October 2001

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Twinsburg Public Library Awarded grant for Family Literacy Program

The Twinsburg Public Library has been awarded an LSTA 2001 Full Grant for over $25,000 to initiate family literacy programs.
The Twinsburg Library will work with many local service agencies to develop the project. During the first stage, new mothers in Twinsburg and Reminderville will receive tote bags packed with books for infants, literature about parenting, reading, and community resources, and other materials designed to encourage parent-child interaction. These "Born to Read" packets will be delivered to the mothers by the Summit County Health Department during the "Welcome Home" visits.

The second stage of the Library's project will establish an early childhood center called the Family Place. Parent/Child workshops will be held for parents and young children to socialize, play together with educational toys, and discuss speech, hearing, nutrition, child development and behavior issues with health professionals. Computers specially designed for toddlers will be available, as will an enlarged collection of parenting books and videos.

Twinsburg Library's Project Coordinator Karen Woods and Youth Services Manager Lucy Wilms will travel to Long Island this month to attend the Family Place Training Institute at Middle Country Public Library, the site of the national model for the Family Place project.

CCPL Recycling Committee Announces Contest

To reinforce the importance of recycling and the reduction of waste, the Recycling Committee of Cuyahoga County Public Library will be sponsoring a contest for children to design artwork for one of the Library's canvas bags for sale in the branches.

Entrants will be asked to create an original, environmentally themed design on 8 ½ x 11 white paper. A winner will be selected in each age category, 3 -6 years old and 7 - 10 years old. Each winner will receive a canvas bag with their original design on it and a gift certificate to Border Books. The contest will run November 15 - 30, 2001.

Cuyahoga County Public Library is a leader in Environmental Conservation. Its Recycling Committee was established in 1990. Since then, they have worked to promote recycling through its system-wide paper, aluminum, metal and glass recycling program; use of soy-based ink and recycled paper in the Library's Graphics Department; and the sale of canvas bags in branches as an alternative to plastic bags.

Bellevue and Birchard Public Libraries Co-sponsor Online "Scrapbook"

CAMLS members Bellevue and Birchard Public Libraries are working with Clyde Public Library and the Rutherford B. Hayes
Presidential Center to maintain a web-based text and pictorial scrapbook of Sandusky County History. It now features five sections that include the Battle of Fort Stephenson, Colonel George Croghan, General James B. McPherson, Private Rodger Young (Congressional Medal of Honor, WWII), and the Elmore Car. http://www.sandusky-county-scrapbook.net

New Technology Coordinator Joins Westlake Porter Public Library

Tim Donaldson has joined Westlake Porter Public Library as its
Coordinator for Technical and Automated Services. He replaces Ginny Hendron, who retired in August. Donaldson came to WPPL from the Willard Public Library in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he was System Administrator. He has served previously as Access Services Manager at the Jackson District Library (Michigan) and Automation and Cataloguing Manager at Burton Public Library (Ohio). A returning Ohioan (and avid Browns fan), Donaldson has a Master of Library Science degree from Kent State University.

Interim Director at Taylor

Consultant Bob Smith is serving as Interim Director of Taylor Memorial Library in Cuyahoga Falls. Bob can be reached at [email protected]

CAMLS Members Honored at OLC

CAMLS member libraries received numerous accolades during the Ohio Library Council (OLC) Awards and Honors program last Friday in Toledo. Congratulations to each recipient and to their libraries. While these awards will be listed as being given in 2001, each of the recipients has worked her or his entire careers to improve the quality of service to the citizens whom she or he serves.

Jeff French of the Euclid Public Library was selected as this year's Hall of Fame Librarian, for demonstrating a consistently high level of achievement and leadership throughout his career.

John Lonsak and Andy Venable of the Cuyahoga County Public Library and Cleveland Public Library, respectively, were co-recipients of the Librarian of the Year Award, in recognition of the momentous Greater Access partnership they created last year.

Terri Frederick of the Lorain Public Library System was honored as the Support Staff Member of the Year for her many contributions to the Library.

Mercier Robinson of the Cleveland Public Library was the recipient of the John Philip Outreach award for her exceptional work in library outreach.

In addition, the Ohio Friends of the Library Awards were given to Friends organizations from three CAMLS member libraries:
Friends of Avon Library (Lorain Public Library System) - under 100 members;
Friends of Brecksville Library (Cuyahoga County Public Library) - 101 to 300 members;
Friends of Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library - over 300 members.

CAMLS faces were spotted in the new OLC recruitment video, "Looking for Leaders"

Ann Abid of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Carol Johnson of the East Cleveland Public Library, and Pat McParland of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education.appear in OLC's stylish piece that portrays librarians as leaders in the fast-paced information age. The video is sold with a package of support materials that include ten copies each of six separate brochures that provide a general overview of the profession, a scholarship fact sheet, andan in-depth look at academic, public, school, and special libraries.

CAMLS librarians Greg Reese, East Cleveland Public Library,
Kip Currier, Sandusky Library, and Jan Ridgeway, Cleveland Public Library served on the OLC Diversity Committee and assisted in the development of the video.

For a streaming video sample of "Looking for Leaders," check out

Avon Lake Public Library Voted "Best" in Scene Magazine Poll

Congratulations to Director Marti Miller and her staff!

We are sorry to report the recent death of Linda L. Rome, the wife of Alan K. Rome of the St. Mary Seminary Library, a CAMLS member library located in Wickliffe. Linda had previously worked at the Lake Catholic High School media center and the Geauga County Public Library. In addition, Linda was a freelance writer and past editor of the Ohio Writers newsletter.

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