Library

What's going on at your library?

Tax Day is looming. Don’t panic—Heights Libraries is offering help.Throughout February, AARP volunteers will be available to help you prepare your 2012 taxes at two Heights Library branches. Appointments are required. See below for details.

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

Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.
Ukulele Jam! Bring your ukulele for an evening of strumming, singing and an altogether good time. All ability levels are welcome. Music will be provided.

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

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Volume 6, Issue 2, Posted 11:46 AM, 01.31.2013

What's going on at your library?

Combat cabin fever and winter doldrums with free programs at your Heights Libraries. A sampling is below; log on to www.heightslibrary.org for more programs and information.

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

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m.

Local author Lauren Pacini discusses Shattered Dreams Revisited: Pacini's collection of black-and-white photographs examines the death and rebirth of Cleveland, accompanied by the author's narrative, and prose and poetry by Cleveland-area students. The book was published in cooperation with the Western Reserve Historical Society. (Event is free but registration is required.)

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 6:43 PM, 01.02.2013

Library board welcomes new member and honors outgoing president

Jeffrey Eummer, who works in Ursuline College's chemistry department, has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library. His term will begin in January.

Eummer, 50, has lived in Cleveland Heights for four years with his wife, Laura, and son. He replaces outgoing board president Esther Moss who is retiring after 14 years.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education approved the selection of Eummer at its Dec. 6 meeting. The local school board appoints the trustees as it is the tax authority for the public library.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 6:14 PM, 01.02.2013

Heights Libraries earns top rating

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library has again received the highest rating in Library Journals 2012 Index of Public Library Service.

Heights Libraries has earned five stars in four of the five 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 use.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 3:37 PM, 11.30.2012

Local author series at Coventry Village Library

Join fellow book lovers this winter for Heights Libraries’ local author series, featuring Laura Taxel, newcomer Nivi Engineer, and Lauren Pacini.

The authors will read from their most recent works, take questions from the audience, and sign books.

All events take place on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Coventry branch of Heights Libraries, located at 1925 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. The events are free and open to the public, but registration is required at www.heightslibrary.org or 216-321-3400.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:37 AM, 11.30.2012

Heights Libraries will turn former YMCA gym into new innovation center

Fulfilling a promise made to the community in 2005 to fully renovate the old YMCA building on Lee Road, Heights Libraries will turn the old YMCA gymnasium space into the Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center (HKIC), a flexible 4,000-square-foot space designed to support the technological and workspace needs of local businesses, nonprofits and individuals.

The gymnasium space is the last part of the old YMCA building, now known as the West Wing, to be renovated. The building currently houses Dobama Theatre, Family Connections Little Heights Literacy Playroom and Heights Libraries’ computer lab and computer classroom.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:28 AM, 11.30.2012

Librarians are Matchmakers

If you’ve found that lately that the books, movies, or music that you’ve picked out at the library just isn’t quite what you were hoping for, then the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Matchmakers can help. The Matchmakers are a group of librarians specially trained to help customers find materials that they would probably love but just can’t seem to locate on their own.

Matchmakers is a group of librarians specially trained to help customers find materials that they would probably love but just can’t seem to locate on their own.

Similar to other matching services, such as eHarmony and Pandora, Heights Libraries' Matchmakers can build a list of recommendations based a patron's likes, dislikes, and interests.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 12:46 PM, 10.31.2012

Harvey Pekar statue unveiled at the Lee Road Library

A crowd of roughly 175 fans, friends and family of the late Harvey Pekar attended the program “Harvey Pekar: A Literary, Library Life” on Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Lee Road Library.

The event included the unveiling of the highly anticipated Harvey Pekar statue, which was donated to Heights Libraries by Pekar’s widow, Joyce Brabner. The unveiling followed a presentation by JT Waldman, the illustrator who collaborated with Pekar on Pekar’s posthumously published book Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me.

The statue reflects the man it honors. Instead of a life-size depiction of Pekar striking a heroic pose, Brabner and local artist Justin Coulter designed a warm, humble and interactive sculpture that invites the viewer to consider Pekar’s down-to-earth diligence, as well as his creativity. The base of the piece is a real wooden desk, with room for people to sit and draw using supplies in the desk drawer. On top of the desk is a larger-than-life comic book panel rendered in bronze, with Pekar (approximately two-feet high) stepping out of the panel onto the desk.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 11:01 AM, 10.16.2012

Help for small businesses

Perhaps you’re tired of waiting for the ideal job to turn up, or maybe you simply want to branch out on your own and don’t know how to do it. Whatever your reason for wanting to start your own business, Heights Libraries has classes to help you figure out how to make that business thrive.

Heights Libraries’ new Small Business Series can start you on the path to entrepreneurship. From getting funding to finding the right location, this series provides an array of practical information to get a new business up and running.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 11:51 AM, 10.03.2012

Teen pages and volunteers gain experience while helping libraries

Teen pages and volunteers are the unsung heroes of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library—just ask the staff.

“The page position is one of the most important jobs in the library,” said Jenny Greene, adult services librarian and page supervisor. “They sort and shelve every item in the library to make sure our customers can find what they‘re looking for. It sounds simple, but it’s labor-intensive. A lot of our pages, about 20 out of 30 total, are teens from our own community.”  

For many teen pages, their job at the library provides them with their first real work experience. Jimmy Williams, a recent graduate of Benedictine High School and current Tri-C student, started as a page last February at the Lee Road branch. “I was surprised by how much work it is,” Williams said, while shelving children’s DVDs. “But it’s great because I’m really learning to take initiative. You start at the bottom and have to work your way up.”

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 11:19 AM, 10.03.2012

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

Monday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Coventry Concert Night with the Cleveland Institute of Music. This concert series showcases the outstanding talent of students from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Tuesdays, Oct. 16–30, 4 p.m.
Monster Mask Makers. Make monstrous masks in this three week series. Googly eyes, paper maché, paint, sequins, jewels and pipe cleaners are awaiting your mad creations. Grades 3–6. Registration required at www.heightslibrary.org.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 11:53 AM, 10.03.2012

‘Public Places, Sacred Spaces’ photography contest

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library announces the Fifth Annual Photography Contest sponsored by Cedar Center MotoPhoto. Submissions will be accepted now through Oct. 8. Participants may drop off submissions at any Heights Libraries branch.

This year’s theme is “Public Places, Sacred Spaces.” Contestants are encouraged to submit photos of the places and spaces that give meaning to their lives, such as our neighborhoods, parks, streetscapes, homes, and places of worship.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 9:22 AM, 09.03.2012

Heights Libraries to honor Harvey Pekar's 'Literary, Library Life' on Oct. 14

“Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff,” author and comics pioneer Harvey Pekar once said.

Heights Libraries and the Friends of the Heights Libraries will honor Pekar—the ordinary and complex son of Cleveland who died in 2010—with a Literary Landmark plaque and statue dedication ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Lee Road Library. The event, “Harvey Pekar: A Literary, Library Life,” will include a presentation by JT Waldman, the artist who collaborated with Pekar on his posthumously published graphic novel, Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 9:35 AM, 09.03.2012

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

Monday, Sept. 10, 5:30 p.m.
Coventry Village Songwriting Workshop. Songwriters of all levels are invited to share their own songs in a constructive environment. Topics for discussion will include song structure, melody, lyrics and motivation. Local songwriter Charlie Mosbrook moderates. Registration required at www.heightslibrary.org.


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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 9:27 AM, 09.03.2012

What's going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library

1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Monday, August 6, 5:30 p.m.

Coventry Village Songwriting Workshop. Songwriters of all levels are invited to share their own songs in a constructive environment. Local songwriter Charlie Mosbrook moderates. Registration required.

Thursday, August 16, 7 p.m.

Family Film Night: "Where the Wild Things Are." Snacks provided.


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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 3:23 PM, 08.07.2012

Heights Libraries welcomes new manager of youth services, honors outgoing

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library announces the appointment of Brian C. Hare as its new youth services manager. Susan Black, outgoing youth services manager, retires this month after nearly 34 years with Heights Libraries.

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of this library system,” said Black. “I learned something new every day from my co-workers and my customers.  I will miss everyone. But I am looking forward to travel, adventures and family time in my retirement.”

Black began working at the CH-UH Public Library in 1978 as a children’s services librarian for the University Heights branch. Since then, she has helped the community raise a generation of babies by introducing them to the power of language and reading through her inspiring story times and programs at local preschools.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 12:48 PM, 08.06.2012

Reading with a buddy at Heights Libraries

In July, Heights Libraries promoted literacy and leadership with a new program, Reading Buddies. The program was offered at the Lee Road branch of Heights Libraries and paired students in grades 1–3 with teens aged 13–17. The program was designed to help grade school students reach their appropriate reading level and prevent summer learning loss, while giving teens the opportunity to play a leadership role.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 8:54 AM, 08.06.2012

Coming soon: a Little Library near you

Heights Libraries has become part of a small movement with big potential: Little Free Libraries.

Little Free Libraries are just that—small, house-like structures containing books for people to borrow or exchange. The concept is similar to that of those “take a penny, leave a penny” bowls you see by cash registers. If you take a book, bring another book to replace it. Or, just return it. Little Free Libraries can be located on yards, tree lawns, street corners—just about anywhere they can fit.

The first Little Free Library has opened at the southeast corner of Elmwood and Sylvania roads, near the Noble Neighborhood Library.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 11:45 AM, 07.24.2012

What's going on at your library?

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

Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m.

Family Film Night: "How to Train Your Dragon." Family friendly films each month throughout the summer. Snacks provided.


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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 3:18 PM, 07.09.2012

Heights Libraries serves up summer lunch and learning

With the school year over, many children and teens in the Heights who rely on free or low-cost school lunches are potentially facing a hungry summer. To help prevent this, Heights Libraries is once again hosting the Cleveland Food Bank-sponsored free summer lunch program at the Lee Road Library through Aug. 10.

Heights Libraries’ partnership with the Cleveland Food Bank began in 2010 in response to the growing number of children spending long hours at the library, often without parental supervision. Also, large numbers of patrons, many of them parents with young children, were using library computers to apply for jobs and seek other employment resources.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 12:40 PM, 06.19.2012

Friends of the Heights Libraries Book Sale May 18–21

The Friends of the Heights Libraries Gigantic Spring book sale is back. This sale, at the Lee Road branch, offers thousands of gently used books, DVDs, CDs—even vinyl—at unbeatable prices.

Most hardcover books, large paperbacks, and CDs will sell for a dollar; children’s books and small paperbacks are 50 cents; and DVDs are two dollars. The proceeds benefit Friends of the Heights Libraries, a service organization that supports library programs and advocates on behalf of the library.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 8:41 AM, 05.18.2012

Heights Libraries’ new self-checkout system saves money and time

In May, customers at Heights Libraries found it easier than ever to check out their materials with a new CircIT self-charge system.

CircIT is an easy-to-use touch-screen check-out system that is more accurate and powerful than the old system. It has brighter, more precise barcode scanners that will result in faster checkout and  fewer check-out errors. The new screens are also brighter and easier to read, so customers can more readily see messages about overdue fines, hold items, and other materials-related issues.

“The new system is not only easier for our customers to use, but also easier for our staff to fix and maintain,” said Nancy Levin, Heights Libraries director. “And CircIT costs roughly half what the old system did. That’s a big savings for taxpayers.”

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.01.2012

Heights Libraries, City of Cleveland Heights apply for $400,000 federal small business incubator grant

In order to effectively address unemployment in Northeast Ohio and nurture new small businesses and nonprofit organizations, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library (Heights Libraries) and the City of Cleveland Heights have jointly applied for a $400,000 Federal Matching Funds grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the creation of a small business and nonprofit incubator space.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 9:28 AM, 06.01.2012

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Coventry Village Library

1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Thursday, June 21, 7 p.m.

Family Film Night: Hugo. Family-friendly films every Thursday night throughout the summer. Snacks provided.

Saturday, June 30, 4 p.m.

Dream Big Magic Show. Magician Paul Gerber presents a funny magic, balloon, puppet, juggling storytime show for the whole family.


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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:42 AM, 05.30.2012

Heights Libraries summer reading programs for everyone

What kid (or adult for that matter) doesn’t long for summer fun during the school year? Whether one wants to explore distant lands, meet new friends, discover lost civilizations, travel to outer space, or ward off evil, summer adventures can be found through the Heights Libraries’ summer reading programs.

Heights Libraries summer programs encourage kids, teens and adults to read this summer. The programs offer a unique approach to summer reading and reward participants for their accomplishments.

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Volume 5, Issue 6, Posted 10:40 AM, 05.30.2012

Stuffed animals run amok at the Library

What happens when stuffed animals are let loose in a library overnight? Heights Libraries found out on Saturday, April 14, at the Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Lee Road branch.

After a special storytime, kids kissed their stuffed friends goodbye, leaving them alone in the library for a fun-filled night of mayhem and mischief.

On Sunday, kids picked up their friends, along with a photo booklet revealing what had happened overnight while no one was watching.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 1:27 PM, 05.02.2012

What's going on at your library?

Visit www.heightslibrary.org for the complete calendar, and to register for selected events.

Coventry Village Library

1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Tuesdays, May 1–15, 4 p.m.
Make Your Own Mad Science. Join in for a three-part series of hands-on experiments and out-of-control fun. For grades 2–5. (Registration required.)

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 12:18 PM, 05.02.2012

Cleveland Heights – University Heights Public Library Board meeting highlights 3-19-12

MARCH 19, 2012

  • Liquor permit for Dobama Theatre
  • 2012 budget
  • Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center to fill space in Activity Center
  • Safety concern at Noble
  • Time Warner charges for Internet connections
  • Board chooses NODIS for survey
  • Friends of the Library coming events
  • February Public Service report highlights

CarDala Carter was absent.

 

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 12:23 PM, 04.16.2012

Library allocates more funding for eBooks and audiobooks

In response to growing customer requests, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library is reallocating $5,000 of its materials budget to buy additional copies of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. Acquiring these additional copies, available only to customers whose cards were issued by Heights Libraries (listed on the front of the card), will reduce the wait time for many popular titles.

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 10:46 AM, 04.04.2012

What's going on at your library?

Visit www.heightslibrary.org for the complete calendar, and to register for selected events.

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

Wednesday, April 4, 7 p.m.

Cedar-Coventry Local Author Series: Derf. Illustrator and cartoonist Derf (Derf Backderf) will talk about his new book, My Friend Dahmer. Derf went to high school with the infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, and has written a graphic novel about the experience. (Registration required.)

 

 

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 10:58 AM, 04.04.2012

Noble Neighborhood Library jazz series hits a high note

Area residents no longer have to choose between good live music and a good book—they can now find both at Heights Libraries. Continuing to diversify its program offerings, the Noble Neighborhood Library is now hosting a Tuesday Evening Jazz program that has already gotten the community’s attention. “As soon as we advertised it, attendance filled up in the first week,” said Constance Dickerson, Noble branch manager. “The waiting list filled up shortly after.”

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 4:36 PM, 02.29.2012

Candy is king at Heights Libraries

Where is King Kandy? On Thursday, Feb. 16, more than 150 brave gingerbread boys and girls traveled through the Peppermint Forest. They visited Gramma Nutt, Jolly Gum Drop, and Mr. Mint, and helped Queen Frostine thwart the evil Lord Licorice on their way to find Candy Castle in the library’s live action Candy Land event at the Lee Road Library.

“Our staff really pulled out all the stops with this program,” said Susan Black, manager of youth services. “The decorations and costumes made for a fun and truly magical evening for the kids.”

Library staff transformed meeting rooms at Lee Road into a life-sized Candy Land game board, complete with a colorful path, candy cane forest, gingerbread house, chocolate swamp, and characters who guided them through the game with clues and tasty treats.

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Volume 5, Issue 3, Posted 1:06 PM, 02.21.2012

What's going on at your library?

Come inside and warm up to Heights Libraries’ February programs. Visit www.heightslibrary.org for a complete program calendar.

Coventry Village Library

1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Thursdays, Feb. 9–23, 4 p.m.

Green Bookmaking for Kids. Children in grades 3–6 can join us to learn how to make their own books out of recycled materials, for writing, artwork, or just about anything. Register for this three-week program at www.heightslibrary.org.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 3:46 PM, 02.01.2012

Library celebrates Victorian times this spring

Queen Victoria’s reign, from 1837 to 1901, spanned a period of British history brimming with innovation and imagination—far different from the repressive society many think it was. This spring, the Lee Road branch of Heights Libraries will explore the art, culture and literature of the Victorian era with a special series of programs.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 3:17 PM, 02.01.2012

Heights Libraries now offering e-readers at all branches

Thinking of buying an e-reader? Try one out first at Heights Libraries. Heights Libraries has recently added e-readers to the collections at the Coventry Village, Noble Neighborhood, and University Heights locations. The Lee Road Library has offered e-readers since January 2011.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 3:25 PM, 01.23.2012

Heights Libraries wins grant to continue American Sign Language classes

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library has received a $3,000 grant to pay for free American Sign Language (ASL) classes for adults at the Coventry Village Library. The money is from the Friends of the Society for the Deaf, a fund of the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center. Instructors from Cleveland SignStage Theatre will teach the classes.

“These free classes fill a need in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community,” said Ben Guylas, adult services librarian and deaf services coordinator. “I just had a call from a woman who is losing her hearing. She wants to make sure that she and her family are prepared for when she loses her hearing completely. They can’t afford to pay for classes, so they are all taking our classes—herself, her husband, and their children. She was very thankful and appreciative.”

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:28 AM, 01.31.2012

What's going on at your library?

Start the new year with programs for all ages at the Heights Libraries. Learn sign language, join a book discussion group, make a shadow puppet, and more. Visit www.heightslibrary.org for a complete program calendar.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 2:53 PM, 01.04.2012

Winners named in Heights Libraries photography contest

The judges of the Heights Libraries fourth annual photography contest faced a challenge selecting ten finalists from more than 75 entries.

“This year’s theme, ‘Focus on the World,’ really inspired our contestants,” said Jennifer Greene, contest organizer and adult services librarian. “This year’s entries were fantastic—it was hard to choose!”

Staff from both the Heights Libraries and Cedar Center MotoPhoto, the contest sponsor, whittled the entries down to ten finalists. During November, the top ten photographs were displayed for one week at each library branch, where library visitors could view them and vote for their favorites. In total, 630 votes were cast, resulting in the following five winners:

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 10:01 AM, 12.20.2011

Heights Libraries welcome new board members

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library is pleased to announce the appointment of two new board members, Abby Botnick and Richard Louis Ortmeyer. Their terms begin in January.

They replace two outgoing board members: Audrey Cole, board president, who retired at the end of 2011 after a seven-year term; and Jason Stein, who resigned in June, after two years of a seven-year term, to serve on Cleveland Heights City Council. Botnick's term will be seven years, Ortmeyer’s will be five.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 12:51 PM, 12.13.2011

Heights Libraries receives award for financial reporting

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

Heights Libraries earned the award for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The certificate is the highest form of recognition for governmental accounting and financial reporting, representing a significant accomplishment.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 12:51 PM, 12.13.2011

Noble Neighborhood Library to close temporarily

The Noble Neighborhood branch of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, 2800 Noble Road, will be closed temporarily from Thursday, Nov. 3, through Tuesday, Nov. 8, due to construction. It will reopen at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Holds may be picked up at the Lee Road Library, 2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 2:38 PM, 11.02.2011

Home repair section gets a boost with new partnership

The mission of Heights Libraries is simple—opening doors, opening minds. Now, by building on an existing partnership with the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), the library will not only be opening doors, but will also show people how to refurbish them.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 10:58 AM, 12.02.2011

Heights Libraries earns top rating from Library Journal

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library system has once again received the highest possible rating in the Library Journal's 2011 Index of Public Library Service. The five-star rating is given to the top U. S. libraries each year.

Height Libraries has earned five stars in three out of the four 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 use. Heights Libraries circulation rated 33.6 per capita in its service area, meaning that 33.6 items were circulated for every resident in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights area, up from 26.1 in 2009, the last year Heights Libraries received the five-star rating. Library visits are up since 2009, with 19.4 in 2011 compared to 17.0 in 2009. Library program attendance went from 0.2 in 2009 to 0.8 in 2011.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 3:39 PM, 12.01.2011

What's going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library
1925 Coventry, 216-321-3400

Thursday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Part I
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Part 2
Step Out of Time: Energy Medicine. Sue Stewart-Palmisano leads this dynamic introduction to Energy Medicine, the powerful but simple system developed by Donna Eden. Energy Medicine can increase vitality, memory, relaxation, and immune function.

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.
Goodnight, Moon.
You're invited to the library for a special evening of stories and snacks! Come in your pajamas and snuggle up as we share some of our favorite stories. Bring a stuffed animal friend if you want, and invite your whole family!

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 10:56 AM, 12.02.2011

An admittedly premature review: 'The Hunger Games'

“Have you read The Hunger Games,” she asked.

“No,” was my reply. I could tell she was disappointed. I picked it up from the Lee Road Library shortly thereafter. In the last chapter I read, the protagonist (Katniss) had scaled a tree in order to escape a group of teenagers who were out to kill her. To kill her. As I walked my dog this morning around Doan Creek I paused and looked up at the autumn trees. Could I scale that tree? Where would I rope myself in for the night like she did in the book – hoping for a few hours of rest before running again from the killing mob. Even when I was 16 I don’t know if I could be scaling any tree high enough to avoid such danger.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:45 AM, 11.14.2011