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! 

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Friday, November 4
from 9:15 am to 8:45 pm

$4 a BAG for ALL Books
EXCEPT for Specials & Sets

FRIENDS First Friday Book Sale
at the Harvey & FRIENDS Bookshop
at the Lee Rd. Library 2nd Floor.

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FRIENDS of the Heights Libraries

If you missed the Free Dress Rehearsal,
you can still see


by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Midwest Premiere
Directed by Nathan Motta

Friday, October 21, 2016 until
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Call the Box Office at: (216) 932-3396
or click

THURSDAY (eve); 7:30pm - $29
FRIDAY (eve); 8:00pm - $32
SATURDAY (eve); 8:00pm - $32
SUNDAY (mat.); 2:30pm - $29

*Senior, Student, & Military discounts available.
*The first Sunday every production is a 7:30pm Pay-As-You-Can performance

Obie Award-winning playwright and MacArthur Foundation Fellow

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

takes the plot of Dion Boucicault's 1859 antebellum melodrama, The Octoroon, and smashes it with a 21st century sensibility.

Presented through the eyes of the onstage playwright BJJ, this pre-Civil War tale set in the Deep South tells of a slave owner's affections for a woman whose blood is one-eighth Black.

AN OCTOROON promises to be ripe for audience conversation around race in today’s society, and the role that theater plays with this dialogue.

Content advisory: AN OCTOROON contains adult language,
themes and disturbing images.

Featuring Abraham Adams+,
India Nicole Burton*, Ananias J. Dixon+, Natalie Green*, Anjanette Hall*,
Katrice Headd+, Maya Jones+,
Nathan A. Lilly+, and Arif Silverman+.

* Member of Actors' Equity Association
+ Equity Membership Candidate

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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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Report on the
May 2016

Mega Book Sale!

The FRIENDS of the Heights Libraries did it again!  Our May 2016 Mega Sale broke previous records for Mega Sales by over $1,000, bringing in $8,500.  We are most grateful to our community for the high quality and amazing range of donated books we receive.  We are aware that not all friends’ groups are as fortunate as ours, again thanks to everyone who loves our library enough to make a difference.

In May we were able to feature a section on books of Japanese interest that included books on everything from religion to art to culture.  This was made possible by two large and wide-ranging gifts from persons unknown but much appreciated.  Sale patrons were very excited to see both “specials” and regular sale books focused on that topic.

Many thanks to our loyal patrons, and our new ones, who discover the bounty of a Heights Library FRIENDS Mega Sale!  It is especially satisfying to hear excited patrons raving about their finds and appreciating the deals they got.  This is exactly as it should be!

 Spread the word:  First Friday sales every month in the Harvey & FRIENDS bookshop; Mega Sales twice a year.  Our next Mega Sale is just after Election Day in November.

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The FRIENDS Scholarship Committee announced that its scholarship recipients for Fall 2016 are Angelina Bair, Amanda Chang, 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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03 Nov 2016 7:00 PM (EDT) • Lee Rd. Library 2nd Floor Administrative Offices
04 Nov 2016 9:15 AM (EDT) • Lee Rd. Library 2nd Floor Bookshop
10 Nov 2016 5:00 PM (EST) • Lee Rd. Library First Floor Meeting Rooms
11 Nov 2016 9:15 AM (EST) • Lee Rd. Library First Floor Meeting Rooms
12 Nov 2016 9:15 AM (EST) • 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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FRIENDS Donates Cookbooks to Edwins Restaurant

As part of its mission, the FRIENDS of the Heights Libraries provides books to nonprofit organizations. In September, we donated three boxes of cookbooks to Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute. The 501(c)3 organization is a French restaurant at Shaker Square that aims to “instill leadership skills in formerly incarcerated men and women through an education in culinary arts, providing our community with tomorrow’s leaders,” says Edwins founder Brandon Chrostowski. The name Edwins is short for “Education Wins.” Edwins students spend six months learning all aspects of the restaurant business; graduates are working in restaurants throughout Northeast Ohio.

Past FRIENDS donations have included boxes of books to Hopewell, a therapeutic farm community for adults with mental illness, the Lorain Correctional Institution, and Goodwill Industries.

Heather Peterson picks up cookbooks for Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute.

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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 2014-15 Summary
It’s been another active and results-oriented year for the FRIENDS!  Our two Mega Sales broke earning records and First Friday, branch and Teacher/Parent sales drew strong participation.  But we did a lot more than selling books.

This year the FRIENDS awarded $3,750 in scholarship grants to Peggy Hull, Angelina Bair and James Porter toward their library school tuition. We voted this year to increase semester scholarships to $750 each and expanded our grants to include the summer session.

This spring, art teachers and students from Heights High created a decorative wall on the eastern wall of Harvey & FRIENDS bookshop.  The amazing three dimensional mural depicts the Cleveland skyline, the city of Cleveland Heights and the Heights Libraries.  We are very appreciative of their donated skill and labor.  Funding for the materials for this project came from the Rachel Nelson Art Fund, maintained by the FRIENDS.  Combined with new shelving, the bookshop is looking great.

 We also hosted or participated in the following events:

  • African American Read-In in February
  • Cleveland International Film Festival in March
  • Favorite Poem Project in April
  • Reaching Heights Spelling Bee in April
  • New Resident Welcomes in June and October
  • Heights High sponsored Flea Market at Monticello in June
  • HCC Home and Garden Tour in September
  • The Indigenous People’s Read-In in October
  • The Lee Road Candy Crawl in October
  • Membership Gathering at Dobama in December

Last November we supported the successful passage of the levy that continues critical public support for our five star Heights Libraries. 

This year volunteers gave 4,359 hours of their time to the FRIENDS.  This is an amazing number!  We are proud to have 363 members of this organization and thank each one of you for your contributions that sustain and support our five-star Library.

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FRIENDS are glad to support an award winning library system.
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