Looking for something fun to do this summer? Cleveland Public Library is the place to be. From summer reading to STEM courses and activities to engage young professionals, the Library has something for everyone this summer.
PLAY & LEARN
Our summer reading program, Summer Lit League, runs from May 30 through July 23. Registration opens Sunday, May 1 for children and adults.
Summer Lit League is an eight-week challenge, which encourages all Cleveland residents and Northeast Ohio families to read during the summer months.
This year’s theme, The Future is Now, Read! ties into the FRONT 2022 exhibition which embraces art as an agent of transformation and a mode of healing. “Everyone is invited to participate in this summer reading program,” said Erica Marks, Youth Services Program Director at Cleveland Public Library. “The benefits of reading are endless. Not only is it fun and free entertainment, but reading can build vocabulary and critical thinking skills, improve memory, and reduce stress.”
Activities will be at select neighborhood branches and Summer Splash at Public Square. Contact your local branch for more information.
Readers could win various prizes including an Apple iPad, Chromebooks, Nintendo Switch, family passes to the Great Lakes Science Center, and tickets to see Frozen at Playhouse Square. Summer Lit League will conclude with a family fun celebration on Thursday, July 28 at the Great Lakes Science Center.
Visit cpl.beanstack.org to register for Summer Lit League.
YOUNG SCHOLARS’ ACADEMY
Families can sing, read, write, and play their way to kindergarten readiness! Young Scholars’ Academy will teach young learners about caring, sharing, counting, the alphabet, and more. New sessions begin in June at Carnegie West and the Addison Branch. Meals are available for in-person participants. Register TODAY at cpl.org or call (216) 623-7114.
|Carnegie West Branch||Wednesdays, June 8 – July 27||10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.|
|Addison Branch||Thursdays, June 9 – June 30 Tuesdays, July 12 & 19||10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.|
Can’t make it in person? No problem! Join via Zoom on Tuesdays, June 7 – 28, and July 12 & 19 from 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. For more information, visit the homepage of Young Scholars’ Academy.
DREAM & DO
Build, code, and control mini robots at select neighborhood branches. Cleveland Public Library is hosting fun and engaging STEM courses this summer for kids and teens in grades 3 – 12.
Join the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at the Rockport Branch to participate in its Robotics Camp or explore innovative technology. The Best Buy Teen Tech Center is for kids and teens, ages 10 – 17. The space provides professional recording, mixing, editing, and video equipment, green screen, vinyl cutters, sewing machines, button makers, and 3D printers. Follow on Instagram @teentechatcpl.
For a list of locations offering Robotics and STEM courses, visit cpl.org/eventsclasses.
PEOPLE & SPACE
Live music, refreshments, and thought-provoking conversations. That’s what young professionals will experience this summer at Main Library in downtown Cleveland. We’re launching a new outdoor series called No Ceiling on the last Friday of the month starting May 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. From May to September, young professionals will meet up in the Eastman Reading Garden for networking and engaging deep-dive discussions about mental health, social justice, culture, and more.
|Mental Health & Music||Friday, May 27||5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.|
|Thrive with Pride||Friday, June 24||5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.|
|Money, Power, Respect||Friday, July 29||5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.|
|Serious Business: From Side Hustle to Main Gig||Friday, August 26||5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.|
|A Celebration of Heritage||Friday, September 30||5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.|
For more information about No Ceiling, visit cpl.org/diversecity.
DOWNTOWN DOG WALK
Attention dog lovers! Bring your precious pooch to the Eastman Reading Garden outside Main Library for our monthly Downtown Dog Walk. From June to August, mingle with fellow dog owners during an evening walk around town and learn about the local landmarks. All dogs must be on a leash. Please remember to bring pick-up bags.
|Wednesday, June 29||5 p.m. – 6 p.m.|
|Wednesday, July 27||5 p.m. – 6 p.m.|
|Wednesday, August 31||5 p.m. – 6 p.m.|
FACT & FICTION
Don’t forget to check out one of our BookBoxes at Edgewater Beach, Wade Oval Wednesdays, and coming soon to Midtown.
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