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 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

Heights Libraries hires new deputy director

Kimberlee DeNero-Ackroyd is the new deputy director of Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library. DeNero-Ackroyd started her new position on Nov. 14, and said of her new job, “People from other parts of Ohio are always amazed by Heights Libraries’ collections, program offerings and services. This is a truly special library system, and I’m happy to be a part of it."

DeNero-Ackroyd has worked in the library field for 19 years, and brings a wide range of experience to her new position. Most recently, she was library manager at the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library. Prior to that, she worked in the adult services department of the Shaker Heights Public Library, and before that worked at Heights Libraries as a substitute librarian in 2002.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 11:55 PM, 11.19.2011

Friends of the Library sponsor library education scholarship

Friends of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library is continuing its tradition of offering library education scholarships. Applications are being accepted for the 2012 spring semester. The scholarships provide funds to be used for tuition or books in any ALA-accredited graduate program in library science.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:16 PM, 11.01.2011

What's going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library

1925 Coventry, 216-321-3400

Wed., Nov. 9, 10:30 p.m.

Storytime en Espanol. This storytime welcomes the whole family to listen to stories and sing along in Spanish. Presented by Lindsey Walsh.

Mon., Nov 14, 7 p.m.

Reading Comics. These aren't your kid brother's comics! They're complex works of literature and non-fiction in an imaginative, visual format. Join us for a discussion of great graphic novels.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:11 PM, 11.01.2011

Heights Libraries offers free Internet training certification

Technology permeates our culture. With social media sites, Internet-ready mobile devices, programs that allow video chat from one country to another and a host of other new methods of communication that seem to be cropping up daily, those without the means or training to keep up risk being left behind. That’s why the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the USDA's Rural Utilities Service made $4.8 billion dollars available to bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth and create jobs. These funds have fueled a way for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library to partner with Connect Ohio to offer a free Internet training program called Every Citizen Online (ECO).

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:31 PM, 11.01.2011

Cole retires from Heights Library board of trustees; new members sought

Audrey Cole, president of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board of Trustees, has announced that she will retire from the board in December. Her announcement came during the Oct. 17 board meeting.                       

Cole joined the board in 2004. She served on both the planning and external relations and operations committees, and served as president in 2011. Cole was involved in many projects at the library, including the renovations of the Lee Road branch in 2005–06 and the Noble Neighborhood branch during 2010–11.


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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 11:22 AM, 11.01.2011

Heights librarian follows her heart to teach in Africa

Shamekia Chandler, associate children’s librarian at Heights Libraries, has always followed her heart when it comes to her work. A love of children and books led her to a career as a children’s librarian. Now, her love for Africa is leading her to a new job teaching English in Ethiopia.

“Africa pulls on my heart,” explained Chandler. “I went to Ghana earlier this year to volunteer, and ever since then, I’ve been looking for a way to get back. When I saw this opportunity to teach in Ethiopia, I jumped at it.”

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 2:42 PM, 10.31.2011

Library holds fourth annual photography contest, ‘Focus on the World’

Heights Library is hosting its fourth annual photography contest, sponsored by Cedar Center MOTOPHOTO. Participants can come to any of the Heights libraries to drop off submissions, which will be accepted now through Oct. 14. 

To tie in with this year’s theme, “Focus on the World,” contestants are encouraged to submit up to three photos of anywher the world, whether in their backyards or more exotic locales. Submissions can be color or black-and-white, and the photos must be 8 x 10" or smaller. Each submission must be mounted onto white 8.5 x 11" sturdy matte board, and the entrant must attach a completed entry form to the back of the board.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 2:36 PM, 10.07.2011

Heights Libraries to showcase local authors this fall

Among the first things you will notice when looking around the Coventry Village Library are the expressive posters promoting local authors. Over the past three years, Pat Gray, Coventry branch manager, has been cultivating the Cedar-Coventry Author Series, along with partners Jane Kessler of Appletree Books and Suzanne DeGaetano of Mac’s Backs. The series serves as a platform for both new and established authors to showcase their current works and broaden their fan base.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 2:45 PM, 10.07.2011

What's going on at your library?

Coventry Village Library

 1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.

Cedar-Coventry Author Series: Emily Mitchell discusses her book, The Last Summer of the World, a fictionalized biography of photographer Edward Steichen.

Monday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m.

Deaf Gathering: A social hour open to all who are interested in learning more about deaf culture. An interpreter will be provided.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 2:54 PM, 10.07.2011

Noble Neighborhood Library gets a face-lift

Now that the interior of the Noble Neighborhood Library has been spiffed up, it's time for a face-lift. In September, Heights Libraries began the exterior phase of the Noble Library renovation. This phase should becompleted by November 15, but that date may change depending on the fall weather.

"It's about time for Noble's exterior to match its beautiful, renovated interior," said Nancy Levin, Heights Library director.


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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:34 PM, 09.21.2011

University Heights Library announces fall book discussions for seniors at Whole Foods Cedar Center

Senior book enthusiasts are in luck: the University Heights Library will once again hold a book discussion series at Whole Foods Cedar Center as part of its regular Senior Spot. The events will take place on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. at Whole Foods, located at 13998 Cedar Road in University Heights.

“The Cleveland Heights-University Heights community is filled with enthusiastic readers,” said Aurora Martinez, University Heights Library manager. “That’s why we added the book discussion series to our special Senior Spot programming.”

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 9:34 AM, 08.31.2011

Community Art Contest offers $150 prize

Five years ago, the Heights Libraries celebrated the grand opening of a bridge spanning Lee Road. This year, it celebrates the opening of Harvey & FRIENDS Bookshop/Cafe located near the library side of that bridge. To commemorate both of these events, the FRIENDS of Heights Libraries invites one and all to take part in a Community Art Contest.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 8:35 PM, 08.11.2011

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is here, and parents are shopping for school supplies. But one of the most important school supplies is free: a Heights Library card. Do your children have library cards? Do you?

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 1:59 PM, 09.01.2011

What's happening at the library?

Fall is almost here, with loads of great programming for children, teens, and adults at Heights Libraries. Here’s just a sample. Check the Libraries’ website——for the full calendar of events.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 1:57 PM, 09.01.2011

RATS, CATS, TRASH - and books

You wouldn’t think any organization would be proud of being filled with RATS, CATS and TRASH, but at the Heights Libraries those acronyms have special meaning. RATS are Readers Advisory Team Services (for adults), CATS are Children’s Advisory Team Services, and TRASH stands for Teen Readers’ Advisory Super Heroes. Their mission is simple - helping patrons find their next good book.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 2:04 PM, 08.02.2011

What's going on at your library?

Summer fun is still going strong at the Heights Libraries. Below is just a partial listing of programs for August. Visit for more details.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 2:09 PM, 08.02.2011

Heights Libraries financial report now available

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library Public Library has completed, and made available to the public, its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The CAFR includes complete details of the library’s financial activity in 2010, including revenues, expenses, and balance sheets for all funds, as well as statistical information. Copies of the CAFR may be reviewed by request to the library’s fiscal officer at 2345 Lee Road in the administrative offices. The CAFR is also available for download on the library’s website,

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 10:51 PM, 07.21.2011

Free digital music service comes to Heights Libraries

Heights Libraries cardholders can now download free music MP3s through the Freegal music service. Freegal  is an online music source that offers access to hundreds of thousands of songs by a wide variety of artists in the Sony Music catalog. Sony’s catalog includes more than 50 labels, in genres ranging from rock and country to rap and classical.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 10:15 AM, 07.19.2011

Heights Libraries' first pet show draws howls, meows and ribbits of delight

Maybe it was the robo dwarf hamsters that said it best: “Squeal!”

The small patch of lawn across the street from the Lee Road Library could barely contain the action and excitement as pets, owners and spectators enjoyed the Heights Libraries’ first community pet show on June 15.

The show was made possible by a grant from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in honor of children’s author Keat's book, Pet Show!  Like the show in the book, the library’s pet show featured a surprising variety of animals. In addition to dogs and cats, the young participants brought dwarf frogs, fish, a ferret, a rabbit, a toad, dwarf hamsters, and even a sow bug (also known as a “roly poly”).

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:17 AM, 07.05.2011

Summer lunch and summer reading go hand in hand

Heights Libraries’ summer lunch program, in partnership with the Cleveland Foodbank, is off to a great start this year, with the number of lunches distributed the first week significantly higher than the 2010 numbers for the same week. Those numbers correspond to what appears to be a corresponding increase in the number of kids signing up for Heights Libraries’ summer reading program this season.

“So far this year, we have more kids signed up than we had last year at this time,” noted Susan Black, children’s services librarian, “And a lot of those kids have come right from the summer lunch program.”

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:09 AM, 07.05.2011

What's going on at your library?

All branches

Summer reading programs for children, teens and adults last all summer! It’s not too late to sign up—just ask a librarian. Visit

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:04 AM, 07.05.2011

Noble Library reopens

It was certainly grand and noble! The Noble Neighborhood Library had its grand reopening party May 15 and officially reopened for business on May 23.

Cutting the ribbon are, from left: Heights Library board members CarDala Carter, Jason Stein, and Ron Holland; Cleveland Heights Mayor Edward J. Kelley; Heights Library board member Esther Moss; and Heights Library Director Nancy Levin. Photo by Lisa Goss.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 3:26 PM, 05.27.2011

Volunteer opportunities at the Heights Libraries

Summer is a great time to get involved in your community, and Heights Libraries offer a variety of fun volunteer opportunities all summer long. "Volunteering is an incredibly rewarding experience," said Heather Howiler, Heights Libraries volunteer coordinator. “It's also a good way to build your resume if you are unemployed, or to fulfill high school volunteer work hours.” 

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 1:07 PM, 06.01.2011

Summer reading programs at the library help prevent ‘summer learning loss’

With one of the worst winters and wettest springs on record finally behind us, we’re all ready for the joys of summer. Swimming pools, parks, day camps, playgrounds, amusement parks, and even just the backyard are some of the favorite summer destinations for kids in our community who are ready to relax and have fun after the school year.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 1:40 PM, 06.02.2011

Free lunch program is back this summer at the Heights Library

With school out for the summer, children and teens in the Heights who rely on free school lunches face a potentially hungry summer. Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library is ready to help again this year, by hosting the free summer lunch program sponsored by the Cleveland Foodbank at the Lee Road Library.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 1:42 PM, 06.02.2011

What’s going on at your library?

All Branches
Summer Reading is here. Ask a librarian about signing up for summer reading programs for children, teens and adults.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 1:57 PM, 06.02.2011

Noble Library reopens May 23

What’s old and new, bigger and brighter and comes in the same-size box it did before?

The Noble Neighborhood Library Branch, that’s what! The brick building originally designed by Walker and Weeks closed for renovation on Oct. 1. Seven months later, on Monday, May 23, at 1 p.m., it will reopen.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 2:56 PM, 04.05.2011

Harvey and Friends Bookshop opens

The Harvey and Friends Bookshop, located on the second floor of the Lee Road Library, opened for business in February. It is named in honor of longtime Cleveland Heights resident Harvey Pekar, who died last summer.

Pekar was a well-known cartoonist, the author of American Splendor, and the subject of the movie with the same title. He was also a prominent supporter and friend of the Heights Library.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 9:52 PM, 04.11.2011

Friends of the Heights Libraries offers scholarships

Friends of the Heights Libraries are continuing their tradition of offering Library Education Scholarships. The scholarships provide funds to be used for tuition or books in any ALA-accredited graduate program in library science.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 2:04 PM, 05.03.2011

Associate librarian serves children at home and abroad

“I’ve always loved children, and I respect them as people,” said Shamekia Chandler, Heights Library associate childrens librarian . “It’s important to treat them right.”

That love and respect inspire Chandler’s work at the library and abroad. Last summer, on leave from the library, she traveled to Ghana to learn about the culture, and to volunteer tutoring sixth graders at a school in the city of Ho, capital of the Volta Region. While there, Chandler noticed that, while the children had textbooks, they had no “fun” books.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:55 PM, 05.03.2011

Art museum and library study ancient Egyptian treasures

Ancient Egypt maintains its hold over us even centuries after its demise. The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Art Study Group focuses on this endlessly fascinating culture with its spring series of programs, held in conjunction with the Ingalls Library of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Study Group participants will learn how the museum built its Egyptian collection, visit the newly re-installed galleries, view items from the Ingalls archives and take part in discussing one of 2010’s most highly praised books. Find out about archaeologist Howard Carter’s Cleveland connection, Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign and more while in the company of other art lovers. 

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 10:25 PM, 03.17.2011

Employment series taps Tri-C services

In March and April the Heights Library will be the place to be if you are a job seeker. A seven-program series designed to help job seekers acquire the skills needed on their journey to employment or a new career will take place at the Lee Road Library. This will be facilitated and led by Cuyahoga Community College’s Career Development and Transition Services.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 10:33 PM, 03.13.2011

CH-UH Public Library names new marketing manager

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library has named Sheryl Banks to be its marketing and community relations manager effective March 21.

Banks is a native Northeast Ohioan, and has lived in Cleveland Heights since 2004. She graduated from Kent State University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in English and a solid background in liberal arts. Since then, she has worked steadily in publishing, communications, marketing, website development, and event management, most recently for the national arts organization the Society for Photographic Education.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 8:09 AM, 02.25.2011

What's going on at your library?

See what's going on your neighborhood libraries.

Coventry Village Library

1925 Coventry Road, 216-321-3400

Lee Road Library

2345 Lee Road, 216-932-3600

University Heights Public Library

13866 Cedar Road, 216-321-4700


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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 1:40 PM, 03.01.2011

Spring Break Writers’ Camp to groom budding authors

Local writers and educators Amy Rosenbluth and Cynthia Larsen have a dream. They want to encourage young authors from the Heights to pursue creative writing excellence. Both have worked with the public schools, homeschoolers and the library in many capacities, but always progressing toward their goal.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 1:31 PM, 03.01.2011