Jarvey, McLaughlin Named to FFHL Honor Roll

Marilyn McLaughlin

Honorees to Be Recognized for Opening Doors and Opening Minds

Cleveland Heights, Ohio, September 11, 2017

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries will name John Jarvey and Marilyn McLaughlin as the initial members of the FFHL Honor Roll at an awards banquet Nov. 5 at John Carroll University.

The honor is a “lifetime achievement”award, recognizing those who have made a sustained, outstanding contribution to the Cleveland Heights/University Heights community by promoting literacy or by educating through literacy. Patterned after the Heights Libraries’ mission of “Opening Doors, Opening Minds,” Jarvey will be honored as a “Door opener,” and McLaughlin will be inaugurated as a “Mind opener.”

John Jarvey

Jarvey, a retired teacher, has been opening doors to literacy for more than 25 years as a volunteer with the Friends of the Heights Libraries. For the past 7 years, he has managed the group’s book sorting room in preparation for their monthly book sales. Four to five days a week he can be found in the basement of the library opening boxes and categorizing the contents.

McLaughlin opened minds as she worked for more than 20 years as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher in the CHUH Adult Basic Literacy Education program. She provided hundreds of immigrants and foreign visitors with excellent English and literacy instruction at various CHUH libraries, as well as an introduction to life in CHUH and Cuyahoga County.

The Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries was established in 2013 by the Heights Libraries Board of Trustees as a 501(c)(3) organization that is entrusted to administration by the Cleveland Foundation.