Cleveland Public Library 2014 Report to the Community

Message from the

We are so thankful for the overwhelming support we received from the community in approving our 2013 levy. At that time we made a number of promises to the community and, as we transform into an even more valuable resource, we are fully committed to fulfilling those promises.

We have focused on the issues that our patrons told us mattered most—safety, technology, education and preservation. As part of our STEP promise, we are working to provide a safe environment and equal access to new technology. Our innovative educational programs are inspiring learning. We have begun to preserve Cleveland’s legacy with the opening of the Cleveland Digital Public Library which will not only help preserve our own valuable resources, but also those of our community.

As promised, we continue to be a hub for community learning where patrons of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds can gather to share, learn and grow. In 2014, we strengthened our role in assisting with the transformation effort of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District with dedicated programs designed to instill a passion for learning. Additional Learning Centers were added, and the free tutoring program was expanded to focus on Reading in grades K-3 and on core subjects, such as Math and Science, in grades K-8.

Our branch managers have been empowered to become more involved in their communities, seeking out new opportunities and making recommendations for programs and services that meet the specific needs of their patrons. This responsive approach has resulted in more creative and engaging programs, exhibits and services.

We continue to see ourselves in terms of our mission. We are the “People’s University”, the center of learning for a diverse and inclusive community. We also see ourselves in terms of the promise of our future. There are so many wonderful things happening in our region, and we are proud to be a part of that excitement and energy.

Felton Thomas, Jr.Director