Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 2-18-13

FEBRUARY 18, 2013

  • Question about violent video games
  • Dobama annual report
  • Library Fund-Cleveland Foundation partnership
  • Marketing and community relations
  • Public Service Report highlights for January

Board Member Jeffrey Eummer was absent.

Question about violent video games

A Noble resident expressed a concern about violent video games at the Noble Neighborhood Library. Recently, in the children’s room, two children were playing video games that featured shooting on the four public computers that face outward. Feeling that this was not what he wanted his daughter exposed to, he discussed the matter with Constance Dickerson, branch librarian, who explained that the computers in the children’s section blocked prohibited sexual content but not other types of material. The father felt that given that libraries evaluate the print material that they obtain, he would like to see similar attention [given] to video games that include violence and shooting.

James Roosa, board president, assured him that the board would discuss the matter, first at the operations committee meeting on Feb. 25, which is open to the public. Director Nancy Levin indicated that unaccompanied minors present special concerns when they use the computers and said the board would consider that matter as well.

Dobama annual report

Charlotta Enflo, managing director, and Nathan Motta, artistic director, addressed the board regarding Dobama’s accomplishments in 2012. Even with ticket prices up slightly, there has been a 20 percent increase in [attendance]. However, programming expenses have increased 21 percent. Contributed income was down 3 percent, but the number of individual donors was up 17 percent. A grant from the Cleveland Foundation covers the salary of Julie Friedman, associate managing director, as well as the cost of a ticketing database.

Plans are in the works for the second Dobamarama fundraiser on June 14, featuring local playwright Eric Coble.

Library Fund-Cleveland Foundation partnership

The board of directors of the Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries voted to partner with the Cleveland Foundation. Donors to the library endowment can contact the Cleveland Foundation directly.

Marketing and community relations

A new e-newsletter was designed and sent via the program MailChimp, and the spring issue of the Check Us Out program guide is on the website.

January saw a significant increase of 19.35 percent in website visits and an increase of 20.06 percent in total page views.

Public Service Report highlights for January:

  • Coventry Village Library hosted three employment series classes: resume writing in Word; search for jobs online; and online job applications.
  • Jenny Greene facilitated the Third Tuesday Book Club’s meeting at the Bottlehouse Brewing Company. The unusual partnership was a success and more book discussions will be held there.
  • Kattywompus Press featured three area poets for a reading at Coventry Village Library. Bonne De Blas, Eric Anderson and Shelley Chernin performed, and ukulele intervals were featured.
  • University Heights Library partnered with Cleveland Foodbank to provide three sessions of the Kids Café snack program.
  • Rap Art facilitator Freda Saleem now has two Girls’ Circle groups at the University Heights Library. One group is for girls ages 11 and 12, and the other for girls ages 13 and over.
  • The 13th Annual Poetry Slam, a collaboration with Lake Erie Ink, received food and prize donations from Dewey’s, Winking Lizard, Wendy’s, Sweetie Fry, and Five Guys. A crowd of about 60 enjoyed the program, alternating between absolute silence and uproarious applause.

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 mbarnes9515@gmail.com 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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