Learning at Cleveland Public Library: Then and Now

Learning knows no limit at Cleveland Public Library. From computer classes to robotics camps, creative writing workshops, GED prep, ESOL instruction, book clubs, craft classes, story hours, comic-making workshops, papermaking and bookbinding classes, knitting circles, and eSports forums—not to mention online resources like Rosetta Stone, Gale Courses, and Lynda.com—adults and children alike have access to a wide variety of educational…

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Live Long and Like It

Cleveland Public Library’s Live Long and Like It Library Club, a free educational club for people age 60 and older, held its first meeting on November 12, 1946. At the time, Cleveland Public Library was considered the first public library in the nation to offer a club specifically for older adults. Members attended talks on a wide range of subjects,…

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Remembering William H. Brett on the 100th Anniversary of His Death

August 24, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of William Howard Brett, the renowned librarian who served as Director of Cleveland Public Library from 1884 to 1918. As a widely celebrated and respected leader in the library field, Brett’s legacy is enduring. He advocated for the “open shelf” system to bolster public access to library materials, vastly increased…

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Cataloging Our Card Catalog History

A female librarian on a phone with men standing behind her in suits looking at the card catalog. Black and white photo.

If you ever find yourself feeling nostalgic for the card catalog system, you’re not alone. Patrons who come across one of our old card catalogs (such as in Special Collections or in the Literature Department) love to reminisce about the old days when one had to physically flip through cards to find a book. (Patrons sometimes ask if they can…

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