Whether virtual or in-person, school is back in session. To help children, families and educators, Cleveland Public Library (CPL) is offering resources and programs to enhance the learning experience, complement lesson plans, encourage reading and learning, and spark curiosity.
“Cleveland Public Library wants everyone to succeed this school year,” said Dr. Sadie Winlock, chief equity, education & engagement officer at CPL. “COVID-19 has created so much uncertainty. Our goal at the library is to find creative ways to provide programs and services to support families and teachers in our community during the school year, no matter what form it takes.”
Love for Literacy
Bond over books with storytime and the upcoming CLE Reads Young Adult (YA) Book Festival. On Friday, December 4, CLE Reads YA Book Festival returns with a day of amazing authors and panel discussions. In partnership with Cleveland NOW, this year’s festival is virtual from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. but its mission is the same: to promote literacy and foster a love for reading among kids and young adults. Attendees are encouraged to register at clereads2020.eventbrite.com.
Storytime is now available to watch or listen. Library staff, community partners and local celebrities recorded children’s books to help families introduce their children to the joys of reading. Storytime can be viewed on cpl.org as well as the library’s Youtube channel. Starting September 21, Dial-a-story will allow children to explore books using their imagination by calling 216-777-6500 to hear a recording of classic children’s stories, jokes and poetry. Library Branches will also host virtual storytimes. Dates and times are listed on CPL’s online calendar.
Families no longer must wait until the summer to participate in Kindergarten Club. Now called the Young Scholars Academy, starting September 21, the class to prepare children ages 3-6 and their families for kindergarten will be held all year long. The program will teach young learners and their families about caring and sharing, counting, alphabets and more using fun activities both online and at neighborhood branches. Registration is now underway.
Homework Help & Tutoring
Students who need assistance with homework or who seek tutoring to boost their confidence in a certain subject can visit here. Starting September 21, CPL will offer free virtual tutoring for students in grades K-12. Tutoring sessions will be held Monday through Thursday from 4-6 p.m. Registration is required.
CPL has support services for educators, too. Its Gale Library resources offer curriculum-aligned digital content to help teachers support their students inside and outside the classroom. Teachers can apply for an Educator Card to access the collection of age-appropriate reading materials and educational movies, music and more.
In partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, CPL will provide nutritious grab-and-go meals for children up to age 18. Families should call their local branch for meal delivery times.
Science & Technology
CPL is accepting applications now for STEM @ Home, its virtual science class. The free online robotics and coding courses are for kids and teens in grades 3-12. Students will receive a supply kit with everything they will need to build, program, and control mini robots. STEM @ Home will be held Tuesday through Thursday, September 21-December 21 from 4-5 p.m.