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

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The FRIENDS Website is currently under construction. Memberships can still be updated, and the Upcoming events are still correct. Look for a new layout in 2018! And "Like" us on Facebook for news and updates.

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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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John Jarvey and
Marilyn McLaughlin
Named to FFHL Honor Roll

Honorees to Be Recognized for
Opening Doors and Opening Mind

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries will name John Jarvey and Marilyn McLaughlin as the initial members of the FFHL Honor Roll at an awards banquet Nov. 5 at John Carroll University.

 The honor is a “lifetime achievement” award, recognizing those who have made a sustained, outstanding contribution to the Cleveland Heights/University Heights community by promoting literacy or by educating through literacy. Patterned after the Heights Libraries’ mission of “Opening Doors, Opening Minds,” Jarvey will be honored as a “Door opener,”
and McLaughlin will be inaugurated
as a “Mind opener.”


John Jarvey
Jarvey, a retired teacher, has been opening doors to literacy for more than 25 years as a volunteer with the Friends of the Heights Libraries. For the past 7 years, he has managed the group’s book sorting room in preparation for their monthly book sales. Four to five days a week he can be found in the basement of the library opening boxes and
categorizing the contents.


Marilyn McLaughlin

 McLaughlin opened minds as she worked for more than 20 years as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher in the CHUH Adult Basic Literacy Education program. She provided hundreds of immigrants and foreign visitors with excellent English and literacy instruction at various CHUH libraries, as well
as an introduction to life in
CHUH and Cuyahoga County.

 The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries was established in 2013 by the Heights Libraries Board of Trustees as a 501(c)(3) organization that is entrusted to administration by the Cleveland Foundation.

 If you wish to attend the 2017 Honor Roll dinner please click the following link:

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Cedar-Coventry Author Series

Coventry Village Branch
Coventry Meeting Room
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Celebrating our wealth of outstanding local authors, this series is presented in partnership with Mac’s Backs Books and Appletree Books.
No registration required.

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join our lively monthly book club. We will be reading great books, both modern and classic, and partaking in engaging discussions. We will be meeting at the Tavern Co. - 2299 Lee Rd. 
Set in a small coastal town at the end of the American Revolution, Katy Simpson Smith's debut novel The Story of Land and Sea follows three generations of family.

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Dewey’s Decimators, the Heights Library Spelling Bee team, sponsored by the FRIENDS just won the 26th Annual Reaching Heights Community Spelling Bee. Congratulations to Susan Beatty, Chris Mentrek and Victor Rosenberg for a job well done!

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For Sale
New List of Library Sets
Check the Page:
Bookshop Special Sales

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Report on the
November 2016

Mega Book Sale!

The FRIENDS of the Heights Libraries held another hugely successful Mega Sale last November. Due to the high quality and amazing range of donated books we receive, we had an especially large number of “specials” to offer during this sale. Once again the Mega Sale brought in more than $8,000 to support the Heights Libraries.

The FRIENDS extends thanks to our loyal patrons, and our new ones, who enjoy the bounty of a Heights Library FRIENDS Mega Sale.  It is especially satisfying to hear excited patrons raving about their finds and appreciating the great deals they got. 

Mark your calendar: 

First Friday $4 bag sales every month in the Harvey & FRIENDS bookshop Mega Sales twice a year.  Watch for our next Mega Sale, May 5-7, with a special members’ preview on May 4, 5-7 p.m.

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The FRIENDS Scholarship Committee announced that its scholarship recipient for Spring 2017 is Angelina Bair.

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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First Friday Booksales at Harvey & FRIENDS Bookshop - Lee Rd. Library
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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.

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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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