Our Organization

Introduction

At Cuyahoga County Public Library we are committed to our mission of being at the center of community life by creating an environment where reading, lifelong learning and civic engagement thrive.  

Our vision is to be the most convenient public library in the nation, recognized for exceptional customer service. Everything we do is in support of improving the quality of life in Cuyahoga County, and we strive to deliver on three key objectives:

  1. Fostering a community of enthusiastic readers.
  2. Strengthening the economic vitality of our region.
  3. Being recognized as an essential community asset and innovative library industry leader.

Our Board of Trustees

Cuyahoga County Public Library is a separate political subdivision governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees. Board members are appointed for seven-year terms by the Cuyahoga County government and the Court of Common Pleas. Board members serve without remuneration and are responsible for promoting the highest level of public library service to residents of the 47 communities we serve.
 

Maria L. Spangler, President
Ms. Spangler is the Community Engagement Manager for The Sherwin-Williams Company. She was appointed by the Court of Common Pleas to fill an unexpired term that runs through May 2017.


Edward H. Blakemore, Vice-President
Mr. Blakemore currently serves as Senior Attorney-Litigation in the Law Department for Eaton Corporation and is also on the Board of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
 

Edna Fuentes-Casiano, Secretary
A North Royalton resident, Ms. Fuentes-Casiano is a Research Assistant with Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Case Medical Center and a member of the CWRU President’s Advisory Council on Minorities. She was appointed by the County Executive to fill an unexpired term that ends in March 2015.

Susan M. Adams
Ms. Adams was appointed to the Library Board by the Cuyahoga County Commissioners in 2003. She was reappointed to a seven-year term in 2010. A resident of Berea, she won a national election to the Executive Board of the Urban Libraries Council in 2007.

Dale D. Powers
Mr. Powers is a retired attorney who resides in Cleveland. He was appointed to the Board of Library Trustees by the Court of Common Pleas on June 5, 1996, to fill an unexpired term. He was reappointed to a seven-year term in 2007. He also holds an elected seat on the Ohio Library Council Board of Directors.

Patricia A. Shlonsky
Ms. Shlonsky is a partner with Ulmer & Berne LLP and serves on the firm’s Management Committee and as the Chair of the Employee Benefits Group and the Tax Practice Group. She was appointed for a seven-year term by the Cuyahoga County Executive with confirmation by Cuyahoga County Council.

Robert W. Varley
Mr. Varley is the Managing Director of Midwest State & Local Affairs for Dominion. A resident of Solon, he was appointed by the Court of Common Pleas.


Cuyahoga County Public Library Finance Director Scott Morgan is the Board's Fiscal Officer and Assistant Finance Director Robert Dolan is Deputy Fiscal Officer.

Board Meetings

Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Board of Trustees meets eleven times a year, generally on the fourth Tuesday of each month. All meetings are open to the public. Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. in Conference Room A/B of the Library’s Parma-Snow Branch. Board meeting minutes are available online following each meeting.

January 31, 2014 
February 25, 2014
March 25, 2014
April 22, 2014
May 27, 2014 (meeting held in Administration Building Auditorium)
June 24, 2014
July 22, 2014
September 23, 2014
October 28, 2014
November 26, 2014
December 16, 2014  

See the minutes from the 2014 Board of Trustees Meetings.

Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Board of Trustees welcomes public input in its deliberations and recognizes both the importance of public comment on issues before the Board and of members of the community expressing their views on matters of interest to Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL). 

Public participation is governed by the Library's Public Participation at Board Meetings Policy


Board Committee Meetings

Board Committee meetings take place throughout the year and are open to the public. Notices are posted online and on the bulletin boards in our branches for all Board Committee meetings scheduled during the month. If you are planning to attend a meeting, it is suggested that you call 216.398.1800 in advance to verify the meeting date, time and location.

Finance Committee

Finance Committee Meetings are typically held in the Parma-Snow Branch Conference Room A/B at 4:30 p.m.

Meeting Dates:

June 24, 2014
July 22, 2014 - Agenda
September 16, 2014
October 21, 2014
November 18, 2014
December 16, 2014

See the minutes from the 2014 Board of Trustees Finance Committee Meetings.

Capital Committee

Capital Committee Meetings are typically held in the Library's Administration Building at 4:30 p.m.

2014 Meeting Dates are TBA

Policy, Planning & External Relations Committee

Policy, Planning & External Relations Committee Meetings are typically held in the Library's Administration Building, Conference Room 2A.

Meeting Dates:

July 15, 2014 @ 4:00 p.m. 

See the minutes from the 2014 Board of Trustees Policy, Planning & External Relations Committee Meetings.

Structure and Administration

Cuyahoga County Public Library is comprised of 27 branches, a MetroHealth Service Point, and an Administrative Office Building. Our Administrative Office serves as headquarters for all Library divisions and the office of our Executive Director, Sari Feldman.

The Library features a “floating collection,” which means that library materials circulate through branches across the system. You can search for and request any item in our collection (or in the collections of our partners in SearchOhio and OhioLINK) from any of our branches or this website. Items can be picked up and returned to any branch in the system.


Working with the Library

As a system with 27 branches serving 47 communities, Cuyahoga County Public Library has many bid and contract service opportunities during the year. Our Facilities Division, located in our Administrative Office Building, posts all bids and contract opportunities.

We also partner with local organizations to connect our community with educational, cultural and entertainment assets in Cuyahoga County. Contact our Marketing Division, located in our Administrative Office Building, for information regarding partnerships.