Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 7-21-2014

JULY 21, 2014

  • Library levy on November ballot
  • Summer reading program
  • Community Book Read
  • Digital literacy program
  • Library foundation book launch party
  • June Public Service report

Board members Rick Ortmeyer, secretary, and Jeffrey Eummer were absent.

Library levy on November ballot

The CH-UH City School District approved placing a 2.2 mill continuous operating levy for the library on the Nov. 4 ballot. Library Trustee Abby Botnick and Friends of Heights Libraries President Louisa Oliver have volunteered to head the library’s campaign committee and residents Lois Gross and Jeff Ackroyd will serve as treasurers.

Summer reading program

The Balanced Scorecard Measures of Success focused on summer reading program enrollments. The June overall total was 1,057, a 26.4 percent increase from 2013. Due in part to summer reading assignments from Heights High, there are 219 teens registered. Adult participation is 273, a 5.8 percent increase over 2013.

Community book read

Heights Libraries joins a number of community agencies in sponsoring a community book read: On the Same Page. The chosen title is The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. The kick-off event on Sept. 17 is a showing of the Alexie’s film “Smoke Signals” at the Cedar Lee Theatre. The library will offer fall programs based on the themes of the book.

Digital literacy program

Heights Libraries will partner with the CH-UH City School District, which has received a Straight A grant from the Ohio Department of Education for $484,608 to transform Gearity Professional Development School into a pilot for a digital literacy program. Heights Libraries will host an iPad learning commons twice a year for parents and kids.

Library foundation book launch party

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries will host a book launch party for Thrity Umrigar’s newest novel, The Story Hour, at the Wine Spot on Sunday, Sept. 7, 4–7 p.m. Mac’s Backs will co-sponsor the event. Umrigar, currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), was born and raised in Bombay.

June public service report highlights:

  • Coventry Village Library has a new Wednesday morning story hour, Baby Bonanza, with a growing audience.
  • Noble Neighborhood Library’s Mary Looby brought the summer reading program to Toddle Inn preschool and Hannah’s House Child Development Center, to reach children who may not be able to visit the library.
  • The City Fresh Farmers’ Market is again open on Tuesdays, 5–7 p.m., at Coventry Village Library.
  • Michael Clune, author and CWRU professor, read from his book White Out: the Secret Life of Heroin, and spoke to an audience ranging from young adults to seniors. WCPN’s Sound of Applause highlighted this program, which drew first-time visitors to Noble Neighborhood Library.
  • The Little Learners program explored the science of sound, and 17 children made their presence known by making some noise.
  • University Heights Library’s front beds now feature native and edible plants, installed by Finley Landscaping. Mari Keating of Food Not Lawns Cleveland filled the front planters with cherry tomato plants, herbs and other edibles. Customers have given positive feedback.
  • Pam Spangler, University Heights youth services librarian, purchased three new interactive cube toys for the children’s area and created a StoryWalk. The walk was displayed at the Touch a Truck event at Purvis Park.
  • Magician “The Great Brad” drew a record crowd of 93 to the University Heights Library as the Summer Reading performer.

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 of Greater Cleveland. This disclaimer must accompany any redistribution of these reports.

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