30 Days of Innovation

Heights Libraries will celebrate the opening of its new Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center at the Lee Road Library by offering a special series of programs, titled 30 Days of Innovation, throughout June. The series celebrates innovation of all kinds, whether musical, technical, entrepreneurial, artful, or whimsical. Speakers include some of Northeast Ohio’s most innovative thinkers. Below is a sampling of programs offered this month.

Sunday, June 2, 1–4 p.m. Grand Opening of the Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center. See demonstrations of new equipment and software for making music, movies and art; explore the new computer lab and Wi-Fi lounge; and enjoy entertainment and refreshments for all ages.

Tuesday, June 4, 10  a.m. Shale Oil and Gas: New Business Opportunities for Ohio. For more than 40 years, the United States has been increasing its dependence on imported oil, but now our energy paradigm is being turned on its head. Steve Percy, interim dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University, will discuss the changing face of energy and the role Ohio is playing. Registration required.

Wednesday, June 5, 9 a.m. Connecting Entrepreneurs with Overseas Emerging Markets. Raj Javalgi, associate dean and professor at the Monte Ahuja College of Business, will discuss how U.S. entrepreneurs can compete in a global environment. Registration required.

Thursday, June 6, 7 p.m. 3-D Printers: What Are They, Exactly? Malcolm Cooke, executive director of Case Western Reserve University's new think[box] institute for collaboration and innovation, will demonstrate 3-D printing and discuss what think[box] is, and how it will support innovation in Northeast Ohio. Registration required.

Sunday, June 9, 1:30 p.m. NASA: Technology Spinoffs that Benefit the World. Harvey Schabes, senior strategy manager at the NASA Glenn Research Center, will review of how NASA technology—developed here in Northeast Ohio—has resulted in numerous spin-off technologies that benefit people all over the world. Registration required.

Thursday, June 13, 10 a.m. Entrepreneurship and the Small Business Administration: How We Can Help. Gil Goldberg, district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will provide an overview of how the SBA can help entrepreneurs. Registration required.

Wednesday, June 26, 7 p.m. SmartHomes and Other Essential Innovations for a Sustainable World. Many of the biggest impacts on the environment are embedded in the designs of our society—the design of the power grid, transportation systems, and buildings. David Beach, director of the GreenCityBlueLake Institute of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, will discuss the big design changes needed for a sustainable future. Registration required.

All programs take place at the Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. To learn more or to register, visit www.heightslibrary.org or call 216-932-3600.

Sheryl Banks

Sheryl Banks is marketing and community relations manager of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library

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