Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 10-16-2017

OCTOBER 16, 2017

  • Financial report
  • Staffing
  • Flu shots for employees
  • Web and social media activity
  • One Community Reads
  • University Heights Library grand re-opening

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

Financial report 

The estimated 2018 Public Library Fund entitlement for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is $2,513,007.04, which reflects an increase of $7,444.77 from 2017. This amount reflects a decrease of $30,458.92 from 2015.

The fiscal officer reviewed and the board accepted the September financial statement. The total of cash balances across the operating, Bauer Fund, and investment accounts at the end of September was $14,052,141.05.


Laurie Marotta updated staffing changes, which includes filling five vacancies since the September board meeting. Four vacancies remain. University Heights library staff has returned to the renovated branch. Gloria Nobles, full-time circulation assistant, retired at the end of October. A resolution honoring her years of service was presented.

Flu shots for employees

The library will be providing flu shots to employees and their spouses on Oct. 19 at the Lee Road building. If the employee doesn’t have coverage for the vaccination, the library will cover the cost ($25 per shot).

Web and social media activity 

Sheryl Banks, communications manager, provided a quarterly update (July through September) of the libraries’ Web and social media statistics:

  • Unique website visitors are up by 3 percent from the last quarter.
  • Overall website visits are also up more than 3 percent (21,943) from last quarter’s average of 21,237.
  • Facebook fans rose by a little more than 3 percent, from 2,596 to 2,684.
  • Twitter followers were up by 1 percent, to 1,481; favorites and retweets continue.
  • Instagram followers were up by 12 percent, from 224 at the end of June to 255 at the end of September.

One Community Reads

Heights Libraries will participate in One Community Reads from Jan. 15 though March 15.This collaboration among the City Club of Cleveland, Playhouse Square, and nine public library systems will create a shared reading experience based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Heights Libraries will participate with a food drive, book discussions, a fair housing discussion, and the appearance of Desmond, by streaming, on March 15. Heights Libraries is also partnering with Heights Emergency Food Bank, Lake Erie Ink, Bellefaire JCB, Mac’s Backs and Heights Community Congress on these programs.

University Heights Library grand re-opening

A grand re-opening of the University Heights Library branch will be held and open to the community on Nov. 12. Whole Foods will sponsor food for the event.

LWV Observer: Khaliah Fisher-Grace.

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