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…

Engage in Democracy through Books, Art, and Civic Challenges

It’s a numbers game. From the 2020 Census to the presidential election, everything is about the numbers. On Saturday, September 26, Cleveland Public Library is digging into the story behind the numbers when Cathy O’Neil kicks off our Authors on Democracy virtual series. O’Neil, who wrote Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, will speak…

Five Days for Democracy: A Community-Wide Civic Lesson with a Twist

The City Club of Cleveland and nine local libraries are teaming up for a civic challenge. It’s called Five Days for Democracy – a week dedicated to reminding us why democracy matters and engaging all of us in keeping it strong. The challenge will run from Monday, September 28 through Friday, October 2. “Our decisions this fall will have a…

Be Counted. Be Heard. Cleveland Public Library Explores Democracy

Cleveland is facing big decisions in 2020. And, Cleveland Public Library is the source for information about the Census, the U.S. presidential election and voter registration. Cleveland Public Library is kicking off its Democracy 2020 campaign with voter registration drives at select neighborhood branches and virtual programs to educate the public about what it means to vote and participate in…

Recommended Reading: Black Liberation, Organization Strategy, and the History of Discrimination in the United States

Black Lives Matter has given the black community a unified voice since 2013. However, protests and the fight for equality in the United States for people of color extend back further than this decade. Below are recommended titles from our Center for Local and Global History department which help bring historical context to the black liberation movements, the organization strategies,…

Why We Count: Community Art Contest

Attention artists of all ages! For every person not counted on the 2020 census, our region could miss out on up to $1,800 in important federal resources and support! It’s important that everyone in our community is counted. Create a piece of art inspired by “Why We Count” and be entered to win a gift card from partners* Four grand…