Farewell to Fines: Cleveland Public Library Goes Fine Free

On July 27, when Clevelanders flocked to the CPL150 Street Festival held in honor of the Library’s 150th anniversary, they also had another reason to celebrate: the official start of the Library’s new fine-fee policy, which will increase public access to library resources and information. “We want to remove barriers, not block people from accessing the Library,” says Executive Director Felton…

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Special Board Meeting

CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY SPECIAL BOARD MEETING August 29, 2019 Trustees Room         Louis Stokes Wing 12:00 Noon AGENDA   Oath of Office for Reappointment of Alice G. Butts Motion to Temporarily Suspend the Regulations Resolution to Engage Jaros Strategy LLC for Capital Fundraising Consulting Services (EXHIBIT 1) Resolution to Approve the Use of Lockwood Thompson Endowment Funds for Travel (EXHIBIT 2)…

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Win Two Free Tickets to Browns Preseason Game on August 29

In celebration of our 150th anniversary, the Cleveland Browns have gifted the Cleveland Public Library Foundation with free pre-season tickets to the Thursday, August 29th game versus the Detroit Lions. To receive two complimentary tickets* to the game, simply take the Browns’ #Give10Pledge by pledging to volunteer to read to a child for at least 10 hours this year. For…

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A Lifelong Love Affair 

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Richard and Phyllis O’Connell met while working at Cleveland Public Library nearly 60 years ago, marking the early stages of a lifelong love affair with libraries—and each other. When Richard O’Connell and Phyllis Dripan met as employees of Cleveland Public Library in the early 1960s, it wasn’t love at first sight. In fact, Phyllis was more focused on Richard’s strange snack of choice in the…

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Finding the Perfect Beach Reads at Edgewater BookBox

For eleven-year-old Lila Gibson, who loves libraries, swimming, and beach, the Edgewater BookBox is a book-filled utopia. Last summer, Lila Gibson was at Edgewater Beach with her mother when she came across a pleasant surprise: a miniature library right on the shore of Lake Erie. “I saw it and said, ‘Hey, it’s a library at the beach!’” she remembers. “Wow.” Lila, who was ten at…

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Soledad O’Brien and Killer Mike Headline Sept. 24 Writers & Readers Event

Cleveland Public Library’s Writers & Readers series returns on September 24 to welcome broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien in conversation with rapper and political activist Michael “Killer Mike” Render. The event, which is part of the Library’s 150th anniversary celebration, also highlights a new mission for the Writers & Readers series: to bring together authors, performers, journalists, activists, and educators to…

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