Cuyahoga County has nine award-winning library systems. They’ve won so many awards, that it can safely be said our region has the best libraries in the country, if not the world.
In addition to the Cleveland Public Library and the Cuyahoga County Public Library, seven cities maintain their own: Cleveland Heights-University Heights, East Cleveland, Shaker Heights, Lakewood, Rocky River, Euclid and Westlake. And right now, they’re all closed to the public, putting many of the services they offer — which these days go well beyond offering book to check out — out of reach.
But that expansion of services that’s happened in the last couple of decades, as libraries adjust to the digital age, means that they’re still a source of resources to keep people of all ages engaged and amused while shut in their homes. They’re offering ebooks, movies, online publications and even access to some of their collections. The Cleveland Public Library, for instance, has expanded its digital resources for users while its closed during the pandemic, allowing them to read old newspapers, research their ancestry and stream classic films. They’re also offering special resources to things to keep kids engaged, including virtual storytimes live on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
The Cuyahoga County Public Library is celebrating National Poetry Month with “30 Days of Poetry.” Each day in April it will post a poem to read by a local poet, suggest a topic to write a poem about and offer a recommendation of a poetry book to read.Each one remains online — in fact, you can read those from previous years’ Month Poetry Months.