Lee Road Library opens new Local History Room: Press Run – cleveland.com

A new Local History Room has opened at the Lee Road Library branch, 2345 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. The room will help document local history and aid in research. See more about the room below. (Jeff Piorkowski, special to cleveland.com)
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Heights Libraries has announced the opening of its new Local History Room at its Lee Road branch, 2345 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights.
The room, located on the building’s second floor, is the culmination of years of planning that began in 2016 with the library system’s centennial celebration. That year, staff began pulling together photos and documents to create an online historical timeline for the Heights Libraries system.
“Once we had the library’s history documented, we decided to start looking at ways we could help community members learn more about the history of the area and do their own research,” local history librarian Jessica Robinson said in a news release.
“First, we added local history resources to our website. Then we began figuring out where we could put a Local History Room.”
The Local History Room occupies the former Quiet Study Room, a large, glassed-in area that once housed chairs and tables and provided a silent atmosphere for customers. After the small study rooms on the second floor became available for reservations, use of the Quiet Study Room decreased and the space was deemed the perfect size and location for the library’s local history collection.
The space is large enough to accommodate tools such as a flatbed scanner and microfilm readers, as well as a desk for the library’s local history librarian and a workspace for customers.
“This work is very meaningful for me, because building a local history collection is truly sacred and serious work,” Robinson said.
“Archival repositories and the archivists who maintain them play a large role in determining cultural memory, because they choose whose histories are preserved through digitization and other methods and, in doing so, they also wind up determining who will have access to those stories in the future,” she said.
“In essence, those of us who work with historical material are writing tomorrow’s history today.”
The room’s materials include Cleveland and eastern suburban city directories; Cleveland Heights High School Caldron yearbooks and alumni directories; a local history reference book collection; local history lectures and Cleveland Heights City Council meetings on DVD; archival photographs, blueprints and other documents chronicling the history of the Heights Libraries; a microfilm reader ScanPro 2200; a book scanner KIC Bookeye 4v2; and Sun Press and Cleveland Press microfilm.
I don’t know what the heck a “KIC Bookeye 4v2″ is, but I always thought Press Run, seen weekly in the Sun Press, was indeed history.
Let me say right here and now what an honor it is to be archived so that future generations can have access to Press Run and marvel at my writings, which are now, I feel, certainly taken for granted, but will one day, indeed, become revered history. I am truly humbled.
And, oh yeah, the library also wants me to tell you that customers can access the room most weekday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. or by special appointment by emailing [email protected].
Customers who would like to borrow local history reference books, including city directories or yearbooks, can do so when the room is closed by requesting them from staff at the second-floor reference desk.
“Our vision for this space is one of unity and collaboration,” said Robinson, “and we hope that this room will act as a hub for the local community to gather to research our past, share our stories and preserve our history (like Press Run) for future generations to learn from and enjoy.”
Laurels for a Laurel teacher: Rich Kawolics, science teacher and director of speech and debate at Shaker Heights’ Laurel Upper School, recently received the University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator Award.
Rich Kawolics (Photo Courtesy of Laurel School)
Students accepted into the university’s Class of 2025 were asked to nominate an educator whose guidance has helped them along the path toward intellectual growth. Responses were received from thousands of students in recognition of educators who have positively impacted their lives, and Kawolics was chosen as one of the award recipients — speaking volumes about the impact he has had on countless Laurel students.
YMCA supporting veterans: Veterans Day is coming up Nov. 11, and the YMCA of Greater Cleveland wants vets to know that it will host three veterans benefits events during the week of Nov. 8 at its Lakewood, Garrettsville and Warrensville locations.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center & Mobile Vet Center will be onsite for each event and will provide free services to veterans and their families.
The customized Mobile Vet Center vehicles, which are equipped with confidential counseling space and a state-of-the-art communication package, travel to communities to extend the VA’s reach to veterans, service members and their families.
“We are thrilled to provide this service to the veterans in our area,” Michael Carter, executive director of the Warrensville Heights Family YMCA, said in a news release.
“There are more than 140,000 veterans in the Greater Cleveland area who have given so much to our country. We want to make it as easy as possible for veterans in our area to get the services they need from the Department of Veterans Affairs. We value this partnership.”
The Lakewood Family YMCA will host its Veterans Benefits Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at its location at 16915 Detroit Road in Lakewood.
The Garrettsville Family YMCA will host its event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at its location at 8233 Park Ave. in Garrettsville.
And the Warrensville Heights Family YMCA, 4433 Northfield Road, will host its event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10.
No appointment is necessary, and there is no charge for the service.
The services provided within the Vet Center & Mobile Vet Center include individual counseling, group counseling, marital counseling, spouse support group, bereavement counseling, sexual trauma counseling and referral, substance abuse screening and referral, and VA benefits assistance and referral.
The Veteran Benefits Administration will also provide information on service-connected disability compensation, non-service connected disability pension, home loan information, burial benefit information and survivor benefits.
Counselors will be available to file claims and to discuss the status of individual claims and appeals.
Supporting caregivers: Maybe you didn’t know it, but November will be National Family Caregivers Month — a month to honor, support and empower unpaid family caregivers.
Courage to Caregivers is a nonprofit located in Northeast Ohio that serves caregivers nationwide. Its mission is to provide hope, support and courage to caregivers, family members and loved ones of those living with mental illness. As Courage to Caregivers says, they are in the caregiver burnout-prevention business.
About 53 million Americans provide unpaid care to an adult or child — a number that includes a 3 percent growth over the past five years.
In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, and in honor of family and professional caregivers, Courage to Caregivers will present a free interactive program, “Preventing Caregiver Burnout by Illuminating Hope,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov.18.
This virtual event will include two components: a guided breathing meditation as an embodied experience focused on hope, and a presentation covering the evidence-based research and science that leads to finding hope and building resilience.
Both the meditation and the presentation will be offered to support caregivers in their efforts to model hope and resilience for their families and themselves.
Registration for the event is available on Eventbrite and can be visited here.
Cleveland Clinic Diabetes Fair: The Cleveland Clinic will hold its annual diabetes fair, hosted virtually by South Pointe Hospital and Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center’s Diabetes Education Centers. from 11:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Nov. 5.
The health fair will include a presentation by keynote speaker and endocrinologist Dr. Cecilia Lansang, along with additional endocrinology and metabolism experts, a continuous glucose monitoring Q & A with a pharmacist, and demonstrations on culinary medicine, mindful eating, yoga and mindfulness to help in your diabetes management journey.
Some of the sessions in this Diabetes Fair include: “Defying Diabetes: Matching Management with your Needs,” “Managing your Weight while Living with Diabetes,” “Continuous Glucose Monitoring Demonstration Q & A,” “Introduction to Chair Yoga,” a culinary medicine demonstration, and “True Compassion Doesn’t Fatigue: Mindfulness Exercise.”
The Cleveland Clinic 2021 Diabetes Fair is a free, virtual event open to the local community and registration is currently open. The event website link is clevelandclinic.org/diabetesfair2021.
Talking dams: You are cordially invited by the Doan Brook Watershed Partnership to take part in its annual/virtual event, which has been given the catchy title “Dams, Rivers and People: Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t,” scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 16.
The event will celebrate those who are making our watershed more vibrant, healthy and sustainable.
The keynote address will be delivered by Laura Wildman, a licensed professional engineer and ecological restoration engineer at Biohabitats. She will speak on the history of dam building in America and explore the modern-day complexities of dam removal and dam upkeep.
The event is free. To register, visit doanbrookpartnership.org/annual-meeting/.
College news: Beachwood’s Eva Cruz was named to the Miami University summer 2020-21 President’s list. Cruz is earning a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education, geology.
Also, Lindsey Brizendine, of Shaker Heights, graduated with a doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida campus, in Port Orange, Fla., on Sept. 24.
University Heights paper shredding: The City of University Heights will hold a paper-shredding event for its residents from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 6 at the its service department, 2300 Warrensville Center Road.
St. Dominic girls are soccer champs: The girls soccer team made up of seventh- and eighth-graders from St. Dominic’s School in Shaker Heights and Communion of Saints School in Cleveland Heights beat St. Paschal Baylon, 3-1, under the lights at Walsh Jesuit High School Oct. 17 to win the CYO City Championship.
The championship St. Dominic's girls soccer team. (Photo Courtesy of Maureen Covington)
Coaches Brandon Longmeier and Becky Price led the team to a 7-1-1 season record. Good work to all.
Automated trash collection delay: The City of Cleveland Heights has put out the word that, due to supply chain delays with equipment manufacturers, the city’s refuse/recycling cart delivery — announced to begin mid-November — and automated collection program are delayed until early spring 2022.
Once the city receives delivery of its automated collection trucks, the date the program begins will be announced. All up-to-date information will be posted on the city’s website.
Hospice and palliative care volunteers needed: Many people were not able to volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic and felt they could not contribute their time when it was most needed. Now that many volunteer opportunities are back, most requiring masks or vaccination, organizations — such as Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care in Cleveland — are seeking positive, energetic and compassionate volunteers.
Volunteers play an important role by providing direct comfort, companionship and a helping hand to terminally ill patients and their families in their homes, assisted living facilities and nursing facilities. Whether it be running errands for a patient, sharing in favorite activities, or just providing company, the role of a Crossroads volunteer is both needed and fulfilling.
If you’ve never volunteered before, that’s not a problem. All first-time volunteers are provided with ample support, including a training program and regular feedback. A Crossroads Volunteer Manager always accompanies a volunteer on every first patient visit.
“Our volunteers have the ability to make patients happy in so many different ways,” said Crossroads’ Pamela Richey McClain, in a release. “Being a friendly voice or taking the time to listen to a patient’s favorite music or read a book makes a world of difference. It is very rewarding work.”
Not all volunteer positions at Crossroads require interaction with patients and their families, as plenty of administrative volunteer assignments in the office are also available.
Volunteers can be as young as 16. Students are welcome to apply. According to Richey McClain, “Both high school and college students gain valuable, career-charting healthcare experience as Crossroads volunteers.
“And though Crossroads has five offices throughout the Ohio region, hospice and palliative care is administered anywhere that a patient calls home. Volunteers are needed throughout the Cleveland area, including Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Trumbull and Erie (counties).”
For more information about volunteering at Crossroads, contact Richey McClain at 216-654-9300 or visit crossroadshospice.com/volunteering.
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