Library fund seeks nominations for inaugural honor roll

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) has created a new award to recognize those who have made a sustained, outstanding contribution to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights community by promoting literacy or by educating through literacy.

FFHL is currently seeking nominations from the public for the FFHL Honor Roll, which is framed around the Heights Library’s mission, “Opening Doors, Opening Minds.”

A nominee could be someone who established a literacy program, teaches adults to read, or helped at a school library or the public library.

“There are so many people who have given so much of their time and resources to help Heights Libraries fulfill our mission,” said Nancy Levin, director of Heights Libraries and a member of the FFHL Board of Directors. “We created the honor roll to recognize their contributions and express our gratitude.”

FFHL intends to name one “Door Opener” and one “Mind Opener” to its honor roll each year.

Honorees will be feted at a celebration event in November, and will have their names inscribed on a plaque on display at the Lee Road Library.

“Literacy is the cornerstone of success in our society, and makes our community a better place to live,” said Rob Fischer, FFHL president. “The honor roll acknowledges the contributions its members have made to the quality of life in the Heights community.”

Nominations for the FFHL Honor Roll can be submitted online, no later than July 31, at Submissions must include the name and contact information of both the nominator and the nominee, and a brief description (500 words or less) of the nominee’s contributions to literacy and/or education in the Heights community.

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries was established in 2013 by the Heights Libraries Board of Trustees to support the capital needs of the library system. It is a 501(c)3 organization that is entrusted to administration by the Cleveland Foundation. Learn more at

Matthew Ginn

Matthew Ginn is a photographer, writer and analyst who has lived in Cleveland Heights since 2013. He is a director on the board of the Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries.

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