Designing Our Future Libraries

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The Library is seeking input on reimagining its neighborhood libraries. The Cleveland Public Library system is getting a new look and the community is invited to help reconceptualize their local branches. Starting this month, we are hosting community engagement meetings at West Park, Jefferson, and moving on to each of our 27 branch libraries. The purpose of the meetings is…

Democracy 2020: Letter from the Director

The Winter 2019-2020 issue of UpNext serves as a bridge between our 150th anniversary year of 2019 and our focus on civic engagement in 2020. In fact, Cleveland Public Library’s yearlong theme for this coming year is Democracy 2020. What does Democracy 2020 mean, and why are we dedicating a year to this theme? In short, Democracy 2020 speaks to our…

One Community Reads

A collaboration among the City Club of Cleveland, ideastream, Playhouse Square, and all nine local public library systems, One Community Reads is designed to broaden and deepen our appreciation of reading and to cultivate dialogue based upon a shared reading experience for the Greater Cleveland community. From January through March 2020, county residents are encouraged to read Palaces for the People by…

Cleveland 20/20: A Snapshot of Our City Now

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Cleveland Public Library and Cleveland Print Room will unveil a photography exhibition documenting diversity and life in the city. How do you describe Cleveland? Cleveland 20/20: A Photographic Exploration of Cleveland, an exhibition partnership project of the Cleveland Public Library and the Cleveland Print Room, explores our diverse city–full of life, culture and history. Cleveland…

Writers & Readers: Authors Robin DiAngelo and Jennifer Eberhardt to Discuss Racism, Implicit Bias, and Reform

Authors Robin DiAngelo and Jennifer Eberhardt appear in conversation to discuss race, racism, and the power of bias. Registration.  “We all have ideas about race, even the most open-minded among us,” Jennifer Eberhardt writes in Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do. “Those ideas have the power to bias our perception, our attention, our…

Jolly Storytime Trolley with Lolly the Trolley

Ride Lolly the Trolley for a special FREE holiday storytime tour around town! Join Cleveland Public Library on Thursday, December 5, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. for storytime, singalongs, and a guided tour around town. Registration is FREE but completed waiver forms are required. Each tour is 30 minutes Visit participating library locations to complete waivers. Children under 18 must be…