Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 3-16-2015

MARCH 16, 2015

  • Library levy aids revenue
  • Traffic-calming construction on Lee Road
  • Friends Mega Sale coming April 30
  • Opening celebration for the Shire at Coventry
  • Staff changes
  • Balanced Scorecard Measures of Success
  • Book-a-Room software
  • Local history task force formed
  • February Public Service Report

Secretary Ron Holland and Board Member Abby Botnick were absent.

Library levy aids revenue

Due to the passage of the library levy in November 2014, revenue was $4.3 million at the end of February 2015, as opposed to $3.2 million at the same time in 2014.

The board approved an agreement with Meeder Investment Funds to manage the money that the library is allowed to invest within restrictions of the Ohio Revised Code. The funds will be held in a custodian account at U.S. Bank.

Traffic-calming construction on Lee Road

Construction will begin on the Lee Road Streetscape near the library in April. Attention will be given to a traffic-calming island and redesign of the intersection of Lee and Corydon roads. Sidewalks in front of the Lee Road Library may be closed during the construction.

Friends Mega Sale coming April 30

Louisa Oliver, Friends board president, congratulated the entire board on joining Friends. A mega sale is planned for May 1–3, with a members’ preview sale on April 30. Memberships can be purchased at the door.

Opening celebration for the Shire at Coventry

The community is invited to attend the opening celebration—with light refreshments and entertainment—for the Shire, the remodeled children’s area and redesigned computer space at Coventry Village Library, on April 18, 1–5 p.m.

Staff changes

There were three resignations: Julie Lehtinen, assistant finance manager; Shenee King, youth services associate at the University Heights Library, and Leslie Malnar, circulation services manager, who was hired in October.

Balanced Scorecard Measures of Success

Highlights of the Balanced Scorecard Measures of Success for 2014–15 focused on the increased frequency of the book bike’s twice-monthly visits to John Carroll University, no matter the weather; free tax help provided by AARP members at University Heights and Lee Road libraries; and Whole Foods’ sponsorship of the Coventry Village Library garden.

Book-a-Room software

Sheryl Banks, marketing manager, published an article in the spring edition of Ohio Libraries Quarterly newsletter about the Book-a-Room software system her department has developed. She also praised the new calendaring system for enabling quick notice about closures due to weather to those who had scheduled meetings.

Local history task force formed

A local history task force has been established to help the library assess the needs of the community. The library’s history will be updated for the coming centennial.

February Public Service report highlights

  • The Cleveland Play House facilitated the Script Club’s discussion of the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabeck, the basis for the recent Play House production of The Pianist of Willesden Lane.
  • Seattle film critic Robert Horton presented Movie Mashup: Wild Literary Adaptations on Film, at the Lee Road Library.
  • Fifteen listeners braved one of the coldest nights of the year to attend Coventry Concert Night with CIM for an hour of classical guitar.
  • Noble Neighborhood Library’s Black History Month programming included West African Music and Dance, and Beats and Sounds of Hip Hop.
  • Noble Neighborhood Library hosted Picture Book Madness, with a number of voting rounds.
  • University Heights Library hosted calligrapher Jim Williams, who demonstrated the basics of his art to nine attendees, who have requested more classes.

LWV Observer: Anne S. McFarland.

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