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 0-18 months)

    Sterling
    Tuesday, September 27 | 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
    Tuesday, September 27 | 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.

  • Express Yourself Art Workshops (grades 3 – 5)

    Sterling
    Wednesday, September 28 | 4:45 pm

    Let your voice be heard!  Tell your story through art…whether you're a beginner or ready to take your art to the next level.  
    Free workshops for kids, offered in partnership with the Art Therapy Studio.

  • Glittery Book Page Fall Leaves

    Sterling
    Thursday, September 29 | 4:30 pm

    Children and teens bring together glitter, book pages and fall leaves to create fall decorations.

  • Express Yourself Art Workshops (grades 3 – 5)

    Sterling
    Friday, September 30 | 4:45 pm

    Let your voice be heard!  Tell your story through art…whether you're a beginner or ready to take your art to the next level.  
    Free workshops for kids, offered in partnership with the Art Therapy Studio.

  • Bullying: A Classical(al) Dilemma

    Sterling
    Saturday, October 01 | 2 pm

    Ancient Greek storyteller Homer calls upon Zeus and Mount Olympus to solve a problem faced by students today:  bullying.

  • Come Read With Me Book Hour

    Sterling
    Monday, October 03 | 4:30 pm

    Read or share your favorite book with your favorite librarian. 

  • Bouncing Babies & Books Storytime (ages 0-18 months)

    Sterling
    Tuesday, October 04 | 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
    Tuesday, October 04 | 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.

  • Express Yourself Art Workshops (grades 3 – 5)

    Sterling
    Wednesday, October 05 | 4:45 pm

    Let your voice be heard!  Tell your story through art…whether you're a beginner or ready to take your art to the next level.  
    Free workshops for kids, offered in partnership with the Art Therapy Studio.

  • Fortune Teller Mad Libs

    Sterling
    Thursday, October 06 | 4:30 pm

    Fill in the missing words to write your own story and share with friends.

     

  • Express Yourself Art Workshops (grades 3 – 5)

    Sterling
    Friday, October 07 | 4:45 pm

    Let your voice be heard!  Tell your story through art…whether you're a beginner or ready to take your art to the next level.  
    Free workshops for kids, offered in partnership with the Art Therapy Studio.

  • Come Read With Me Book Hour

    Sterling
    Monday, October 10 | 4:30 pm

    Read or share your favorite book with your favorite librarian. 

  • Bouncing Babies & Books Storytime (ages 0-18 months)

    Sterling
    Tuesday, October 11 | 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
    Tuesday, October 11 | 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.

  • Express Yourself Art Workshops (grades 3 – 5)

    Sterling
    Wednesday, October 12 | 4:45 pm

    Let your voice be heard!  Tell your story through art…whether you're a beginner or ready to take your art to the next level.  
    Free workshops for kids, offered in partnership with the Art Therapy Studio.

  • Paper Skeleton Puppets and a Story

    Sterling
    Thursday, October 13 | 4:30 pm

    NOTE:  no serving of food 
    Children and teens will make and decorate paper skeleton puppets for Halloween followed by a story.

  • Express Yourself Art Workshops (grades 3 – 5)

    Sterling
    Friday, October 14 | 4:45 pm

    Let your voice be heard!  Tell your story through art…whether you're a beginner or ready to take your art to the next level.  
    Free workshops for kids, offered in partnership with the Art Therapy Studio.

  • Come Read With Me Book Hour

    Sterling
    Monday, October 17 | 4:30 pm

    Read or share your favorite book with your favorite librarian. 

  • Bouncing Babies & Books Storytime (ages 0-18 months)

    Sterling
    Tuesday, October 18 | 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.