Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 3-19-12

MARCH 19, 2012

  • Liquor permit for Dobama Theatre
  • 2012 budget
  • Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center to fill space in Activity Center
  • Safety concern at Noble
  • Time Warner charges for Internet connections
  • Board chooses NODIS for survey
  • Friends of the Library coming events
  • February Public Service report highlights

CarDala Carter was absent.

Liquor permit for Dobama Theatre

Representatives of Dobama asked for the board’s approval of Dobama’s application for a liquor permit. Dobama is seeking a nonprofit liquor permit to sell beer and wine when the theatre is open for performances and fundraisers. All consumption of liquor will be inside Dobama’s premises and not in the lobby area that it shares with the library. Regarding board concerns on liability, Dobama’s representative noted that the theatre carries its own insurance, and Library Director Nancy Levin said that an informal discussion with the library’s carrier indicated that there would be no issues. The board tabled a resolution to approve the application subject to further checking with the library’s insurance carrier.

2012 budget

The completed 2012 budget was presented to the board. While the collection budget remains the same as that of 2011, a larger share will go to ebooks and downloadable material. Building and repair fund expenditures will include the build-out of the old gym space, and the library will seek other funding to aid this project.

Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center to fill space in Activity Center

Director Levin met with Studio Techne architects to plan a timeline for construction of the Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center in the unused space in the Activity Center building. With the city, the library has applied for a $400,000 matching grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grant funding would be used for enhancement of the Computer Gallery, the creation of a small business/nonprofit incubator space, and the relocation of Cleveland State’s Monte Ahuja College of Business, Small Business Development Center to this space.

Safety concern at Noble

A customer raised a concern over safety at the Noble Neighborhood Library. Two young males, who were hidden by shrubbery behind the library, where there is a board-on-board fence, accosted and cursed at him. He asked the board to consider trimming the shrubbery to the height of the lower shrubs around the main library building. Board President Esther Moss said that the situation would be addressed and he would be contacted about the resolution. Director Levin indicated that there had been an incident report from Noble.

Time Warner charges for Internet connections

Prior to this year, the library was able to connect its buildings to internet service at no charge through the contract the City of Cleveland Heights had with Time Warner. Due to a suit by AT&T against Time Warner, Time Warner no longer has to offer this service at no charge. In discussion with Clevnet, the library will now move its Internet hub from the school district’s Delisle Building to the Lee Road Library. The board approved a five-year contract with Time Warner for $26,364 annually, which will provide a two-strand fiber connection from the hub to each of the three branches.

Board chooses NODIS for survey

The board chose Northern Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS), part of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, over OrangeBoy as its market research organization. Both proposals were outlined at the February board meeting. NODIS will research service area demographics and submit a descriptive report to include narratives, graphs and maps. The board will use the results of this study for data-driven decision-making.

Friends of the Library coming events

Friends will sponsor a fundraising evening at the Wine Spot on April 21. The Gigantic Book Sale will take place May 17–21.

February Public Service report highlights

The highlights include:

  • Constance Dickerson, Noble librarian, has reactivated the Readers’ Advisory Team (RATS). This group, of 20 years duration, is made up of adult services staff and concentrates on recommending books to customers.
  • Coventry Village Library’s program with author Thrity Umrigar hosted 85 people, and was standing-room only.
  • Aleese Fluharty, University Heights children’s associate, presented the Whole Food family program, Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, in which children and caregivers made books with tissue-paper flowers and decorated heart-shaped cookies.
  • Live Action Candy Land was a huge success, showing cooperation among all departments and staff.

LWV observer: Anne S. McFarland.

These meeting summaries are abstracted from LWV observers’ written reports. The summaries have been edited and prepared by Anne McFarland, Charlene Morse, and Maryann Barnes. To receive e-mail postings of full reports, send an e-mail to or join through Google groups using “lwv-chuh observer reports” as a search phrase.

These reports contain member observation and selected highlights of public meetings and are not official statements of the Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area. This disclaimer must accompany any redistribution of these reports.

League of Women Voters

Chapter co-chair for the Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters, Cuyahoga Area

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