Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 11-18-2013

NOVEMBER 18, 2013

  • Heights Libraries is again a five-star system
  • Two branch libraries to change hours
  • Donations
  • UH Library visioning
  • October public service report highlights
  • New website design
  • Library brochure

All board members were present.

Heights Libraries again a five-star system

For the fifth year in a row, Heights Libraries was awarded five stars (the highest level of distinction) in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service 2013. The index has per capita scores on circulation, visits, program attendance,and public Internet use.

Two branch libraries to change hours

The board approved a proposal to provide more Sunday hours in response to customer requests. The University Heights Library will add Sunday hours, from 1–5 p.m. To prevent an increase in the budget, however, the Coventry Village Library will now be closed on Fridays. This change is for a trial period of one year.

Nancy Levin, library director, said she understands that some public confusion will result, and emphasized that there is no plan to phase out the Coventry Village Library. Circulation data and visitor statistics across the system pointed to Friday closure at Coventry as being the most logical. There is a popular Friday morning story hour at Coventry that will be rescheduled, and Coventry will remain open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. All of the physical improvements planned for Coventry, such as outdoor lighting, interior remodeling and roofing, will continue. The library will begin a publicity campaign to inform the community about the changes that will begin on Jan. 3.

Board Member Jim Posch asked for a six-month update on the changes; sooner if public concern warrants it.


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 visioning

The library is planning a University Heights Branch Library “visioning” process, hopefully without [requiring] any additional taxpayer dollars. The visioning session dates for community input 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.

October public service report highlights:

  • History of the Heights, a series presented in partnership with the Cleveland Heights Historical Society and the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, presented two programs: “Immigrants and Migrants: the People of Greater Cleveland” and “The Shakers of Cleveland Heights.”
  • The second Octavofest program presented master calligrapher Steve Otlowski on “The Glory of the Written Page.” Octavofest is an annual festival dedicated to advancing the appreciation of book and paper arts. The third program, a workshop led by certified Zentangel teacher Ellen Darby, “Tangling with Art, Zen and Paper,” was about this method of creating beautiful art using black pens on white paper.
  • Mary Murphy, circulation manager, met with the Shaker Heights circulation manager and deputy director to share information on position descriptions, scheduling, and best practices to aid Shaker staff as they consider operational changes directed by their board.
  • Coventry Village Library partnered with Kattywompus Press on a poetry book launch presented to 30 poetry lovers. The Cedar-Coventry Author Series featured local mystery writers Shelley Costa and Kylie Logan.
  • Noble Neighborhood Library staff is working with Heights Community Gardens Network and Food Not Lawns to make plans for the Noble library garden. Noble School may be able to provide student volunteers. Dana Wible and Sam Lapides submitted a proposal to the Subaru Garden Grant for funding.
  • Noble Neighborhood Library also participated in Octavofest with Melissa O’Grady’s program, “Book About Me,” where children made their own books.
  • The University Heights Library’s weekly Senior Happenings programs featured Connie Rebich of Ten Thousand Villages; Rachel DeGolia of Universal Health Care Action Network; and Kenneth Palko, a professor at Notre Dame College.
  • Lauren Saeger started her new music-focused storytime, Kids in Harmony. Average attendance has been 40, for just three programs.

New website design

Sheryl Banks, marketing and community relations manager, demonstrated the website redesign to applause from the board and staff. It will be available for the public soon and is very user-friendly and attractive.

Library brochure

Banks has finished the text for a general library brochure, the first update in a number of years.

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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