Cleveland Public Library is cancelling all major programs and events during the months of March and April out of an abundance of caution to protect its staff and patrons against COVID-19 known as coronavirus.
“The Library is following the lead of city and state authorities to limit large audiences in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus. We are working diligently to notify the public and our partners who may be using the Library to host their events,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library.
|Programs Cancelled||Program Date|
|Legal Aid at the Library||March 14|
|Progress with Chess||March 19 & 20|
|Free Tax Preparation by VITA volunteers||March 21|
|World Day of Puppetry||March 21|
|CPL Play||March 28 & April 25|
|Community Open Houses at CPL Branches||April|
|Radio One Empower One||April 18|
|Girl Power||April 24|
Cleveland Public Library has more than 45,000 visitors each week. In order to keep our patrons and staff safe and healthy, the Library has increased the frequency of cleaning in high traffic areas and “high-touch” surfaces and objects such as computers, door handles, and elevator buttons. We have removed toys, kits, and other “high-touch” objects from public use. Library employees will wear gloves to handle materials.
The Library is assembling care kits for all branches and subject departments throughout the Library system. The kits include hand sanitizer, gloves, and tissues. More supplies will be provided as they become available.
Posters are now hanging in Library buildings with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to maintain good hygiene and best practices for washing hands.
We have suspended all staff travel in March and April.
Cleveland Public Library is asking patrons and Library employees to follow the preventative measures outlined by the CDC.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces