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Cleveland Heights - University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 9-17-2018

SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

 

  • Staff recognitions and awards
  • Security update
  • Materials Evaluation and Selection Policy
  • Outreach Report 2017
  • Public service highlights
  • Coventry Conversations Series
  • Cleveland Heights Immigration Task Force

 

President Abby Botnick, Vice President Chris Mentrek, Secretary James Roosa, Max Gerboe, Chris Mentrek, Suzann Moskowitz and Vikas Turakhia were present. The meeting began at 6:30 p.m. and adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 12:35 PM, 10.17.2018

Library outreach embraces homeless families

Youth Services Librarian Katherine Assink recently was reading Go Away, Big Green Monster! to a group of kids, and they were loving it. The colorful, interactive storybook—about a big green monster who gets bigger and scarier with each turn of the page—encourages kids to deal with their fear by facing it. During the second half of the book, the kids make the monster disappear, bit by bit, by telling it to go away.

“Some of the kids got so excited they started running around the room yelling ‘go away!’” said Assink. “It was great to see them have such joy and enthusiasm for the story.”

Most kids need a little help dealing with fears, but this group, perhaps, needs more than most; the children at this story time were all living in temporary housing provided by the homeless-serving agency Family Promise of Greater Cleveland.   

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 2:55 PM, 09.27.2018

Library launches 'In My Day' storytelling project

Cleveland Heights and University Heights residents alike are well aware of the diversity and rich history of this area. From October through May, Heights Libraries is inviting community members to celebrate this history by sharing memories of the Heights through “In My Day,” a unique storytelling project.

“With this program, we’ll be gathering stories from residents in the hopes of sharing and preserving the Heights’ unique history for future generations,” said Jessica Robinson, local history librarian at Heights Libraries. “There are so many important stories waiting to be told here, and we can’t wait to start weaving this tapestry together.”

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:50 AM, 10.01.2018

What's going on at your library?

Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park (Ensemble Theatre)
2843 Washington Blvd, 216-321-3400

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7–9:00 p.m.

All American Boys: Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Join the library at Ensemble Theatre for an evening of side-by-side personal stories and inspiration from the authors of All American Boys, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.

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

Monday, Oct. 8, 7–8:30 p.m.

Tech Talk: Little Bytes: Get Your Child Coding.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:52 AM, 10.01.2018

Heights Libraries' programs will explore refugee experience

This fall, Heights Libraries will explore the experiences of refugees around the world in On The Same Page, a community-wide initiative aimed at fostering conversations through a shared reading experience. On The Same Page will feature a series of community events, book and film discussions, and related programs aimed at raising awareness of the global refugee crisis and celebrating the cultures and contributions of Northeast Ohio’s refugee population.   

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:43 PM, 09.03.2018

What's going on at your library?

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

Monday, Sept. 17, 5–6 p.m.

A Taste of Nepal. Learn about our Nepali neighbors by listening to Nepalese music, playing Bagh Chal, and sampling some delicious cuisine. This program is part of Heights Libraries’ On The Same Page initiative.

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

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7–8:30 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 1:25 PM, 09.01.2018

Cleveland Heights - University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 8-6-2018

AUGUST 6, 2018

 

  • Financial report
  • New amended bylaws
  • Public service highlights
  • Library meeting rooms and free speech
  • Newly funded grants

 

Present were President Abby Botnick, Vice President Chris Mentrek, Secretary James Roosa, Dana Fluellen, and Vikas Turakhia. The meeting began at 7:30 p.m. and adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 11:42 AM, 09.11.2018

Eliminating fines saves money for Heights Libraries

In January 2018, Heights Libraries stopped charging overdue fees. The move was part of an overall shift in focus from restrictions and chastisement to forgiveness and easier access to materials and services.

“All we really want is for folks to return physical items so they can be recirculated,” said Circulation Manager Ty Emerson. “The elimination of fines makes that the focus of our interaction with customers with overdue items, as opposed to scolding and growing fines and fees, so they are more comfortable bringing the items back.”

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.14.2018

Artwork 'discovered' at UH branch in donated book

In April, Heights Libraries’ University Heights branch received a piece of art that serves as the final flourish in its extensive renovation: Jerry’s Map, by artist Jerry Gretzinger.

When it reopened in November 2017, the building had a large blank wall over the fireplace mantle in the lobby. Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin knew the spot needed something special. “We were looking for art that would complement the geography theme of the building,” she said. “I didn’t want to simply cover the walls.”

Enter John Jarvey, a member of the FRIENDS of the Heights Libraries who oversees the sorting room at the Lee Road branch, where volunteers sort donated books and get them ready for FRIENDS book sales. Jarvey found a book—The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, by Katherine Harmon. Knowing Levin was trying to find geography-related art for the University Heights library, he gave it to her.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 11:51 AM, 07.24.2018

Library seeks public's input on Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus

Heights Libraries is surveying the community to gather public input about the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus. The short survey covers topics that include safety, sustainability, parking, the playground, and possible improvements to the park. It also encourages community members to write in their own ideas with a variety of open-ended questions. Survey results will be published in the fall.

The survey is available online, at www.heightslibrary.org/coventry-peace-campus-project, and on paper at Heights Libraries’ Coventry Village branch, at 1925 Coventry Road.

“The P.E.A.C.E. Campus is a community resource,” said Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin, “so it’s crucial that we hear the community’s opinions and ideas about it before any decisions are made about its future.”

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 10:40 AM, 07.10.2018

Summer lunch program returns to Heights Libraries

Summertime can mean hunger for some young people in our community, who no longer have access to free meals at school. Heights Libraries is ready to serve these children and teens, age 18 and younger, by once again hosting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank-sponsored free summer lunch program at its Lee Road and Noble Neighborhood branches.

The Lee Road branch’s lunch program began June 4 and runs through Aug. 10, and is offered Monday through Friday, 1–2 p.m.

Heights Libraries’ Noble Neighborhood branch will provide lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m., through Aug. 9.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 10:14 AM, 06.12.2018

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

Tuesday, July 17, 2–3 p.m.

CMA presents: Ancient Egypt. Mummies, pyramids and King "Tut" have fascinated students of all ages. CMA will reveal the wonders of ancient objects and allow students in grades K–5 to handle and examine works of art that were once covered in the ancient sands of the Egyptian desert. Registration begins July 3.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:56 PM, 06.28.2018

FFHL seeks honor roll nominees

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) is currently seeking nominations for its Honor Roll.

This lifetime achievement award recognizes those who have made a sustained, outstanding contribution to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights community by promoting literacy or by educating through literacy. Patterned after the Heights Libraries’ mission of “Opening Doors, Opening Minds,”  people will be recognized as "Door Openers" for providing access to education, literature and opportunity through literacy; and "Mind Openers" for stimulating the minds of community members through literature and thoughtful discussion or connections with thought-provoking ideas or individuals.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 2:59 PM, 06.28.2018

Heights Libraries adds passport processing services

Heights Libraries’ summer reading theme is all about travel, encouraging customers of all ages to see the world through books and reading. When the summer reading program kicked off in early June, the library was also quietly launching another travel-related service: passport application processing.

The Lee Road Branch, at 2345 Lee Road, is now an official passport acceptance facility for the U.S. Department of State, and is staffed by the library’s circulation staff members, who underwent extensive training throughout the spring to learn to perform their new duties.

“Passport application services are a perfect fit for our library,” said Circulation Manager Ty Emerson. “Our circulation staff are already well versed in detailed customer service transactions, and we’re open for longer hours than the post office, so this is just another way we can help our community.”

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 12:46 PM, 06.19.2018

Travel far and wide with Heights Libraries

This summer, Heights Libraries invites its customers to travel far and wide, all within the cozy confines of the library or their homes. From June 1 through Aug. 19, Heights Libraries will offer a range of travel-inspired summer reading programs for children, teens and adults.

According to the American Library Association, summer reading programs were first established in order to “encourage school children, particularly those in urban areas and not needed for farm work, to read during their summer vacation, use the library and develop the habit of reading.” These objectives remain at the heart of most summer reading programs today. The main difference is that these programs have been largely expanded to include teens and adults, too.   

Upon signing up for the program, pre-K children will receive a special “Reading Road Trip” map, while older children, teens and adults will receive a special “passport” (which, incidentally, coincides with the introduction of passport services here at Heights Libraries).

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 12:17 PM, 05.29.2018

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

Monday, June 11,  6–7 p.m.

The Cleveland Seed Bank in the Garden. Seed saving is a blossoming movement which encourages the growing of heirloom varieties of plants to preserve their genetic diversity. Learn basic information and the techniques you'll need to start saving your own seeds. All ages welcome.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 9:43 AM, 06.04.2018

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

Wednesday, May 9, 7–8:30 p.m.

Cedar-Coventry Author Series: Terri Libenson. Terri Libenson, cartoonist, author and troublemaker, will read from her new graphic novel, Positively Izzy. Libenson is also the author of Invisibly Emmie and cartoonist of the internationally syndicated comic strip "The Pajama Diaries." A book signing will follow the reading.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 8:50 AM, 05.01.2018

Library showcases student art

For the third consecutive year, Heights Libraries is partnering with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District Visual Arts Department to host the Creative Heights District-Wide Art Show at the library’s Lee Road branch. The show runs April 17 to May 18, with an opening reception and awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 17, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

The exhibit will features hundreds of pieces of art created by children in kindergarten through grade 12, in media ranging from pencil and chalk, photography, sculpture, pottery and painting, to papier-mâché, printmaking and metal.

The show’s pieces were selected by district art teachers and judged by a jury of community artists. Awards for first place, second place and honorable mention will be given for each school, and one award for best in show will be given for elementary, middle and high school level art.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:53 AM, 03.29.2018

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University Heights Library
13866 Cedar Road, 216-321-4700

Monday, April 2, 1–9 p.m.

Peeps Diorama Contest. Recreate a movie, book, or anything else you can imagine using the classic candy. Deadline for submissions is April 2, and winners will be announced one week later. Prizes will go to the top three creations. All dioramas will be on display at the UH Library. For kids in kindergarten through grade 12.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:50 AM, 03.31.2018

Spring library programs celebrate classic movies

This spring, Heights Libraries will celebrate classic American films with film screenings, book talks, live movie music, and film talks by local experts John Ewing, Neal Hodges and Mark Dawidziak.

Original Voices Book Club: Hollywood Edition. [All programs in this series take place on Wednesdays, at 7:30 p.m., at the Lee Road branch, 2345 Lee Road.]

March 14: The Loved One: An Anglo-American Tragedy by Evelyn Waugh. Waugh’s fictionalized account of his time in Hollywood focuses on the strange and surreal practices of the mortuary industry. This biting commentary on American culture and the film community was called a “macabre frolic filled with laughter” and “fiendishly entertaining” by The New York Times.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 12:43 PM, 03.02.2018

Library accepting applications for teen music program

Heights High students who are aspiring musicians can now apply for the second installment of Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library’s Teen Music Makerspace program. The library will accept applications from Heights students between the ages of 13 and 18 through March 18 for the program, which runs April 9 through May 18.

Teen Music Makerspace is a 101-style course covering everything from the history of electronic music to recording instruments, and using computer programs to create and manipulate sounds.

The course, open to 11 students, will take place in the Teen Digital Media Lab, located in the Teen Room of Heights Libraries’ Lee Road branch.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 12:50 PM, 03.02.2018

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

Thursday, March 8, 7–8:30 p.m.

Local Author David Giffels. Celebrating our wealth of outstanding local authors, this monthly series is presented in partnership with Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry. In March, David Giffels reads from his heartfelt memoir, Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life. With wisdom and humor, Giffels confronts mortality, survives loss, finds resilience in his Midwest roots, and seeks a father's wisdom through an unusual woodworking project—constructing his own coffin. A book signing will follow.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 12:52 PM, 03.02.2018

Cleveland Heights - University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 1-22-2018

JANUARY 22, 2018

  • Financial report
  • Communications report
  • Sara Anne Gornick
  • Passport applications
     

Present were President Abby Botnick, Vice President Chris Mentrek, Secretary James Roosa, Max Gerboc, Suzann Moskowitz, Vikas Turakhia and Dana Fluellen.

Financial report

The Library's fiscal officer reviewed the December financial statements. Total cash balance across the operating accounts, Bauer Fund accounts, and investment accounts at the end of December was $11,694,681.20. The board accepted the December financial report. 

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:54 PM, 02.20.2018

Heights Libraries votes to accept Coventry property

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System voted to accept from the school district the transfer of the former Coventry school property, including the school building, playground and greenspace, at a special meeting of its board of trustees on Feb. 5.

James Roosa, library board member, introduced the resolution authorizing the library to execute an agreement to purchase the property and negotiate and sign leases with the tenants. The motion was seconded by Board Member Chris Metrek, and passed unanimously.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 1:29 PM, 02.06.2018

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 12-18-2017

DECEMBER 18, 2017

  • Ron Holland
  • New library board members

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

[The League observer was unable to attend this meeting, but was able to write up the following report from the meeting audiotape provided on the Heights Library website: https://heightslibrary.org/board-and-policies/board-audio/.]

 

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 5:14 PM, 02.14.2018

Library board to hold special meeting about Coventry property

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board will hold a special meeting on Monday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lee Road branch to consider an agreement with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education to acquire the Coventry School property, including the school building and surrounding six acres of land. 


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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:04 AM, 01.30.2018

Library launches local history resource

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System has launched a local history Web page, designed to provide members of the community with access to local history information and resources, both online and physical.

The Web page, www.heightslibrary.org/local-history, is the culmination of years of work that began in 2015, when the library created the local history librarian position to focus resources on preserving local history—especially the library’s, as it prepared for its 2016 centennial by digitizing its own organizational records, news articles and photographs.

“The library’s centennial gave us a logical place to start our local history collection work,” said Jessica Robinson, who took over the local history librarian position in 2017.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:38 AM, 02.01.2018

Library adopts hedgehog mascot

This past December, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System acquired a mascot: an African pygmy hedgehog.

The hedgehog, dubbed “Quilliam” by customer vote, lives in the teen room at the Lee Road branch, in a large habitat that includes an exercise wheel, blankets for burrowing and sleeping, and a small plastic shelter to hide in.

“He’s incredibly popular,” said his handler, Youth Services Librarian Sarah Rosenberger. “We have whole families coming in to see him, and when I take him out I am surrounded by people asking questions and eager to take a peek at him.” 

Library staff has also provided a fact sheet about Quilliam for curious customers, and Rosenberger takes him out periodically to allow people to get a close look at him, and to ask questions.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 9:54 AM, 01.30.2018

Library invites patrons to Explore Space

Where did we come from, and are we alone? Through March 9, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System invites the community to ponder these questions—and others—in Explore Space: A Cosmic Journey, a traveling museum-style exhibition and program series about the fascinating world of space and astronomy.

Funded by a 2015 STAR_Net grant, Explore Space will kick off on Jan. 25 with an opening celebration featuring hands-on space-themed activities for all ages.

Programs will take place at all four of Heights Libraries’ branches.

“This is a really special opportunity for Heights Libraries and the communities of Cleveland Heights and University Heights,” said Maggie Kinney, special projects manager at Heights Libraries. “Our wonderful librarians have planned over 20 programs for the public, including space-themed storytimes, art and craft programs, book discussions, and after-school STEM programs for children in grades K–12.”

Heights Libraries has partnered with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on two of these programs. The first, Understanding the Universe, to be held on Jan. 24, will feature a discussion of the past, present and future of our university with Jason Davis, the museum’s planetarium manager. The second, set for March 6 at Heights Libraries’ Coventry Village branch, will be a family program at exploring Starlab, the portable planetarium from the museum’s Educational Resource Center.

 

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 11:59 AM, 01.23.2018

Library again earns top national rating

For the ninth consecutive year, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System has received the highest possible rating in Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service. The five-star rating is given to the top U.S. libraries each year.

Heights Libraries has earned five stars in nine out of the ten years that Library Journal—a national trade journal that reports news about the library world, emphasizing public libraries—has published its ratings.

Libraries are categorized by yearly expenditure and rated on five criteria: circulation, visits, program attendance, Internet terminal use (public computers), and eCirc (eMedia, such as eBooks).

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:34 AM, 01.03.2018

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 11-20-2017

NOVEMBER 20, 2017

  • Library issues successful in November election
  • University Heights Branch opening
  • New trustees sought for library board
  • Fund for Future of Heights Libraries honor roll
  • On the Same Page
  • Hotspot lending program

Present were President Ron Holland, Secretary Chris Mentrek, Susan Beatty, Max Gerboc and Jim Roosa. Vice President Abby Botnick was absent. The meeting ran from 6:30 to 7:14 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 10:52 AM, 01.30.2018

Library eliminates overdue fines

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System customers have more to celebrate than just the New Year. As of Jan. 2, Heights Libraries will have joined a growing number of Ohio public libraries that have eliminated overdue fines for most late materials.

“Overdue fines are punitive, and can become a barrier to many people, especially young and low-income people who want to use the library but can’t afford to pay off their fines or are simply afraid that they’re no longer welcome,” said Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin. “What we really care about is getting our materials back so everyone can use and enjoy them. As long as customers return our items, we no longer see a need to charge overdue fines.”

Customers will still see fines on their accounts, but those fines will disappear once overdue items are returned. Along with the elimination of most fines and fees, the library has also increased the number of times most items can be renewed, from five to ten times.

 

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 11:55 AM, 12.18.2017

Heights Libraries and Noble barbers seek to boost literacy rates in young readers

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System regularly engages in community outreach. Storytimes at preschools and daycares, delivery of materials to home-bound customers, book discussions and computer classes at senior living communities and the Cleveland Heights Community Center, and free book distribution at community events utilizing the Book Bike are just a few examples of Heights Libraries outreach activities.

Monica Wilson, youth services associate at the Noble Neighborhood branch, has found yet another way to reach customers outside of the library building, and encourage teens and kids to read: bringing library books for young readers to local barbershops.

“Every six weeks, I bring a variety of books to two of the barbershops on Noble Road for customers to read while they get their hair cut, or wait for a cut,” said Wilson.

 

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.28.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 10-16-2017

OCTOBER 16, 2017

  • Financial report
  • Staffing
  • Flu shots for employees
  • Web and social media activity
  • One Community Reads
  • University Heights Library grand re-opening

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

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 4:50 PM, 01.01.2018

Sherlock Holmes inspires play and exhibit

This December, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System and Dobama Theatre have joined forces to honor Sherlock Holmes, the legendary detective first penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887.

Through Dec. 30, Dobama will host the regional premiere of “Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars,” a show that focuses on “a gang of street kids” employed by Holmes to scout out missions and help solve cases. When Holmes mysteriously disappears and a young girl’s grandmother is abducted, the Irregulars work to track down the detective and settle an urgent mystery from their past. 

“We’re thrilled for the debut of this show,” said Nathan Motta, director of “The Baker Street Irregulars” and artistic director at Dobama. “It has classic elements from older Sherlock Holmes tales, but will still appeal to folks who are less familiar with the series. It also uses lights, projections and motorized elements in a unique and exciting way.”

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 11:34 AM, 12.01.2017

FFHL inducts two to honor roll

One has reached thousands of students in the classroom. The other has handled thousands of books in the library basement. Both were inducted into the newly created Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) Honor Roll on Nov. 5 at John Carroll University.

Marilyn McLaughlin was inducted as a “mind opener” for her long service teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in the Heights, and John Jarvey’s countless hours of volunteering and leadership with the Friends of Heights Libraries earned him recognition as a “door opener.”

FFHL created the honor roll to recognize those who have made sustained, outstanding contributions to the community by enabling access to literacy or by educating through literacy. About 50 people braved the stormy weather to attend the inaugural FFHL banquet, which featured entertainment by violinist Ariel Clayton Karas.

Rob Fischer, FFHL president, welcomed those in attendance, and Louisa Oliver, a volunteer and former president of the Friends of Heights Libraries, introduced Jarvey.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 11:16 AM, 12.04.2017

Library establishes teen council

New this fall to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is the establishment of a Teen Library Council. The council is open to all teens and seeks to increase teen participation at Heights Libraries, strengthen teen library programming and give teens an opportunity to positively impact the community.  

The council first met on Sept. 6 and meets the first and third Wednesday of every month, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the Lee Road Library’s Levey Room. Council meetings are open to all teens, and participation can count toward volunteer requirements students may need to graduate.  

The council hit the ground running in its first three meetings. Though primarily focused on coordinating hurricane relief efforts, it also planned a number of teen library programs and is organizing a food and clothing drive for local homeless shelters. It has also worked to establish a Black fiction section in the Teen Room of the Lee Road Library.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.02.2017

FutureHeights grant benefits refugee-outreach efforts

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System has received a FutureHeights Neighborhood Mini-Grant in the amount of $875 to help pay for its Driver’s Education Scholarships for Refugees program at its Noble Neighborhood branch.

Cleveland Heights’ Noble neighborhood is home to roughly 300 legally resettled refugees, the majority of whom are Nepali speakers from Nepal and Bhutan. The library already offers support services to the community through a variety of programs such as English classes, citizenship classes, and the drop-in Welcome Hub, which offers refugees and immigrants an informal space where they can find resources and fellowship.

“Since I started working with the refugee community here at Heights Libraries, I’ve heard from the community’s representatives that a lack of access to transportation holds the group back in many ways,” said Stephen Sanders, adult services librarian.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 9:48 AM, 11.02.2017

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 9-18-2017

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

  • Financial report
  • Strategic plan update
  • Expenditure transfer
  • Library Card Sign Up Month and amnesty
  • Materials and selection policy
  • Friends report
  • Farewell to the bookmobile

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

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 12:56 PM, 11.16.2017

Library hosts free event with comedian and actor CJ Jones

As part of its commitment to bringing diverse programs to all community members, Heights Libraries is pleased to announce a one-night-only performance by internationally acclaimed deaf comedian and actor CJ Jones on Monday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. Jones' most recent acting role was as Joseph in the Edgar Wright film “Baby Driver.” 

Jones will bring his one-man comedy show to the Cleveland Heights Civic Conference Center, at 3130 Mayfield Road, in a special free appearance sponsored by Heights Libraries.

Registration is required for this event. To register, visit www.heightslibrary.org or call 216-932-3600.

For more than 35 years, Jones has been a role model for the deaf community, spreading the message to students and adults alike that being deaf doesn’t make you odd—it makes you unique. His artistry has influenced other deaf actors, comedians and hosts.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 12:37 PM, 10.01.2017

FFHL names Jarvey and McLaughlin to honor roll

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) will name John Jarvey and Marilyn McLaughlin as the initial members of the FFHL Honor Roll at an awards banquet on Nov. 5 at John Carroll University.

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

The first designees of an honor roll patterned after the Heights Libraries’ mission of “Opening Doors, Opening Minds,” Jarvey will be honored as a “door opener,” and McLaughlin will be inaugurated as a “mind opener.”

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 12:40 PM, 10.01.2017

Bookmobile's last ride was Aug. 31

For nearly a year, University Heights residents visited “Nellie,” a 1995 Freightliner Chassis turned bookmobile, to check out books and other library materials.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System purchased Nellie—named for popular former Heights Librarian Nell Lynch—in June 2016, to provide University Heights residents access to library materials while the University Heights branch underwent extensive renovations.

With the University Heights branch scheduled to re-open in late October, Nellie made her last stop on Aug. 31.

Nellie’s bookshelves held a modest but varied selection of books, DVDs and audiobooks for children, teens and adults, and also offered work stations and a portable hotspot, enabling residents to check out and return library materials.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 10:38 AM, 09.19.2017

Lee Road Library improves parking lot safety

In August, the Lee Road branch of Heights Libraries, in partnership with the City of Cleveland Heights, took steps to improve parking lot safety for customers by installing new signage and creating a drop-off zone on Dellwood Avenue.

“We’ve had some challenges with customers parking in the fire lane,” said Security Manager Kevin Echols. “Aside from the worst possible scenario, where an emergency vehicle could be blocked, cars parked in the fire lane cause a ripple effect of problems, like preventing parked cars from backing out, forcing cars to drive around them, and creating congestion and frustration that can lead to accidents.”

To address the concerns, Echols spoke to Kara Hamley O’Donnell of the city’s Planning and Development Department and Sgt. Robert Butler of the Cleveland Heights Police Department, suggesting that a portion of nearby Dellwood Avenue could be used as a drop zone for drivers dropping off able-bodied library customers.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 11:03 AM, 09.12.2017

Teen Tech interns learn while helping others

This summer, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System provided paid, six-week technology internships to two local teens as part of its Teen Tech Ambassador Program. Now in its second year, the internship provides two qualified students the opportunity to learn a variety of real-life job skills through hands-on experiential activities in the library’s Continuing Education Department, and provides each a $1,000 stipend.

“The application and interview process is competitive, and the students we chose, Morgan and Michael, demonstrated a genuine aptitude for technology and real enthusiasm for helping people, which is what working in this department is all about,” said Continuing Education Manager Heather Howiler.

Morgan Lewis is a senior at Heights High, and serves as vice president for Students against Destructive Decisions and the school’s Gay Straight Alliance, and is also secretary for Heights Vocal Music Department. She is an honor roll (2015–17) and merit roll (2014–15) student.

Michael Garrett Jr. graduated from Heights High in May and is now pursuing an associate’s degree in audio engineering at Tri-C.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 4:57 PM, 09.03.2017

What’s going on at your library?

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

Thursday, Sept. 14, 7–8:30 p.m.
"John Lewis: Get In the Way." This documentary film follows the journey of John Lewis—civil rights hero, congressman, and human rights champion. A discussion will follow the screening.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:33 PM, 09.03.2017

Kids' fines forgiven during library card sign-up month

For the second consecutive year, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is teaming up with eight other library systems to help ensure that every child under 18 years old in Cuyahoga County has a library card—and can use it.

The initiative, A Card for Every Kid Library Challenge, will take place during National Library Card Sign-up Month (Sept. 1–30, 2017). The challenge is a cooperative effort to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership, and to understand the factors that keep some children and teens from owning a library card.

This September, every library in Cuyahoga County will actively work to encourage all students to sign up for free library cards, so they can gain access to the abundance of books and learning resources available in the county’s libraries.

 

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:01 AM, 08.22.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 7-17-2017

JULY 17, 2017

  • Staff changes
  • Summer reading program: Dream, Build, Share!
  • Friends activities
  • FFHL’s inaugural Honor Roll
  • Public Library Fund secure
  • June public service report highlights

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

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:43 PM, 09.03.2017

UH Library renovation is on track

The renovation of the University Heights Library is on schedule, and tentative plans to open the building to the public sometime in mid to late October are in the works, with a grand-reopening celebration scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 12.

The major work on the exterior of the building took place throughout June and July. Roofing work is complete, mechanical air handling units have been installed on the roof, and the glass walls on the Cedar Road elevation and south elevation are complete, as are the wood-look metal siding on the building’s outer “hoops,” and the metal corrugated siding on the north elevation and northwest projecting stairwell.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 1:00 PM, 08.01.2017

Name change reflects department's expanded mission

When Heather Howiler decided to change the name of her Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System department from “training” to “continuing education,” she felt the change was overdue.

The department has been expanding steadily over the past few years. In addition to its long-standing computer and software classes, it offers new classes that teach website creation using online tools such as WordPress, and coding basics for all ages.

A mobile computer lab visits the Cleveland Heights Community Center and local retirement communities, offering classes to seniors in social media, computer basics, and more sophisticated topics such as photo editing.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 12:44 PM, 08.01.2017

What's going on at your library?

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

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 3 p.m.
Fairtytale STEM. 
This STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program is for ages 3–6. Join us for a lively afternoon storytime of fairy tales and adventure, followed by a simple science-themed activity that relates to the story.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 12:48 PM, 08.01.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 6-19-2017

JUNE 19, 2017

  • Wendy Gernsheimer retires
  • University Heights Branch adds new staff
  • Public forums on topical issues
  • Signage for University Heights Library
  • Book Bike and children’s books
  • Friends receives large cookbook collection.
  • FFHL to feature Thrity Umrigar
  • Cuyahoga County community read
  • May public service report highlights

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

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:08 PM, 07.25.2017

Library offers music production training to teens

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is currently taking applications for its new teen Music Maker Space program at the Lee Road Library. The eight-week music production program, scheduled for fall 2017, has room for three paid teen interns and 12 teen program participants. The interns will help mentor the other teens in the use of music production software and equipment, as they learn sound- and music-related skills, including recording, mixing, editing and producing. 

Applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 18, live in Cleveland Heights or University Heights, and be able to commit four hours a week to the program. The interns will be paid $500 each. Applications for both the internships and the regular program are due Aug. 31 and can be found on the library’s website or picked up in the Lee Road Library’s Teen Room.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 12:32 PM, 06.26.2017

Library fund seeks nominations for inaugural honor roll

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) has created a new award to recognize those who have made a sustained, outstanding contribution to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights community by promoting literacy or by educating through literacy.

FFHL is currently seeking nominations from the public for the FFHL Honor Roll, which is framed around the Heights Library’s mission, “Opening Doors, Opening Minds.”

A nominee could be someone who established a literacy program, teaches adults to read, or helped at a school library or the public library.

“There are so many people who have given so much of their time and resources to help Heights Libraries fulfill our mission,” said Nancy Levin, director of Heights Libraries and a member of the FFHL Board of Directors. “We created the honor roll to recognize their contributions and express our gratitude.”

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 4:47 PM, 06.30.2017

What’s going on at your library?

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

Wednesday, July 12, noon to 1 p.m.

Cool Knights: Armor from the Middle Ages. Educators from the Cleveland Museum of Art will bring real pieces of armor used by medieval knights and Renaissance noblemen. Children in kindergarten through grade five are invited to learn, touch, and maybe try on the armor of "cool" knights. Registration began June 28.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 4:51 PM, 06.30.2017

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 5-15-2017

MAY 15, 2017

  • Public comments
  • Hotspot lending services
  • Updated service and administration policy
  • April financial report
  • Director and fiscal officer salaries

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

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 2:02 PM, 07.25.2017

Lee Road Library launches ESL conversation club

John Piche, outreach librarian at the Lee Road Library, launched the ESL (English as a Second Language) Conversation Club in June. This drop-in program is designed to offer informal conversation practice to anyone looking to brush up on English listening and speaking skills. It takes place at the Lee Road Library on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7 p.m.

Heights Libraries strives to create spaces and programs where all community members feel welcome and included. The ESL Conversation Club grew out of a desire for a place where community members could meet in a safe location to enjoy casual conversation and learn about other cultures in a supportive environment.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 4:50 PM, 06.30.2017

Library starts lending Internet access

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is now offering customers access to mobile Internet hotspots. A hotspot is a small, portable device that connects up to ten wireless-enabled devices, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet, to the Internet. The devices can be checked out with a library card and work in any area covered by the Sprint 3G or 4G LTE network.

“These devices essentially allow people to check out the Internet,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “Let’s say you’re going camping and want to bring your laptop—a hotspot device will allow you to upload photos to Facebook or Instagram, surf the Web, and watch movies. Or maybe you can’t afford Internet access at home and really need it for something, like a job interview via Skype—you can borrow a hotspot for free and get that.”

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 7:29 PM, 06.02.2017

Library tailors free coding classes to teens and kids

For many, summer is filled with swimming, reading and farmers markets. At the Lee Road Library, summer means opportunities for people of all ages to code with the new Summer of Code program.

Alyse Giannotti and Ann MacNamara, technology trainers at the Lee Road Library, have collaborated to bring Summer of Code to the community. The pair have been working together for the past year teaching Coding Basics, a four-part quarterly series, to adults.

During that time, they noticed an increasing number of teens and children were taking the adult Coding Basics classes, and realized they needed to reach a new audience..

“There has definitely been a growing need and interest from teens and young kids,” said Giannotti. “Our Coding Basics series always has a wait list. We once had an 8-year old come in with her grandmother and attend the course.”

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 7:34 PM, 06.02.2017