Cleveland Heights-University Heights
"Opening Doors, Opening Minds"
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Register Online: Coventry Village Library Events Calendar
Tai Chi/Qi Gong with Ruth Butler - Now Four Days a Week!
Wednesday 12 pm :: Friday 12pm :: Saturday 10 am
Tai Chi, developed in China, is a system of exercise that involves a total union of the mind, body, and spirit. The movements are slow, relaxed, continuous, even, and soft. These properties make Tai Chi ideal for any age group. Your body will gradually become more stable, flexible, and supple. Your mind will become more relaxed.
You will learn a short form of Tai Chi which consists of 24 graceful movements as well as the Eight Best Movements for Health and other Qi Gong exercises. Emphasis will be placed on balance and good health. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Step Out of TimeStep Out of Time meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm.
Many people are interested in exploring alternative paths to heath and wholeness. Step Out of Time presents speakers well versed in new and sometimes unknown practices that can enlighten us in our search. Among the fields are topics such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, herbal medicine and Jungian dream analysis. Join us for a presentation about alternative health and spirituality, from acupuncture to Zen meditation.
December 13: From the Wounded Father to the Sacred Pipe: An Account of the Restoration of the Sacred Masculine
Although focused on the male perspective, this program will be of interest to all.
January 10: Call for Details.
February 14: Tarot for Self Exploration
Olga Paz will explore the Tarot as a tool for insight into one's present life through these timeless archetrypes.
Coventry Village Songwriters Workshop
Meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 pm : Sept 10, Oct 1, Nov5.
Songwriters of all levels are invited to share their own songs in a constructive environment. Topics for discussion will include song structure, melody, lyrics and motivation. Local songwriter, Charlie Mosbrook, will serve as moderator for this monthly event. Songwriters are encouraged to perform new songs immediately following at the Coventry Phoenix Open Mic. Workshops are limited to 10 songwriters, however all others are invited to listen and add to the conversation. Registration Required.
Programs for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
Deaf Culture Film Series: 6:45 pm
Thursday Dec 6, Jan 3, & Feb 7
Deaf and hearing audiences alike will learn something new during this film series. Children must be accompanied by and adult.
Deaf Gathering: 6:30 pm
Monday, Jan 28 & Feb 25
Are you deaf or hard-of-hearing? Are you interested in learning more about deaf culture? Come gather for a social hour at the Coventry Village branch! An interpreter will be provided.
Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Heeeeeeere's Coco! Say hello to your favorite storytime bear with a big wave and get one back! Shimmy on over to Coventry for stories, pop up surprises, songs, rhymes, and dancing. This storytime welcomes children of all ages and adults to be part of a large, friendly gathering of people who enjoy listening to wonderful stories.
Stay and Play
Wednesdays at 11 am
Children can make friends and adults can trade secrets at this drop-in, open program with books, puppets, puzzles and toys. Come early for Story Stop and make a morning of it!
Fridays at 10:30 am
Reggio Emilia is an education philosophy that values a child's ability to be self directed in learning. Join us for stories, rhymes, songs, play and exploration. We will engage our hearts, hands and minds in activities that connect us to story, one another and the world around us. Check out our Explorastory Blog! Ages 2-5
SPECIAL THIS WINTER!!!
Laura Taxel Book Reading and Signing
Tues Dec 4, 7 pm
Laura Taxel will read from her new book, Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking, written with co-author Marilou Suszko. Regitration begins Nov 20
Nivi Engineer Book Reading and Signing
Tues Dec 11, 7 pm
Local Author Nivi Engineer reads from her entertaining new book The Indian Girl's Definitive Guide to Staying Single, a send-up of dating self-help guids with a cultural twist. Registration begins Nov 27
Lauren Pacini Discusses Shattered Dreams Revisited
Tues Jan 22, 7 pm
Lauren Pacini's Shattered Dreams Revisited is a collection of black and white photographs examining the death and rebirth of Cleveland accompanied by the author's narrative, and prose and poetry by Cleveland area students. Published in cooperation with the Western Reserve Historical Society. Registration begins Jan 8
Coventry Concert Night
Mon Dec 10 & Feb 11, 7:30 pm
Join us for wonderful concerts showcasing the talent of Cleveland Institute of Music students and graduates.
Getting Started with Medicare
Thurs Jan 17, 6:30 pm
Led by Laura Mutsko, this is an opportunity to gain a basic understanding of how Medicare works and how it affects you. Registration begins Jan 3
Kattywompus Press Poets' Reading
Thurs Jan 24, 7 pm
Great Local poets read their favorite brainstorms. Registration begins Jan 10.
Thurs Jan 29 & Feb 26, 7 pm
Bring your ukulele for an evening of strumming, singing, and fun! All levels welcome. Music provided.
Materials for the Deaf Community
Our collection of materials has been developed to cover areas of interest such as learning ASL, Deaf Culture, Deaf Fiction and societal issues facing the Deaf Community. It is comprised of books, videos, and DVDs.
Local Author Collection
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights area is home to many talented artists, musicians and writers. This collection highlights their works. Materials are quite diverse, including graphic novels, CDs, and a unique book called (Y)our Artist's Journal, which is a community diary constructed by a local book maker. You can check this collaborative book out to view work others have done and contribute your own.
If you are a fan of mystery novels, it would be well worth your time to come into Coventry to peruse our large selection. We are always adding new titles and make sure to have multiple copies of the latest and most recent works of popular authors.
Russian Language Materials
Coventry hosts a selection of 250 books delivered from Cleveland Public Library every other month. In addition, we have many Russian CDs, newspapers and magazines. A member of our staff is fluent in Russian, a wonderful asset to both native speakers and staff.
Folk Tale Collection
We have an astounding collection of books and stories from all over the world and a large selection of beautiful picture books that make up our very special Folk Tale Collection.
Coventry Village Library offers a diverse popular collection, including fiction and non-fiction books, videos, DVDs, recorded books, CDs, teen materials, and children’s materials. Coventry Library also receives 250 Russian books from Cleveland Public Library every other month and has a small number of other foreign language books including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French, and Spanish. The Library is currently in the process of developing a Local Author Collection of books and audio-visual materials by Cleveland Heights and University Heights authors.
Coventry Library has a unique 25-year tradition of offering special services to the Deaf Community. A full-time librarian on the staff has a primary focus of service to the Deaf, including a collection of books and audio-visual materials for and about the Deaf Community. The Librarian also coordinates monthly programs such as the Deaf Film Series and Deaf Gatherings. Additionally, Coventry Library offers a series of ASL classes several times each year and has recently installed a Sorensen video relay phone for Deaf and Hard of Hearing customers.
Coventry Library is as diverse as the neighborhood it represents. Please make sure you stop in for a baby, toddler or children’s storytime. If that doesn't interest you, then join us for the NIA Coffeehouse, an evening of open mic poetry reading and jazz performances. Or maybe stop in for the Step Out of Time Series, a monthly program dedicated to alternative health and spiritual practices including meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, and other disciplines.
Designed by the John H. Graham and Co. Architects in the English Medieval Vernacular Tradition, the Coventry Village Library opened its doors as the Main Library serving the Cleveland Heights-University Heights community. It served as the Main Library for 42 years, until 1968.
|1928||A reference room and an adult room were added to the building.|
The Coventry Library was designated a Cleveland Heights Landmark on December 14, 1980.
|1981||After leasing back rooms in the building for six years during which the Fairmount Center for the Performing Arts owned the building, the Library repurchased the building and Coventry Village Library reopened.|
Coventry Village Library celebrated its 80th Birthday.
Did you Know?
- The painting hanging over the fireplace is a print of The Infanta Margarita by Diego Velazquez, painted in 1660 in Madrid, Spain.
- The Coventry Arch in the courtyard (not part of the Library property but a beautiful entrance to it) was designed by artist Barry Gunderson and installed June 5, 2001.
- After several years (1974-1980) when the building was owned by the Fairmount Center for Creative and Performing Arts, Coventry Village Library was repurchased by the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Trustees and rededicated on December 13, 1981.
- Coventry Village Library served as the main library for Cleveland Heights-University Heights for 42 years, from 1926 until 1968.
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