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Library joins the ‘maker movement’ with new teen program

Every Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., a small corner in the back of the teen room at the Lee Road Library is transformed into a workshop. Tables and supplies are brought out of storage, and teens crowd around to see what tools and craft supplies may spark a creative idea. Needle and thread? Hammers, nails and wood? Yarn, beads, or electric circuits?

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library has joined the growing “maker movement” with its Maker Thursdays program for teens at the Lee Road Library.

A March 2014 Adweek article summed up the maker movement as: “The umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. . . . A convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans, the niche is established enough to have its own magazine, Make, as well as hands-on Maker Faires that are catnip for DIYers who used to toil in solitude.”

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 2:00 PM, 08.31.2015

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland turns 150

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland—a milestone of longevity that few books reach. A novel about a girl who fell through a rabbit hole to encounter nonsensical talking animals somehow became a classic. Alice has inspired countless adaptations in the form of other books, artwork, live theater, ballet and film. One explanation for its popularity is that the literary nonsense genre is fun for young readers, and also allows for infinite interpretations for adults. It’s a fantasy book for children, a clever satire of Victorian England, and, perhaps, something else altogether.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library is celebrating the book’s anniversary with Alice-themed programs for all ages during its fall season.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 1:57 PM, 08.31.2015

What’s going on at your library?

Heights Libraries’ summer reading programs have wrapped up, but the fun continues into fall with new programs.

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

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 7 p.m.

Cedar-Coventry Author Series: James Robenalt. Attorney and historian Robenalt reads from January 1973: Watergate, Roe v. Wade, Vietnam, and the Month that Changed America Forever. His account of that tumultuous year is based partly on newly released Nixon tapes.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 1:53 PM, 08.31.2015

Library and HRRC offer programs for 'heroic' homeowners

With roughly half of its housing built before 1939, Cleveland Heights is a city with an older-than-average housing stock. These old homes are a great source of pride for many homeowners and residents, with 11 neighborhoods and 10 residential buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Keeping these homes in good shape does require effort, though, and some residents aren’t sure how to go about maintaining these older homes.

That’s why the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) decided to team up with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System on a series of home repair classes: Heroic Homeowning. The series will provide basic information to get homeowners started, and cover budgeting, working with contractors, and simple repairs that most owners can do themselves.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:15 AM, 07.31.2015

Library to host Digital Bookmobile Aug. 8

On Saturday, Aug. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Lee Road Library will host the Digital Bookmobile, a full-sized, 18-wheel tractor trailer that is a high-tech update on the traditional bookmobile. The vehicle is equipped with Internet-connected PCs, high-definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which will help visitors explore the library’s digital service. Interactive learning stations will give visitors an opportunity to search the library’s digital media collection; use supported mobile devices; and sample eBooks, audiobooks, and videos.

“The Digital Bookmobile’s visit gives us a fun way to promote our extensive digital collection,” said Jackie Mayse, technology trainer at the Lee Road Library.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.31.2015

What’s going on at your library?

In August, Heights Libraries looks outside, with programs that explore seed saving, home repair, geocaching and permaculture.

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

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2 p.m.

Hands-on Seed Saving. Saving seeds is beneficial for your wallet as well as your harvests. Staff and community members will work together to harvest seeds from Coventry's Collaborative Garden, to save them for next year's crop.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 10:04 AM, 07.31.2015

Campfire Storytelling Series lets teens share their experiences

Traditions are often passed down in the form of stories and myths. Framing experiences in a storytelling narrative makes them more accessible to others and easier to remember. While the concept is as old as humanity, live storytelling is having a resurgence. For example, The Moth: True Stories Told Live is a New York-based nonprofit dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth’s podcast has become one of the top ten most popular on iTunes.

Another example is the once-a-month storytelling event called “Keep Talking” at The Happy Dog in Cleveland. Hosted by two stand-up comedians who choose a broad theme, it invites participants to come prepared to stand and tell their stories. The only rule is that the story has to be true.

This is where Monica Wilson, Heights Libraries youth services associate, got the idea to start Campfire Storytelling Series, a storytelling program for teens.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 9:13 AM, 07.01.2015

Heights Libraries names new finance manager

Heights Libraries has named Deborah Herrmann as the system’s new finance manager. Herrmann will begin her new job on July 1, and succeeds Jana Nassif, who left the position in April.

Prior to joining Heights Libraries, Herrmann, who lives in University Heights, served as treasurer of Strongsville City Schools. Before that, she worked as treasurer for Cuyahoga Heights School District, Kirtland Local School District and Richmond Heights School District. She also served as Geauga County’s chief deputy auditor and was a tax administrator in the Medina County Auditor's Office.

“Deborah brings with her a wealth of government experience, in public school districts, and city and county governments,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 9:11 AM, 07.01.2015

What’s going on at your library?

Explore your inner hero with these library programs focused on fictional and real-life heroes.

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

Thursday, July 9, 2:30 p.m.

Music Heroes. It takes guts and grit to follow one's dreams and that is just what these Music Heroes are doing. Join us for an afternoon performance from Cleveland Institute of Music students.

 
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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 9:09 AM, 07.01.2015

Disciples Christian Church is now the site of a Little Free Library

Disciples Christian Church is pleased to be a steward of a new Little Free Library. Located on the church’s property at 3663 Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights, this Little Free Library is accessible along the church’s driveway off of Yellowstone Road. 

The church is in the process of stocking the library with a variety of good quality books that hopefully will interest people in the neighborhood. People can stop by and take whichever book catches their fancy. They may keep the book or return it and, perhaps, donate another book to the library. Little Free Library books are always a gift and never for sale.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 8:40 AM, 05.29.2015

Summer reading explores heroes and legends

Children are often asked to think about who their hero is—someone who inspires them to learn more, work harder or be a better person. Adults? Not so much. Maybe adults are busy trying to be someone’s hero, but it’s useful at all ages to have someone to inspire us.

This summer, people of all ages are invited to think about what it means to be a hero through the Heroes and Legends summer reading programs at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library. The programs will explore heroes through films, books, games, discussions, explorations, roaming the wonders of history, admiring the beauties of art, sparking the imagination, and going on quests big and small, across the globe and right here at home.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 6:29 PM, 05.28.2015

What's going on at your library?

With summer reading programs offered at all four Heights Libraries branches—and with programs for all ages—there’s no excuse for being bored this summer. Here are some June program highlights:

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

Thursday, June 25, 6 p.m.

Game Night for Grown-ups. Unleash your inner game master and test your wits against your friends' in a night of adventure and mystery. Play old favorites like Settlers of Catan, try something new, or bring your own favorite board games and expansions. A featured game will be Betrayal at House on the Hill.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 6:27 PM, 05.28.2015

Heights Libraries works to combat summer learning loss

Heights Libraries is teaming up with six other Cuyahoga County public library systems this summer to help local children and teens avoid summer learning loss, and to collect useful data about the most effective ways to do so.

Called “Make Your Summer Count,” this summer learning and research initiative is a first-time cooperative effort among Cleveland Public Library, Heights Libraries, Cuyahoga County Public Library, East Cleveland Public Library, Euclid Public Library, Shaker Heights Public Library and Westlake Public Library.

“We all have the same goal—helping our kids keep their academic skills sharp over the summer, especially reading skills,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “Academic research shows time and again that kids who participate in some kind of educational activity over the summer do much better academically when school starts up again in the fall. The kids who don’t have a much harder time getting back up to speed—that’s summer learning loss.”

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:36 AM, 04.30.2015

Library programs tell a larger story

Heights Libraries adult services staff L.P. Coladangelo and Carole Wallencheck spend a lot of time together: at adjoining desks, working reference, planning programs, and, most recently, at the Ohio Library Council’s (OLC) Northeast Chapter Conference. Together they put on a presentation about how they create compelling library programs by using a narrative structure.

“Humans are hardwired to remember stories much better than raw information, so when we plan programs we aren’t just picking a subject; we try to tell a larger story in our programming,” said Wallencheck.

The library’s programming schedule runs on a quarterly basis, and, each season, staff plan programs around a particular theme. This spring’s focus was “Springtime in Paris,” and this past winter was “Tales and Chronicles of the Civil War.”

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:32 AM, 04.30.2015

What's going on at your library?

This May, Heights Libraries invites you to help plant Noble Neighborhood Library plant its garden, and eat ice cream at University Heights Library.

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

Thursday, May 14, 7 p.m.

Step Out of Time: Therapeutic Touchpoint Massage, Part 2. John Everard of JohnE's Massage Works continues to enlighten us on the practices and benefits of trigger point massage. All are invited to attend; no registration is required.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 11:29 AM, 04.30.2015

Lee Road Library programs present perspectives on Middle East peace

Israelis celebrate Independence Day on April 23, this year. Palestinians mark the same event as the Nakba, meaning “catastrophe” in Arabic, on May 15. Recent and upcoming programs presented by Cleveland Peace Action’s Education Fund, at the Lee Road Library, give some insight into the history and current perspectives on the region.

On March 7, two Palestinian Americans presented their family stories at the time of the Nakba, when more than 700,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes or killed.

The changing map of Israel/Palestine, illustrates the progressive loss of Palestinian land since 1948 due to wars and occupation over the last 67 years. The presenters at the March event connected the Palestinian experience to other tragedies: the Holocaust, the Native American’s Trail of Tears; Jim Crow laws and recent racially charged events in the United States.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 1:39 PM, 04.20.2015

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 3-16-2015

MARCH 16, 2015

  • Library levy aids revenue
  • Traffic-calming construction on Lee Road
  • Friends Mega Sale coming April 30
  • Opening celebration for the Shire at Coventry
  • Staff changes
  • Balanced Scorecard Measures of Success
  • Book-a-Room software
  • Local history task force formed
  • February Public Service Report

Secretary Ron Holland and Board Member Abby Botnick were absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 7:03 PM, 04.15.2015

Lee Road Art Gallery fills its schedule

Located in the west building of the Lee Road Library, the Lee Road Art Gallery is identifiable by its glass walls, track lighting and smooth cement floors. But that’s not what customers notice when they walk in; they notice the art. The gallery has featured a new artist or group showevery month for the past year and a half, and already has exhibitions planned through November of this year.

Kate Atherton’s hand-drawn and digitally colored portraits showed whimsical vignettes of recognizable historical, literary and artistic figures. Reaching Heights had its first Exceptional Arts Exhibition here, featuring student artists with disabilities and learning differences. Kelly Tooman shared her photographic journey through France in a show called From Normandy to Paris.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:48 AM, 03.31.2015

What's going on at your library?

In April—National Poetry Month—the library continues its Springtime in Paris series, with programs that include an evening of poetry from the “City of Love.”

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

Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m.

Step Out of Time: Labyrinth Walking. Lucky Caswell-Harris leads participants through the meditative experience of walking the labyrinth. Come prepared to find a new path to mindfulness.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:20 AM, 03.31.2015

Coventry Village Library to unveil new children’s area

The Coventry Village Library will unveil its redesigned children’s area, called the Shire, at a grand opening on Saturday, April 18, 1–5 p.m. The free, all-ages event will feature refreshments, storytelling by children’s authors Mary Lee Corlett and Tricia Springstubb, and a chance for kids to try out new early literacy activities and toys in the newly renovated space.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 12:18 PM, 03.30.2015

Heights Libraries will restore hours to all branches in mid-May

Thanks to the passage of its operating levy in November 2014, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library now has funding to reinstate Sunday hours at the Coventry Village and Noble Neighborhood libraries, and Friday hours at the Coventry Village Library.

Beginning Friday, May 15, the Coventry branch will reopen on Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., reinstating the Friday hours that were cut in January 2014. Beginning on Sunday, May 17, all branches will be open 1–5 p.m., reinstating the hours that were eliminated in 2009, when Ohio’s Public Library Fund was drastically cut by the state government.

“We are as delighted about this as we hope our customers are, because we know that, for many in our community, Sunday is a perfect library day,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 4:58 PM, 02.22.2015

Refugees find welcome at Noble library

On a cold, snowy evening in February, the Noble Neighborhood Library’s teen room was filled with Bhutanese refugees eager to learn conversational English. Kathleen Scully, an English Language Learner (ELL) instructor with the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District and a volunteer with the Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland, led the informal workshop. Asmita Samal, a student at Heights High and a member of the Bhutanese community, served as an unofficial interpreter for Scully.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 3:01 PM, 02.26.2015

New programs bring education philosophy to the library

Are you a Heights parent with a budding engineer or mathematician in the family? If so, the library has programs that may pique your child's interest. Saturday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m. is STEAM Saturday at the Noble Neighborhood Library, and Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. is Kid Engineering at the University Heights Library.

STEAM Saturday is based on the new philosophy in many schools of focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The theory is based on the idea that encouraging American students to focus on these core areas will foster innovation and make them more competitive and successful as adults, which will in turn continue to keep America competitive on a global scale.

STEAM was originally STEM (with no A for art), but art and design were added with the idea that they can help support engagement and creativity, and enhance a student's understanding.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 10:41 AM, 02.27.2015

Friends of Heights Libraries invites scholarship applications

Between March 1 and April 1, Friends of the Heights Libraries will accept library education scholarship applications from residents of Cleveland Heights and University Heights, as well as non-resident employees of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.

The $750 scholarship is designed to encourage careers in librarianship by providing financial assistance toward the pursuit of a graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited library school.

Anyone living in Cleveland Heights or University Heights for at least one year prior to application, or anyone who has been an employee of the CH-UH Public Library for at least one year prior to application, is eligible to apply.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 10:40 AM, 02.27.2015

What's going on at your library?

In March, the library kicks off its Springtime in Paris series, with programs exploring Parisian history, arts and culture. Visit www.heightslibrary.org to see the full list of programs, and to register for select events.

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

Monday, March 16, 4 p.m.

Kids Upcycle. Keep our landfills a little lighter by repurposing materials that might otherwise be thrown away. This week, participants will learn how to make T-shirt bracelets. Registration is not required for this event, and all children, parents and caretakers are welcome.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 10:43 AM, 02.27.2015

With unemployment down, library's job search classes remain popular

According to a December press release from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio's unemployment rate was 5 percent in November 2014, down from 7.4 percent in November 2013. That’s good news, but many people in Cleveland Heights and University Heights are still looking for jobs. Some are unemployed, some are looking for something better than their current situation, and others are looking for a change. 

“I tell people that the hardest job they’ll ever have is looking for a job,” said Joseph Kaiser, the CH-UH Public Library’s technology training supervisor. Kaiser and his staff teach classes that help customers find jobs: how to effectively search for jobs online, how to write a powerful résumé and cover letter, and how to prepare for that job interview, once you get it. Each class also offers some one-on-one coaching by staff after the class has ended, time permitting.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 6:48 PM, 01.29.2015

What's going on at your library?

Heights Libraries has something for everyone in February: Celebrate Black History Month at Noble Neighborhood Library, turn your attention inward at Coventry Village Library, learn about cancer prevention at University Heights Library, and immerse yourself in Civil War history at Lee Road Library. For a complete list of programs, and to register, visit www.heightslibrary.org.

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

Thursday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Step Out of Time: Meditation. Use breath and mantra techniques for a series of three meditation sessions.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 6:46 PM, 01.29.2015

Library talk honors women spies of the Civil War

Harriet Tubman is well-known as the former slave who led more than 300 people to freedom as a conductor in the Underground Railroad. She was also a spy for the Union Army.

While she was volunteering as a cook and nurse, Tubman was recruited to help establish a network of spies in South Carolina. She and many other women used their feminine status to perform feats of espionage during the Civil War.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library has been exploring the Civil War era in a series of programs, Tales and Chronicles of the Civil War, developed in conjunction with Dobama Theatre's holiday season production of A Civil War Christmas.

At 7 p.m. on Feb. 23, the Lee Road Library will welcome Vernice Jackson for a program titled Women In History: Civil War Spy Mary Elizabeth Bowser.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 6:44 PM, 01.29.2015

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 12-15-2014

DECEMBER 15, 2014

  • Sunday hours begin in Spring 2015
  • Brian Hare to head Ravenna’s Reed Memorial Library
  • Balanced Scorecard report
  • E-newsletters available for patrons
  • Friends’ activities
  • Jim Posch finishes seven-year board term
  • Library’s centennial in 2016
  • November Public Service highlights

Rob Fischer, vice president, was absent. Two new board members, Susan Beatty of Cleveland Heights and Christopher Mentrek of University Heights, attended and will begin their terms in January.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 6:21 PM, 01.15.2015

Heights Libraries welcomes two new board members

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library announces the appointment of two new board members. Susan Beatty of Cleveland Heights will serve a seven-year term on the board, and Christopher Mentrek of University Heights will serve a five-year term.

A lifelong Clevelander, Beatty moved to Cleveland Heights with her husband 15 years ago. She worked for more than 30 years in education as a teacher, principal and curriculum director in the Mayfield City School District. One of her duties as curriculum director was K–12 literacy, which required her to think critically about the roles of both literature and informational text in learning. This experience and other administrative responsibilities, including working closely with the school board, provided her with insight that she hopes to bring to the library board position.

“I value the contribution the library makes to our community as a center for learning and enrichment,” Beatty said. “The libraries are places where people come together, and where they can access all kinds of media for information and entertainment. It's a place to grow, intellectually and socially.” She hopes to facilitate the continual transformation of the libraries, and help balance traditions and changes to meet the needs of the community.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 12:54 PM, 12.23.2014

Posch steps down after seven years of library service

James J. Posch II will step down as the president of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library on Dec. 31, ending seven years of service to the library that included two successful levies, the creation of a comprehensive technology plan, and a structure for long-term planning.

“Jim has been the driving force behind the many innovations and modernizations of our fiscal and technological operations,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “He helped the library create a comprehensive map of all technology based operations, tied them to the staff responsible, the public they serve, and the means for improvement. All of this was incorporated into a long-term financial planning that makes budgeting for innovation much easier.”

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 12:35 PM, 12.04.2014

Library offers real-world experience to students and volunteers

Libraries serve many purposes, and one mission is to make people more knowledgeable. Using books, Internet resources and databases, one can learn about the world in just about any capacity, whether it is watching Korean music videos or digging into local history. The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library takes that mission to another level as a place for library science students, young interns, and volunteers to gain job experience and learn new skills on the job.

Shannon Titas is a graduate student at Kent State University working on her Masters of Library and Information Science degree, the professional degree required to become a librarian. As part of her degree, she is doing her practicum at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library. A practicum is an internship or course of study designed to give a student supervised practical experience working in his or her specific field of study.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:51 PM, 12.01.2014

Peter and Peter meet again after 46 years

Two old friends were recently reunited in the children’s section of the Lee Road Library: Peter Benkendorf of Dayton, Ohio, and the children’s department mascot, Peter Potamus. When Benkendorf was back in his hometown of Cleveland Heights this October, he stopped by the library to see his old friend.

“In the summer after first grade, my family went on vacation to Lake Huron in Michigan,” said Benkendorf. “A man we met there called me ‘Peter Potamus’ for some reason, and later that autumn, my sister suggested I enter that name in the hippo-naming contest at the library.”

In 1968, the library commissioned the sculpture of a hippopotamus by sculptor William McVey. Friends of the Heights Libraries paid $1,200 for the sculpture and held a competition to name it.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:47 PM, 12.01.2014

What's going on at your library?

Winter may not yet have officially arrived, but winter programs are underway at Heights Libraries. Highlights are listed below; visit www.heightslibrary.org for a full listing of programs.

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

Thursday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

Local Author Event: Communicating with Animals. Three local authors discuss their animal-related works. Dr. Carol Osborne (Naturally Healthy Cats and Naturally Healthy Dogs) helps people communicate more effectively with their pets; Harriet Tramer's fictional Racing to Heaven follows a girl and her encounters with horses; and Jennifer Priester (author of the Mortal Realm Witch series) has written several books about animals.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:45 PM, 12.01.2014

Dec. 4 author event explores human bonds with animals

The three authors who will be featured at Coventry Village Library’s Communicating with Animals event on Thursday Dec. 4, 7 p.m., each have distinct writing styles, but their works all have one thing in common: they focus on relationships between animals and humans.

Jennifer Priester, author of several books, is also the owner of the publishing company A&M Moonlight Creations, and is an artist and book layout designer.

All of Priester’s books feature animals. In her Mortal Realm Witch series, the animals—known as familiars—talk, and are the teachers and best friends of witches and warlocks.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 5:43 PM, 12.01.2014

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 10-20-14

OCTOBER 20, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Library audit wins praise
  • New photocopier contract
  • Coventry Village Library lighting plan
  • Staff development day awards
  • New circulation services manager
  • Retirement resolutions
  • Friends of Heights Library events
  • Foundation for the Heights Library
  • September public service report highlights

Board Member Abby Botnick was absent.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 12:53 PM, 11.11.2014

Heights Libraries tax levy passes

Heights voters passed a library tax levy on Nov. 4, with 68 percent (11,293) voting in favor, and 32 percent (5,302) opposed, according to unofficial results reported Nov. 5 by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

The levy is for an additional 2.2 mills (22 cents for each $100 of property valuation), and will cost homeowners $77 per year for each $100,000 of home valuation. The library’s last levy passed in 2008.

In a press release, Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director, stated, “We are so very grateful to our citizens for voting to support us. Passage of this levy ensures the long-term financial security of our neighborhood branches, and ensures that Heights Libraries can continue its level of superior service to all of our citizens.”

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 11:36 AM, 11.05.2014

What's going on at your library?

November is National Novel Writing Month—aka "NaNoWriMo”—an annual event that unites professional and amateur writers. Heights Libraries is participating in NaNoWriMo by providing related, inspiring programs at all library branches this month, including Tuesday evening Write-Ins at the Noble Neighborhood Library, at 7 p.m. Find a complete list of programs at www.heightslibrary.org.

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

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.

Cedar-Coventry Author Series: Murder on Mayfield. Can't get enough local crime history? Allan R. May's new true-crime book, The Sly-Fanner Murders: The Birth of the Mayfield Road Mob, recounts the notorious Jan. 1, 1920, murder of two local businessmen by members of the Cleveland Mafia, and the long labors of law enforcement to bring the criminals to justice. May is an authority on the history of organized crime in the United States. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 11:00 AM, 11.03.2014

Friends of Heights Libraries invites scholarship applications

Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 1, Friends of the Heights Libraries will accept library education scholarship applications from residents of Cleveland Heights and University Heights, as well as non-resident employees of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.

The $750 scholarship is designed to encourage careers in librarianship by providing financial assistance toward the pursuit of a graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited library school.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 10:43 AM, 10.31.2014

Library board member invites applicants to fill vacant seats

Rick Ortmeyer joined the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees in 2012. Ortmeyer is an architect, which doesn’t necessarily mean that he is a library expert, but he has actually been building libraries for more than 20 years.

“It’s been a great privilege to work with libraries and I’ve been able to really learn what libraries do for their communities,” said Ortmeyer. “In order to make a building that is best suited for its purpose, I need to know what happens in that building.”

The board is officially responsible for guiding library functions, and a big part of that is ensuring fiscal responsibility. “We talk a lot about how services are funded, where services are funded, including how long libraries are open, which days they’re open, and where we choose to spend our money in terms of collections,” he added.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 5:29 PM, 10.30.2014

Library offers arts program for special needs children

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library is starting a new arts and crafts program at the Lee Road Library specially designed to accommodate children with special needs and their caregivers.

“We’ve noticed that we don’t see these children very often at the library,” said Kornela Bogdanowicz, the Heights Libraries youth services librarian who developed the programs. “This could be due to the fact that until now we haven’t had programs for them, or it could be because they see the library as a place where you have to be quiet at all times and they don't think they would fit in. We want to show that there's a place for them here, regardless of their needs and abilities.”

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 10:20 AM, 09.30.2014

Library commits to early literacy with grant for Coventry

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System has received a $4,000 grant from the Hershey Foundation to be used for the creation of an early literacy playroom at its Coventry Village Library. The development of the space, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014, will mark the first time the Coventry branch has had an enclosed, designated space for small children.

 “Coventry has a long tradition of excellent and well-attended story times, but families often don’t stay as long as they could because the children’s area has always been in the middle of the adult quiet reading area,” said Pat Gray, Coventry library manager. “With a new, enclosed space for young children, families can relax, read a story and talk while their children engage in enriching play with puppets and other literacy-based toys.”

The literacy playroom will add to the library’s roughly $150,000-worth of improvements at the branch this year, which include new carpeting for the entire building, roof repair, remodeling of the new children’s room and new indoor and outdoor lighting.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 10:18 AM, 09.30.2014

What's going on at your library?

Heights Libraries is a proud supporter of Octavofest, the annual Northeast Ohio-based celebration of book-related arts. This month, the library offers hands-on classes, lectures, tours and more, to extol the glory of the written and spoken word in its many manifestations. Find more at www.heightslibrary.org.

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

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m.

Cedar-Coventry Author Series: Emerging Notable Author Kevin Keating. Kevin Keating's debut novel, The Natural Order of Things, and the stories contained within have received much critical praise.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 10:15 AM, 09.30.2014

Library aims to get the community 'On the Same Page'

This fall, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, along with Heights Community Congress (HCC), the CH-UH City School District, Reaching Heights, Mac’s Backs and Lake Erie Ink, will present “On the Same Page,” a communitywide initiative centered on Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, winner of the 2007 National Book Award.

“The idea is to engage the community around one book and to facilitate conversation about it through programs, book clubs, museum visits, and other community events,” said Sam Lapides, special projects coordinator for the library.

The event will kick off with a free screening of Alexie’s “Smoke Signals” at the Cedar Lee Theatre on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., supported by HCC. This independent film, like Alexie’s book, is about young life on a contemporary American Indian reservation.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 10:05 AM, 08.29.2014

What's going on at your library?

Kids are going back to school, but what about the rest of us? This fall, Heights Libraries offers programs to help keep minds sharp and neighbors connected.

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

Monday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m.

Home Grown Food: Seed Saving. Mari Keating of Food Not Lawns, Cleveland will lead a workshop on harvesting seeds from crops grown at home. Learn how to turn your garden into its own renewable resource. Registration began Aug. 31.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 10:08 AM, 08.29.2014

Library increases access to free computer classes with Mobile Classroom

This fall, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library’s Training Department will take its Lee Road Library computer classes on the road with a new Mobile Classroom. The Mobile Classroom is exactly what it sounds like—a computer classroom on wheels that will allow Heights Libraries to expand computer class instruction to all of its branches and into the Cleveland Heights–University Heights community as well. 

The classroom comprises 10 student laptops, 10 student iPads, mice, a projector, and a portable projection screen that are transported using rolling cases specifically designed for the equipment. It can be set up quickly with the use of tables and chairs provided by the teaching site.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 10:03 AM, 08.29.2014

Umrigar book release party benefits Heights Libraries

On Sunday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m., critically acclaimed local author Thrity Umrigar will celebrate the release of her latest novel, The Story Hour, with a benefit for the Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) at The Wine Spot. 

“In addition to providing the world with another wonderful novel, Thrity has made sure the local community will benefit from this book,” said Sue Pardee, FFHL president. “She offered to work with Suzanne DeGaetano, owner of Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry, and the Heights Libraries to donate proceeds from a book release party to the fund.” Mac’s Backs is sponsoring the event.

Pat Gray, manager of the Coventry branch of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, arranged to have the party benefit FFHL, a year-old endowment that benefits the independent local library system. “Thrity and Suzanne came to me and said they wanted to help the library,” Gray said. “It doesn’t get much better than that.”

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 1:20 PM, 08.28.2014

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board special meeting highlights 6-23-2014

SPECIAL MEETING - JUNE 23, 2014

Board Member Jeffrey Eummer was present by phone.

Levy to be on November ballot

Director Nancy Levin's presentation highlighted features of the library, including its governance by a seven-member board of trustees appointed by the school board. She addressed the issue of library consolidation by pointing out that the library’s response is to be a longtime member of CLEVNET, a system linking 44 libraries in 12 counties. Levin also summarized the library’s strengths:

  • The library was rated a Library Journal Index Five Star Library, the highest rating, for five out of six years, the top three percent of libraries nationwide.
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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 5:47 PM, 07.31.2014