Cleveland Heights - University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 8-6-2018

AUGUST 6, 2018


  • Financial report
  • New amended bylaws
  • Public service highlights
  • Library meeting rooms and free speech
  • Newly funded grants


Present were President Abby Botnick, Vice President Chris Mentrek, Secretary James Roosa, Dana Fluellen, and Vikas Turakhia. The meeting began at 7:30 p.m. and adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Financial report

The board approved a resolution to accept the financial report for the year to date, June 30, 2018. The report indicates a total cash balance of $13,299,815.12. In separate resolutions, the board approved a $103,000 increase to the 2018 permanent appropriation for the Washington Boulevard. property, legal services and contingency funds to be funded by the unappropriated balance, and an amendment to increase the amount available for staff wage equity and compression adjustments.

New amended bylaws

The Board of Trustees completed its annual review of the bylaws and approved them as amended for 2018. There are minor changes this year. The bylaws describe the roles of principal library staff, procedures for bidding, and use of funds, among other topics, and can be found on the Heights Libraries website

Public service highlights

The summer lunch program provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank had served 1000 meals by the end of July.

The summer reading program “Around the World in 30 days of Reading” shows 413 more sign ups as compared to last year at this time. Customers can submit an entry form for every book they’ve read this summer to be eligible for a chance to win weekly prizes, as well as one of five grand prizes.

The passport acceptance program has processed 30 applications and 34 photos in June.

Circulation staff is prepared to take voter registration forms all year round at Heights Libraries; new residents can update their address or register anew.

All current staff have completed LGBTQ diversity training presented by the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio.

Library meeting rooms and free speech

Under law, libraries cannot deny access to meeting rooms based on the viewpoints of speakers or the content of their speech.

Newly funded grants

Three new grants have been funded: American Library Association Great Stories grant to bring together underserved teens for book discussions, Ohio Grants Council Local History In My Day grant, and NEA Big Read program in 2019.

The upcoming meeting  will be Monday Sept. 17, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Coventry Road branch library.

LWV Observers: Elizabeth Tracy and Khaliah Fisher-Grace.

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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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