The Eastman Garden is dedicated in honor of Linda Ann Eastman (1867-1963), Director of the Cleveland Public Library from 1918-1938. Linda Eastman worked at the West Site Branch (Cleveland's first branch library), launched plans for the landmark Main Library building, and initiated many services to institutions and the visually impaired.
A Brief History
- July 8, 1937: previously an unkempt city park, the land between the two Main Library buildings opened as an outdoor reading garden
- September 30, 1937: dedicated as Eastman Park
- 1959: closed for the construction of the tunnel connecting the Main and Business & Science Buildings
- May 4, 1960: re-dedicated as the Eastman Reading Garden
- September 18, 1998: current garden dedicated after construction of the Louis Stokes Wing. Complete re-design includes public art, landscaping and commemorative paving stones
- Today: the garden remains a popular spot for reading, relaxing, birding and people-watching
Reading a Garden
Maya Lin, Artist
Tan Lin, Poet
A private space for thoughtful reflection, Lin's work features a gently flowing pool of water surrounded by granite paving blocks carved with an abstract language poem.
(Funded by a grant from the George Gund Foundation)
Whimsical bronze figures are busy at work in Tom Otterness' garden gates - reading, climbing and building. A puzzle of words and parts of words, selected in collaboration with Maya and Tan Lin, form the grille-work of the gates and invite passersby to enter the garden. The gates are crafted of solid bronze.
These amusing figures act as garden mascots and add a touch of humor. Favorites of children and adults alike, Tom Otterness' whimsical little people populate the garden, surrounding areas and window ledges.