Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 7-17-2017

JULY 17, 2017

  • Staff changes
  • Summer reading program: Dream, Build, Share!
  • Friends activities
  • FFHL’s inaugural Honor Roll
  • Public Library Fund secure
  • June public service report highlights

Present were President Ron Holland, Vice President Abby Botnick, Secretary Chris Mentrek, Susan Beatty, Max Gerboc, Suzann Moskowitz and James Roosa.

Staff changes

Colin Marshall is moving from a part-time youth services associate position at University Heights Library to a full-time youth services position at the Lee Road Library. He has been involved with Homework Helpers, video game tournaments, and book discussion. He majored in history at the University of Akron.

Aaryn Bierly will move from a part-time youth services position at Coventry Village Library to a full-time youth services associate position at University Heights Library. She has been involved with the Story Stop program and other creative programs for the “tween” age group. She majored in English at Northwestern Univeristy, has a Master of Arts in English from the University of Rochester, and a Master of Education (secondary and special education) from Roberts Wesleyan College.

Sarah Rosenberger will become a full-time youth services librarian at the Lee Road Library. She has almost 10 years’ experience in teen services at the Akron Public Library. She has also provided reference service to both teens and adults and has implemented systemwide programs. She majored in psychology at Baldwin Wallace College, graduating summa cum laude, and has a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Kent State University.

Stephen Sanders will be a full-time adult services librarian at Noble Neighborhood Library. He was a library/media specialist with the Warrensville Heights City School District and served as a technology support person for the teaching staff there. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University and both a Master of Education and a MLIS from Kent State University.

Summer reading program: Dream, Build, Share!

Flower Clown kicked off the program by performing magic and creating balloon animals for 157 attendees. The preschool, school-age, and teen programs have a total of 982 children. There have been more signups for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Each child who finishes the preschool and school-age programs receives a prize book.

Friends activities

The July First Friday book sale raised $430. The August First Friday book sale will feature books for teachers. The group has received three applications for the scholarships it provides for MLIS degrees.

FFHL’s inaugural Honor Roll

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) seeks nominees for its inaugural Honor Roll, which will celebrate those who have made a sustained, outstanding contribution to the Cleveland Heights and University Heights communities by promoting literacy or by educating through literacy. Honorees will be feted at an event in November, and their names will be inscribed on a plaque placed in the Lee Road Library.

Public Library Fund secure

The Ohio Library Council (OLC) announced that when Gov. Kasich signed the 2018–19 budget bill, the Public Library Fund (PLF) remained at 1.68 percent of the state’s general revenue fund. On July 26, OLC will host a webinar detailing changes in the PLF and other policy changes in the budget bill that will affect libraries. General information about the budget bill will be included.

June public service report highlights

  • The bookmobile’s participation in the annual Touch A Truck Program at Purvis Park was coordinated by Youth Services Associate Hannah Van Jura. The event drew 213 people, with some becoming bookmobile regulars.
  • In June, 334 adults and 85 children signed up for new library cards.
  • The “Scan Your Family History” program will be scheduled twice a month on Fridays during the summer. Tech Trainer Ann MacNamara can help customers scan and save family photos and documents.
  • In partnership with Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, Youth Services Librarian Katherine Hodder and Youth Services Associate Elora Agsten continued the quarterly Family Promise outreach to families in transition.
  • For the summer reading program’s celebration event at Coventry Village Library, Cleveland Museum of Natural History staff brought an opossum, a skunk, a screech owl, a great horned owl, a red-tailed hawk, and a rat snake. These rescued Ohio natives were enjoyed by 75 enthusiastic people. Elora Agsten planned and supervised this event, called Wild Ohio.
  • To better serve working parents, Saturday Storytimes were launched in June. At present, there is an average of 12 participants each Saturday.


LWV Observer: Anne S. McFarland.

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