Cuyahoga County Public Library Board is fiscally irresponsible.

Oops! The Library Board didn’t do their math homework.

Cuyahoga County Public Library Board’s decision to move South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library out of historic Telling Mansion is fiscally irresponsible.

Renovating Telling Mansion will cost $5 million. Building a new Library would cost $12.6 million.

Cuyahoga County Library Director, Sari Feldman stated in a letter to the South Euclid Mayor and City Council that Telling Mansion must go because:

“the operating costs of the current branch building are unsustainable”.

 A new 30,000 square foot branch will be “eco-friendly, sustainable and built to LEED standards”.

Who wins the Sustainability Showdown between Telling Mansion and the new Warrensville Heights Library?

Telling Mansion.

Check out the facts below:

  • The Warrensville Heights Library is 25,000 square feet; it opened April 20, 2012.
  • Operating costs since 4/20/12: $579,174.82.
  • Cost per square foot: $23.17.


  • South Euclid-Lyndhurst Mansion Library branch is a total of 26,254 square feet; built 1930.
  • Operating costs since 4/20/12: $616,680.93.
  • Cost per square foot: $23.49.


    Telling Mansion’s efficiency is reduced by the original windows that should have been re-glazed years ago, and it may need an upgraded heating and cooling system.

    Imagine how low the Telling Mansion operating costs will be once it is renovated?

    Telling Mansion is bought and paid for. A new Library will be built with borrowed money.

    The Cuyahoga County Public Library Board asks you to vote for their levies but they don’t include you in the decisions about how to spend your money.

    We have asked repeatedly that they start over and make this decision the right way, by asking citizens what they want; they refuse.

    The Cuyahoga County Public Library Board is fiscally irresponsible.

    Library Board members are appointed by the County Executive and the Court of Common Pleas.

    Please contact County Executive Ed FitzGerald (216) 443-7178 and Judge Nancy Fuerst (216) 443-8687 and ask them to remove these Library Board members.

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    Garry Kanter January 07, 2013 at 02:55 AM
    Fran, you are getting *really* good at presenting the issues. How could any reasonable person see this differently? *Plus*, there's all the specialness of the Telling Mansion. I've been reading the comments on the petition. There are *hundreds* of heartfelt, personal stories of how much that special, magical old place means to so many people, and their whole families! It would be a travesty, and a loss to the entire region, if that wonderful building wasn't available for the public to experience. And that's almost every day of the week. Not many grand buildings are so accessible to We The People. Keep up the great work!!!
    Vera January 07, 2013 at 03:05 AM
    Great article Fran! My husband and I walked around the SE library on Saturday and it was so sad to think that it might not be around in the future
    Garry Kanter January 08, 2013 at 07:58 AM
    Did they have any figures or reports to back up their claims? You can't both be right. And let's see how they came to the thoughtless decision to leave the beloved Telling Mansion.


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