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Cleveland Public Library expanding virtual experience to include popular programming and services

Registration for programs of all ages will begin in June.

CLEVELAND — In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Cleveland Public Library announced they will be expanding their virtual experience for patrons as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

June will see programs for children and adults alike return to help with "every facet of life."

Since their closure on March 13, the Cleveland Public Library has been working with its partners to create and offer virtual programming and services. The programs will span from life skills, arts, education and even legal assistance.

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"Given the challenges of providing much-needed services to our community during this pandemic, we had to be creative," said CPL Chief Equity, Education & Engagement Officer Dr. Sadie Winlock. "We worked with our partners to examine how to provide our services again in a new and innovative way."

The services will be offered via phone or online videoconferencing through programs such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Flipgrid. 

Those who are in need of internet access have access to the Library's Wi-Fi signal outside of the Main Library, as well as their 27 neighborhood branches.

One of the popular programs making its return is the Library's "Get Loud! Speak Out! Summer Lit League 2020" which will feature virtual story times, activities and virtual town halls for kids and families together.

The Library will also be offering legal aid through The Legal Aid Society, which will include, "free virtual advice and referral clinics for civil legal matters including family, housing, employment, benefits, and immigration issues."

A full list of programs and services offered can be found on the Library's website here.

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