Youth Services

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Main Building
4th Floor
325 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114

Manager: Annisha Jeffries

Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award

Youth Services Department Map

Biennial Award:The Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award is given biennially by the Cleveland Public Library to honor excellence in the field of biography for children.

About the Department

The Youth Services Department functions as a children’s and young adult services room and also as a resource center, providing recreational and information materials for children, preschool through grade twelve, and materials of interest to parents, educators, students, writers, artists, and others concerned with children’s literature and book illustration.

The Collection

For Children: Fiction and non-fiction titles that span all subject areas, multimedia formats, and a varied selection of periodicals, paperbacks, comics, and audio books. Multimedia materials, sturdy board books, picture books, parenting information, and innovative literacy enhancement technology including a SMART TABLE and an AWE Learning Station.

For Young Adults: For teens from ages 13 through 18, fiction titles include classics, new classics and current popular titles that appeal to the diverse population the Library serves. Comic books, audio books, popular magazines and graphic novels. Nonfiction in support of school assignments.

For Adults: Periodicals, reference resources and community information for parents, educators and caregivers.

Classic Fiction: A large collection of classic fiction, folk tales, and fairy tales dating from the 1900’s-1990’s & early 2000’s.

Carousel: Donated to the Youth Services Department in 1998 by Mrs. Joan G. Sugarman, the carousel features music, lights and moving creatures such as mermaids, dragons and monsters. Sculptor Star Liana York designed the Fantasy Carousel in 1984.

Dollhouse: The Sprague House was constructed and furnished in loving detail and donated to the Children’s Literature Deparetment in 1966 by former Cleveland Public Library’s children’s librarian and well-known author, the late Andre Norton.

Wall Mural: All Rainforest in One by artist Lari A. Jacobson graces the entryway of the Fourth Floor Youth Services Department. Donated in 2000, funded by a grant from the Cyrus Eaton Foundation.


2014 Summer Reading Club

Activities: Group story times, introduction to library resources, and school tours available by appointment.

Art Lab: Art Lab is an art studio offering engaging workshops, story times and activities especially designed to give children and their caregivers the opportunity to experiment with different materials and techniques.
Studio 470: Is our newest place for teens to hangout and socialize. The purpose of Studio 470 is to gently guide youth as they have fun, learn/engage in the creative process in a safe, comfortable environment, with nurturing, creative Youth Services staff.
Outreach Programs: For teens to enhance their library experience and to encourage independent reading. The staff produces a teen booklist Enticing Titles for Teens and a booklist for children Celebrate with Books

Computer Center: Computer Lab Center provided for children, teens, parents, caregivers, and educators during all open library hours.

Biennial Award:The Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award is given biennially by the Cleveland Public Library to honor excellence in the field of biography for children.

Consultation: Guidance, readers advisory, and research assistance.

Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library: Our staff has been trained to implement a new ALA approved approach to storytimes, utilizing “Five early literacy practices” to help young children learn to read. October Early Literacy Calendar.