FFHL names Jarvey and McLaughlin to honor roll
The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) will name John Jarvey and Marilyn McLaughlin as the initial members of the FFHL Honor Roll at an awards banquet on Nov. 5 at John Carroll University.
The honor is a “lifetime achievement” award, recognizing those who have made a sustained, outstanding contribution to the Cleveland Heights and University Heights community by promoting literacy or by educating through literacy.
The first designees of an honor roll patterned after the Heights Libraries’ mission of “Opening Doors, Opening Minds,” Jarvey will be honored as a “door opener,” and McLaughlin will be inaugurated as a “mind opener.”
Jarvey, a retired teacher, has been opening doors to literacy for more than 25 years as a volunteer with Friends of the Heights Libraries. For the past seven years, he has managed the group’s book sorting room in preparation for its monthly book sales. Four to five days a week, he can be found in the basement of the Lee Road Library, opening boxes and categorizing the contents.
McLaughlin opened minds as she taught English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for more than 40 years in the Heights, mostly through the CH-UH Adult Basic Literacy Education program. She provided thousands of immigrants and foreign visitors with excellent English and literacy instruction, as well as an introduction to life in the Heights and Cuyahoga County.
McLaughlin and Jarvey will be officially added into the FFHL Honor Roll at a dinner banquet on Nov. 5, to be held in the Dolan Center at John Carroll University. For tickets and more information, visit www.heightslibraries.org/ffhl.
Matthew Ginn is a photographer, writer, analyst, and more, who has lived in Cleveland Heights since 2013. He is a director on the board of the Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries.