LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights [online 5-16-2016]

MAY 16, 2016

  • Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County awards grants
  • Successful MegaSale
  • Bookmobile for University Heights Library renovation
  • Public Library Fund (PLF) distribution
  • April public service report highlights

Ron Holland, vice president, and Susan Beatty, board member, were absent.

Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County awards grants

The Noble Neighborhood Library will receive $400 to enable a staff member to work one hour per week with children on gardening and green space, and also purchase gardening equipment. The branch will partner with Asia Services in Action to provide exercise and gardening activities for refugees.

The Coventry Village Library will receive $375 to be used for a two–bin compost system, and hosting of at least four educational programs for the community on sustainable garden practices, healthy eating and nutrition, plus the benefits of home-grown foods.

Successful MegaSale

The May MegaSale brought in $8,596.28, plus 30 new members, for a total of 421 active members. Books remaining were taken to Noble Neighborhood Library for a special branch sale.

Bookmobile for University Heights Library renovation

After it was apparent that property owners near the University Heights Library were not interested in offering a 14-month lease to the library, the library has acquired a bookmobile for use while the branch is closed for renovation. The bookmobile will travel throughout the library’s entire service area and will be parked at the Lee Road Library when not in use. The name of the new bookmobile, which came from Pickaway County, will be the subject of a contest. The University Heights Library is projected to be closed Aug. 15 through Sept. 17.

Public Library Fund (PLF) distribution

The May distribution of the PLF was $2.1 million below the estimate of the Ohio Department of Taxation. The state’s receipt of personal income taxes due for April 2016 was $109 million below projections.

April public service report highlights:

  • The Heights Community Congress presented, “Are School Ratings Diminishing Housing Sales?” as a Fair Housing Month program. Certain real estate websites provide school ratings that may not be accurate and may impact local sales.
  • The April program of the Cedar-Coventry Author Series featured illustrators Jamey Christoph and Lindsay Ward, who talked about creating imaginative worlds for children.
  • In April the Training Services Division added a new class, Internet Safety and Security, to inform the community on Internet scams and how to avoid being a target on the web.
  • Nancy Zelman and Ellen Paulini, adult services librarians, along with Shamekia Chandler, youth services associate, will engage in outreach services to Park Synogogue Ascentia. Ascentia is a day program providing social and recreational opportunities for adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.
  • Cassandra Anselmi, library associate, and staff of the University Heights Library helped students in the Gearity Makerspace Tech Club create stop/start animation movies, as the club finished its year in April. It’s hoped that this partnership with Gearity Professional Development School will continue in the next school year.
  • Suzanne Wilkins, adult services associate, took the Seed Library to an Earth Day event at Disciples Christian Church.
  • Kathy Franzinger, with youth services staff from the branches, concluded Picture Book Madness with 100 children and adults casting ballots for their favorite books. The winner at Lee Road Library was Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems.
  • A special Welcome Hub program on safety was presented at Noble Neighborhood Library by a Cleveland Heights police officer with a translator. A large audience expressed concerns and asked questions.

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 mbarnes9515@gmail.com 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.

League of Women Voters

Observer Corps editor for the Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland

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