Cleveland Public Library Pledges Commitment to President Obama’s Connected Library Challenge

Cleveland Public Library continues its commitment to putting library cards in the hands of every child in Cleveland by signing the ConnectEd Literacy Pledge issued by President Obama.

“Signing on to the ConnectEd Literacy Pledge was a natural fit for Cleveland Public Library,” said Felton Thomas, director of CPL. “Two years ago we began to focus on Cleveland children having a library card by the time they begin kindergarten. We are proud to take the next step in our commitment to children’s literacy by working with the City of Cleveland and Cleveland Metropolitan School District to launch children on a path of lifelong reading and learning.”

CPL is one of more than 30 communities that have committed to President Obama’s ConnectED Literacy Pledge, aimed at increasing access to learning resources and books for all students by providing library cards to all children. In addition, CPL also commits to supporting student learning through programming that develops language, reading, and critical thinking; providing digital resources including eBooks, and providing wireless access within CPL’s library branches.

This pledge builds off of the efforts that CPL began nearly two years ago when CPL launched the “I’m Ready to Read” program, sending library cards to all incoming kindergartners in the CMSD system. For more information, please visit