Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 11-19-12

NOVEMBER 19, 2011

  • Judy Russo retires from the University Heights Library
  • Superstorm Sandy affects libraries
  • Board for new library fund
  • Dobama increases liability insurance
  • Friends of the Library
  • October public service report

All board members were present.

Judy Russo retires from the University Heights Library

Judy Russo, who began work on Sept. 14, 1987 as a part-time circulation assistant for the University Heights branch, is retiring as branch circulation supervisor. A retirement resolution, read by Board President James Roosa, noted her ability as a supervisor and her representation of the University Heights branch in the library’s staff association. Many of the library’s pages became friends with her and returned years later to visit.

Superstorm Sandy affects libraries

Superstorm Sandy caused the closure of the Lee Road Library for two days and the other branches for one day. Upon reopening, staff offered heat, light, charging of phones and computers for many citizens, and went beyond the call of duty to help the community. The storm caused leakage at the Noble Neighborhood and Coventry Village branches.

Board for new library fund

The board of directors for the new Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries is: Sue Pardee, president; Jim Burger, secretary; and Courtney Whitehill, treasurer. The next meeting, Monday Feb. 11, will be with the Cleveland Foundation to hear a presentation on donor-advised funds.

Dobama increases liability insurance

As requested by the board, Dobama Theatre has increased liability insurance up to $2 million for the privilege of serving wine to patrons.

Friends of the Library

A new Friends board is taking office, with Louisa Oliver as incoming president. For the first time, the group is sending a year-end solicitation letter to members. 

October public service report highlights:

  • The program Harvey Pekar: a Literary Life drew approximately 175 people and was well covered by Cleveland media. A statue of Pekar stands on a desk near the Harvey and Friends bookstore on the second floor of the Lee Road Library.
  • Amanda Rome was co-presenter of Beechbrook’s STEPS parenting skills class to teen parents at Cleveland Heights High School.
  • Greg Fisher presented a book talk to seniors at Warrensville Community Apartments during the Mandel JCC’s senior lunch program.
  • Noble Neighborhood Library hosted its first after-hours program with the Night of the Living Dead: Teen Read Week program. Forty teens dressed as zombies attended.
  • In conjunction with SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), the training department started a six-part series on small business. Class members gave positive reviews of the sessions.
  • About 60 people attended a Senior Health and Wellness Fair on Oct. 13.
  • A monthly informal book discussion group called Concrete Jungle Warriors has goals of engaging teens in being excited about reading and aware of a larger worldview.

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

Observer Corps editor for the Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters, Cuyahoga Area

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