Heights Libraries to again allow browsing, computer use — with guidelines: Press Run

Christel Deskins

Library news: Heights Libraries has announced that it will be expanding services in its four buildings in September to include browsing and limited computer use. Computer use will begin Tuesday, Sept. 15, and browsing will begin the following week, on Sept. 22. Due to COVID-19, however, things will be […]

Library news: Heights Libraries has announced that it will be expanding services in its four buildings in September to include browsing and limited computer use. Computer use will begin Tuesday, Sept. 15, and browsing will begin the following week, on Sept. 22.

Due to COVID-19, however, things will be a bit different. Computer use and browsing will now include safeguards meant to keep customers and staff as safe as possible.

Computer use will require a reservation, and reservations may only be made by phone. Walk-ups and online reservations are not available at this time. Computer use will also now require a library card. Guest passes will not be available. Customers may make a reservation by calling any branch, starting at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Use is limited to one computer session per day, and sessions last for 45 minutes.

Browsing will be permitted in all sections– Adult, Teen, and Children’s — but customers will be asked to stay only as long as they need to get their materials. To achieve safe social distancing, the Library is limiting the number of customers in the buildings, and has removed chairs and tables to discourage lingering. If a staff member thinks an area is too crowded, they will ask customers to move along so that others may enter the building. Reference staff will be at reference desks again, but will assist customers from behind Plexiglas barriers.

Per the state of Ohio’s statewide mask order, customers must wear face masks at all times, and keep six feet of distance from staff and other customers at all times. Face masks must cover both nose and mouth, and be in place for the duration of the visit. Face shields may not be worn in place of face masks.

Study rooms and meeting rooms will remain closed until further notice, as will the children’s play areas.

“We are so happy to welcome customers back, and we have worked very hard to do so safely,” said Heights Libraries Director Nancy Levin, in a release. “Services look very different now. While we can’t yet welcome the community to spend time in our buildings, we still offer free access to computers, books, music, and DVDs, and all kinds of information is available on our website and through our reference staff.”

Full details, including guidelines for computer use, can be found on the Heights Libraries website, heightslibrary.org.

More library news: The Noble Neighborhood Library branch, 2800 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights, is holding a “Socially Distant Dance Party for Kids,” from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 12. This is what the library has to say about the event: “Calling all party people! Moving, dancing, shaking preschoolers and their families are invited to a rad, socially distanced dance party. This outdoor event will help kids practice distancing while connecting with, but apart, from their peers through safe dancing and movement.”

For the safety of all, children should be able to follow simple directions or be small enough to need help moving. Anyone over the age of 2 is required to wear a mask. The event will be held weather permitting.

These rad kids, or we should say their rad parents, need to first register. To do so and to send an email to get more detailed instructions, visit here.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library also has an online activity coming up. It’s author Kathy Ewing’s “Lead Me, Guide Me: The Life and Example of Father Dan Begin,” during which Ewing will read from her latest book via Zoom. It happens from 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 15.

To register, visit here.

Finally, the CH-UH Library will offer “Appy Hour” — that’s “Appy,” as in apps — from 4-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, and every other week thereafter, on Facebook live, which you can connect with here.

Join the library’s tech trainers on Facebook Live every other Wednesday at 4 p.m. to learn about apps to try on your Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. If you can’t watch live, check out the library’s Facebook and YouTube pages for recorded Appy Hour sessions.

Jewish Federation honors Libman: The Jewish Federation of Cleveland announced that Keith Libman is the 2020 recipient of the Gries Family Award in recognition of his lasting impact on Cleveland’s Jewish and general communities.

The Gries Family Award, for 25 years, has honored individuals who have demonstrated extensive top leadership in Federation and other local Jewish organization activities, as well as significant leadership in Greater Cleveland’s general community.

The busy Libman fits that bill as he is a dedicated community volunteer and partner at the law firm Bober, Markey, Fedorovich. He was presented the award at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland Board of Trustees meeting, held Aug. 26.

“I’ve always tried to spend the extra time or extra dollar to the benefit of others,” Libman said, in a release, “and I love the opportunities that I have been given to participate in our community. To be honored by the Gries family is overwhelming to me. I am inspired by their gravitas, intellect, and generosity.”

Libman serves as the Federation’s Security Committee Chair, and has been heavily involved with the organization for many years. His past leadership includes serving as a Federation vice chair, chair of the Administrative Committee and involvement with the Community Planning, Audit, Finance & Investment, and Government Relations committees.

In addition to his involvement with the Federation, Libman has served on numerous Jewish organization boards. He is a past president of The Temple-Tifereth Israel, Menorah Park, and the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation. Libman is a current board member of Jewish Federations of North America and Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

In the general community, Libman is a board member of Global Cleveland, Karamu House, and United Way of Greater Cleveland.

“In whatever community work he undertakes, Keith demonstrates a prodigious work ethic, an understanding of the mission of each of the boards upon which he serves, and an admirable willingness to roll up his sleeves to become deeply involved in the work of the institution he is serving,” said Enid Rosenberg, Gries Award Selection Committee chair and a past Gries Family Award recipient, who presented Libman with the award. “He not only participates, he asks insightful questions and brings others into the fold. Thank you, Keith, for your leadership.”

The Jewish Federation release states that, “The Gries family was one of the first Jewish families to settle in Cleveland. The Gries Family Award includes a donation to a charitable cause chosen by the recipient. Libman designated his donation to the Jewish Cleveland Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund and the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. Together with his wife, Nancy, Libman matched these gifts. Bober, Markey, Fedorovich also made donations to these causes in Libman’s honor.

Learn backyard composting: If you’ve never composted before, or have and want to do better, get ready because, this fall, Cuyahoga County residents are invited to learn more about residential composting and creating the perfect soil amendment for their yard.

Free Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District webinars teach how to properly compost residential yard waste and food scraps. Composting and vermicomposting help reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills while creating a healthy soil additive that can be used in gardens and landscapes.

Three types of webinars are being offered. They include Backyard Composting 101, Composting with Worms: Vermicomposting 101, and Composting Creatures for Kids.

Composting webinars are held at least twice a month from April through October. Registration is required through Zoom Meetings.

Upcoming September webinars will take place 2 p.m. Sept. 3, 6 p.m. Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and noon Sept. 30.

For additional dates, more information or to register, visit cuyahogarecycles.org/compost_workshops_and_bins.

Learning online with CWRU: Case Western Reserve University-Siegal Lifelong Learning have scheduled four more online classes on varied topics.

— The first is “Eight Accidental Presidents,” in which instructor Barbara Greenberg will examine the presidencies of eight men who came to office without being elected to it and how each affected the country and the world. Studied will be the power and limits of the American presidency as they apply to our history in critical times.

The course will be given from 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays Sept. 14 to Nov. 9. There will be no class Sept. 28. To learn more and to register, visit case.edu/lifelonglearning/courses/courses-subject/politics-contemporary-issues/eight-accidental-presidents-remote.

— Next is “Fairy Tales: The Power of the Story,” with instructor Paula Kalamaras. From Grimm to Disney, ancient myths to Perrault, what are fairy tales and why are they important in our lives? Why are folktales different in each culture? What makes a legend? These questions and more will be discussed, including a whole cache of unknown tales discovered by accident recently in a German municipal town archive.

This course will take place Thursdays from 10-11:30 a.m. from Sept. 17 to Nov. 5. Visit case.edu/lifelonglearning/courses/courses-subject/literature-writing/fairy-tales-power-story-remote.

— “Trauma, Ethics, and Witness in Women’s Holocaust Diaries,” with instructor Ravenel Richardson, a visiting scholar at CWRU’s School of Medicine, will take place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 22 to Oct. 13. Visit case.edu/lifelonglearning/courses/courses-subject/jewish-studies/trauma-ethics-and-witness-womens-holocaust-diaries-remote.

— “The Many Stories of Modern Art,” with Cleveland Museum of Art Staff serving as instructors, will take place Tuesdays, from 10-11 a.m. Sept. 29 to Nov. 3.

This six-session course will offer a chronological overview of key moments and themes in modern art through in-depth analyses of significant works in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art by artists such as Berthe Morisot, Wilfredo Lam, Jacob Lawrence, and Lee Krasner. Visit case.edu/lifelonglearning/courses/courses-subject/art-music-theater/many-stories-modern-art-remote.

For still more information, visit case.edu/lifelonglearning, or call 216-368-2090.

Awards presentation online: Everything is going online these days. Above, we talked about online courses, but in this item, University Heights has announced that its Third Annual University Heights Civic Awards will also go virtual with a show to be held Nov. 19.

“The event will celebrate those individuals and organizations who have worked hard in 2020 to make University Heights an even greater place to live, work, and raise a family,” it is stated in Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan’s daily COVID-19 update to residents from Aug. 27. “If you would like to nominate someone for an award — whether it’s Citizen of the Year, Good Neighbor, or Volunteer of the year — please reply to ([email protected]) with your recommendation. We are also accepting nominations for the Beautiful Home Awards.”

Play days for Shaker youth: The Shaker Heights Recreation Department wants residents to know that there’s still plenty of time to join in on its #ShakerPlays youth programs.

These free pop-up programs are offered from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at various Shaker parks and will continue through the end of September. The socially distanced programs include plenty of fun crafts and STEM activities, including Popsicle stick puzzles, oobleck, and DIY sidewalk chalk.

Follow the department on Facebook and Instagram to see the full schedule of #ShakerPlays youth programs and adult fitness classes. Weekly schedules are posted every Monday afternoon.

Tough news for those who park: The city of Cleveland Heights has announced that overnight parking restrictions are about to resume.

For the past several months, because of the pandemic, the city has not enforced its overnight parking ban. However, overnight parking restrictions will once again be enforced starting on Sept. 8. That means that on-street parking will not be permitted from 3-6 a.m.

All good things come to an end, but it seems that the pandemic has no such plans.

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