Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 10-21-13

OCTOBER 21, 2013

  • Hazel Drake retires after 18 years of service
  • Snow removal services
  • Three donations
  • UH Library renovation community comment
  • Public Service Report highlights for September

Board Member Ron Holland, secretary, was absent.

Hazel Drake retires after 18 years of service

The board accepted the retirement of Hazel J. Drake, collection services assistant, who retired on Sept. 30, after 18 years of service. Special note was taken of her caring and effervescent nature, an asset in providing excellent customer service.

Snow removal services

The board contracted snow removal services for the 2013–14 winter season from HAM Landscaping in the amount of $16,500. The contract provides for callbacks at no additional charge and shoveling of sidewalks and entranceways to all of the buildings. The latter was requested due to the slow response of the cities in the past. Director Levin recalled that almost every one of the library staff has had to shovel [snow] at some point, and this added provision will alleviate that.

Three donations

The board accepted three gifts: $500 from the staff association to pay for a portion of the picnic table for the Lee Road Library’s children’s sensory garden; $1,809.96 from the Harry Parkman Fund of the Friends to be used toward technology purchases; and $100 from resident Paule Prebus for books.

UH Library renovation community comment

Community input meetings for the University Heights Library renovation are: Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. at the University Heights Library; Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at Gearity Elementary School; Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. at Whole Foods at Cedar Center; Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Dolan Auditorium at John Carroll University; and Thursday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Senior Happenings program at the University Heights Library.

Public Service Report highlights for September:

  • Library @ Home service will provide books to customers via postal delivery and will include return postage.
  • Aurora Martinez, University Heights librarian, gave staff training sessions on assisting customers with information regarding the Affordable Care Act.
  • The first Cedar-Coventry Author Series talk [presented collaboratively by Appletree books, Coventry Village Branch Library and Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry] featured Kathleen Cerveny, the current Cleveland Heights poet laureate.
  • Constance Dickerson, Noble Neighborhood librarian, met with the resettlement coordinator from US Together to begin a tutoring program for the Nepalese refugees in the neighborhood. The group will use the Teen Room computers on Wednesday and Friday mornings and will focus on basic Internet and employment skills.
  • Logan Broadbent, member of the U.S. National Boomerang Team, presented a program about the history of the boomerang and worldwide competitions. He also performed gravity-defying boomerang acrobatics.
  • The training department began a new Computer Basics series that replaces the former Connect Ohio series. The newer series has been rewritten to be more hands-on and Web-based.
  • Zahir Sutarwala, adult services associate, presented a talk about his book Space Journeys: Taste and Trade in the Islamic World. Guests enjoyed Middle Eastern pastries from Aladdin’s and Moroccan mint tea.
  • The Library Afterschool Fun program expanded from two to four days a week. The 14 programs attracted 285 kids. The two additional days feature Wii gaming, LEGOs and other free-form activities. A byproduct has been better noise control and behavior in the children’s area.

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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