Rice

11535 Shaker Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44120

Phone: 216-623-7046
Email: Rice.Branch@cpl.org
Manager: Lexy Kmiecik

Hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: CLOSED

About

Located in the Buckeye-Larchmere neighborhood near Shaker Square, Rice Branch is surrounded by an active arts community. Rice offers free wifi and public computers with Internet access. Printing, copying, scanning, and faxing services are available for a fee. The library’s meeting room is often used for art displays and musical performances. Parking is free.

History & Architecture

Rice Branch was first established as a school library at Harvey Rice School and then a storefront on Buckeye Road. After becoming a library branch in 1927, a new building was constructed on East 116th Street. The current branch on Shaker Boulevard was built in 2010.

Inside, high ceilings and wood beams evoke sophistication and warmth. Outside, red brick pays homage to the original branch design while a curtain of tall glass reflects the images of the neighborhood.

Special Features

  • The Learning Center at Rice Branch seats approximately 18 people in an environment ideal for educating. This space is equipped with a laptop, projector, and an interactive SmartBoard and can be reserved for open group meetings and small gatherings.
  • The Learning Center offers Cleveland Metropolitan School District textbooks and a strong collection of educational books for the GED and TABE. Rice also has a large audio/video collection and a wide selection of popular magazines.
  • Through a partnership with Neighbor Up, Rice Branch hosts a monthly Network Night for the greater Buckeye community every third Wednesday.
  • Free yoga, Qigong, meditation, and knitting classes are held at Rice. Please contact the branch for additional information.
  • Rice features a well-balanced collection for all ages, included a growing and dedicated teen/YA collection.

Events

  • Block Builders

    Rice
    Monday, June 27 | 1 pm

    Visit the building block zone and use our collection of LEGO building blocks to create an assortment of amazing figures. Show off your building skills for all to see.

  • Amend: The Fight for America (Citizenship for Black Americans)

    Rice
    Wednesday, June 29 | 6 pm

    DEI Documentary Education Series

    FOREWORD…. Read. Watch. Discuss. Repeat

    CPL is launching its first DEI Edutainment Book Club & Docuseries Program, FOREWORD, in association with the DiverseCITY Cleveland Program. This series is an opportunity to expose fundamental DEI education through the combined use of entertainment and teaching.

    Our monthly time together will include watching an episode of a docuseries, followed by a live discussion in a safe environment with an executive DEI coach from Inspiring Change, LLC, to unpack each episode to further understand equality for all.

    Program Details:

    · The workshop series is hosted in partnership with Inspiring Change, LLC.

    · In-Person Workshops 

    · Registration is required: https://foreword_series2_amend.eventbrite.com

    · Audience: 18+

    · Light refreshments provided

    · Each series has recommended reading associated with the documentary and discussion.

    Series #2

    Amend: The Fight for America explores the impacts of the 14th Amendment and how it's affected everything from slavery to immigration, women's voting rights, and gay marriage.

    Suggested Reading for the series: · The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

  • Toddler Time Family Meet Up

    Rice
    Thursday, July 07 | 11 am

    Bring your toddler to enjoy stories, songs and movment. Stay after to play, craft and make new friends!

  • Make it Mondays

    Rice
    Monday, July 11 | 1 pm

    Each Monday children will create an array of items including stickers, windsocks and bird feeders that they can enjoy or give as a gift.  

  • Book Discussion: The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

    Rice
    Wednesday, July 13 | 11 am

    An electric debut novel about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.

  • Make it Mondays

    Rice
    Monday, July 18 | 1 pm

    Each Monday children will create an array of items including stickers, windsocks and bird feeders that they can enjoy or give as a gift.  

  • Amend: The Fight for America: Resistance to Equality as Outlined in the 14th Amendment

    Rice
    Wednesday, July 20 | 6 pm

    DEI Documentary Education Series #2

    FOREWORD…. Read. Watch. Discuss. Repeat

    CPL is launching its first DEI Edutainment Book Club & Docuseries Program, FOREWORD, in association with the DiverseCITY Cleveland Program. This series is an opportunity to expose fundamental DEI education through the combined use of entertainment and teaching.

    Our monthly time together will include watching an episode of a docuseries, followed by a live discussion in a safe environment with an executive DEI coach from Inspiring Change, LLC, to unpack each episode to further understand equality for all.

    Program Details:

    · The workshop series is hosted in partnership with Inspiring Change, LLC.

    · In-Person Workshops 

    · Registration is required: https://foreword_series2_amend.eventbrite.com

    · Audience: 18+

    · Light refreshments provided

    · Each series has recommended reading associated with the documentary and discussion.

    Amend:  The Fight for America explores the impacts of the 14th Amendment and how it's affected everything from slavery to immigration, women's voting rights, and gay marriage.

    Suggested Reading for the series:

    • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  • Make it Mondays

    Rice
    Monday, July 25 | 1 pm

    Each Monday children will create an array of items including stickers, windsocks and bird feeders that they can enjoy or give as a gift.