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Cleveland Public Library suspends take-home meal service for children due to coronavirus concerns

The library's digital, streaming, and wifi will remain in operation.

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Public Library has announced that in addition to closing its doors until further notice, it has also suspended its plans to deliver meals to children. 

The library had sought to provide take-home meals at its Main Library and 27 neighborhood branches. Because of health concerns of its staff, the library has made the decision to cancel the program. 

“The was a difficult decision for us to make at Cleveland Public Library. We know how much the children rely on those meals. However, we could no longer put the children, their families, and our staff at risk,” said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library, in a statement. “We look forward to resuming our Kids’ Café program once it is medically safe to do so.”

All library programs, services, outreach activities, and meeting room reservations have been canceled.  

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Digital and streaming services at Cleveland Public Library are stil available, including e-books, audiobooks, movies, and music. Patrons can access those services here.  

In addition, Cleveland Public Library has compiled a list of resources and materials to help students maintain their reading skills and prepare for state assessment tests while schools are closed. Parents and students can click here for that information. 

Click here to see our special coronavirus section.  

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