Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 7-22-2013

JULY 22, 2013

  • Finance manager appointed
  • CDBG funds for HKIC
  • New signage to include Dobama and others
  • Book Bike introduced to community
  • Summer lunch program a success
  • Library closed Sept. 13
  • Friends of the Library
  • Public service report
  • E-newsletter
  • Meeting rooms

Board Member Rick Ortmeyer was absent.

Finance manager appointed

The board appointed Jana L. Nassif as finance manager. Nassif has a Master of Arts in nonprofit administration from John Carroll University and is a cabinet member and co-chair elect of United Way Young Leaders. Her most recent position was as operations manager for the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education. She also has experience researching and writing grant proposals.

CDBG funds for HKIC

The library will receive a $30,000 Community Development Block Grant from the City of Cleveland Heights to support personnel for the Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center (HKIC). This is a one-time grant, subject to strict documentation.

New signage to include Dobama and others

Studio Techne has completed designs for new signage that will include the logo for Heights Libraries as well as identification of Dobama Theatre, the Ohio Small Business Development Center, HKIC and Family Connections. Signage will be attached to the two Lee Road buildings, and will also appear on the east lawn.

Book Bike introduced to community

Sam Lapides, special projects coordinator, gave a presentation on the new book bike, which was on display. It’s been on 15 visits thus far and has been seen by 1,000 people. It’s been a great success, and there are more requests for appearances than the library can handle. So far, the bike has been at Cain Park, Fairfax Elementary School’s Bike Rodeo, Open Doors Health Expo, Millikin Preschool Festival, Homewood and CedarWood nursing homes, and many other venues. The bike’s trays and shelves are filled with giveaways, some from Half-Price Books, and some cancelled volumes from the library’s collection.

Summer lunch program a success

June figures for the summer lunch program recorded 639 children and parents at the Lee Road Library on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 79 people at the University Heights Library on Fridays.

Library closed Sept. 13

A staff development day will close the libraries on Sept. 13 for a program of training and teamwork.

Friends of the Library

The newsletter to members will be out at the end of July. The most recent First Friday book sale garnered $600, and another mega sale will be held in November. Despite concerns about moving the book sale trucks from the lobby area to the Harvey & Friends Book Shop upstairs, there is still customer traffic to the trucks.

Public service report

Highlights in the June public service report include:

  • The June 5 celebration of Cain Park’s 75th anniversary was the latest in the library’s partnership with the Cleveland Heights Historical Society and the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission. The series is called “Discover Cleveland Historic Treasures.”
  • The HKIC opening events, 30 Days of Innovation, covered topics from shale oil and gas to 3-D printers and NASA technology spinoffs. A screening of the documentary “The Show That Shook the World”was also presented.
  • At Coventry Village Library, the leaded glass windows from the front bay were refurbished, repaired and reinstalled.
  • Also at Coventry Village Library, City Fresh began the weekly Tuesday produce pick-ups.
  • Twenty children enjoyed Slimy Saturday at Noble Neighborhood Library, with a slimy, no-mess substance.
  • At University Heights Library, the weekly Senior Happenings program included speakers from the Housing Research and Advocacy Center, Euclid Beach Park and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
  • The Third Annual Pet Show attracted 110 people and 20 pets. Both the Sun Press and Heights Observer did photo spreads.


Sheryl Banks, marketing and community relations manager, stated that “click” rates for the library’s e-newsletter are increasing as readers follow links for program registration and other items.

Meeting rooms

Meeting room reservation software replacement is more than half complete.

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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