Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 6-16-2014

JUNE 16, 2014

  • Library levy considered
  • Coventry children’s room
  • Traffic safety at Lee Road Library
  • May public service report highlights

Board Member Abby Botnick was absent.

Library levy considered

The board returned to the discussion of a possible levy begun at the May meeting. A special meeting is scheduled for June 23 for this single topic.

Coventry children’s room

The Coventry Village Library’s new children’s room is being designed to resemble the shire of the Hobbit books. The room will be in the back, and the wing that includes the fireplace will hold the entire adult collection. New carpet will be installed throughout the space.

Traffic safety at Lee Road Library

In response to numerous complaints from staff and customers about danger from traffic on Lee Road, the Cedar Lee Special Improvement District has been working with the City of Cleveland Heights and ODOT to redesign the crosswalk in front of the Lee Road Library. Traffic-calming islands and relocation of the southern sidewalk are part of the redesign.

May public service report highlights:

  • An update from the April report names the winners of Picture Book Madness, following the March Madness structure. Both Noble Neighborhood and Lee Road libraries offered the contest. Noble's winner was The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. The Lee Road winner was Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion.
  • Lifelong Cleveland Heights resident Lt. Col. (retired) Howard B. Pearce of the Ohio Army National Guard gave a presentation on May 29 about his tour of duty as a part of the NATO operation responsible for training members of the Afghan National Army.
  • The Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, the Cleveland Heights Historical Society and the Heights Libraries celebrated Preservation Month with three programs, which included lectures and an instructional program on fixing wood windows.
  • Coventry Village’s Seed Library had 45 family and individual memberships in its first month.
  • Kristin Ohlson’s appearance for the May Cedar-Coventry Author Series drew 70 people to discuss her new book, The Soil will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet.
  • Adult Services Associate Greg Fisher accepted a position as Riffle’s horror editor. Riffle is a website that features recommendations for readers, links to other social media sites and Heights Library’s blogs. He also presented a program on library resources for writers.

LWV Observer: Anne S. McFarland.

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