FRIENDS of the Heights Libraries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
and contributions are tax deductible in accordance with law.


FRIENDS of the Heights Libraries are enthusiastic supporters united by a common interest in the continued well-being of our libraries. We promote interest, appreciation and use of the four branches (Coventry, Lee Road, Noble, University Heights) of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.

FRIENDS assist in maintaining, improving and adding to resources, facilities and services.

FRIENDS are a service organization supporting the libraries' programs for children and adults by raising money from used book sales, membership dues and gifts. We welcome your book purchases and membership! 
Become a FRIENDS Member

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Library Centennial Celebration
 Coventry Rd. Library
 Sunday, May 1, 2016 2:00 pm

The historic Coventry Village branch
is the setting for our
2016 Centennial Celebration Kick-Off.
Local author Mary Doria Russell
will honor the Library with a special talk,
we will bury a time capsule,
and enjoy birthday cake, live music, and children’s activities. All are welcome!

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Thursday May 5,
from 5:00 to 8:45

Instant New FRIENDS Membership available at the door for $10

All Books, CDs, and AudioBooks are $1,
except small paperbacks which are 10/$1.
Children's and teen's books are 2/$1.
DVDs are $2.
A wonderful selection of new "Specials"
are individually priced.

We have been boxing books for months
and will bring out a huge selection of
books never offered before!
The sale will be held in the first floor
meeting rooms at the Lee Rd. Library.

The sale continues Friday through Sunday,
May 6 - 8, and is open to all.

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Regional Premiere
by David Adjmi
Directed by Nathan Motta
April 22 - May 22, 2016

The play will run
approximately 135 minutes
(including a 15 minute intermission)
The production features adult language.

How's a queen to keep her head in the
middle of a revolution?
Marie Antoinette delights and inspires
her French subjects with her three-foot
tall wigs and extravagant haute couture.
But times change and even the
most fashionable queens go out of style.
In the humorous and haunting
Marie Antoinette, idle gossip turns more insidious as the country revolts, demanding:
liberté, égalité, fraternité!

For tickets and information visit:
April 22 - May 22, 2016

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FRIENDS May 14 - 15
 NOBLE Neighborhood Branch
Book Sale $1 a Book

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Excellent selection of Sets For Sale - reference (adult and children), literature, and video sets priced reasonably!
The FRIENDS have a nice selection of these sets for sale, most from private collections. 
Click Here for Link to list of titles. 

If you are interested in any of them, please contact the FRIENDS by
voicemail:  216-932-3600 x1234 or

We will respond to answer your questions or to make arrangements for purchasing.  100% of all sales will benefit the Heights Libraries' programming and services.

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Congratulations to all involved
in the November

Mega Book Sale!

We had an amazing, record breaking weekend, with total book sales of $6,917!  That is a lot of books!  In addition, we sold $375 in memberships, and received $25 in donations.  So we collected $7,317 in total over the four days. 

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The FRIENDS Scholarship Committee announced that its scholarship recipients for Spring 2016 are Angelina Bair, Margaret Hull and James Porter.

Thank you to Sarojini Rao, Cindy Seaman, Barbara Walker, Jeffery French and Nancy Levin for serving on the FRIENDS Scholarship Committee.

This $750 scholarship is designed to encourage careers in librarianship by providing financial assistance to pursue a graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited library school.

Any person living in Cleveland Heights or University Heights for at least one year prior to application, or any employee of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library for at least one year prior to submitting an application, may apply.

Applications are accepted three times per year, applications for the Fall Semester must be received between June 1 and July 1. Scholarship applications for the Spring Semester must be received between November 1 and December 1. Scholarship applications for the Summer Semester must be received between
March 1 and April 1.

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01 May 2016 2:00 PM (EDT) • Coventry Rd. Library
05 May 2016 5:00 PM (EDT) • Lee Rd. Library First Floor Meeting Rooms
06 May 2016 9:15 AM (EDT) • Lee Rd. Library First Floor Meeting Rooms
07 May 2016 9:15 AM (EDT) • Lee Rd. Library First Floor Meeting Rooms
08 May 2016 1:15 AM (EDT) • Lee Rd. Library First Floor Meeting Rooms
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Support FRIENDS by starting your online shopping at AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile ( ) is the same Amazon you know.
Same products, same prices, same service. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
You may choose Friends with the following link:

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The Heights Libraries and the FRIENDS Team WON this year's 24th Annual Reaching Heights Adult Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the
team members:
  Aurora Martinez,
Kathy Farago, and Victor Rosenberg!
MC of Spelling Bee (far left) Steve Presser and
Dir. of Reaching Hts. (far right) Krista Hawthorne

Read more at:!Deweys-Decimators-Triumph-at-24th-Spelling-Bee/csyd/553111ec0cf29b004084c86f

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Sunday and Friday Hours Restored
at Heights Libraries

February 20, 2015 / Sheryl / Library News

Thanks to the passage of its operating levy in November 2014, Heights Libraries now has funding to reinstate  Sunday hours  at the Coventry Village and Noble Neighborhood branches, and Friday hours at the Coventry branch. Beginning Friday, May 15, the Coventry branch will reopen from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to reinstate the Friday hours that were cut in January 2014.  On Sunday, May 17, all branches will be open from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. to reinstate the hours that were eliminated in 2009, when Ohio’s Public Library Fund was drastically cut by the state government.

Read More At:

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Heights Libraries Earns Top Rating from Library Journal Sixth Year in a Row


For the sixth year in a row, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library system has received the highest possible rating in the Library Journal’s 2014 Index of Public Library Service. The five-star rating is given to the top U.S. libraries each year.

Heights Libraries has earned five stars in six out of the seven years that Library Journal has published the ratings, starting in 2008. Library Journal is a trade journal that reports news about the library world, emphasizing public libraries, and has a nation-wide circulation of 100,000.

Libraries are categorized by yearly expenditure and rated on four criteria: circulation, visits, program attendance, and Internet terminal use (public computers). Heights Libraries circulation came in at 31.5 per capita in our service area, meaning that roughly 31 items were circulated for every resident in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights service area. Visits per capita averaged 19.5 (up from 18.8 for 2013), program attendance averaged 1.1 (up from 0.8 in 2013), and public computer use came in at 5 per capita.

“This shows what we’ve known all along: people in our community are using the library regularly,” says Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin. “For many customers we’ve become that ‘third place,’ the place besides work and home where they like to be. We are always busy, and I don’t see that trend reversing anytime soon.”

Levin continues, “Our community depends on us more than ever for everything from free entertainment with books and DVDs and fun programs, to more crucial things like access to the Internet, employment and business resources, free computer classes, and resources to encourage early literacy and help kids do their homework.”

Heights Libraries wasn’t the only other Cuyahoga County area library receiving Star Awards; other area libraries to win are Cleveland Public (4 stars), Shaker Heights (3), Cuyahoga County (5 stars), and Lakewood (5 stars).

The entire State of Ohio did well in general, compared to the rest of the nation: Ohio was second only to New York State in terms of the number of libraries that received star ratings, 27 vs. 36, respectively. “One reason for this superb showing in our state is continued public support for libraries from Ohio’s residents,” says Levin.

The entire report on America’s star libraries can be found at Library Journal’s website,

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The FRIENDS Board wants to
reignite the newsletter for its members.
This important job cannot be done by a single person -- we need reporters !

Any member who is interested in writing up a short report (150-200 words) on a FRIENDS event is welcome (indeed, encouraged) to do so.
No need to worry too much about
grammar and punctuation --
all items will be edited
before publication. 
Many hands make light work,
so the more volunteers,
the better and easier for all.

Please contact Barbara S. Walker at
especially before an event, so we can line up reporters early.

Please help us with this effort.

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Heights Libraries is the proud recipient of the 2014 Ohio Library Council Innovation Award for the Book Bike! Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers and community partners for making this program a success!

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The FRIENDS 2013-14 Summary
The FRIENDS concluded the 2013-14 year on September 30 and held our Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 12.  Highlights of the past year included two successful Mega Book Sales, monthly First Friday sales, and summer sales at each of the branches.  We raised $27,705 from our book sales and a total of $46,162, including special events, sales of merchandise, memberships and donations.  Expenses of $11,568 left us with a net income of $34,594.  The FRIENDS granted $21,460 to the Heights Libraries to support programming, a recurring donation to support the levy campaign and special projects

This year, the FRIENDS paid for a mural in the children's room at the Coventry branch which is currently being designed to resemble the Hobbit’s shire from J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit which developed into The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The room will be in the back, and the wing that includes the fireplace will hold the entire adult collection.

Other highlights of the year included updating our website, donating books to a variety of community organizations in need of books for their clients, and volunteering a total of 4,432 hours to support our five star libraries! 

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FRIENDS are glad to support an award winning library system.
Visit for mind opening programming and fun!

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