Sharing the Facts to Clarify Confusion around Negotiations between Cleveland Public Library and SEIU District 1199

Cleveland Public Library is in negotiations with SEIU District 1199. The Library is bargaining in good faith for a strong and sustainable future – to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, fulfill our promises to the community, and to secure the future of the organization so it can continue to evolve over the next 150 years.  The truth is important. We hope you…

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Democracy 2020: Letter from the Director

The Winter 2019-2020 issue of UpNext serves as a bridge between our 150th anniversary year of 2019 and our focus on civic engagement in 2020. In fact, Cleveland Public Library’s yearlong theme for this coming year is Democracy 2020. What does Democracy 2020 mean, and why are we dedicating a year to this theme? In short, Democracy 2020 speaks to our…

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One Community Reads

A collaboration among the City Club of Cleveland, ideastream, Playhouse Square, and all nine local public library systems, One Community Reads is designed to broaden and deepen our appreciation of reading and to cultivate dialogue based upon a shared reading experience for the Greater Cleveland community. From January through March 2020, county residents are encouraged to read Palaces for the People by…

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December 19, 2019, Board of Trustees Meeting Agenda

December 19, 2019 Trustees Room           Louis Stokes Wing 2:30 P.M. AGENDA   Approval of the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of 11/21/19; and Joint Capital, Finance, Human Resources and Community Services Committee Meeting of 11/19/19. PUBLIC COMMENT COMMUNICATIONS  MOTION TO TEMPORARILY SUSPEND THE REGULATIONS FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT (Mr. Seifullah, Chair) Resolution to Accept Gifts for the Month of November…

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Inspiring Empathy and Imagination at Cleveland Public Library

To spend even a few minutes speaking with ten-year-old Jaylyn is to bask in her obvious intelligence. This ten-year-old is passionate about animals, books, games, and gardening—and also politics, public safety, and building community. Fortunately, she’s found the perfect place to explore all her varied interests: Cleveland Public Library’s South Brooklyn Branch. “This library makes me feel safe,” Jaylyn says.…

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The Sound of Music: A Teen Explores New Instruments at South Branch

Teen Joswen Colon uses South Branch’s sound booth to learn new instruments, produce music, and make his parents proud. When Joswen Colon began visiting South Branch last year, he was looking for a place to spend time with friends and maybe play some video games. What he found, however, amounted to so much more. Before long, he was using professional…

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