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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

4th annual Library Pet Show celebrates good pet care and beloved childrens’ book

Two ferrets, Chunky and Pepper, arrived on the back of a motorcycle. Chinese pigmy hamsters, a hermit crab and, of course, dogs were also there.

Young owners brought their pets of all shapes and sizes and presented them center stage at the fourth annual Library Pet Show on July 3, outside the Lee Road Library.

Master of ceremonies Brian Hare wore a full tuxedo for the event. His performance was marked by puns, some of which drew groans, and animal jokes set off by well-timed sound effects, including drum rolls and crickets.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:24 PM, 07.31.2014

What's going on at your library?

Throughout the month of August, Heights Libraries programs will include a selection of events on the theme “Looking through the LGBT Lens,” to coincide with the Gay Games being held in Cleveland.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 2:23 PM, 07.31.2014

Library offers new digital streaming service

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library is offering a new, free streaming digital service for mobile and online access. Called Hoopla Digital, the service offers library card holders instant access to thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks.

Customers can instantly stream or temporarily download material to smartphones, tablets and computers.

“More and more of our customers are getting used to streaming digital media with services like Netflix, Pandora and Spotify, just to name a few,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “Hoopla offered us an easy way to keep up with their changing needs.”

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 2:03 PM, 07.01.2014

Running the numbers: big data not just for big companies

In August 2012 and April 2013, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library conducted major studies of community demographics and customers’ experiences. The library used data from those studies to make decisions about library services.

The information, such as which neighborhoods have the highest number of young children, and which branches have the highest circulation rates per capita, has been used to make decisions about children’s programs and the allotment of branch hours.

What some might not know is that, in addition to those large studies, the library gathers data constantly, utilizing door counters, program attendance, surveys, website visits, e-blast reports, Web link clicks and circulation statistics.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 2:05 PM, 07.01.2014

What's going on at your library?

Heights Libraries has the summer covered, with programs offered every day of the week, all summer long. For a complete calendar listing of events, and to register for selected programs, visit www.heightslibraries.org.

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

Thursday, July 24, 2 p.m.
Instrument Petting Zoo. Explore the wonders of stringed instruments with students from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). The "zoo" offers a unique opportunity for children to touch and feel a variety of stringed instruments under the guidance of CIM students, and a string quartet will perform. This program is open to the whole family.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 2:14 PM, 07.01.2014

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 5-19-2014

MAY 19, 2014

  • Ohio Auditor of State Award of Distinction
  • Initiative for technology training
  • Balanced Scorecard
  • Library levy exploration
  • Library named Agency Partner of the Year
  • April Public Service Report highlights:
  • Library and social media
  • History of Coventry Village Library
  • TechKnowledge e-news

Board Member Abby Botnick was absent.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 3:38 PM, 06.16.2014

Library receives state award for financial reporting

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library received the State of Ohio Auditor of State Award with Distinction for its 2012 financial audit. The award is given to government entities that file a comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) and other financial reports with the State of Ohio, and receive a clean audit report. Less than 5 percent of government offices in Ohio receive the award.

“A clean report means that Heights Libraries’ finances are in great shape, with no questionable costs or irregularities,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “The award is great news for us and for the taxpayers in our community—they can rest assured we have been spending money wisely, and will continue to do so.“

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 11:08 AM, 06.03.2014

Your baby can (almost) read

“It’s never too late to learn to read, but it’s also never too early to start,” said Brian Hare, youth services manager for Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library. Hare is talking about early literacy—what a child knows about reading and writing before he or she can actually read or write. Early literacy instruction includes teaching babies and toddlers to hold a book, turn pages and recognize when the book is right-side-up.

Hare explained that encouraging early literacy could be a public library’s most important mission. “No other institution covers it, since it should happen before kindergarten or even preschool,” said Hare. Heights Libraries hosts story times for children of all ages every day, with different themes for specific age groups.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 3:47 PM, 06.02.2014

Library summer programs celebrate the Gay Games

This summer, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library will offer entertaining and thought-provoking LGBTQ-themed (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) programs for adults. The library's Looking Through the LGBT Lens programs are planned to coincide with, and complement, the 2014 International Gay Games, coming to Cleveland in August.

“The Gay Games is a huge event for all of Northeast Ohio, and we’re proud to be supporting it with our programs this summer,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “Public libraries are all about inclusiveness and respect for individual viewpoints and differences, and these programs and displays fall right in with our mission and values.”

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 11:04 AM, 06.02.2014

Kids get their hands dirty at the library

On May 9, Noble Neighborhood Library staff and some young patrons celebrated the opening of gardening season by planting vegetables in the library’s new garden.

Throughout the summer, library staff will encourage kids in kindergarten through fifth grade to learn about gardening, and help take care of the Noble Neighborhood Library garden, by participating in the Green Thumbs Gardening Club. The club will meet monthly on Thursdays at 2 p.m., on June 19, July 17 and Aug. 14. The Noble Neighborhood Library is at 2800 Noble Road.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 11:01 AM, 06.02.2014

Free French summer camp at Lee Road Library

Madame Melha Woods, a French teacher at Roxboro Middle School and Cleveland Heights High School, will host a weeklong French summer camp at the Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Road.

Thanks to funding granted by La Maison Française de Cleveland, an organization that encourages the study of the language and culture of France and other francophone countries, the camp will be free and open to children of all communities.

The summer camp will be held Monday through Friday, June 16–20. Two sessions will be held each day. The first, for children 6 and younger, will take place 9:30–10 a.m.; no sign up is required for this session, and parents will need to stay with their children. A second session, for children 7 and older, is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; sign up is required for this session, with priority given to new students, as space is limited.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 11:01 AM, 05.20.2014

What's going on at your library?

School’s out—now what? Heights Libraries have a summer's worth of warm-weather programs for kids and adults. For a complete calendar of events, and to register, visit www.heightslibrary.org.

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

Tuesday, June 3, 4 p.m.
Clayworks: Summer Flowers and Butterflies. Participants will enjoy a hands-on project about flowers and butterflies. This program is for children in grades 3–6. Registration begins May 20.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 11:10 AM, 06.03.2014

What's going on at your library?

The library is going outside in May. This month, both the Lee Road and Noble Neighborhood libraries will kick off their children’s community gardens, and all Heights libraries are offering other garden-themed programs. Visit www.heightslibrary.org for a full list of events, and to register.

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

Wednesday, May 7, 7 p.m.

Cedar-Coventry Author Series. Kristin Ohlson reads from her new book, The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet. Registration began April 23.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 4:24 PM, 05.02.2014

Friends Spring Mega Book Sale is May 1–4

Volunteers have been sorting and boxing donated books for months, and the Friends of Heights Libraries storeroom is bursting at the seams—all in preparation for the group’s semiannual Mega Book Sale, May 1–4, at the Lee Road Library.

On Thursday, May 1, 5–8:30 p.m., Friends members are invited to a special preview sale. Memberships are available at the door for $10, and members receive a discount on all purchases.

The Mega Sale continues May 2–4 during regular library hours, in and around the Harvey & Friends Bookshop on the second floor of the Lee Road Library. Items for sale include high-quality used books in all categories, audio books , DVDs and CDs.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 10:11 AM, 04.29.2014

Coventry Village Library launches seed-saving program

On March 29, the Coventry Village Library held a kick-off program for its newly established seed library. A crowd of more than 40 people came to hear Mari Keating of Food Not Lawns, Cleveland speak about seed saving and the basic pillars of permaculture.

“All in all, we had 25 new memberships, including many families and couples, and we look forward to growing the seed library further as the season continues,” said Maggie Killman, adult services associate at the Coventry Village Library.

Sprouted from a partnership between the library and Food Not Lawns, Cleveland, the seed library is a collection of seeds available for anyone to borrow and plant. The initial collection is made up of easy-to-harvest seeds, such as vegetables and herbs. The seeds were donated to Food Not Lawns, Cleveland, which takes the Safe Seed Pledge. All donated seed are non-GMO, open-pollinated, and can be reliably saved.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 10:04 AM, 04.29.2014

Library programs for teen job seekers begin in April

With the national teen jobless rate at 24.2 percent last May, local teens looking for summer jobs this year will face stiff competition. They can get a leg up with Heights Libraries’ Teen Job Prep program, a three-part series offered at the University Heights Library, 13866 Cedar Road.

The series is the brainchild of Shenee King, Heights Libraries youth services associate. “When I first started working at the library, I helped a few teens fill out job applications,” said King. “I quickly realized they needed help with their job-hunting skills, especially the kids who need jobs to help their families.”

King will present the first program, "Gather Your Skills," on April 19 at 11 a.m. King will teach teens how to write effective résumés and accurately fill out job applications.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 2:43 PM, 03.31.2014

New library card will give all kids access to books

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library will celebrate National Library Week, April 13–19, by introducing a new library card just for kids age 12 and under, the "Three for Me" card.

Unlike a traditional library card, which requires a parent’s or guardian’s signature, the Three for Me card has no such requirement. Children 12 and under can get the card themselves with just an address and a birthdate, and check out up to three children’s books at a time.

“We understand that it is not always possible for a parent or guardian to come to the library to sign a library card application for a child,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “The Three for Me card ensures that all children are able to check out books, no matter what their circumstances may be.”

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 2:41 PM, 03.31.2014

Book Bike seeking more riders to fill demand

The Book Bike, a three-wheeled cart stocked with free books, was a common sight around Cleveland Heights and University Heights last summer, appearing at festivals and parades, on campus at John Carroll University and other locations in the area. The Book Bike was started in 2013 by Sam Lapides, special projects coordinator at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library. Tasked with finding creative ways to expand outreach efforts, Lapides got the idea for a human-powered outreach vehicle from the Pima County Public Library in Arizona.

“It felt like a nice fit with the cities of Cleveland Heights and University Heights, both of which are manageable by bicycle and have a history of supporting ‘out there’ ideas,” said Lapides. He e-mailed the idea to Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director, who responded with an image of an old ice cream vending bicycle and the words, “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?”

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 2:38 PM, 03.31.2014

What's going on at your library?

If April showers are keeping you inside, come to the library for refreshing new programs, including a monthlong celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Visit www.heightslibrary.org for a full list of events, and to register.

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

Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m.
Coventry 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 them. Registration begins April 5.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 2:21 PM, 03.31.2014

Teens support library programs and director

Yes, that is Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director, duct-taped to a wall. This was the work of the Teen Advisory Board (TAB), which comprises a group of students who design and advocate for events that they would like to see at the library. They also raise funds to enable teen programming to continue and improve.

“When the teens are the ones making the decisions, there is a lot more momentum from them to make these programs happen, whether it is the Teen Poetry Slam, Teen Movie Zone or the Teen Spot,” said Jessica Robinson, youth services librarian.

Last year, TAB held a bake sale to fund the Teen Tech Week program. The group has been the spark for other programs, from science-related experiments to the nerd-fighter meet-up and, most recently, the Middle Earth walk-off event.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 12:17 PM, 03.03.2014

New computers boost literacy

“We wanted to provide a computer just for kids that would help build skills in literacy, math and science,” said Brian Hare, youth services manager at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library. “These computers allow children to focus exclusively on these skills because they have no Web access.”

Hare is talking about the new Early Literacy Stations at the Lee Road, Coventry Village and University Heights libraries. Early Literacy Stations (ESLs) are computers designed for children ages 2 through 8 that feature preloaded educational games and resources, instead of Internet access.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 12:11 PM, 03.03.2014

What's going on at your library?

Got cabin fever? Stop by the library, where we are getting ready for spring. At the Lee Road Library, the Home Grown Food series will explore composting, food preservation, garden planning by plant type, and backyard chicken keeping.

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

Friday, March 21, 4 p.m.
Bubble Gum Fun. Have fun with bubble gum. Learn about this sticky treat, sample various flavors, and make a bubble-gum craft. For school-age children. Registration begins March 7 at www.heightslibrary.org.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 12:12 PM, 03.03.2014