Hartzell Named Library Interim Executive Director
Hartzell has held the position of Branch/Regional Services Director since March 1996. She has been in charge of branch operations and public service departments in the Library's Administrative Office Building on Snow Road, in Parma.
She has served on the CAMLS Board, has been a member of the Steering Committee for the annual North Coast Neighbors Share a Book project, and was a Charter Member of the Cleveland Museum of Art's Citizens Advisory Committee.
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Four Libraries Collaborate for Ohio Bicentennial Project
Inspired by tales of Alta Weiss, girl pitcher and baseball wonder, Ritter Public Library Assistant Director Kathleen Jozwiak and Bette Lou Higgins of Eden Valley Enterprises, both organizations located in Vermilion, began conversing about how to bring a local legend to the attention of a wider audience.
They discovered that Alta Weiss not only had played baseball with a men’s team in Vermilion, but also had practiced medicine in Norwalk, OH. She was also well known in Tuscarawas County, OH, having grown up and retired in the village of Ragersville. Further findings revealed that Alta was born and buried in Holmes County, OH. The idea occurred to them that perhaps libraries from each of these counties would be interested in collaborating to develop a special program for the Ohio Bicentennial in 2022. All of the libraries, though scattered throughout northeastern Ohio by as much as 125 miles, were intrigued and enthusiastic!
In January 2022 Jozwiak joined representatives from the Norwalk Public Library, the Tuscarawas County Public Library in New Philadelphia, and the Holmes County Public Library, and the Alta Weiss Ohio Bicentennial Project was born.
The committee hired Eden Valley Enterprises, who had done such projects in the past, to prepare and present a first-person character program in each county, that would be offered free to the public.
With financial committments from the Friends groups of both the Ritter Public Library and the Norwalk Public Library, and by including area Historical Societies and other interested organizations, the committee was able to raise enough funds to carry out the plan.
The two historical societies of Tuscarawas County volunteered to prepare a traveling exhibit which will be featured at each library during the week of its presentation. "You Can't Play Ball in a Skirt: Alta Weiss, an Ohio Hero" will be presented at the following locations and dates:
The creative ideas of two persons, combined with the vision, resources and support of interested persons from several libraries and their Friends groups, historical societies, arts organizations, cities, and baseball fans from all over northeastern Ohio have brought together an exciting collaborative program for the Ohio Bicentennial in 2022.
For more information, contact project coordinator Kathleen Jozwiak at (440) 967-3798.
Westlake Goes Platinum!
Those who checked out after the patron having the one millionth item also received gifts from the library. The first 50 after them received mugs commemorating the library's status as one of the "Top 1O" in the nation serving communities of Westlake's size according Hennen's American Public Library Ratings. The next 250 were given leather bookmarks imprinted with a drawing of the new building. The 250 after that received notepads imprinted with library and literary quotes.
The library moved into its expanded and renovated quarters in July of 2022, but circulation was on the rise even before the move.
CPL Book Discussion Stretches Across the Atlantic
Each group gathered around a personal computer and relayed their comments to the typist who forwarded them to the chat room. When the message appeared, a sighted reader read the comments aloud to members. Laughs were abundant, and all who participated felt that they now have reading friends across the ocean. Another discussion is planned for spring.