Inspiring Empathy and Imagination at Cleveland Public Library

To spend even a few minutes speaking with ten-year-old Jaylyn is to bask in her obvious intelligence. This ten-year-old is passionate about animals, books, games, and gardening—and also politics, public safety, and building community. Fortunately, she’s found the perfect place to explore all her varied interests: Cleveland Public Library’s South Brooklyn Branch. “This library makes me feel safe,” Jaylyn says.…

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The Sound of Music: A Teen Explores New Instruments at South Branch

Teen Joswen Colon uses South Branch’s sound booth to learn new instruments, produce music, and make his parents proud. When Joswen Colon began visiting South Branch last year, he was looking for a place to spend time with friends and maybe play some video games. What he found, however, amounted to so much more. Before long, he was using professional…

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Sharing Cleveland’s Story Through Words and Images

In honor of Cleveland Public Library’s 150th anniversary year, Library staff, community partners, patrons, and Cleveland residents alike are stepping up to help document Cleveland in 2019. Throughout the year, snapshots of present-day Cleveland— not to mention hints of the city’s history and even its future—have been captured through special photography and storytelling projects. First, the Cleveland Print Room has…

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How Books Build Community: Soledad O’Brien and Killer Mike Discuss Imagination, Community and Personal Growth

From George Orwell’s Animal Farm to Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, and from the works of Zora Neale Hurston to Agatha Christie, Maya Angelou, and Nikki Giovanni, literature has inspired and influenced the lives of journalist Soledad O’Brien and rapper Michael “Killer Mike” Render. O’Brien and Killer Mike appeared in conversation to discuss the power of reading on September 24…

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