Library

Libray cuts budget by $2 million

At its May 18 meeting, the Heights Libraries Board of Trustees approved a cost-reduction plan designed to trim the library’s budget by $2 million in the second half of fiscal year 2020. The library’s 2020 budget is $11,585,412, and will hit the half-way point on June 1.

“The library is anticipating severe funding cuts in the near future,” said Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin. “Ohio’s Public Library Fund has been reduced by roughly 35 percent, and we are expecting property tax collection to fall sharply. The majority of our funding, over 80 percent, comes from these two sources.”

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 10:01 AM, 06.02.2020

Library launches '1619 Project' Web page

In May, Heights Libraries launched a new online resource featuring news, resources, and upcoming events related to the library’s ongoing 1619 Project discussion group. 

The group formed in September 2019 in response to high public interest in reading and discussing the "1619 Project" essays published by The New York Times Magazine, which reflect on the history of race and slavery, and its impact on American life over the last 400 years. 

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 9:57 AM, 06.02.2020

Library prepares for partial reopening

Heights Libraries is preparing its four branches for a partial reopening, scheduled for June 2 at the Lee Road branch, and June 9 for the Coventry Village, Noble Neighborhood, and University Heights branches.

On Monday, May 18, the Lee Road branch began to offer three services: curbside holds pick-ups, phone reference, and homebound delivery.

The curbside holds pick-up service is initially only for (1) customers who had holds ready at the time of the library’s closure on March 13, and (2) customers who wish to order by phone and pick up items currently available in the Lee Road building.

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 9:30 AM, 05.26.2020

Library expands digital resources

With the closing of libraries, schools, shops, and more, Heights residents are now relying on resources they can access from their homes for education and entertainment. While the Heights Libraries system is temporarily closed, it has greatly expanded access to many of its online services. 

“Most of our digital collection is available to anyone with a Heights Libraries card in good standing,” said Communications Manager Sheryl Banks. “But this leaves out anyone whose card is blocked, or who didn't get a chance sign up before we closed our buildings.” 

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 11:42 AM, 04.30.2020

Library collecting virus-related stories and photos

Like most businesses and organizations in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights community, Heights Libraries had to close its buildings and figure out how to continue to serve its customers in the drastically different landscape of a pandemic. Online resources are its best option, and Heights Libraries has worked to increase its online presence through eblasts and online programs such as storytime videos and live yoga classes posted to social media.

Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director, also recognized that part of a public library’s mission is to offer a place in which communities can tell their stories and feel heard, especially during times of turmoil. That’s why the library has launched a new project, Coping at Home, and is hoping community members will share their experiences by submitting them on Heights Libraries’ website.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 11:48 AM, 04.30.2020

Heights Libraries closes all branches during COVID-19 outbreak

Heights Libraries wants the community to know that the health and safety of customers and staff is its top priority. It therefore decided to close all of its buildings as of Friday, March 13, at 5:30 p.m. 

"This was not an easy decision, and not one that library leadership made lightly," said Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin. "We decided to close our buildings at the recommendation of the Ohio Department of Health. Research indicates that early social distancing can help slow the spread of the disease."

To help customers understand the closing and its repercussions, it put the following FAQ list on its website and Facebook page, and also sent it to customers in an eblast:

Are all four Heights Libraries buildings closed? Yes. The Coventry Village, Lee Road, Noble Neighborhood, and University Heights branches are closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Volume 13, Issue 4, Posted 11:04 AM, 03.17.2020

Heights Libraries’ spring series embraces the arts

This spring, Heights Libraries invites people of all ages to engage with the arts through its new program series, "Create and Connect: Heights Has HeART." Inspired by art and artists in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights community, the library will host a wide range of programs where participants can come together to experience visual art, drama, film, literature, music and dance.

“Our community is very arts-oriented. We have our own art galleries, arts organizations and theater companies, and we're located close to some of the greatest cultural institutions in the country, like Cain Park, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Art and MOCA,” said Maggie Kinney, special projects manager.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 9:43 AM, 02.28.2020

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m.

An Evening with Lisa Koops. Join Koops in a discussion of her book Parenting Musically, which portrays the musicking of eight diverse local families and how they use music in their everyday lives.  A book signing will follow the talk.

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Volume 13, Issue 3, Posted 9:44 AM, 02.28.2020

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.

Step Out of Time: Yoga for Neck & Shoulders with Laura Santoro. Learn simple yoga moves to relieve pain and stress in your neck and shoulders. This class is appropriate for all abilities and can be done from a chair.

Lee Road Library
2345 Lee Road, 216-932-3600

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m.

Sherlock Holmes Meets the Bully of Baker Street. Join the world's greatest detective as he uses his remarkable observation and deduction skills to confront his most sensational mystery. Who is the Bully of Baker Street? An intrepid band of actors from Great Lakes Theater will use humor, logic and song to perform this original tale. For children in grades one through six.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 5:07 PM, 01.31.2020

Library wants to ensure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census

Along with voting, being counted in the U.S. Census is one of the most patriotic activities an individual can perform.

Beginning in mid-March, every home in the United States will receive a postcard in the mail that serves as an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Residents can respond for their household in one of three ways: online, by phone or by mail.

To ensure the community is ready to participate, Heights Libraries will be encouraging community members to learn about the 2020 Census with informational programs and fliers; comprehensive answers to common questions about the census process, including issues of security and privacy; and a special Web page of census-related resources.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 5:07 PM, 01.31.2020

Library presents Black History Month cooking series for teens

There’s a good reason that most ethnic and cultural festivals include cuisine. Food and cooking are inextricably woven into cultural identity, and food is a language that can be readily, and universally, understood.

“To sample the food of a particular culture is to immediately experience that culture,” said Shamekia Chandler, Heights Libraries youth services associate. “That’s why I decided to focus on food to celebrate Black History Month this year.”

Chandler will be facilitating the Black History Month Cooking Series for kids ages 10 to 18, on Tuesdays in February at 3:30 p.m. at Heights Libraries' Lee Road branch. Each week, a different local chef will demonstrate how to make simple meals that are rich in flavor and history. “This series will not only teach kids culinary skills, but will give them a cohesive understanding of the African Diaspora and its place in our country’s history, through food,” Chandler said.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 11:41 AM, 01.28.2020

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 12-16-2019

DECEMBER 16, 2019

 

  • Financial report
  • Strategic plan FY 2020-2022
  • Consultation services
  • The 1619 project
  • Circulation milestone
  • New electronic newsletter

 

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

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 3:47 PM, 01.31.2020

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Thursday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m.

Step Out of Time: Metta Meditation With Erica Steinweg. Metta meditation is a wonderful (and practical) way to acknowledge one's fears and meet them with kindness. The presentation includes gentle yoga to help open the body and heart-center, as well as a guided practice.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 10:52 AM, 01.03.2020

Library board welcomes new members

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library is pleased to announce the appointment of its newest board members, Patti Carlyle and Gabe Crenshaw, whose terms begin in January 2020.

Carlyle will serve a full seven-year term, replacing Chris Mentrek, whose term ends December 2019. Crenshaw will serve a two-year term, replacing outgoing board member Suzann Moskovitz, who is leaving after serving five years.

Carlyle, a University Heights resident for 14 years, is the director of content marketing at Brand Muscle, a Cleveland-based Internet marketing company. She also serves on the Fair Housing Board of University Heights, and has volunteered for a variety of CH-UH nonprofits over the years, including Canterbury Elementary School PTA, the Heights Music Hop, Lake Erie Ink, and FutureHeights, where she also served on the board.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 10:10 AM, 01.03.2020

Library launches new resource for child caregivers

This winter, Heights Libraries will launch Heights Little Learners, a new e-newsletter called to provide early literacy resources for caregivers of children up to 6 years old.

“The library’s marketing team noticed that the audience engagement with our more generalized e-newsletter, What’s Going on @ Heights Libraries, was shrinking, while our targeted newsletters—covering topics like technology and reader’s advisory—were growing,” said Sheryl Banks, communications manager. “We want our patrons to feel excited about what we have to offer, so we decided it was time for a redesign.”

In October, the library sent out a survey to its e-newsletter subscribers to gauge which topics they want to learn more about. The survey results revealed an interest in receiving more information about resources the library can provide for young children.

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Volume 13, Issue 1, Posted 10:31 AM, 12.17.2019

Heights Libraries cooking up 'Culinary Comforts' this season

“Cast off the winter doldrums and dig into our savory menu of programs this quarter,” invites Heights Libraries’ winter program guide, Check Us Out, introducing this season’s Culinary Comforts theme.

From December through February, the library will offer a feast of culinary-themed literature, film and tasting experiences for all ages as a way to celebrate the multifaceted role that food plays in our lives.

“Our adult programming team was throwing around ideas for the library’s upcoming quarterly themes, and food and food-related topics seem to be perennially popular,” said L.P. Coladangelo, adult services associate. “We agreed that winter is a great time to highlight the fact that, in the darkest time of year, we often come together as families and communities to connect through shared meals.”

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 12:04 PM, 12.03.2019

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.

Exploring the Heart of Dying Through Courageous Conversation. This program, the first in a series, will consider "Ritual, Ceremony and Sacred Intention: The Balm in Compassionate End of Life Care." Journey deep within, opening to one another while exploring ritual, ceremony and ancient practices in preparation for conscious dying.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 11:59 AM, 12.03.2019

Library waterproofing will require tree removal

Built in 1926, Heights Libraries Coventry Village Branch is the first and oldest Heights Libraries building. Committed to maintaining and improving the building, Heights Libraries, over the past three years, has invested in both the exterior and interior, undertaking an extensive tuck-pointing project, and a redesign and expansion of the children’s area.

The latest improvement project for the building will be a full waterproofing of the foundation on all sides. In order to complete this project, two large oak trees and a number of smaller trees will have to be removed.

“It is very hard to part with these beautiful oaks,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 12:03 PM, 11.19.2019

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 10-21-2019

OCTOBER 21, 2019

 

  • SPARK (Supporting Partnership to Assure Ready Kids)
  • Incident reports
  • Financial report
  • Policy amendments
  • Library cleaning services
  • Coventry waterproofing project
  • Racial equity training
  • The 1619 Project
  • Greater Cleveland Food Bank mobile pantry
  • Ohio Library Council Convention
  • Strategic plan community survey
  • Youth Services new programs
  • Circulation report

 

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

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 11:25 AM, 11.18.2019

Popular '1619 Project' discussion prompts further conversations

On Sept. 30, Heights Libraries hosted a “1619 Project” discussion group. It was so popular that the library system is planning additional discussions, in November and January.

The 1619 Project is an initiative by The New York Times that re-examines the history, and lasting influence, of American slavery on our society. The New York Times published a special edition of its Sunday magazine devoted to essays that re-frame economics, medical care, popular culture, and the legacy of racism. The essays served as a launching point for the discussion.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 2:21 PM, 11.01.2019

Library display gives kids a voice

Talia Linina, a youth services associate at Heights Libraries, wants to know what kids are thinking, and she has a fun, creative way of finding out.

Every Monday, she creates a display by the Lee Road branch children’s reference desk called Question of the Week. She sets out a sign with a question, slips of paper for writing down the answers, colorful pens, and something she calls “the rainbow box of mystery,” a multi-colored box with a hole in the top where kids submit their answers.

“I wanted to create an interactive display that would get kids to practice reading and writing,” said Linina. “And I also wanted to get to know the kids that come to our library and see what was on their minds.”

Linina plans questions months ahead of time and alternates simpler questions, like "What's your favorite color?" with ones that require a little more thinking, such as "How do you show your family members that you love them?" Then, at the end of the week, she collects the answers and displays as many as she can fit on the Question of the Week board. “The wider variety of questions I ask, the more kids I can engage,” she said. “And the kids like seeing if their answer from the previous week made it on the board.”

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 2:25 PM, 11.01.2019

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

Step Out of Time: Develop Your Spiritual Intuition. Spiritual intuitive Kathy Pickett will help participants identify their sensitivity to spiritual experiences, discover their intuitive abilities, and inspire a belief in one's own spiritual power.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 10:16 AM, 11.03.2019

Ghanaian artist finds success in library gallery

From Sept. 3 through Sept. 13, Ghanaian artist Nana Kwesi Agyare Ansah shook up the art scene with his Cleveland Heights debut at Heights Libraries’ Lee Road art gallery, selling 10 of his vibrant acrylic paintings, ranging from the figurative to the abstract, along with three handmade African masks.

Ansah’s display was just one of dozens of exhibits the library’s gallery has hosted over the past six years. Being an accessible community gathering place, it is an ideal public venue for displaying art, and artists of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to exhibit their work.

Stopping in Cleveland for part of his United States tour, Ansah discovered Heights Libraries’ Lee Road branch and happened upon the library gallery, which is located on the first floor of the library's HKIC building.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 2:29 PM, 11.01.2019

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Monday, Oct. 21, 5 p.m.

Escape the Room: The Haunted Mansion. Can you solve the puzzles and escape the haunted mansion before time is up? Test your skills as you work with a team to try to beat the clock. Registration required.

Lee Road Library
2345 Lee Road, 216-932-3600

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m.

Indigenous Peoples Read-In. Celebrate the voices of indigenous peoples. You're encouraged to bring a short selection from a Native American or other indigenous writer to share, or simply be part of the audience. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Heights Libraries. Registration recommended for those who want to read at the event.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 12:00 PM, 10.14.2019

Library embraces fandom with fall programs

This fall, Heights Libraries will host a series of programs that celebrate the books, movies and cultural phenomena that have drawn people in and inspired followers to transcend the original piece and make it their own.

“Few among us are new to the experience of seeing a favorite TV show get cancelled, or reading an enthralling series to its finale and longing to stay in touch with that world,” said Greg Osborn, adult services librarian. “Whether it’s sports, music, art, film, or a thrilling read, die-hard fans have expanded on the stories they love through the development of discussion groups, fan fiction and even cosplay.”

While fan culture might seem a product of the Internet age, wherein online forums teem with theories dissecting every plot twist, fandom dates back to the turn of the century, with Arthur Conan Doyle’s creation of his iconic character Sherlock Holmes. Early fans of the deductive detective were not satisfied just reading the books; they took matters into their own hands, immersing themselves in his world by designing their own mysteries in homage to Holmes himself. And with that, the fan was born.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 12:27 PM, 10.01.2019

Library reaches out to non-users for Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, a campaign established in 1987 by the American Library Association and the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. The campaign was designed to encourage parents and their children to sign up for library cards at the start of the school year.

In keeping with this original mission, Heights Libraries will be reaching out to kids this month, sending library card sign-up flyers home with school-aged children, and offering prizes to kids who check out a book with their new cards. The cover of the library’s fall program guide, Check Us Out, also encourages kids to get cards, proclaiming that “a library card is the most important school supply of all.”

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 2:13 PM, 09.02.2019

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m.

Cedar-Coventry Author Series: Mary Doria Russell. Best-selling author Mary Doria Russell reads from her newest book, The Women of Copper Country, a historical novel about America's Joan of Arc—Annie Clements—the courageous woman who started a rebellion by leading a strike against the largest copper-mining company in the world.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 10:24 AM, 09.03.2019

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 8-5-2019

AUGUST 5, 2019

 

  • Library board bylaws
  • Materials evaluation and selection policy
  • Washington Boulevard compressor replacement
  • Coventry waterproofing project
  • Community survey on library website
  • Book Bike
  • Voter registration

 

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

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 9:23 AM, 08.27.2019

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 7-15-2019

JULY 15, 2019

 

  • Financial report 
  • Service and Administrative Policies
  • Lee Road chiller rental
  • Parking lot improvements
  • Summer reading 
  • Sports equipment for Coventry PEACE Park
  • New monthly podcast
  • Summer lunch program

 

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

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 1:38 PM, 08.02.2019

Library launches new learning resources for kids

On Aug. 19, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District students will begin a new school year. With this year’s summer reading program winding down, Heights Libraries is gearing up its programs and services to support children and families with what can be a challenging back-to-school transition.

The first few weeks of school can be difficult for kids as they adjust to new classmates, teachers and expectations in the classroom.

“One challenge that schools face is seeing children return from summer break with weaker academic skills,” said Sam Lapides, Heights Libraries youth services manager. This widely documented phenomenon is called “summer learning loss” or “summer slide.”

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 1:08 PM, 08.01.2019

Library staffers are matchmakers

Is there anything more satisfying than finding a book, movie, or piece of music that speaks to the soul? One you find yourself begging your friends and family to read, watch, or listen to? The Heights Libraries Matchmakers love that feeling, too, and they want to help library customers experience it as often as possible.

Matchmakers is a group of library staffers whose mission is to help customers find materials that reflect their interests, passions and needs, that they just can’t seem to locate on their own.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 1:13 PM, 08.01.2019

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 4:30 p.m.

Garden Pizza Party. The party will start off with a tour of the library's garden, identifying herbs and vegetables that we can eat. We'll make pizza sauce and pesto, then add cheese and other vegetables (hopefully some from the garden!)

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 1:24 PM, 08.01.2019

Fifth annual Pekar Comic Book day is July 20

On July 20, the Pekar Park Comic Book Fest will return to Coventry Village for its fifth year. Since 2015, this free festival has honored the legacy of late Cleveland Heights resident and graphic novelist Harvey Pekar by offering a wide range of arts- and comics-themed activities for visitors of all ages.

“Harvey continues to be the most renowned comic writer from the area. He was a regular patron of Heights Libraries’ Lee Road branch, and wrote notable, relatable and internationally recognized comics,” said Kate Atherton, Heights Libraries’ adult services associate, ‘zine collection curator and lartist. “He set the standard that other Cleveland writers and artists could also be recognized, and that their stories could be shared through this unique format.”

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:58 AM, 06.28.2019

Library rolls out new book bike

Heights Libraries unveiled its new book bike at the University Heights Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 31, as part of the library’s parade display highlighting summer reading.

 A gift from the Friends of Heights Libraries, the book bike is a sturdy touring-style bike that pulls a custom-made trailer that can hold and display roughly 200 books. 

“It’s a small library on wheels,” said Community Engagement Associate Isabelle Rew, who manages the bike and is its primary rider. “The only difference is that customers don’t have to return these books—they get to keep them.”

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:11 AM, 06.28.2019

Library foundation seeks literacy award nominations

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) is currently seeking nominations for its 2019 FFHL Honor Roll. Winners will be chosen by the FFHL board and will be celebrated at the Honor Roll Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Acacia Clubhouse at Acacia Reservation, 26899 Cedar Road, in Lyndhurst.

The honor is a “lifetime achievement” award, recognizing those who have made a sustained, outstanding contribution to the Cleveland Heights/University Heights community by promoting literacy, or by educating through literacy.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:05 AM, 06.28.2019

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Saturday, July 20, 12 p.m.

Pekar Comic Book Fest. This free festival honors the late graphic novel writer and Cleveland Heights resident Harvey Pekar with a wide array of activities for children and adults. The festival will spotlight local, independent comic book and graphic novel writers.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:17 AM, 06.28.2019

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 5-20-2019

MAY 20, 2019

 

  • Coventry Peace Campus presentation
  • Financial report
  • Budget submission
  • Lee Road basement repairs
  • A 2019-2020 medical benefits
  • Coventry basement waterproofing
  • Advanced ASL classes
  • Coding for Kids program
  • Circulation report

 

Present were President Chris Mentrek, Vice President James Roosa, Secretary Dana Fluellen, Max Gerboc and Vikas Turakhia.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 10:41 AM, 06.21.2019

Heights Libraries goes green with yellow receipts

Customers at Heights Libraries may notice that the check-out receipts, computer passes, and hold-item covers look a little sunnier lately.

“It’s the vitamin C,” said Circulation Manager Ty Emerson, pointing out the lemon-yellow tone of the paper.

Vitamin C is a key component of the new BPA- and BPS-free thermal paper that the library started using in March as part of its ongoing efforts to make healthier and more environmentally-friendly decisions part of its every-day operations. Receipts and other paper items created with thermal printers don’t require ink or toner and instead rely on heat and chemicals on the paper to create an image. The new paper at Heights Libraries uses vitamin C as a developer to create the letters on the paper instead of phenol-based chemicals like BPA and BPS that have been linked to health problems, including cancer.

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 9:53 AM, 06.03.2019

Coventry library becomes a mobile pantry site

On May 20, Heights Libraries’ Coventry Village branch became one of the newest sites for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry program. 

According to the Food Bank, a mobile pantry is defined as a truck full of food that is brought to a central location where clients can pick items up, just like they would from a regular pantry, with a focus on healthy, fresh produce: “Mobile pantries distribute the healthiest and most nutritious food at the Food Bank. A truck will usually contain 90 percent produce (fruits and vegetables), including apples, cabbage, greens, sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, oranges, melons and more. The remaining 10 percent usually consists of bread, yogurt or another donated item.”

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Volume 12, Issue 6, Posted 12:40 PM, 05.28.2019

Read your way through 'the great outdoors' this summer

Summer is just around the corner, and what goes hand-in-hand with picnics, beaches and parks? A good book, or—for many of Heights Libraries’ summer reading program participants—lots of them.

“With this theme we wanted to design a fun reading program that also encourages participants to get out and explore—whether it’s a local park or just their own backyard and neighborhood,” said Sam Lapides, youth services manager.

Children and teens will be invited to read books, update reading logs, and complete activities to earn raffle tickets to enter to win a wide array of prizes. Thirty days of reading are needed to officially complete the program, but participants are encouraged to fill out additional reading logs after they’ve completed the first.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 12:54 PM, 05.01.2019

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 3-18-2019

MARCH 18, 2019

 

  • Purchase of computers
  • Financial report
  • Suicide prevention training
  • CIFF partnership
  • Lee Road space utilization study
  • Mobile pantry at Coventry
  • Report on elimination of overdue fines
  • UH Branch Library Sunday events
  • Youth services

 

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

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 11:32 AM, 04.15.2019

Library hosts districtwide student art show

For the fourth consecutive year, Heights Libraries is partnering with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District’s Visual Arts Department to host the Creative Heights District-Wide Art Show at the library’s Lee Road branch. The show will run April 15 to May 15, with an opening reception and awards ceremony on Monday, April 29, 6–8 p.m.

The exhibition will feature hundreds of pieces of art created by students in kindergarten through grade 12, working in diverse media, including pencil and chalk drawings, photography, sculpture, pottery, painting, papier-mâché, printmaking, and metals (jewelry).

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 12:52 PM, 04.01.2019

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library

1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m.

Cedar-Coventry Author Series: Wild Ohio. Deborah Fleming's new book, The Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio's Natural Landscape, explores Ohio's unique and beautiful environment. Fleming has lived in rural Ohio and cared for its land for decades. She blends her own experience with scientific and literary research.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 12:40 PM, 04.01.2019

Library grant will fund staff and community mental health training

This spring, Heights Libraries will offer two new behavioral health programs at its Lee Road branch: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Gatekeeper QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training for suicide prevention. Thanks to a $6,500 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, awarded by the State Library of Ohio in January, these programs will be open to the public, free of charge.

“We are excited to be able to open training sessions to the public and long-standing community partners, such as city departments and public schools,” said Maggie Kinney, special projects librarian at Heights Libraries. “With this ‘it takes a village’ approach, the library will be able to support community members with mental health issues outside of our four walls and positively impact the community as a whole.”

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 12:38 PM, 04.01.2019

Coventry P.E.A.C.E. tenants work toward ownership and independence

March 29, 2019, marks the one-year anniversary of Heights Libraries’ acquisition of the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus (CPC) property from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District for the cost of $1.

The sale came after months of debate over the fate of the property, beginning in May 2017, when the school district announced its plans to sell the campus to the city of Cleveland Heights for redevelopment. At the time, the building, the former Coventry Elementary School, housed several civic and arts-related nonprofits.

Heights Libraries stepped in to preserve the green space, playground, and parking lot, and to provide a supportive bridge for the tenants that will eventually lead to their ownership and independent operation of the building, slated for July 2020.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:00 AM, 03.26.2019

Fine elimination at Heights Libraries is paying off

On Jan. 2, 2018, Heights Libraries joined a growing number of public libraries that have eliminated overdue fines for most late materials.

Despite the fact that the benefits have been supported by research, the elimination of fines still strikes many as an almost sacrilegious act. Libraries and fines, in some people’s minds, go together like peanut butter and jelly.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.02.2019

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library

1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Monday, March 18, 7 p.m.

ASL professor Clara Jean Mosly Hall presents her new book, Paris in America. The hearing daughter of a deaf Nanticoke Indian, Hall describes the intersections of her various identities in her new book, Paris in America: A Deaf Nanticoke Shoemaker and His Daughter. Her memoir is a celebration of her family, faith, journey and heritage. A question and answer period will follow the talk.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:51 AM, 03.02.2019

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 1-22-2019

JANUARY 22, 2019

 

  • New trustee and board officers
  • Annual security update
  • Financial report
  • LSTA funding for Mental Health First Aid
  • Coretta Scott King Anniversary

 

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

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 10:32 AM, 02.21.2019

Library to offer culinary programs for teens

This spring, Heights Libraries will launch a new program series for teens about cooking and healthy eating. Teen Cooking 101, a four-part, monthly series, will take place March through June during after-school hours and will cover topics such as food safety and nutrition, and teach skills such as measuring and knife handling.

While these won’t be the first cooking-related programs at the library, they will be the first to focus on culinary education.

“We have offered food and cooking-centered programs for teens in the past, including the Teen Chopped Challenge, the Teen Ramen Bar and the Soups of the World series, all of which have been very popular,” said Youth Services Librarian Sarah Rosenberger, who developed the series. “While these programs have been fun and have introduced teens to new foods and culinary cultures, we feel that there is an opportunity to impart even more knowledge in these areas with a more long-term, in-depth culinary literacy program.”

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 11:32 AM, 02.01.2019

Library promotes wellness through programs and materials

Many people struggle to keep New Year’s resolutions of maintaining a healthy routine. For those looking for ways to stick to new goals, increase wellness literacy, or simply try something new, Heights Libraries offers programs and resources.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 4:31 PM, 02.01.2019

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Exploring the Heart of Dying Through Courageous Conversation. Join Atmarshardan Saraswati and Adaire Petrichor for a three-month exploration of Eastern philosophies in contemplative end-of-life practices.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 11:36 AM, 02.01.2019

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 12-17-2018

DECEMBER 17, 2018

 

  • Annual performance reviews
  • 2019 board meeting calendar
  • Website and e-newsletters - quarterly report
  • Culinary literacy
  • Small Business Saturday
  • Financial report

 

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

 

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:54 AM, 01.08.2019

Library board welcomes Iwamoto, honors Botnick

At its Dec. 17 meeting, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board announced the appointment of its newest board member, Annette M. Iwamoto. Her seven-year term begins in January.

At the same meeting, the board honored outgoing Board President Abby Botnick, whose seven-year term ends on Dec. 31.

Chris Mentrek, who joined the board in 2013 and most recently served as vice president and chair of the operations committee, succeeds Botnick as president. 

“I’ve used the library since I first moved here,” said Iwamoto, “and I’ll bring to my board service the perspective of a customer who has used the library’s services during different stages of her life, including as a young adult with few resources and as a parent with a young child. I have a strong commitment to supporting and serving my community, and I’m looking forward to putting that commitment to use on behalf of the library.”

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 12:29 PM, 01.03.2019