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CPL and CMHA partner to battle COVID – 19


CLEVELAND, MAY 14, 2020: Cleveland Public Library (CPL) and the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) are working together to protect housing employees from COVID-19.


The Library recently used its 3D printers in Tech Central to create 400 face shields for CMHA. The housing agency will distribute the personal protective equipment (PPE) to its police officers and employees who conduct home visits. The face shields block respiratory droplets from reaching the eyes, nose, and mouth.


“During this unprecedented time, it is important to provide personal protective equipment to our law enforcement and frontline personnel as we continue to focus on meeting the housing and safety needs of the communities and residents that we serve,” said CMHA CEO Jeffery K. Patterson. 


“Cleveland Public Library didn’t hesitate to help CMHA in their efforts to protect staff and community members against COVID-19. Making face shields is our way of giving back to a community that has supported us through the years,” said Felton Thomas Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library. “We want our partners and the people they serve to feel healthy and safe during this challenging time.”


The Library is using 14 3D printers to produce face shields. It takes about an hour and a half to create one face guard resulting in 50 shields a day.


Cleveland Public Library has also created more than 2,000 shields for the city’s Department of Public Safety, Burke Lakefront Airport, and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.


“CMHA would like to thank Director Felton Thomas and the Cleveland Public Library team for their support and contributions in the community’s efforts in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Patterson remarks.


“This is what community partnership is all about. Cleveland Public Library is fortunate to have the means to help others. We’re not only in this together; we are stronger together,” adds Thomas, Jr.


CPL offers more virtual programming in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

CPL is expanding its virtual experience for patrons amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning in June, the Library will open registration for programs for children and adults. “From legal assistance and homework help, to healthful lifestyle workshops and classes to teach children self-expression through art,

Cleveland Public Library has always been a reliable venue for people to access materials and resources to enrich their lives,” said Dr. Sadie Winlock, Chief Equity, Education & Engagement Officer at Cleveland Public Library. “Given the challenges of providing much-needed services to our community during this pandemic, we had to be creative. We worked with our partners to examine how to provide our services again in a new and innovative way.”

The Library is now offering our programs and services by phone or online using videoconferencing software such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Flipgrid. “This move will allow us to expose more people throughout the city to all the Library has to offer,” Dr. Winlock remarks.

Since its closure on March 13, Cleveland Public Library has worked with its community partners to create virtual programs and services.  Its online offerings will cover life skills, arts, and education. “These programs have always been well attended in our branches and we did not want anyone to miss out on them any longer. We invite everyone to log on and join us for a virtual Library experience,” said Dr. Winlock.



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