Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 11-19-2018

NOVEMBER 19, 2018


  • Mental health first aid certification
  • Training librarians on deaf services
  • Young adults author visit
  • Financial report


Present were President Abby Botnick, Vice President Chris Mentrek, Dana Fluellen, Max Gerboc, James Roosa, Vikas Turakhia and Suzanne Moskowitz.

Mental Health First Aid certification

Twenty-five Heights Libraries employees attended Mental Health First Aid certification training provided by Recovery Resources on October 8 and 9, 2018. Just as CPR helps assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps assist someone experiencing a mental health- or substance use-related crisis. Topics included risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for helping someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. The Mental Health First Aid certification is good for three years.

Training librarians on deaf services

On Oct. 30, 2018, the deaf services coordinator at the Coventry Village branch library taught other librarians about how to make libraries deaf-friendly, including tips for collection development, resources, programming, and staff training. The session also included a basic lesson in American Sign Language that would be useful in library settings.

Young adults author visit

On Oct. 2, 2018 at Ensemble Theatre, Heights Libraries hosted Brenden Kiely and Jason Reynolds, co-authors of All American Boys. The authors touched on their experiences growing up in America, their friendship, how their lives differed due to race, current social justice issues, and the significance of books and literacy in the lives of young people. They spoke to a diverse audience of more than 60 tweens, teens, adults and seniors.

Financial report

The libraries fiscal officer reviewed the October financial statement. Total cash balance across all accounts at the end of October was $14,542,200.26. The board approved a resolution to accept the October financial and investment reports.

Next meeting will be at the Lee Road Library on Monday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

LWV Observer: Elizabeth M. Tracy.

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