Promoting Wellness at Woodland Branch

Imagine a brand-new, state-of-the-art neighborhood library positioned on an artfully designed community plaza complete with an outdoor classroom, a walking path, and plenty of flowers and plants. If that sounds appealing, you’re in luck—because all these changes and more are coming to Cleveland Public Library’s Woodland Branch. Originally, the Library planned to renovate the current Woodland Branch as part of…

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From Empathy to Empowerment: #CLEReads Authors Share Advice and Inspiration

The pandemic may have put a hold on in-person events, but it couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who read, write, and love young adult (YA) literature. On December 4, nearly 500 people attended the virtual #CLEReads YA Book Festival and listened in as some of the nation’s most celebrated YA authors discussed writing, craft, advocacy, inspiration, and more. The…

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Bryan Stevenson on Creating a New Era of Truth and Justice

On December 5, more than 1,000 attendees tuned in to Cleveland Public Library’s virtual Writers & Readers event featuring lawyer, activist, and author Bryan Stevenson, who shared a moving presentation focusing on justice and equality.   “I really think this is a critical time in our nation’s history,” Stevenson said. “When in personal and economic crisis like we are today, it…

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Bringing the Fire: Neighborhood Voices Anthology Launches

Community line dancing outside

On Saturday, November 14, nearly 100 attendees joined the virtual launch party for Neighborhood Voices, a city-wide writing program and joint project of Cleveland Public Library and Literary Cleveland. The event celebrated the publication of the program’s digital anthology, which features poetry, essays, and memoir pieces penned by 65 writers across the city of Cleveland to honor community, storytelling, neighborhood…

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Rose DeSiano’s public monument, “Reflect & Refract Democracy,” engages the Eastman Garden

Public education is democracy playing out. It’s the democracy of knowledge, how people should have access to information across all levels, classes, and educations. So it’s perfect to have that work in a public space like a library. Rose DeSiano, Reflect & Refract Democracy Even in these times of social distancing, visitors to Cleveland Public Library’s Eastman Reading Garden can…

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Making Dreams Come True: From Israel to Cleveland, How Teens Changed E.131 Branch Library

On a January afternoon at Cleveland Public Library’s East 131st St. Branch, three teenagers show off the clothing and accessories they crafted from recycled materials. Amari Fountain, 15, dons a plastic poncho trimmed with newspaper comics while Brittani Morman, 13, wears another poncho with pockets fashioned out of potato chip bags. William Sweeney, 15, meanwhile, puts on a playful wig…

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