The Cleveland Library offers programs to help students, families, and educators learn

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – The Cleveland Public Library offers students and parents resources and programs to enhance the learning experience, encourage reading and spark student curiosity as part of their Get Ready for School.

“The Cleveland Public Library wants everyone to succeed,” said Erica Marks, director of youth services program at the Cleveland Public Library. “From books and tutoring to games and story time, the library is where students, families and teachers can progress this school year.”

Here is the list of programs and events offered by the library:

Join us at the Main Library on Saturday, September 3 at 2 p.m. for a back-to-school celebration. Families can pick up free school supplies, play games and learn about library resources. Food will be available.

HELP WITH HOMEWORK: The Cleveland Public Library offers homework help and tutoring for students who need help building their confidence in a certain subject.

KINDERGARTEN PREPARATION: Academy of Young Scholars prepares children ages 3 to 6 and their families for kindergarten. The program will teach young learners and their families about caring and sharing, counting, alphabets and more through fun activities online and at our neighborhood branches. Registered families will receive free materials and books to support home learning. Morning and afternoon sessions are available. Registration is in progress.

0 to 3 READ ME: Literacy begins at birth. This fall, we are launching a new program to help children up to age 3 and their parents/guardians develop language and literacy skills. Visit for more information.

LOVE FOR LITERACY: Build vocabulary one book at a time by joining the Back to School Reading Challenge. From September 1 to 30, the Library encourages children and adults to read at least 20 minutes a day. Register on before August 31 for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Disney’s Frozen at Playhouse Square.

Create links around books with Storytime. Children of all skill levels and their families can enjoy a fun story time in a caring environment. Sessions are for ages 3 to 7 but all are welcome. Registration required.



Sign Stage Cleveland Saturday, September 24 at 11 a.m. Glenville Branch Register

North Pointe Ballet Saturday, October 8 at 11 a.m. Fulton Branch Register

Tender Touch Equine Saturday October 29 at 11 a.m. branch of rice Register

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YOUTHBIZ ACADEMY: Do you have a cool idea for a business? In partnership with Making a Difference Consulting, LLC, the library will host YouthBiz Academy, a workforce development and entrepreneurship program for youth in grades 4-12. The program will take place at the Memorial-Nottingham branch every Friday afternoon from September 23 to November. 18. TEACHER’S TOOLKIT: The Cleveland Public Library also offers support services for educators. Our Gale Library resources offer curriculum-aligned digital content to help teachers support their students inside and outside the classroom. Teachers can request a Educator card to access our collection of age-appropriate reading material and educational films, music, and more.

SCIENTIFIC TECHNOLOGY: Science enthusiasts can get inspired and pique their curiosity with a variety of STEM programs at any neighborhood branch.

Students can meet at Best Buy Teen Tech Center visit Rockport Branch. It’s a place where kids and teens, ages 10-17, can explore their interests in innovative careers using cutting-edge technology. The space provides professional recording, mixing, editing and video equipment, green screen, vinyl cutters, sewing machines, button makers and 3D printers. The Best Buy Teen Tech Center also offers virtual programming. Follow us on Instagram @teentechatchpl.

PLC GAME: Gamers of all skill levels can put their skills to the test with CPL Play. The virtual games and esports program exposes people to everything from new video games to board games.

CPL Play hosts monthly games, workshops, and live-streamed events at all Cleveland Public Library locations and on our channel.

SNACK TIME: Learning and studying can make children hungry.

The Kids’ Café resumes its activities. In partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the library will provide nutritious meals for children up to age 18. Families should call their local branch for meal delivery times.

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: After-school fun starts at the library. Students can show off their talents in a multitude of arts programs. From theater to dance, singing and art, the Cleveland Public Library offers a program for children of all ages through our community partners, including Art Therapy Studio. Families can also visit their favorite neighborhood branch for take-out activities and crafts. Ready for a break in your studies? We can help you with that too. Our digital collection offers movies, music and other streams entertainment. There’s so much more to do and see at the Cleveland Public Library. The key to discovery is a library card. Apply for a now to read, explore and learn. For more information about our programs and resources, visit herecall the nearest Branch of the Cleveland Public Libraryor contact our outreach and programming department at (216) 623-7114.