Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 9-28-2015

SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

  • University Heights Library renovation design
  • Personnel changes
  • Balanced scorecard highlights
  • Security cameras extend outdoor coverage
  • Patron comments
  • August public service report highlights

All board members were present.

University Heights Library renovation design

The architects displayed the University Heights Library renovation design, which is 5 to 10 percent complete at this point. This board meeting was held at the University Heights Library especially so that neighbors could participate. All of the changes desired by patrons who attended the visioning meeting have been included: enlarged parking lot (12 more spaces), rear entrance, restrooms on first floor, and an elevator to the basement. The front entrance will be moved to the west side of the building, facing Fenwick Road. There was a break in the presentation so that attendees could examine the slides and models.

Comments followed. A patron asked why the library hadn’t purchased the lot to the east, now occupied by Dunkin’ Donuts. Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director, replied that there was an asbestos removal issue with the prior building there, and that the lot had been sold before the library was looking. Some Fenwick residents felt that they hadn’t been informed fully about the sales of Fenwick homes. It was also reported that neighbors whose property on Fenwick Road would face the extended parking lot felt that the atmosphere of a neighborhood was destroyed. Levin offered to visit any neighbor who has a concern.

Personnel changes

Aurora Martinez, University Heights Library manager, will leave to become director of the Morley Library in Painesville. Pam Spangler, youth services librarian at the University Heights Library, will be the interim manager.

Kathy Franzinger will become a full-time youth services librarian at the Lee Road Library.

Balanced scorecard highlights

Kim DeNero-Ackroyd, Heights Libraries deputy director, pointed out two new library card types: the Teen 3 for Me card, which allows teens to take out three items without parental consent; and the eMedia card, which allows Ohio residents outside our service area to access certain electronic holdings. Any Ohioan can have access to any Ohio public library. She also mentioned the arcade/pinball program at the Grog Shop’s B-Side, aimed at attracting “emerging adults,” ages 19–26, to library programs. Participants at the program numbered 35.

Security cameras extend outdoor coverage

A contract with Power Alarm in the amount of $12,698 allows the library to increase the area covered by outdoor cameras at the Lee Road, Noble Neighborhood, and Coventry Village libraries.

Patron comments

A patron brought two issues to the board. First, she asked that a patron be alerted if an interlibrary loan carries a higher fine than Heights Libraries would charge. Second, she said that on one visit she had been bothered by a toddler and baby who were loud. She was asked to move into a closed room, but felt that the couple with the children should have been the ones to move.

August public service report highlights

  • In partnership with the Home Repair Resource Center, the library presented two programs in the Heroic Home Ownership series.
  • This summer’s Adult Reading Program surpassed last years’ by 90.3 percent (1,349 to 709), while the teen and elementary programs declined in readership. Last year, teens were required by the schools to participate, which was not the case this summer.
  • At Coventry Village Library, children in the summer reading program could perform a heroic deed by providing food for the Heights Emergency Food Center. Kathy Franzinger, youth services associate, took 24 pounds of collected food to the center.
  • University Heights Library staff participated in various activities for Heights High students at the former Wiley Middle School. Youth services associates attended orientation sessions to tell students about the library and its Teen Spot. Aurora Martinez, library manager, attended a traffic and safety program at University Heights City Hall, dealing with new traffic patterns and safety concerns near the school. She also attended a tour and open house for the renovated Wiley building.
  • Librarians Sam Lapides, Becky Katzenmeyer and Lauren Saeger met with representatives from the Monarch Adult Autism program to explore ways the library might provide services.
  • A special guest, the Wild Thing, joined 85 participants in attending the youth services Summer Reading Wrap event, Where the Wild Things Are.

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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