Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 1-28-13

JANUARY 28, 2013

  • Organizational meeting
  • 2012 expenditures
  • Personnel perfect attendance
  • Muslim Journeys Bookshelf award
  • EBook circulation up
  • Friends of the Library
  • Public Service Report highlights for December

All board members were present.

Organizational meeting

At this first meeting of the year, the new board officers assumed their roles, with James Roosa as president, James Posch as vice president and Ron Holland as secretary. The oath of office was administered to new trustee Jeffrey Eummer, and to Nancy Levin (director), Molly Pandelli (fiscal officer), and Julie Lehtinen (deputy fiscal officer), who were starting new terms as officers.

2012 expenditures

Molly Pandelli’s report indicated that in 2012 the library received $8,899,587 in total revenue and spent $7,649,397, which added $1,250,190 to the total fund balance. Encumbrances in the amount of $611,584.64 will be carried over into 2013.

Personnel perfect attendance

Four staff members had perfect attendance in 2012: Ardetha Carter, technology assistant; Wendy Gernsheimer, technology assistant; Gloria Woods, circulation assistant; and Jen Mihalik, adult services librarian.

Muslim Journeys Bookshelf award

This grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association will provide a collection of books, films and other resources that will introduce the American public to the history and culture of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

EBook circulation up

EBook circulation increased by slightly more than 37 percent from February through December 2012.

Friends of the Library

Friends will sponsor an African American Read-In on Feb. 10 in the Harvey & Friends Book Shop, as part of a national African American Read-In Month. Friends will also sponsor a film at the Cleveland International Film Festival.

Public Service Report highlights for December

  • A partnership with the Cleveland Play House featured a discussion with playwright Eric Coble and writer Les Roberts about the process Coble used to adapt Robert’s novella A Carol for Christmas, for a stage production at the Play House.
  • At University Heights Branch Library a partnership with the Cleveland Foodbank covered the weekly Kids Café snack program on Dec. 3, 10 and 17.
  • The Hobbit Quest program attracted 108 individuals of all ages.
  • Ben Gulyas, Coventry Village librarian, continues to work with the Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at Cleveland Public Library to survey the public for ways to make libraries friendlier to the deaf population.
  • At Noble Neighborhood Library, Rachelle Perry, teen associate, piloted a teen winter reading program, Chill Out with a Good Book, that had 15 teen participants.
  • Pam Spangler, University Heights youth services librarian, and Sheen King, youth services associate, shared crafts and stories about mazes at the monthly family program at Whole Foods.

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.

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