, 01.03.2017

Library offers national pre-K literacy program

Heights parents and caregivers can now visit a branch of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library and join “1000 Books before Kindergarten,” a national literacy movement.

“1000 Books before Kindergarten is a fun new program that encourages caretakers and parents to read 1,000 books with, or to, their child before that child starts kindergarten,” said Maggie Kinney, youth services librarian who is among those spearheading the program at Heights Libraries. “The program comes from a national nonprofit of the same name that promotes literacy in early childhood and gives program guidance to teachers and librarians to use in their community.”

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 10:39 AM, 01.03.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights

NOVEMBER 28, 2016

  • Library again receives five-star rating
  • New janitorial contract
  • Girl engineer program
  • Bookmobile video
  • Friends Mega Sale a success
  • October public service report highlights
  • Next meeting

Board members present were Rick Ortmeyer, president; Vice Ron Holland, vice president; Abby Botnick, secretary; Susan Beatty, Chris Mentrek and Suzann Moskowitz. Jim Roosa was absent.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 3:47 PM, 01.02.2017

Heights Libraries prioritizes privacy

Public libraries have always made privacy a priority.

Libraries protect and promote intellectual freedom, and that freedom cannot exist without privacy. If an individual’s activities and choices are monitored, that person no longer feels free to exercise free expression and make lawful use of library resources. That’s why the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System keeps customer privacy at the forefront of its mission.

Heights Libraries does not share customer library card identification with any vendors. It uses software to wipe out customer sessions after they use one of its public computers. Heights Libraries Wi-Fi lives behind the CLEVNET firewall. Library staff wraps hold items so that patrons can’t see what others are checking out, and self-checkout stations keep all reading and listening choices private.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:29 AM, 11.30.2016

Library earns top national rating for eighth consecutive year

For the eighth year in a row, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System has received five stars—the  highest possible rating—in Library Journal's annual Index of Public Library Service.

Heights Libraries has earned five stars in eight out of the nine years that Library Journal has published its ratings, beginning in 2008. Library Journal, a trade journal that reports news about the library world, emphasizing public libraries, has a circulation of 100,000.

The publication categorizes libraries by yearly expenditure and rates them on five criteria: circulation, visits, program attendance, Internet terminal use (public computers), and, new this year, eCirc (eMedia, such as eBooks).

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:33 AM, 11.30.2016

What's going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7–8:30 p.m. 

Exploring the Heart of Dying Through Courageous Conversation. Adaire Pettry, end-of-life doula, will lead an exploration of the natural stages of dying and ways to support a natural death. No registration required.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:31 AM, 11.30.2016

Library offers special educator card for teachers

A 2013 report by the National School Supply and Equipment Association found that, nationwide, teachers spent $1.6 billion of their own money on school supplies for their students. Not much has changed since then, and the teachers in Cleveland Heights–University Heights schools no doubt are part of this national trend.

However, teachers in the community can borrow—not buy—books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System. In October, Heights Libraries made it even easier for teachers to use library materials to enhance their lesson plans by creating the Educator Card.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 7:31 PM, 11.01.2016

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 4 p.m.

A Celebration of Dreams. Celebrate the moving memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson. Bring the whole family for conversation, creative writing, crafts and other activities. (Reading part or all of the book before a program is suggested.) Registration is open.

Lee Road Library
2345 Lee Road, 216-932-3600

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m.

18th Annual Poetry Slam. Are you a talented young poet? Celebrate the poetry of Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, and share your story through verse. There will be prizes and free pizza on the night of the slam, and workshops will be offered prior to the event. Contact the library for further details.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 7:27 PM, 11.01.2016

Caregiver Boot Camp provides support to those caring for older adults

Pat Gray, Coventry Village Library manager, did what librarians do best: track down the most-reputable resources to share with the public. The usual image is that of a librarian pulling books from a shelf or printing articles from an online database. In this instance, Gray tracked down the best human resources she could find: experts in the areas of senior services, financial empowerment, Alzheimer’s disease education, home safety and housing for older adults.

In September, Valerie Reed, senior services liaison with University Hospitals, kicked off the library’s Caregiver Boot Camp series by sharing a wide range of local resources for the elderly and those who care for them, including chore services, homeless services for seniors, eviction assistance, food resources, fitness programs, transportation services, energy assistance and more.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 7:29 PM, 11.01.2016

Library wraps up its centennial with original theater production

Heights Libraries will wrap up its year-long centennial celebration with an original Reader’s Theatre production, Great Librarians I Have Known, on Monday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., at Dobama Theatre.

Jonathan Wilhelm, Dobama’s associate managing director, wrote the play to honor the library’s 100th birthday and to pay tribute to the role libraries and librarians have played in his life.

“Every summer, my mother would drop me off at the swimming pool, where I would stay for several hours,” said Wilhelm. “I would then walk over to the library, where she would pick me up. As the summer progressed, I would spend less time at the pool and more time at the library.”

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 2:37 PM, 09.30.2016

Library series gets community 'On the Same Page'

This fall, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is hosting the second installment of On the Same Page, its communitywide reading and program series. This year’s series features Jacqueline Woodson’s autobiography of poems, Brown Girl Dreaming. The series, which started in September and runs through November, includes book discussions, arts and crafts programs, and movie nights.

The library first started On the Same Page programming in 2014, centered on the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.

"We chose a book that would be meaningful to people in our particular community,” said Sam Lapides, who led the charge in 2014, and helped choose Alexie’s book.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 12:05 PM, 09.30.2016

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library

1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m.

A Celebration of Dreams. Celebrate the moving memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson. Bring the whole family for conversation, creative writing, crafts and other activities. (Reading part or all of the book before a program is suggested.) Registration is open.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:55 AM, 09.30.2016

Heights Libraries breaks ground on UH Library renovation

On Sunday, Aug. 28, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System broke ground to signal the start of renovation of the University Heights Library.

Among the ceremony’s attendees were Heights Libraries board and staff members, University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, and library customers.

Employees from the architecture firm CBLH Design and contractor Regency Construction were also on hand to celebrate the beginning of the construction phase of the project.

The renovated building will feature a full-functioning elevator (it currently has a lift), restrooms and meeting rooms on both floors, a door from the parking lot, and designated spaces for adults, teens, and young children.

Construction is expected to take 12–14 months.

More information, and regular project updates, can be found at www.heightslibrary.org.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 12:06 PM, 09.12.2016

What’s going on at your library?

In September, as the University Heights Library closes for renovations and centennial celebrations wrap up, Heights Libraries kicks off On the Same Page—its communitywide reading program—centered on Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming.

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m.

A Celebration of Dreams. Join in celebrating the moving memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson. Bring the whole family for conversation, creative writing, crafts and other activities. (Reading part or all of the book before a program is suggested.) Registration begins Sept. 13.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:16 AM, 09.01.2016

Libraries team up for A Card for Every Kid

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is teaming up with eight other library systems in Cuyahoga County to encourage every child under 18 to get a library card.

The initiative, A Card for Every Kid, will take place Sept. 1–30 to coincide with National Library Card Sign-up Month. This cooperative effort among the library systems seeks to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership for children and teens, and also seeks to gain a better understanding of the roadblocks that keep some children and teens from owning a library card. 

“Libraries are great equalizers,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “They offer any child access to books and other learning resources no matter what city they live in, no matter their socio-economic status. Every public library in our county shares the goal of ensuring that every child can check out materials at their neighborhood library.”

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:21 AM, 08.30.2016

New bookmobile is ready to roll

This fall, keep an eye out for “Nellie,” the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System’s newest outreach vehicle. In June, Heights Libraries purchased the bookmobile to serve the University Heights community during the year-long period that the University Heights Library will be closed for renovation. Named after Nell Lynch, a popular former library director, the bookmobile will make scheduled stops around the city; community members can board the bus to browse its small but collection of popular books, audiobooks and DVDs for children and adults.

Nellie—a 1995 Cummins diesel engine on a Freightliner chassis—was already retrofitted with bookshelves when Heights Libraries purchased from Pickaway County District Public Library, near Columbus. It’s got a wheelchair lift, and has electric power to enable a computer to check out books and perform other library functions. With its green and yellow racing stripes, the bookmobile can’t be missed.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:16 AM, 08.23.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights [online 7-18-2016]

JULY 18, 2016

  • Public comments
  • Larraine Parker retires
  • Board accepts design plan for UH library
  • CSU Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • Strategic plan survey available
  • Friends report revenue
  • U Lead projects open to staff
  • June public service report highlights


Board member Susan Beatty was absent.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 5:31 PM, 08.21.2016

UH Library prepares for September renovation start

The University Heights Library is slated to close for renovation on Sept. 6, and it will remain closed throughout most of 2017. The project is expected to take 14 months to complete.

Throughout the summer, staff at the University Heights Library has been sorting through the collection to prepare it for storage. Some furniture and fixtures at the library will be put to use in other CH-UH libraries or sold at a public surplus sale on Aug. 27.

Important dates in the lead-up to the start of the renovation project are:

  • Friday, July 29: Meeting rooms at the UH Library close to public use.
  • Saturday, Aug. 27: The UH Library (13866 Cedar Road) will hold a surplus sale (furniture, fixtures, etc.), open to the public.
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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 6:52 PM, 07.28.2016

What’s going on at your library?

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2–3 p.m.

Lake Erie Ink: Zines and Comics. Share your story through the creation of comics and zines with Lake Erie Ink. Discover the creative process behind making your own graphic novel. For those in grades 6–12. Registration began July 2.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 5:47 PM, 07.29.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights [online 6-20-2016]

JUNE 20, 2016

  • Centennial Celebration Kick-off
  • University Heights Library renovation groundbreaking
  • Schreckengost loan memorandum
  • Dollar General literacy grant
  • Mid-year safety and security review
  • Friends MegaSale
  • Library Experience Program hosts three interns
  • Public Library Fund (PLF) distribution
  • May public service report highlights

Board President Rick Ortmeyer and board members, Susan Beatty and Chris Mentrek were absent.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 11:03 AM, 07.27.2016

Coventry Collaborative Garden thrives with support from community partners

Over the past few years, neighborhoods both urban and rural have seen a renewed interest in backyard (and front yard) vegetable gardening. As the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System aims to reflect the interests of its community, gardening has become a standard program.

The Coventry Village Library is home to the Coventry Seed Library, maintained by the Cleveland Seed Bank. The Coventry Village Library also leads gardening programs for adults, with help from local experts.

“Overflowing” is the word that Maggie Kinney, youth services librarian at the Coventry Village Library, used to describe the Coventry Collaborative Garden at mid-summer. The garden occupies a space adjacent to the library, where community members have helped plant carrots, lettuce, basil, peas, parsley, chives, tomatoes, peppers, green beans and marigolds.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.19.2016

New collection at Lee Road Library highlights zines

On the second floor of the Lee Road Library, patrons can find a newly curated collection: zines.

The word zine is an abbreviation of “magazine” and “fanzine.” The item itself is usually a handmade, self-published booklet or similar publication. Zines are often small, and vary in content: hand-drawn comics, essays and poetry, or photography.

Kate Atherton, adult services associate, curated the library’s collection, which currently consists of 70 publications. “This past year I was lucky enough to have this first batch of zines donated to me by a patron who runs a zine review blog,” said Atherton. “He had a surplus of zines he had been given to review that he no longer needed, so he thought to share them with us and our community.”

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 5:16 PM, 07.01.2016

What’s going on at your library?

Join the library for all-new programs, lead by Heights friends and neighbors. For a complete schedule of events, and to register, visit www.heightslibrary.org.

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Thursday, July 28, 7 p.m.

An evening with Poonam Bala. Medical historian and professor Poonam Bala will discuss her book Diaspora, Culture and Identity, which examines issues related to identity and sociocultural adjustments of Ohio's Asian Indian community. No registration is required; book signing to follow the talk.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 5:35 PM, 07.01.2016

Literacy grant gives boost to summer reading program

With the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library summer reading program already in full swing, library staff learned in early June that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation had awarded the library a $2,000 Summer Reading Grant to support early literacy.

So far, $800 has been spent to buy books that will be given away when children sign up for summer reading. The grant will also support summer reading programming, including Books and Barks, where children can sign up to read with a certified therapy dog, Dr. Barkley, at the Noble Neighborhood Library on July 18 and Aug. 15.

“We are thrilled to have received this funding for our summer reading program, as it will provide more incentives for children who are new and emerging readers,” said Beth Hatch, special projects manager for Heights Libraries, who applied for the grant.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 10:51 AM, 06.21.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights [online 5-16-2016]

MAY 16, 2016

  • Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County awards grants
  • Successful MegaSale
  • Bookmobile for University Heights Library renovation
  • Public Library Fund (PLF) distribution
  • April public service report highlights


Ron Holland, vice president, and Susan Beatty, board member, were absent.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 8:33 AM, 06.19.2016

Library kicks off centennial celebration

Friends and neighbors of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System gathered at the Coventry Village Library on May 1 for a kick-off celebration of the system's 100th birthday, with poems, a time capsule ceremony, poster competition winners, cupcakes and music. The event's keynote was a talk by local author Mary Doria Russell, who spoke to attendees of her “dark fall into book addiction,” and read an excerpt from Dreamers of the Day, her historical fiction novel, which begins, fittingly, with the creation of the Cleveland Heights Library, 100 years ago.

“The kick-off went really well, and it’s just the beginning,” said Sheryl Banks, the library’s marketing manager, who planned the celebration. “It’s great to get a chance to celebrate the library’s history, mostly as a thank you to our community for placing so much value in the work that the library does.”

Among the approximately 250 attendees were three generations of Heights Libraries directors, former board members, and retired custodial staff.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:01 AM, 05.17.2016

Library partners to screen film about Bhutanese refugees

"Refugees of Shangri-La," a documentary film about the recent experience of Bhutanese refugees settling in America, will be shown on June 11, 6 p.m., at Garfield Memorial Church (1534 South Green Road in South Euclid).

The screening came about through a partnership of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System, the Cleveland-based ASIA Inc. and Garfield Memorial Church, and provides an opportunity for residents to learn about this growing group of refugees who have been settling in the Heights for nearly 10 years.

“Since 2008, Bhutanese refugees have been arriving in the Greater Cleveland area, primarily settling in Cleveland Heights, South Euclid and Cleveland’s West Side,” said Michael To, program coordinator at ASIA Inc. “Right now, about 400–500 Bhutanese refugees live in the Cleveland Heights area.”

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:12 AM, 05.30.2016

What’s going on at your library?

For a complete list of programs, and to register, visit www.heightslibrary.org.

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Thursday, June 16, 7 p.m.

An Evening with Dick Meadows. Local author Meadows will share the story of his small-town boyhood and the complicated relationship between father and son. "Washing Day and Other Stories" touches on timeless and universal themes. No registration required; book signing to follow the talk.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:24 AM, 05.30.2016

Library's centennial is focus of its summer reading programs

Summer will be here soon, which means summer reading will, too. The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System's summer reading programs start June 1, and this year’s theme, 100 Years of Stories, celebrates the library’s centennial. Summer reading programs will take readers ages 0–100 through each decade of the past 100 years with book lists, events and prizes.

“The timeline for summer reading is the perfect way for us to celebrate our centennial all summer, and to personalize summer reading for our community,” said Sam Lapides, youth services manager. “It’s also the most inclusive initiative we do all year: every branch has something for every age group in our community.”

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 11:33 AM, 04.30.2016

Library seeks deeper, broader understanding of the community

This spring and summer, as part of its strategic planning process for 2016–17, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System will be gathering information from community members regarding their aspirations for themselves and their community.

“Instead of asking people what they think of the library, we are instead asking them to focus on themselves: What are their hopes, dreams and goals? What kind of community do they want to live in?” explained Kim DeNero-Ackroyd, Heights Libraries deputy director, who is managing the strategic planning process. “We want to find out what our community wants—not from the library, but from their lives, their community. We’re looking for information that will give us a deeper, broader understanding of the people we serve.”

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 11:27 AM, 04.30.2016

What’s going on at your library?

This month, Heights Library programs celebrate the library's first hundred years. For a complete list of events, and to register, visit www.heightslibrary.org.

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m.
Cedar-Coventry Author Series: Looking Back, Looking Forward: Coventry Village Through the Decades. Marian Morton, Cleveland Heights historian and author, and Bob Brown, photographer, city planner and Heights resident, explore the evolving character and potential of Coventry Village. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 11:40 AM, 04.30.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights [online 3-21-2016]

MARCH 21, 2016

  • City [of Cleveland Heights] recognizes library’s 100th anniversary
  • Library board and school board share strategic plans
  • Family Connections update
  • Lynda Library subscription extension
  • Public Library Association Award for Colin Tomele
  • Lee Road Library circulation desk improvements
  • ALA opposes unlocking smart phones
  • February public service report highlights


All board members were present.

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Volume 9, Issue 5, Posted 9:11 AM, 04.22.2016

Library Web developer wins national award for innovation

Colin Tomele, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System's Web developer, has received the Public Library Association’s 2015 John Iliff Award.

The award honors the life and accomplishments of John Iliff, an early adopter and champion of technology in public libraries, and recognizes the contributions of a library worker, librarian or library that has used technology and innovative thinking as a tool to improve services to public library users.

Tomele received the award for creating a custom online calendar and room reservation system, called Book-a-Room, using WordPress, a free, open-source software. He created the system to replace an expensive, third-party reservation system that both staff and library customers found difficult to use.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 1:27 PM, 03.28.2016

New librarian preserves and shares historic materials

In December, Amia Wheatley was promoted from adult services associate to full-time local history librarian for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System. Since then, she has hit the ground running, digitizing historic library documents.

“We have a local history task force and, in the short term, we’re focusing on managing the library’s history materials to celebrate the library’s centennial,” said Wheatley. “Once this is taken care of, we hope to expand to include all local history materials.”

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 1:31 PM, 03.28.2016

What’s going on at your library?

Explore your creative side this month at Heights Libraries. For a complete list of library programs, and to register, visit www.heightslibrary.org.

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m.

Cedar-Coventry Author Series: Art of the Book. Award-winning illustrators Tiffany Laufer (The Porch Dream) and Jamey Christoph (Gordon Parks) share their vision and methods in the art of illustration. A book signing will follow the talk.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 1:29 PM, 03.28.2016

Heights Libraries celebrates 100 years in 2016

Heights Libraries marks its centennial this year and, starting in March, will celebrate in ways both big and small.

In 1915, John Barden was elected to the board of education of what was then the Village of Cleveland Heights. Part of Barden’s election platform was a promise to start a public library for the village. In 1916, Barden headed a committee that selected the first members of the future public library board, which was established that same year. The fledging library didn’t have a building yet, so it was located in the high school.

When it was founded in 1916, the new library had one employee, librarian Helen Keeler, and fewer than 2,000 books.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:01 AM, 03.01.2016

Library seeks student art to celebrate centennial

The year 2016 marks the centennial of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System. While celebratory programming will begin this spring, the library’s Centennial Poster Art Competition and Exhibition asks children and teens to start thinking now about what the library has meant over the past 100 years, how patrons use it today, and how it may evolve in the future.

Young artists are invited to submit two-dimensional, rigid-mounted artwork inspired by books and libraries to the Lee Road Library, April 1–7. A committee of library staff, as well as representatives from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Art Department and Blick Art Materials, will choose a winner for grades K–4, 5–8 and 9–12 categories. Those winners will receive gift certificates to Blick Art Materials for $50, $150 and $250, respectively.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 2:07 PM, 02.29.2016

What’s going on at your library?

For a complete list of library programs, and to register, visit www.heightslibrary.org.

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m.

Poetry with The Poet Laureate. Meredith Holmes, Cleveland Heights poet laureate, will read selected works, including her most recent collection of poems, Familiar at First, Then Strange (Pond Road Press, 2015).

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 2:14 PM, 02.29.2016

Library celebrates black voices in series of events

February is Black History Month, but, if you’ve ever been to the library, you’ll know that it celebrates black history and black writers all year. The University Heights Library holds West African dance classes; the Lee Road Library Youth Services Department celebrates the birthday of Anansi, a character from West African folklore; and the Noble Neighborhood Library has held Soul Stories storytime featuring picture books by African-American writers, and later this year will host an extensive series of programs around Jacqueline Woodson’s book Brown Girl Dreaming in its “On the Same Page” series.

This winter, Heights Libraries will host a Black Voices Matter series that celebrates African-American writers and literature. This series is timely not only because it falls partially during Black History Month, but as a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement against violence toward blacks and inequality in the criminal justice system.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 2:25 PM, 01.31.2016