South Brooklyn

4303 Pearl Road
Cleveland, OH 44109

Phone: 216-623-7067
Email: South.Brooklyn.Branch@cpl.org
Manager: Crystal Tancak

Hours

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

About

South Brooklyn offers free wifi and public computers with Internet access. Printing, copying, scanning, and faxing services are available for a fee. Parking is free.

History & Architecture

Originally located on the corner of Pearl and Devonshire, the first site for the South Brooklyn Branch was built with Carnegie funds and belonged to the independent South Brooklyn Village. When the village annexed to Cleveland, the building was turned over to the Cleveland Library Board. In 1936, a former bank building was bought, remodeled, and expanded to house the branch.

In 1979, Cleveland Public Library opened a new 10,200-square-foot building designed by Fred Toguchi Associates. The architect used the natural contours of the site to define the interior areas with gradual floor level variations. The interior areas were designed to be intimate in scale and lit by skylights. Exposed, painted mechanical ductwork was considered a modern design element.

Special Features

  • A 1980 sculpture by Carl Floyd, which consists of two sandstone arcs standing approximately ten feet tall, is located on the north side of the building on the corner of Pearl and State Roads.
  • South Brooklyn offers a Kids Café in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to provide free meals for children.

Events

  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3 – 5)

    South Brooklyn
    Saturday, June 25 | 11:30 am
  • Summer Lit League Activities

    South Brooklyn
    Tuesday, June 28 | 1 pm

    The Future Is Now….READ!   
    Enjoy weekly summer reading activities for kids along with reading challenges, prizes, and more! 
    Get started today at cpl.beanstack.org

  • Young Scholars’ Academy: Transitional

    South Brooklyn
    Wednesday, June 29 | 5:30 pm

    Young Scholars' Academy: Transitional is for children ages 4 – 6 who are in Kindergarten in the fall of 2022 or will be entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2023 and their parent and/or other caring adult. Engaging, once-a-week lessons for children are based on the Ohio Department of Education Learning Standards and provide parents with research-based tips that support learning opportunities at home. 

    Sessions are offered online via Zoom and in-person at branch locations.  Register now by visiting Kindergarten Readiness – Cleveland Public Library (cpl.org)

  • Preschool Story Time (ages 3 – 5)

    South Brooklyn
    Thursday, June 30 | 11:30 am

    Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

  • Gamers’ Guild

    South Brooklyn
    Thursday, June 30 | 3:30 pm

    Join fellow gamers for tabletop, card, and video gaming.

  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3 – 5)

    South Brooklyn
    Saturday, July 02 | 11:30 am
  • Summer Lit League Activities

    South Brooklyn
    Tuesday, July 05 | 1 pm

    The Future Is Now….READ!   
    Enjoy weekly summer reading activities for kids along with reading challenges, prizes, and more! 
    Get started today at cpl.beanstack.org

  • Young Scholars’ Academy: Transitional

    South Brooklyn
    Wednesday, July 06 | 5:30 pm

    Young Scholars' Academy: Transitional is for children ages 4 – 6 who are in Kindergarten in the fall of 2022 or will be entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2023 and their parent and/or other caring adult. Engaging, once-a-week lessons for children are based on the Ohio Department of Education Learning Standards and provide parents with research-based tips that support learning opportunities at home. 

    Sessions are offered online via Zoom and in-person at branch locations.  Register now by visiting Kindergarten Readiness – Cleveland Public Library (cpl.org)

  • Preschool Story Time (ages 3 – 5)

    South Brooklyn
    Thursday, July 07 | 11:30 am

    Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

  • Gamers’ Guild

    South Brooklyn
    Thursday, July 07 | 3:30 pm

    Join fellow gamers for tabletop, card, and video gaming.

  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3 – 5)

    South Brooklyn
    Saturday, July 09 | 11:30 am
  • Summer Lit League Activities

    South Brooklyn
    Tuesday, July 12 | 1 pm

    The Future Is Now….READ!   
    Enjoy weekly summer reading activities for kids along with reading challenges, prizes, and more! 
    Get started today at cpl.beanstack.org

  • Young Scholars’ Academy: Transitional

    South Brooklyn
    Wednesday, July 13 | 5:30 pm

    Young Scholars' Academy: Transitional is for children ages 4 – 6 who are in Kindergarten in the fall of 2022 or will be entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2023 and their parent and/or other caring adult. Engaging, once-a-week lessons for children are based on the Ohio Department of Education Learning Standards and provide parents with research-based tips that support learning opportunities at home. 

    Sessions are offered online via Zoom and in-person at branch locations.  Register now by visiting Kindergarten Readiness – Cleveland Public Library (cpl.org)

  • Preschool Story Time (ages 3 – 5)

    South Brooklyn
    Thursday, July 14 | 11:30 am

    Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

  • Tie-Dye Ts and Things

    South Brooklyn
    Thursday, July 14 | 3:30 pm

    Learn to DIY tie-dye shirts and other materials.

  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3 – 5)

    South Brooklyn
    Saturday, July 16 | 11:30 am
  • Summer Lit League Activities

    South Brooklyn
    Tuesday, July 19 | 1 pm

    The Future Is Now….READ!   
    Enjoy weekly summer reading activities for kids along with reading challenges, prizes, and more! 
    Get started today at cpl.beanstack.org

  • Young Scholars’ Academy: Transitional

    South Brooklyn
    Wednesday, July 20 | 5:30 pm

    Young Scholars' Academy: Transitional is for children ages 4 – 6 who are in Kindergarten in the fall of 2022 or will be entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2023 and their parent and/or other caring adult. Engaging, once-a-week lessons for children are based on the Ohio Department of Education Learning Standards and provide parents with research-based tips that support learning opportunities at home. 

    Sessions are offered online via Zoom and in-person at branch locations.  Register now by visiting Kindergarten Readiness – Cleveland Public Library (cpl.org)

  • Preschool Story Time (ages 3 – 5)

    South Brooklyn
    Thursday, July 21 | 11:30 am

    Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

  • SBN Adult Book Club

    South Brooklyn
    Thursday, July 21 | 4:30 pm

    Visit South Brooklyn Branch to discuss these great reads: 

    June 16: Of Women and Salt by Gabriella Garcia

    July 21: Taste:  My life through food by Stanley Tucci

    August 18: The Liar's Dictionary: A novel by Eley Williams