EXPAND VIDEO Anne Marie Brown, media specialist at Artemus Ward School, praises the contributions of Cleveland Public Library in helping students to read.
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Although Cleveland Public Library continues to evolve in the way it serves the community, at the heart of what we offer are the tools and the environment for fostering a lifelong interest in reading. As a community deficit fighter, we have made literacy and education a priority.

Recognizing that no one is too young to enjoy a good book, we offer storytime several times a week at most branches. For the third year, we also provided our On the Road to Reading program in which our literacy van makes stops at homes, pediatrics centers, Cleveland Metropolitan School District preschool classes, home day care centers and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offices to train adults to conduct their own storytime sessions. The program was expanded last year to include outreach to a shelter for homeless women and their children.

Five of our Library branches also participated in the federally funded America Reads program, which provides after-school tutors in the branches to help with homework and assist with reading. In 2009, we partnered with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and Cleveland State University to improve the program.

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