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Library celebrates black voices in series of events

February is Black History Month, but, if you’ve ever been to the library, you’ll know that it celebrates black history and black writers all year. The University Heights Library holds West African dance classes; the Lee Road Library Youth Services Department celebrates the birthday of Anansi, a character from West African folklore; and the Noble Neighborhood Library has held Soul Stories storytime featuring picture books by African-American writers, and later this year will host an extensive series of programs around Jacqueline Woodson’s book Brown Girl Dreaming in its “On the Same Page” series.

This winter, Heights Libraries will host a Black Voices Matter series that celebrates African-American writers and literature. This series is timely not only because it falls partially during Black History Month, but as a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement against violence toward blacks and inequality in the criminal justice system.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 2:25 PM, 01.31.2016

What’s going on at your library?

For a complete list of library programs, and to register, visit www.heightslibrary.org.

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

Thursday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

Step Out of Time: Introduction to Pranic Healing with Greg Soltesz. Learn how to use Prana/Life force to accelerate your body’s ability to heal itself. You will also have the opportunity to experience intense peace, stillness and bliss through the Meditation on Twin Hearts.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 5:22 PM, 01.31.2016

Outgoing library board president honors benefactor

On Dec. 21, Rob Fischer, Heights Libraries outgoing board president, called the library board to order for the last time. Fischer’s term ended in December, and one of his last acts as president was to dedicate and rename the Children’s Room at the Lee Road Library in honor of Grace F. Brody, library customer and generous benefactor.

Brody, who died in March 2014 at the age of 98, made Heights Libraries one of two recipients (along with the Cleveland Public Library) of the remainder of her estate, which is valued at approximately $1 million. Brody was a resident of Cleveland Heights and a retired faculty member of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Brody did extensive research and writing in the area of family development and child rearing, and provided the funding for an endowed chair at Mandel, the Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies.

Fischer is currently a research professor at the Mandel School and, while he did not have a chance to work with Brody, his current work complements her research, focusing on the evaluation of programs to improve the well-being of children. Since 2001, he has led the Mandel Center’s research on Invest in Children, a countywide early childhood initiative that includes home visiting, children’s health and childcare components.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 10:19 AM, 01.19.2016

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / CHUH public library board meeting highlights [online 12-21-2015]

DECEMBER 21, 2015

  • Board President Rob Fischer completes term
  • Rebecca (Becky) Katzenmeyer retires
  • Library fund co-sponsors time capsule
  • Cost-saving measures noted
  • Balanced scorecard review
  • Adult service librarian promotions
  • November public service report highlights

Board Members Susan Beatty and Chris Mentrek were absent.

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Volume 9, Issue 2, Posted 2:50 PM, 01.20.2016

Special projects manager focuses on community and library needs

Beth Hatch has been working as the special projects manager for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System for only three months, but has hit the ground running.

“I often get asked what a special projects manager is by coworkers and colleagues in the profession. When I tell them my title they say, ‘Great! But what do you actually do?’ ” said Hatch.

Hatch is a librarian, but her focus is to take on the larger-scale projects that the library wants to implement, that staff on the floor doing reference, circulation or administration don’t have time to manage.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 2:49 PM, 12.30.2015

What’s going on at your library?

There’s something for everyone at the library. For a complete list of programs, and to register, visit www.heightslibrary.org.

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

Saturday, Jan. 23, 11:30 a.m.

Baby Signs. Avoid frustration and have fun communicating with your prelingual baby. Join Melissa O'Grady for an introduction to baby signs and the philosophy behind it. Registration begins Jan. 9.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 2:59 PM, 12.30.2015

Library reaches out to home-schooling families

According to the U.S. Department of Education, approximately 1.77 million children were being home-schooled in 2011, a 62 percent increase from 2003. Heights Libraries is reaching out to this growing population with its Home-schooling Meet and Greet on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Lee Road Library. The event aims to welcome homeschooling families and find out directly from them how the library can best support them.

“We are interested in finding out what the needs are for the homeschooling community, so that we can create programming specifically designed to meet their unique needs and better serve them,” said Tamara Murray, youth services associate and event organizer. “We feel that it is essential to get this valuable input, because there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ home-schooling family.”

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 11:54 AM, 12.22.2015

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights – University Heights Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights [online 10-19-2015]

OCTOBER 19, 2015

  • Room named to honor Grace F. Brody
  • Sara Phillips to head the University Heights Library
  • Book Bike in the news
  • Librarian blogs successful
  • Youth services outreach
  • Friends group has new officers
  • Project manager for University Heights Library renovation
  • September public service report highlights

Board Member Susan Beatty was absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 11:46 AM, 11.18.2015

Heights Libraries welcomes new branch manager

The University Heights Library will welcome its new manager, Sara Phillips, on Nov. 16. Phillips comes to University Heights from the East Cleveland Public Library, where she served as the public services manager. She takes over the position from Aurora Martinez, who is now director of the Morley Library in Painesville.

Phillips began her library career at Heights Libraries, in September 2006, as a reference substitute and then part-time library associate.

She received her Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University, and is actively involved in committees of the American Library Association and the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System, as well as the Ohio Library Council’s North Chapter Action Council.

“These are exciting times for University Heights, since we’ll be renovating the branch starting in 2016,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “We need a branch manager who is flexible and can handle logistics, among many other aspects of this extensive project.”

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 10:30 AM, 11.09.2015

Heights Libraries earns top rating for seventh consecutive year

For the seventh year in a row, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System has received the highest possible rating in Library Journal's 2015 Index of Public Library Service.

Library Journal—a national publication with a circulation of 100,000 that reports library news, emphasizing public libraries—awards it five-star rating to the top U.S. libraries each year. Heights Libraries has earned five stars in seven out of the eight years that Library Journal has published the ratings, starting in 2008.

Libraries are categorized by yearly expenditure and rated on four criteria: circulation, visits, program attendance, and Internet terminal (public computer) use. Heights Libraries circulation came in at 31 per capita, meaning that roughly 31 items were circulated for every resident in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights service area.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 12:11 PM, 11.06.2015

What’s going on at your library?

Slow down and take some time for yourself this holiday season. The library offers a variety of programs that are the perfect combination of indulgent and educational. For more information, and to register, visit www.heightslibrary.org.

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

Thursday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.

Step Out of Time: Use Your New Year's Resolutions to Develop Happiness and Peace. Tamar Geri, Reiki master and intuitive channeler, will guide participants in using spiritual awareness to achieve goals, improve relationships and create a better life.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 6:10 PM, 12.01.2015

What’s going on at your library?

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

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.

Cedar-Coventry Author Series: Paula McLain. Paula McLain's follow-up to her phenomenal bestseller The Paris Wife follows the adventurous life of Beryl Markham, the record-setting aviator in 1920s Africa, caught up in a passionate love triangle with Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen).

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

Monday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m.

Alice (For the Rest of Us) featuring WCPN’s Dee Perry. 

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 11.02.2015

Heights Libraries seeks new board member

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library will be accepting applications for a new board member beginning Nov. 2, with applications due Nov. 17. The new board member will replace current president Rob Fischer, whose term ends in December.

Library board members serve seven-year terms, and any Cleveland Heights or University Heights resident is eligible to apply.

“Our library is such an integral part of our community,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “Serving on the library board is one of the best ways a citizen can serve the Heights community, by helping guide the vision of the public library.”

Applications will be available Nov. 2–17 at the Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Road, in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 10:26 AM, 10.12.2015

Library board chooses direction for University Heights Library renovation

At its Sept. 28 meeting, the Heights Libraries Board of Trustees announced the direction and scope for the 2016 renovation of the University Heights Library.

The meeting included a detailed presentation by Cleveland-based architecture firm CBLH Design Inc., which included conceptual renderings of the interior and exterior of the proposed design. Residents and library staff had opportunity during the meeting to examine the drawings, ask questions of the board and architects, and offer feedback.

“The design we’ve selected seeks to best accommodate the wishes of our residents and patrons, such as more parking, a rear door off the parking lot, a fully functioning elevator, first floor bathrooms, and designated areas for children and teens,” said Rob Fischer, Heights Libraries board president. “The University Heights branch is the library's second-most heavily used building, after Lee Road, and these changes and additions will make it an even more functional resource for the Heights community.”

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:36 AM, 10.05.2015

Library expands online services with texting and eMedia card

According to the Pew Research Center, 70 percent of Americans currently have broadband Internet connections at home, compared to roughly 50 percent in 2000, and nearly two-thirds of Americans now own smartphones. As more of its customers are turning to these online options, Heights Libraries is ready to reach them with two new services: text alerts for holds and an online-only eMedia card.

The text alerts are not, technically, new—they have been available since 2010. Recent technical changes behind the scenes have made it a much easier process. “So many of our customers have turned their phones into great organizational and informational tools—it is natural that they would prefer to be informed about their hold materials in this manner,” said Ty Emerson, Heights Libraries’ circulation services manager.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 6:44 PM, 09.30.2015

What’s going on at your library?

“We’re all mad here,” at the library—mad about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
 Heights Libraries celebrates the 150th anniversary of this classic tale, with programs throughout the month of October. For more information, and to register, visit www.heightslibrary.org.

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

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2 p.m.

Poets’ Journey in Wonderland. 
In honor of the 150th anniversary of Alice’s journey into Wonderland, this open reading invites local poets to share tales of journeys and poetry.

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

Thursday, Oct. 8, 6–8 p.m.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 6:39 PM, 09.30.2015

UH Library manager to lead Painesville library

Aurora Martinez, University Heights Library manager, has been named director of Morley Library in Painesville.

Martinez joined the library’s youth services department in 2006 and has served as the library's manager since 2008. She previously worked in youth services at the Euclid and Geauga County public libraries. 

During her time at the University Heights Library, Martinez participated in many civic, business and school issues. She worked closely with Walter Stinson, University Heights's senior services manager, collaborated with the city government and school district, and forged a relationship with Whole Foods and other local merchants and nonprofits for outreach services.

“She is a much-respected supervisor and colleague who always spoke up for customers young and old, disabled and able-bodied,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “We will miss her very much, but know that the residents of Painesville are lucky to have such a wonderful library advocate in their midst.”

Martinez has been involved in state and national library associations, having served on the planning committees for the Ohio Library Council (OLC) and the Public Library Association’s annual conferences. She also helps with developing leadership skills in women who are pursuing library careers. In 2014, she presented a “Lean In To Your Future” program at the OLC annual conference, with plans to lead another session this year.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 10:24 AM, 09.29.2015

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees meeting highlights 8-17-2015

AUGUST 17, 2015

  • University Hights Library parking lot expansion
  • Library board accepts gifts
  • Appointment of special projects manager
  • Balanced scorecard highlights
  • Library media coverage
  • Staff development day
  • Public Library Fund August distribution
  • July public service report highlights
  • Next regular meeting

All board members were present.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 3:55 PM, 09.21.2015

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