The Library will offer more virtual programming in response to
the COVID-19 pandemic
MAY 13, 2020 (CLEVELAND, OH) –
Cleveland Public Library 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 to help them with every facet of life. “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.”
In what is considered by many as the new normal, 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.
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.
Reach Success: free
career and education coaching to help you develop a
personalized journey to productive and enjoyable employment.
Legal Aid at the Library: The
Legal Aid Society offers free virtual advice and referral
clinics for civil legal matters including family, housing,
employment, benefits, and immigration issues.
Health & Trauma Recovery: MetroHealth
staff offer a virtual safe space for Library patrons to get
support and resources to get them through a crisis,
including new access to virtual workshops focusing on topics
including grief counseling, immigration issues, employment
services, peer mentorship, and assistance with food,
housing, and transportation.
Take Charge of Your Health: NEOMED
offers live virtual health education classes and telehealth
appointments. Class topics include but are not limited to
diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic disease management,
cancer, heart health and mental health.
ARTS & EDUCATION
Get Loud! Speak Out! Summer Lit League 2020: The
Library’s summer reading program is back with virtual story
times, activities and virtual town halls for kids and
Express Yourself: The
Art Therapy Studio hosts online art classes for kids ages 7
and up, fostering healthy self-expression and coping
mechanisms to help deal with daily stressors.
SAT and ACT Online Boot Camps: College
Now Greater Cleveland offers free, online courses for CMSD
students, focusing on
entrance exam preparation, study skills, test-taking
strategies, and hands-on practice.
Neighborhood Voices: Literary
Cleveland launches a virtual writing program and free online
workshops to encourage Clevelanders from every area of the
city to pen stories, essays, and poems about their
Kindergarten Club: A
free program to prepare your child for kindergarten and
build support for their first year of school. Through fun
activities like reading, writing, talking, singing, and
playing together, families will gain valuable skills to help
their child succeed in school through kindergarten and
Free Online Tutoring: available
in all subjects for students entering grades K - 12 this
For more information on the virtual program meeting times and
registration, visit here.
Need internet access? Cleveland Public Library’s Wi-Fi signal is
available for use outside Main Library and our 27 neighborhood