LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights [online 8-22-2016]

AUGUST 22, 2016

  • Centennial programs continue this fall
  • National Library Card Sign-Up Month features fine amnesty for juveniles
  • Unattended child policy
  • Brown Girl Dreaming is the Community Read for fall
  • July public service report highlights

Centennial programs continue this fall

  • Dee Perry stars in “Great Librarians I Have Known,” reader’s theatre presented by Dobama Theatre on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
  • Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers presents “Look Back in Wonder” on Oct. 30 at 3 p.m.
  • Heights Bike Coalition will present “Cycle Through Time” at Coventry Village Library on Oct. 2 at 1 p.m., a brief history of our libraries with a bike ride.

National Library Card Sign-Up Month features fine amnesty for juveniles

Heights Libraries joins other Cuyahoga County libraries to encourage library card sign-up during the month of October. In addition, if a juvenile borrower’s card has been blocked for fines for more than $15, they may appear at one of the four branches with a library card or other ID to have their card reinstated.

Unattended child policy

The board considered changes to the current policy, which is that a child under 6 years old must be attended by a parent or other caregiver. The specific change would define “adequate supervision” as, "... a caregiver who can understand and follow the library’s code of conduct and be mature enough to care for the child without an adult present. We suggest the caregiver be at least 11 years old.”

Brown Girl Dreaming is the Community Read for fall

Author Jacqueline Woodson’s novel in verse was awarded the Newbery Honor, the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, and an NAACP Image Award for outstanding literary work for youth and teens.

The first community program will be the documentary film “Romeo is Bleeding” at the Cedar Lee Theatre on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

July public service report highlights:

  • The Art Study Group is a partnership with the Ingalls Library at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The July program, The Artistry of Words, considered the ways that literacy, printing, reading habits, technology and words themselves have inspired artists to comment on social change, personal identities and public life.
  • The Science and Nature Study Group is a partnership with the Harold T. Clark Library at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The July program was a talk by nationally-known conservationist Harvey Webster, director of wildlife resources at the museum. The program was the first in a series celebrating the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service.
  • The release of the book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, inspired a late-night program at the Coventry Village Library in collaboration with Mac’s Backs bookstore. Staff provided crafts and games throughout the night, and raffled no-hold copies of the book at midnight. Beginning at midnight, a small troupe of actors read the script to an excellent turnout of customers who enjoyed this unique event.
  • New library card sign-ups in May totaled 475.
  • Responding to requests from the Nepalese community, Noble Neighborhood Library is offering citizenship classes; Nepali language classes for children; English classes for adults; and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Boot Camp for children.
  • Adult Services Librarian Nancy Zelman partnered with the Western Reserve Calligraphers to offer a three-part calligraphy workshop series. Fifty-four people attended the three classes, and the library received many inquiries about the popular program.

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.


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