Sterling

2200 East 30th Street
Cleveland, OH 44115

Phone: 216-623-7074
Email: Sterling.Branch@cpl.org
Manager: Monica Rudzinski

Hours

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

About

Sterling Branch is conveniently located in the vibrant Central neighborhood near the St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Asia Plaza. Many patrons who work near this area pick up their reserves at this location. As a result, Sterling serves a diverse population of business professionals, local artists, Asian immigrants, and children, and its collection reflects this diverse range of patrons. Sterling offers free wifi and 17 public computers with Internet access. Printing, copying, scanning, and faxing services are available for a fee. A meeting room with a capacity of 40 is available; please contact the branch for reservation information.

History & Architecture

When Sterling opened in 1913, the Cleveland Public Library Annual Report described the branch’s architecture as a modification of the Dutch style. The building is red brick with stone trimmings, and it features a flat front with decorative brickwork that gives the 6,500-square-foot building a contrast of light and shade. The front entrance has a decorative door surround, the windows are outlined and paneled in brick, and the diaperwork pattern is repeated in panels of brick on all sides.

The building was designed to be as fireproof as possible with concrete walls, floors, and stairways. Two club rooms were located on the second floor. A large club room that seated 150 people was designated for committee or neighborhood meetings and for the children’s story hour. This branch received updates in 1985.

Special Features

  • In partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Sterling offers the Kids Café and the Summer Lunch Program to provide youth with free meals.
  • America Reads tutors are available at Sterling Branch.
  • Sterling staff coordinate outreach with preschools, elementary schools, and high schools within the branch’s service area.

Events

  • Bouncing Babies & Books Storytime (ages 18 months – 3 years)

    Sterling
    Wednesday, June 29 | 10:30 am

    This lap-sit story time for babies birth through 18 months, offers stories, rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and other fun activities that build pre-literacy skills, enhance parent-child bonding, and begin providing social skills for little ones. 

  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3 – 5)

    Sterling
    Wednesday, June 29 | 11 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.

  • Fourth of July Crafts

    Sterling
    Friday, July 01 | 1 pm

    Get ready to celebrate the 4th of July by crafting some patriotic paper rockets.

  • Bouncing Babies & Books Storytime (ages 18 months – 3 years)

    Sterling
    Wednesday, July 06 | 10:30 am

    This lap-sit story time for babies birth through 18 months, offers stories, rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and other fun activities that build pre-literacy skills, enhance parent-child bonding, and begin providing social skills for little ones. 

  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3 – 5)

    Sterling
    Wednesday, July 06 | 11 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.

  • Game Day Fridays

    Sterling
    Friday, July 08 | 1 pm

    Fridays feature board games, card games, and computer games galore for teens,  Bring your friends!

  • Bouncing Babies & Books Storytime (ages 18 months – 3 years)

    Sterling
    Wednesday, July 13 | 10:30 am

    This lap-sit story time for babies birth through 18 months, offers stories, rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and other fun activities that build pre-literacy skills, enhance parent-child bonding, and begin providing social skills for little ones. 

  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3 – 5)

    Sterling
    Wednesday, July 13 | 11 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.

  • Game Day Fridays

    Sterling
    Friday, July 15 | 1 pm

    Fridays feature board games, card games, and computer games galore for teens,  Bring your friends!

  • Sand Art Stars

    Sterling
    Monday, July 18 | 1 pm

    Make and take your own colorful sand art project.

  • Bouncing Babies & Books Storytime (ages 18 months – 3 years)

    Sterling
    Wednesday, July 20 | 10:30 am

    This lap-sit story time for babies birth through 18 months, offers stories, rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and other fun activities that build pre-literacy skills, enhance parent-child bonding, and begin providing social skills for little ones. 

  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3 – 5)

    Sterling
    Wednesday, July 20 | 11 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.

  • Game Day Fridays

    Sterling
    Friday, July 22 | 1 pm

    Fridays feature board games, card games, and computer games galore for teens,  Bring your friends!

  • Pebble Pet Art

    Sterling
    Monday, July 25 | 1 pm

    Design and paint your own pebble pets.