Run away! The Library Patrons are Coming–including (shriek!) teenagers.

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Sorry if I sound silly but…this statement accurately reflects the decision by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Board to move the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library out of the Telling Mansion to a proposed new site on Green Rd.

Attached are 3 maps from the Cuyahoga County Public Library webpage titled, Circulation Mapping

These 3 maps were supposed to be used as a basis for the Library’s Comprehensive Facilities Assessment.

You can see from these maps that the proposed location is FARTHER AWAY from all three categories of library patrons: juvenile borrowers, all library borrowers and the potential patrons in the market area.

(The current location of the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library is the blue book icon above the new location, which is marked with a black dot.)

Additionally, the current South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library is a short walk from the high school. The new site is about 2 miles away from the high school and on a different bus route.

Why does the Library Board want to move the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library away from the children who are its patrons, all current patrons and potential patrons–not to mention high school students?

The fastest and easiest way to voice your opinion about keeping the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library in historic Telling Mansion is to call County Executive Ed FitzGerald after hours or on weekends, 216-443-7178, and leave a message.

Don’t be afraid to speak up if you live in Cleveland Heights, University Heights or other areas–much of the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s funding comes from state taxes.

For more information visit www.Facebook.com/MansionLibrary
or the online petition: bit.ly/TellingLibrary (this URL is CASE SENSITIVE)

Thank you.

PS It’s $5 million to renovate Telling Mansion and $12.6 to build the proposed new library. Can’t we use 12 million tax dollars to do something positive for our community instead of abandoning a building on the National Register of Historic Places and an Ohio Landmark?

Comments

  1. Laurel says

    There was never any talk of closing the Telling Library — until Brush High became substantially integrated. If you visit after school hours, many kids from Brush walk over (easy one block stroll) and hang out at the library. Many of these teens are minorities.

    If the library is relocated to Green Road, the high schoolers won’t be able to walk over, and most of them do not have cars. A bus ticket just to get to Green Road would be expensive for a kid.

    Is this secretly a plan to simply make it so inconvenient for minority teenagers to hang out at the library, that they stop going? Is that in our long term best interest as a community?

    This is beyond the issue of the architectural value and history inherent in South Euclid ONLY beautiful building and public site.

    It is shocking, demoralizing and depressing to think that Sari Feldman and the Library Board are so intent on destroying what little architectural quality and history exists in South Euclid and Lyndhurst…..

    (NOTE: that extra 6.5 MILLION dollars would go a long way towards paying for any extra costs inherent in keeping the Telling Library open — probably for the next 25 years!)

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