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Sherlock Holmes inspires play and exhibit

This December, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System and Dobama Theatre have joined forces to honor Sherlock Holmes, the legendary detective first penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887.

Through Dec. 30, Dobama will host the regional premiere of “Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars,” a show that focuses on “a gang of street kids” employed by Holmes to scout out missions and help solve cases. When Holmes mysteriously disappears and a young girl’s grandmother is abducted, the Irregulars work to track down the detective and settle an urgent mystery from their past. 

“We’re thrilled for the debut of this show,” said Nathan Motta, director of “The Baker Street Irregulars” and artistic director at Dobama. “It has classic elements from older Sherlock Holmes tales, but will still appeal to folks who are less familiar with the series. It also uses lights, projections and motorized elements in a unique and exciting way.”

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 11:34 AM, 12.01.2017

FFHL inducts two to honor roll

One has reached thousands of students in the classroom. The other has handled thousands of books in the library basement. Both were inducted into the newly created Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) Honor Roll on Nov. 5 at John Carroll University.

Marilyn McLaughlin was inducted as a “mind opener” for her long service teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in the Heights, and John Jarvey’s countless hours of volunteering and leadership with the Friends of Heights Libraries earned him recognition as a “door opener.”

FFHL created the honor roll to recognize those who have made sustained, outstanding contributions to the community by enabling access to literacy or by educating through literacy. About 50 people braved the stormy weather to attend the inaugural FFHL banquet, which featured entertainment by violinist Ariel Clayton Karas.

Rob Fischer, FFHL president, welcomed those in attendance, and Louisa Oliver, a volunteer and former president of the Friends of Heights Libraries, introduced Jarvey.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 11:16 AM, 12.04.2017

Heights Libraries and Noble barbers seek to boost literacy rates in young readers

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System regularly engages in community outreach. Storytimes at preschools and daycares, delivery of materials to home-bound customers, book discussions and computer classes at senior living communities and the Cleveland Heights Community Center, and free book distribution at community events utilizing the Book Bike are just a few examples of Heights Libraries outreach activities.

Monica Wilson, youth services associate at the Noble Neighborhood branch, has found yet another way to reach customers outside of the library building, and encourage teens and kids to read: bringing library books for young readers to local barbershops.

“Every six weeks, I bring a variety of books to two of the barbershops on Noble Road for customers to read while they get their hair cut, or wait for a cut,” said Wilson.

 

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.28.2017

Library establishes teen council

New this fall to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is the establishment of a Teen Library Council. The council is open to all teens and seeks to increase teen participation at Heights Libraries, strengthen teen library programming and give teens an opportunity to positively impact the community.  

The council first met on Sept. 6 and meets the first and third Wednesday of every month, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the Lee Road Library’s Levey Room. Council meetings are open to all teens, and participation can count toward volunteer requirements students may need to graduate.  

The council hit the ground running in its first three meetings. Though primarily focused on coordinating hurricane relief efforts, it also planned a number of teen library programs and is organizing a food and clothing drive for local homeless shelters. It has also worked to establish a Black fiction section in the Teen Room of the Lee Road Library.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.02.2017

FutureHeights grant benefits refugee-outreach efforts

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System has received a FutureHeights Neighborhood Mini-Grant in the amount of $875 to help pay for its Driver’s Education Scholarships for Refugees program at its Noble Neighborhood branch.

Cleveland Heights’ Noble neighborhood is home to roughly 300 legally resettled refugees, the majority of whom are Nepali speakers from Nepal and Bhutan. The library already offers support services to the community through a variety of programs such as English classes, citizenship classes, and the drop-in Welcome Hub, which offers refugees and immigrants an informal space where they can find resources and fellowship.

“Since I started working with the refugee community here at Heights Libraries, I’ve heard from the community’s representatives that a lack of access to transportation holds the group back in many ways,” said Stephen Sanders, adult services librarian.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 9:48 AM, 11.02.2017

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 9-18-2017

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

  • Financial report
  • Strategic plan update
  • Expenditure transfer
  • Library Card Sign Up Month and amnesty
  • Materials and selection policy
  • Friends report
  • Farewell to the bookmobile

Present were President Ron Holland, Vice President Abby Botnick, Secretary Chris Mentrek, Suzann Moskowitz, Susan Beatty, Jim Roosa and Max Gerboc.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 12:56 PM, 11.16.2017

Library hosts free event with comedian and actor CJ Jones

As part of its commitment to bringing diverse programs to all community members, Heights Libraries is pleased to announce a one-night-only performance by internationally acclaimed deaf comedian and actor CJ Jones on Monday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. Jones' most recent acting role was as Joseph in the Edgar Wright film “Baby Driver.” 

Jones will bring his one-man comedy show to the Cleveland Heights Civic Conference Center, at 3130 Mayfield Road, in a special free appearance sponsored by Heights Libraries.

Registration is required for this event. To register, visit www.heightslibrary.org or call 216-932-3600.

For more than 35 years, Jones has been a role model for the deaf community, spreading the message to students and adults alike that being deaf doesn’t make you odd—it makes you unique. His artistry has influenced other deaf actors, comedians and hosts.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 12:37 PM, 10.01.2017

FFHL names Jarvey and McLaughlin to honor roll

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) will name John Jarvey and Marilyn McLaughlin as the initial members of the FFHL Honor Roll at an awards banquet on Nov. 5 at John Carroll University.

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

The first designees of an honor roll patterned after the Heights Libraries’ mission of “Opening Doors, Opening Minds,” Jarvey will be honored as a “door opener,” and McLaughlin will be inaugurated as a “mind opener.”

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 12:40 PM, 10.01.2017

Bookmobile's last ride was Aug. 31

For nearly a year, University Heights residents visited “Nellie,” a 1995 Freightliner Chassis turned bookmobile, to check out books and other library materials.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System purchased Nellie—named for popular former Heights Librarian Nell Lynch—in June 2016, to provide University Heights residents access to library materials while the University Heights branch underwent extensive renovations.

With the University Heights branch scheduled to re-open in late October, Nellie made her last stop on Aug. 31.

Nellie’s bookshelves held a modest but varied selection of books, DVDs and audiobooks for children, teens and adults, and also offered work stations and a portable hotspot, enabling residents to check out and return library materials.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 10:38 AM, 09.19.2017

Lee Road Library improves parking lot safety

In August, the Lee Road branch of Heights Libraries, in partnership with the City of Cleveland Heights, took steps to improve parking lot safety for customers by installing new signage and creating a drop-off zone on Dellwood Avenue.

“We’ve had some challenges with customers parking in the fire lane,” said Security Manager Kevin Echols. “Aside from the worst possible scenario, where an emergency vehicle could be blocked, cars parked in the fire lane cause a ripple effect of problems, like preventing parked cars from backing out, forcing cars to drive around them, and creating congestion and frustration that can lead to accidents.”

To address the concerns, Echols spoke to Kara Hamley O’Donnell of the city’s Planning and Development Department and Sgt. Robert Butler of the Cleveland Heights Police Department, suggesting that a portion of nearby Dellwood Avenue could be used as a drop zone for drivers dropping off able-bodied library customers.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 11:03 AM, 09.12.2017

Teen Tech interns learn while helping others

This summer, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System provided paid, six-week technology internships to two local teens as part of its Teen Tech Ambassador Program. Now in its second year, the internship provides two qualified students the opportunity to learn a variety of real-life job skills through hands-on experiential activities in the library’s Continuing Education Department, and provides each a $1,000 stipend.

“The application and interview process is competitive, and the students we chose, Morgan and Michael, demonstrated a genuine aptitude for technology and real enthusiasm for helping people, which is what working in this department is all about,” said Continuing Education Manager Heather Howiler.

Morgan Lewis is a senior at Heights High, and serves as vice president for Students against Destructive Decisions and the school’s Gay Straight Alliance, and is also secretary for Heights Vocal Music Department. She is an honor roll (2015–17) and merit roll (2014–15) student.

Michael Garrett Jr. graduated from Heights High in May and is now pursuing an associate’s degree in audio engineering at Tri-C.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 4:57 PM, 09.03.2017

What’s going on at your library?

Noble Neighborhood Library
2800 Noble Road, 216-291-5665

Thursday, Sept. 14, 7–8:30 p.m.
"John Lewis: Get In the Way." This documentary film follows the journey of John Lewis—civil rights hero, congressman, and human rights champion. A discussion will follow the screening.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:33 PM, 09.03.2017

Kids' fines forgiven during library card sign-up month

For the second consecutive year, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is teaming up with eight other library systems to help ensure that every child under 18 years old in Cuyahoga County has a library card—and can use it.

The initiative, A Card for Every Kid Library Challenge, will take place during National Library Card Sign-up Month (Sept. 1–30, 2017). The challenge is a cooperative effort to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership, and to understand the factors that keep some children and teens from owning a library card.

This September, every library in Cuyahoga County will actively work to encourage all students to sign up for free library cards, so they can gain access to the abundance of books and learning resources available in the county’s libraries.

 

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 11:01 AM, 08.22.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 7-17-2017

JULY 17, 2017

  • Staff changes
  • Summer reading program: Dream, Build, Share!
  • Friends activities
  • FFHL’s inaugural Honor Roll
  • Public Library Fund secure
  • June public service report highlights

Present were President Ron Holland, Vice President Abby Botnick, Secretary Chris Mentrek, Susan Beatty, Max Gerboc, Suzann Moskowitz and James Roosa.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 5:43 PM, 09.03.2017

UH Library renovation is on track

The renovation of the University Heights Library is on schedule, and tentative plans to open the building to the public sometime in mid to late October are in the works, with a grand-reopening celebration scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 12.

The major work on the exterior of the building took place throughout June and July. Roofing work is complete, mechanical air handling units have been installed on the roof, and the glass walls on the Cedar Road elevation and south elevation are complete, as are the wood-look metal siding on the building’s outer “hoops,” and the metal corrugated siding on the north elevation and northwest projecting stairwell.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 1:00 PM, 08.01.2017

Name change reflects department's expanded mission

When Heather Howiler decided to change the name of her Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System department from “training” to “continuing education,” she felt the change was overdue.

The department has been expanding steadily over the past few years. In addition to its long-standing computer and software classes, it offers new classes that teach website creation using online tools such as WordPress, and coding basics for all ages.

A mobile computer lab visits the Cleveland Heights Community Center and local retirement communities, offering classes to seniors in social media, computer basics, and more sophisticated topics such as photo editing.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 12:44 PM, 08.01.2017

What's going on at your library?

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

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 3 p.m.
Fairtytale STEM. 
This STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program is for ages 3–6. Join us for a lively afternoon storytime of fairy tales and adventure, followed by a simple science-themed activity that relates to the story.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 12:48 PM, 08.01.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 6-19-2017

JUNE 19, 2017

  • Wendy Gernsheimer retires
  • University Heights Branch adds new staff
  • Public forums on topical issues
  • Signage for University Heights Library
  • Book Bike and children’s books
  • Friends receives large cookbook collection.
  • FFHL to feature Thrity Umrigar
  • Cuyahoga County community read
  • May public service report highlights

Present were Board President Ron Holland, Secretary Chris Mentrek, James Roosa, Suzann Moskowitz and Max Gerboc. Vice President Abby Botnick and Susan Beatty were absent.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 2:08 PM, 07.25.2017

Library offers music production training to teens

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is currently taking applications for its new teen Music Maker Space program at the Lee Road Library. The eight-week music production program, scheduled for fall 2017, has room for three paid teen interns and 12 teen program participants. The interns will help mentor the other teens in the use of music production software and equipment, as they learn sound- and music-related skills, including recording, mixing, editing and producing. 

Applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 18, live in Cleveland Heights or University Heights, and be able to commit four hours a week to the program. The interns will be paid $500 each. Applications for both the internships and the regular program are due Aug. 31 and can be found on the library’s website or picked up in the Lee Road Library’s Teen Room.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 12:32 PM, 06.26.2017

Library fund seeks nominations for inaugural honor roll

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries (FFHL) has created a new award to recognize those who have made a sustained, outstanding contribution to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights community by promoting literacy or by educating through literacy.

FFHL is currently seeking nominations from the public for the FFHL Honor Roll, which is framed around the Heights Library’s mission, “Opening Doors, Opening Minds.”

A nominee could be someone who established a literacy program, teaches adults to read, or helped at a school library or the public library.

“There are so many people who have given so much of their time and resources to help Heights Libraries fulfill our mission,” said Nancy Levin, director of Heights Libraries and a member of the FFHL Board of Directors. “We created the honor roll to recognize their contributions and express our gratitude.”

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 4:47 PM, 06.30.2017

What’s going on at your library?

Noble Neighborhood Library
2800 Noble Road, 216-291-5665

Wednesday, July 12, noon to 1 p.m.

Cool Knights: Armor from the Middle Ages. Educators from the Cleveland Museum of Art will bring real pieces of armor used by medieval knights and Renaissance noblemen. Children in kindergarten through grade five are invited to learn, touch, and maybe try on the armor of "cool" knights. Registration began June 28.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 4:51 PM, 06.30.2017

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 5-15-2017

MAY 15, 2017

  • Public comments
  • Hotspot lending services
  • Updated service and administration policy
  • April financial report
  • Director and fiscal officer salaries

Present were President Ron Holland, Vice President Abby Botnick, Secretary Chris Mentrek, Suzann Moskowitz, Susan Beatty and Jim Roosa. Max Gerboc was absent.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 2:02 PM, 07.25.2017

Lee Road Library launches ESL conversation club

John Piche, outreach librarian at the Lee Road Library, launched the ESL (English as a Second Language) Conversation Club in June. This drop-in program is designed to offer informal conversation practice to anyone looking to brush up on English listening and speaking skills. It takes place at the Lee Road Library on the third Wednesday of each month, at 7 p.m.

Heights Libraries strives to create spaces and programs where all community members feel welcome and included. The ESL Conversation Club grew out of a desire for a place where community members could meet in a safe location to enjoy casual conversation and learn about other cultures in a supportive environment.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 4:50 PM, 06.30.2017

Library starts lending Internet access

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is now offering customers access to mobile Internet hotspots. A hotspot is a small, portable device that connects up to ten wireless-enabled devices, such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet, to the Internet. The devices can be checked out with a library card and work in any area covered by the Sprint 3G or 4G LTE network.

“These devices essentially allow people to check out the Internet,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “Let’s say you’re going camping and want to bring your laptop—a hotspot device will allow you to upload photos to Facebook or Instagram, surf the Web, and watch movies. Or maybe you can’t afford Internet access at home and really need it for something, like a job interview via Skype—you can borrow a hotspot for free and get that.”

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 7:29 PM, 06.02.2017

Library tailors free coding classes to teens and kids

For many, summer is filled with swimming, reading and farmers markets. At the Lee Road Library, summer means opportunities for people of all ages to code with the new Summer of Code program.

Alyse Giannotti and Ann MacNamara, technology trainers at the Lee Road Library, have collaborated to bring Summer of Code to the community. The pair have been working together for the past year teaching Coding Basics, a four-part quarterly series, to adults.

During that time, they noticed an increasing number of teens and children were taking the adult Coding Basics classes, and realized they needed to reach a new audience..

“There has definitely been a growing need and interest from teens and young kids,” said Giannotti. “Our Coding Basics series always has a wait list. We once had an 8-year old come in with her grandmother and attend the course.”

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 7:34 PM, 06.02.2017

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library

1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Wednesday, June 14, 3–4 p.m.

Fairytale STEM. Join us for a lively afternoon storytime of fairy tales and adventure, followed by a simple science-themed activity that relates to the story. (For ages 3–6.)

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 7:25 PM, 06.02.2017

Library announces summer reading programs for all ages

According to the National Summer Learning Association, all school-age children and teens experience learning loss when they fail to engage in educational activities during the summer.

With that in mind, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System has created a summer reading program designed to lessen learning loss and get kids—and adults—excited about reading. This summer, the program’s theme is “Dream, Build, Share,” and it focuses on construction and community building.

The summer reading program is free and will run all summer, from June 1 to Aug. 10.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:58 AM, 05.03.2017

What’s going on at your library?

Noble Neighborhood Library
2800 Noble Road, 216-291-5665

Wednesdays, May 3–31, 4–5 p.m.

May Momentum. Spend a little time thinking about your short- and long-term future before the school year ends. Take a personality test for some thoughtful guidance, and learn some tips for finding a summer job in the neighborhood.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:57 AM, 05.03.2017

Cleveland Heights - University Heights Library Board meeting highlights

There is no League of Women Voters library board report this month.

Unfortunately, the League of Women Voters observer for the meetings of the Cleveland Heights - University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees was unable to attend the March meeting, and no substitute LWV observers were available.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 11:00 AM, 05.03.2017

Library receives financial reporting award

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System has once again received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals.

Heights Libraries earned the award for its 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment.

“The award is great news for us and for the taxpayers in our community,” said Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin. “They can rest assured we have been spending their money wisely, and will continue to do so.”

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 10:55 AM, 05.03.2017

Heights Libraries and HCC present April 28 fair housing program

On April 11, 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Popularly known as the Fair Housing Act, it prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin, and gender.

On April 28, at 7 p.m., Heights Libraries is partnering with Heights Community Congress (HCC) to celebrate fair housing month with program that will examine the current state of fair housing. The program will take place at the Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Road.

The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged (call 216-321-6775).

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 5:51 PM, 03.30.2017

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 2-20-2017

FEBRUARY 20, 2017

  • Fiscal officer’s report
  • Personnel report
  • Mobile hot spots and safe place designation
  • Youth services outreach

Present were President Ron Holland, Vice President Abby Botnick, Secretary Chris Mentrek and board member Suzann Moskowitz. Susan Beatty, Max Gerboc and Jim Roosa were absent.

The meeting was held from 6:30 to 7:20 p.m.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 10:15 AM, 04.10.2017

What’s going on at your library?

Noble Neighborhood Library
2800 Noble Road, 216-291-5665

Friday, April 7, 1:30–3 p.m.

Share Your Story: CH-UH Resident Interviews. Are you a longtime resident of Cleveland Heights or University Heights? Would you like to share your experiences living in these cities? Sign up to be interviewed and recorded to share your story with others. Registration required at www.heightslibrary.org.

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

Monday, April 24, 6:30–8 p.m.

Deaf Gathering. This social hour is for the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as those interested in learning more about deaf culture. An interpreter will be provided.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 5:54 PM, 03.30.2017

Heights Libraries designated a 'Safe Place' for kids in crisis

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is now a designated Safe Place for youths in crisis. Each library branch will display the yellow-and-black Safe Place sign, which signifies immediate help and safety for young people.

“Libraries are already great places for kids and teens, with programs and materials that cater to their interests and educational needs, and staff members trained to work them,” said librarian Sara Phillips, the library’s Safe Place point person. “That’s why Karen McHenry, manager of Bellefaire JCB’s Homeless and Missing Youth Program, thought the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library would be a perfect candidate to become an official Safe Place for youth.”

“There are already lots of kids here,” said McHenry. “The library is already a safe place for kids, so this Safe Space training and designation just makes it official.”

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 6:09 PM, 03.20.2017

Noble library continues to welcome Nepalese refugees

For close to a decade, Bhutanese and Nepali refugees have been arriving in the Greater Cleveland area. Last year, ASIA Inc. estimated 400–500 Bhutanese families have resettled in Cleveland Heights.

As these refugees bring hope, optimism and a desire to learn, they contribute to making Cleveland Heights a better place. Noble Neighborhood Library sees this during its Welcome Hub hours.

“[The Welcome Hub] is this idea of having space that people can go to and acquire resources,” said Jessica Markowitz, a youth services associate at Noble Neighborhood Library. “If there is anyone in the community that does speak English as their native language but wants to connect to the non-native English-speaking community, they are more than welcome to join.”

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 6:20 PM, 02.28.2017

Library receives grant for digital media lab for teens

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System received a Library Science and Technology Act (LSTA) STEM grant from the State Library of Ohio to create a Teen Digital Media Lab in the teen room at the Lee Road Library.

With $7,393 provided by the grant, Heights Libraries will build a sound isolation booth equipped with professional recording equipment and software that will allow local teens to learn sound- and music-related skills, including recording, mixing, editing and producing. The library will purchase and install the booth and equipment in the spring and summer.

This fall, the library will offer a formal program for up to 12 teen students, ages 13 to 18, to teach them how to use the equipment and software, produce a student album and learn about the music industry.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 6:03 PM, 02.28.2017

What’s going on at your library?

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

Wednesday, March 8, 7–9 p.m.

Cedar-Coventry Author Series. A book launch and signing for National Book Award finalist Dan Chaon. In his new novel, Ill Will, two sensational unsolved crimes—one in the past, another in the present—are linked by one man’s memory and self-deception. Registration opened Feb. 22. (This series, celebrating local authors, is presented in partnership with Mac’s Backs Books and Appletree Books.)

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 6:22 PM, 02.28.2017

Heights Libraries offers drop-in tech support

Though technology is everywhere, not everyone is comfortable using it. Just ask Jackie Mayse, technology librarian at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System.

Heights Libraries has offered free computer classes and individual tutorial sessions for years, but Mayse said staff recently decided they could do even more to put tech help within reach of customers who need it most. She and her fellow technology trainers have started offering a new service at each branch: Ask a Tech Trainer. 

“Ask a Tech Trainer is a service that we started a few months ago,” said Mayse. “We were looking for a training option that was more flexible than our classes. This is a walk-in service so a customer can just walk right in, no appointment necessary, and get help on the spot.”

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 12:51 PM, 01.31.2017

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights

DECEMBER 19, 2016

  • Farewell and welcome
  • Employee benefits
  • Library revenues
  • Construction and renovation updates
  • Kudos
  • Food for fines
  • Heights libraries in the community
  • Library utilization

Board members Rick Ortmeyer (president), Ron Holland (vice president), Abby Botnick (secretary), Susan Beatty, Chris Mentrick and Jim Roosa were present. Board Member Suzann Moskowitz was absent.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 6:22 PM, 01.17.2017

What’s going on at your library?

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

Thursday, Feb. 16, 7–8:30 p.m.

Caregiver Bootcamp: Home Safety and Housing Options. Mindi Thal, of the Visiting Nurse Association, will discuss home safety awareness and provide an overview of where to shop and how to find the available tools, equipment and home modifications to enhance home safety and ease. Thal will also provide information about the housing options that are available if home care is no longer possible.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 2:44 PM, 02.03.2017

What’s going on at your library?

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

Thursday, Jan. 19, 7–8:30 p.m.

Caregiver Bootcamp: Recognizing and Managing Difficult Behaviors. Learn the multiple and often interacting causes for a loved one’s inappropriate or difficult behaviors, as well as real-world tips and strategies for managing and preventing them.Bert Rahl (MSSA, LISW-S), director of mental health services at Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, will provide information on community agencies, organizations and programs that provide respite and other services—and how to qualify for them.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 10:40 AM, 01.03.2017

Library offers national pre-K literacy program

Heights parents and caregivers can now visit a branch of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library and join “1000 Books before Kindergarten,” a national literacy movement.

“1000 Books before Kindergarten is a fun new program that encourages caretakers and parents to read 1,000 books with, or to, their child before that child starts kindergarten,” said Maggie Kinney, youth services librarian who is among those spearheading the program at Heights Libraries. “The program comes from a national nonprofit of the same name that promotes literacy in early childhood and gives program guidance to teachers and librarians to use in their community.”

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 10:39 AM, 01.03.2017

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights

NOVEMBER 28, 2016

  • Library again receives five-star rating
  • New janitorial contract
  • Girl engineer program
  • Bookmobile video
  • Friends Mega Sale a success
  • October public service report highlights
  • Next meeting

Board members present were Rick Ortmeyer, president; Vice Ron Holland, vice president; Abby Botnick, secretary; Susan Beatty, Chris Mentrek and Suzann Moskowitz. Jim Roosa was absent.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 3:47 PM, 01.02.2017

Heights Libraries prioritizes privacy

Public libraries have always made privacy a priority.

Libraries protect and promote intellectual freedom, and that freedom cannot exist without privacy. If an individual’s activities and choices are monitored, that person no longer feels free to exercise free expression and make lawful use of library resources. That’s why the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System keeps customer privacy at the forefront of its mission.

Heights Libraries does not share customer library card identification with any vendors. It uses software to wipe out customer sessions after they use one of its public computers. Heights Libraries Wi-Fi lives behind the CLEVNET firewall. Library staff wraps hold items so that patrons can’t see what others are checking out, and self-checkout stations keep all reading and listening choices private.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:29 AM, 11.30.2016

Library earns top national rating for eighth consecutive year

For the eighth year in a row, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System has received five stars—the  highest possible rating—in Library Journal's annual Index of Public Library Service.

Heights Libraries has earned five stars in eight out of the nine years that Library Journal has published its ratings, beginning in 2008. Library Journal, a trade journal that reports news about the library world, emphasizing public libraries, has a circulation of 100,000.

The publication categorizes libraries by yearly expenditure and rates them on five criteria: circulation, visits, program attendance, Internet terminal use (public computers), and, new this year, eCirc (eMedia, such as eBooks).

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:33 AM, 11.30.2016

What's going on at your library?

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

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7–8:30 p.m. 

Exploring the Heart of Dying Through Courageous Conversation. Adaire Pettry, end-of-life doula, will lead an exploration of the natural stages of dying and ways to support a natural death. No registration required.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 11:31 AM, 11.30.2016

Library offers special educator card for teachers

A 2013 report by the National School Supply and Equipment Association found that, nationwide, teachers spent $1.6 billion of their own money on school supplies for their students. Not much has changed since then, and the teachers in Cleveland Heights–University Heights schools no doubt are part of this national trend.

However, teachers in the community can borrow—not buy—books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System. In October, Heights Libraries made it even easier for teachers to use library materials to enhance their lesson plans by creating the Educator Card.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 7:31 PM, 11.01.2016

What’s going on at your library?

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

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 4 p.m.

A Celebration of Dreams. Celebrate the moving memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson. Bring the whole family for conversation, creative writing, crafts and other activities. (Reading part or all of the book before a program is suggested.) Registration is open.

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

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m.

18th Annual Poetry Slam. Are you a talented young poet? Celebrate the poetry of Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, and share your story through verse. There will be prizes and free pizza on the night of the slam, and workshops will be offered prior to the event. Contact the library for further details.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 7:27 PM, 11.01.2016

Caregiver Boot Camp provides support to those caring for older adults

Pat Gray, Coventry Village Library manager, did what librarians do best: track down the most-reputable resources to share with the public. The usual image is that of a librarian pulling books from a shelf or printing articles from an online database. In this instance, Gray tracked down the best human resources she could find: experts in the areas of senior services, financial empowerment, Alzheimer’s disease education, home safety and housing for older adults.

In September, Valerie Reed, senior services liaison with University Hospitals, kicked off the library’s Caregiver Boot Camp series by sharing a wide range of local resources for the elderly and those who care for them, including chore services, homeless services for seniors, eviction assistance, food resources, fitness programs, transportation services, energy assistance and more.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 7:29 PM, 11.01.2016

Library wraps up its centennial with original theater production

Heights Libraries will wrap up its year-long centennial celebration with an original Reader’s Theatre production, Great Librarians I Have Known, on Monday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., at Dobama Theatre.

Jonathan Wilhelm, Dobama’s associate managing director, wrote the play to honor the library’s 100th birthday and to pay tribute to the role libraries and librarians have played in his life.

“Every summer, my mother would drop me off at the swimming pool, where I would stay for several hours,” said Wilhelm. “I would then walk over to the library, where she would pick me up. As the summer progressed, I would spend less time at the pool and more time at the library.”

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 2:37 PM, 09.30.2016

Library series gets community 'On the Same Page'

This fall, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is hosting the second installment of On the Same Page, its communitywide reading and program series. This year’s series features Jacqueline Woodson’s autobiography of poems, Brown Girl Dreaming. The series, which started in September and runs through November, includes book discussions, arts and crafts programs, and movie nights.

The library first started On the Same Page programming in 2014, centered on the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.

"We chose a book that would be meaningful to people in our particular community,” said Sam Lapides, who led the charge in 2014, and helped choose Alexie’s book.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 12:05 PM, 09.30.2016

What’s going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library

1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m.

A Celebration of Dreams. Celebrate the moving memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson. Bring the whole family for conversation, creative writing, crafts and other activities. (Reading part or all of the book before a program is suggested.) Registration is open.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 11:55 AM, 09.30.2016

Heights Libraries breaks ground on UH Library renovation

On Sunday, Aug. 28, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System broke ground to signal the start of renovation of the University Heights Library.

Among the ceremony’s attendees were Heights Libraries board and staff members, University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, and library customers.

Employees from the architecture firm CBLH Design and contractor Regency Construction were also on hand to celebrate the beginning of the construction phase of the project.

The renovated building will feature a full-functioning elevator (it currently has a lift), restrooms and meeting rooms on both floors, a door from the parking lot, and designated spaces for adults, teens, and young children.

Construction is expected to take 12–14 months.

More information, and regular project updates, can be found at www.heightslibrary.org.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 12:06 PM, 09.12.2016

What’s going on at your library?

In September, as the University Heights Library closes for renovations and centennial celebrations wrap up, Heights Libraries kicks off On the Same Page—its communitywide reading program—centered on Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming.

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

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m.

A Celebration of Dreams. Join in celebrating the moving memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson. Bring the whole family for conversation, creative writing, crafts and other activities. (Reading part or all of the book before a program is suggested.) Registration begins Sept. 13.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:16 AM, 09.01.2016

Libraries team up for A Card for Every Kid

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System is teaming up with eight other library systems in Cuyahoga County to encourage every child under 18 to get a library card.

The initiative, A Card for Every Kid, will take place Sept. 1–30 to coincide with National Library Card Sign-up Month. This cooperative effort among the library systems seeks to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership for children and teens, and also seeks to gain a better understanding of the roadblocks that keep some children and teens from owning a library card. 

“Libraries are great equalizers,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “They offer any child access to books and other learning resources no matter what city they live in, no matter their socio-economic status. Every public library in our county shares the goal of ensuring that every child can check out materials at their neighborhood library.”

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 11:21 AM, 08.30.2016

New bookmobile is ready to roll

This fall, keep an eye out for “Nellie,” the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System’s newest outreach vehicle. In June, Heights Libraries purchased the bookmobile to serve the University Heights community during the year-long period that the University Heights Library will be closed for renovation. Named after Nell Lynch, a popular former library director, the bookmobile will make scheduled stops around the city; community members can board the bus to browse its small but collection of popular books, audiobooks and DVDs for children and adults.

Nellie—a 1995 Cummins diesel engine on a Freightliner chassis—was already retrofitted with bookshelves when Heights Libraries purchased from Pickaway County District Public Library, near Columbus. It’s got a wheelchair lift, and has electric power to enable a computer to check out books and perform other library functions. With its green and yellow racing stripes, the bookmobile can’t be missed.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:16 AM, 08.23.2016