FRIENDS 2014-15 Summary

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. 

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FRIENDS' 2013-2014 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' 2012-2013 Summary
 

  • Funded general  and specific programming and services for the Heights Libraries’ reading community and staff
  • Entirely funded the Heights Libraries' new ‘book bike’ which brings informational services and free books into the community, including community events and nursing homes
  • Funded one local library science student with a tuition scholarship award
  • Set aside funds for future Heights Libraries levy campaign
  • Funded the start up seed money for the new Heights Libraries foundation, Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries
  • Sponsored or co-sponsored community events on behalf of and to raise awareness of Heights Libraries, including the African-American Read-In, the Heights Libraries team in the Reaching Heights Spelling Bee, a film at the Cleveland International Film Festival, a New Residents Welcome, and the Cleveland Heights Home & Garden Tour
  • Raised money for the Heights Libraries through ongoing and First Friday book sales in the Harvey & Friends Bookshop and impulse carts (all located in the Heights Libraries), the large May book sale, sales of prints, sales of earbuds to Library patrons, payments of commissions on vending machine sales to Library patrons, membership fees and donations including our 50 year anniversary request and a community fundraiser to benefit the Friends at the Winespot
  • Recognized volunteers for outstanding service to the Libraries and the larger community
  • Celebrated and advertised FRIENDS news and accomplishments in newsletters, online websites and the October FRIENDS 2012 Annual Meeting.

 

FRIENDS are glad to support an award winning library system.
Visit http://www.heightslibrary.org/ for mind opening programming and fun!


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