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CPL and OverDrive launch “kid friendly, eMedia Website


Cleveland Public Library (CPL) and OverDrive have launched a new eMedia page on CPL’s website that provides a dedicated place for children and teens to browse and borrow their favorite eBooks and eMedia without encountering inappropriate content. This service is available with a CPL or CLEVNET library card.


“A priority for CPL is to encourage children and teens to have a lifelong love of reading,” said Felton Thomas, CPL director. “By working with our partners at OverDrive, we can offer the latest in eMedia and eBooks for kids and teens and assure parents that their children’s online experience is a safer one.”


The market for children and young adult eBooks is exploding, and CPL is working closely with OverDrive to add more content to their collection to meet the demand. Children and teens accessing the eMedia hub will find a user-friendly page that is customizable. Book titles can be searched by subject, reading level or interest level, and filtered by eBook, audiobook, or video. Items can be downloaded in various formats to most types of mobile devices.


“On CPL’s eMedia page, parents can feel comfortable knowing their children are browsing and borrowing books that are age, grade, and reading level appropriate,” said Steve Potash, president and CEO of OverDrive. “Just like kids reading rooms in the library, the eMedia page is a designated area for kids to freely explore new ideas and discover eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video from the library.”


To check out the new eMedia site, visit emedia.clevnet.org/kids.



CPS offering free tutoring, homework help, and healthy meals at 12 branches


In partnership with Braxton Educational and Technology Consulting and Cleveland State University’s America Reads tutoring services, Cleveland Public Library (CPL) is offering FREE tutoring for students K-8 throughout 12 branches.


“CPL serves a vital role in providing students across Cleveland access to free tutoring in their neighborhoods”, said Felton Thomas, CPL director. “By working with our community partners, we can provide students with a safe place to learn and provide extra help in the subjects in which they may be struggling. With support from the Cleveland Foodbank, children can come to the library after school, get a healthy snack, and work one-on-one with a tutor.”


The free tutoring focuses on improving reading skills for students in grades K-3 and is aligned with the Ohio Department of Education’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. The tutoring sessions are available Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the following branches: Addison, Garden Valley, Walz, and Woodland.


In partnership with Cleveland State University’s America Reads tutoring services, one-on-one and/or group tutoring and homework help for all subjects is available for students in grades K-8. The FREE tutoring services are available Monday-Thursday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the following branches: Collinwood, East 131st Street, Fleet, Fulton, Langston Hughes, Rice, Rockport, Sterling, Walz, and Woodland.


For more information on tutoring services at Cleveland Public Library, contact Outreach and Programming Services at 216.623.2835. 


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