Readers Win at Cleveland Public Library | Read Across America Day

In honor of National Read Across America Day, participants in the Cleveland Reads challenge are invited to spin the prize wheel at any Cleveland Public Library neighborhood branch. Prizes include wireless earbuds, backpacks, iPads, gift cards, and more.

Also on Thursday, March 2, Cleveland Public Library Executive Director & CEO Felton Thomas, Jr. will read to school children at 12:30 p.m. at the Rice Branch.

“Cleveland Public Library is encouraging everyone – adults and children – in our community to join the Cleveland Reads challenge. Every book, page, and/or time spent reading will help us reach our goal of one million books and minutes,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library.

The National Education Association (NEA) created Read Across America in 1998 to encourage parents and teachers to celebrate the joy of reading and it has been celebrated annually ever since.  NEA expects more than 45 million people to pick up a book and read. In Northeast Ohio, thousands of children are expected to participate in book readings and discussions in libraries, classrooms, and community organizations.

We are encouraging families to celebrate this year’s theme of “Build Communities Together” by posting photos on social media of them reading with their community using the hashtags #ClevelandReads and #TogetherWeRead.

“Cleveland Reads is uniting our city through books. Reading is bringing children, adults, and families together to share stories and experiences, and find common ground and understanding,” adds Thomas.

The Library will host Storytimes and crafts for children for Read Across America Day. Visit our event calendar for a complete list of events and other family fun literacy activities.

Whether it’s a traditional book or comic book or an audiobook, it all counts towards the Cleveland Reads challenge and gets us closer to our goal of one million books and one million minutes. Sign up TODAY at and don’t forget to log your books and minutes.