Cleveland Heights University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 9-16-19

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019


  • Financial report
  • Northcliffe Road Little Free Library
  • Banned Books Week
  • U. S. Census


Present were President Chris Mentrek, Vice President James Roosa, Secretary Dana Fluellen, Suzanne Moskowitz, Vikas Turakhia, and Max Gerboc. Annette Iwamoto was absent.

Financial report

The libraries fiscal officer reviewed the September financial statement. Total cash balances across the Operating Accounts, Bauer Fund Accounts, and Investment Accounts at the end of July was $16,269,517.62. The board approved a resolution to accept the financial report.

Northcliffe Road adopts Little Free Library

Citizen Donna Johnson of Northcliffe Road contacted the library about obtaining a Little Free Library for her street and one was provided for installation. It was revealed at their Sept. 8 block party. There are a small number of Little Free Libraries available for the community from a partnership with City Year. Those interested should contact Director Nancy Levin.

Banned Books Week

Libraries are promoting Banned Books Week for September 22-28. The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) offers several resources and activities for libraries and readers that highlight the Banned Books Week 2019 theme “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On.” Heights libraries will participate with displays. Books are banned in America all the time. Just recently the target was the Harry Potter books.

U. S. Census

Libraries everywhere continue to work to promote the Census. On June 27, the Supreme Court ruled against the administration’s proposed addition of a question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census, removing a significant distraction from preparations for a complete count. On July 11, the White House announced it would abandon efforts to add the question. Heights Libraries, in conjunction with other libraries and city, county, and state governments, continue to plan activities to promote census reporting, especially in undercounted areas. Every branch will provide information and assistance for individuals who are being asked to fill out the census form solely through an online platform in 2020.

The next library board meeting is Monday, Oct. 21, at the Noble Neighborhood Branch Library, 2800 Noble Road.

LWV Observer: Khaliah Fisher-Grace.

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