Mark your calendars for fall Friends events

Four current and past Friends presidents at the 2013 annual meeting (from left): Adaora Schmiedl, Louisa Oliver, Sharon Richardson and Anne Cook.

Heights residents are invited to join the Friends of Heights Libraries for two special October events, and to mark their calendars for the Friends’ fall Mega Sale. 

On Sunday, Oct. 5, in cooperation with FutureHeights and Reaching Heights, the Friends will co-host the semi-annual Welcome Home gathering for Heights residents, this time featuring a panel of Heights authors. Participants (at press time) include poet George Bilgere, youth author Tricia Springstubb, novelist Thrity Umrigar, and rock biographer James Henke. Join us at Nighttown from 2–4 p.m. to celebrate our community and its diverse treasures. Refreshments will be provided, and a cash bar will be available. Everyone is welcome, and new residents to the Heights are especially encouraged to come, meet neighbors, and learn what makes living and working in the Heights so special.

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Heights Libraries will be held on Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lee Road Library’s Brody Nelson Room. The meeting will be followed by the Indigenous People’s Read-In, co-sponsored by the library and the Friends, to celebrate the works and voices of indigenous peoples. Bring a short selection written by an indigenous person to read, or choose a reading from those that will be available. Or come simply to enjoy and learn from hearing the voices of Native Americans or other indigenous people. Refreshments will be available.

The read-in is one of several fall events that are part of On the Same Page, an “initiative designed to foster communitywide and personal connections through literature.” This fall, the entire community is invited to read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. For a full schedule of On the Same Page events, see p. 10 in the library’s Check Us Out guide, or visit

Looking ahead to Nov. 6–9, make note of the Friends Fall Mega Book Sale—bigger than ever, and just in time for holiday shopping. Preview night for Friends members will be Thursday, Nov. 6, 5–9 p.m. That evening, Friends members are admitted to the sale for free; all others pay $10, and become Friends members. The sale will continue Friday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 9, and will take place in the Lee Road Library’s first-floor meeting rooms.

Louisa Oliver

Louisa Oliver is president of the Friends of Heights Libraries. She was the director of Heights Parent Center before it became Family Connections, and is a longtime resident of Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:28 AM, 09.30.2014