Cleveland Public Library houses the Ohio Center for the Book—an affiliate designation of the Library of Congress. The Ohio Center for the Book has been one of the key members in creating the city’s network of Little Free Libraries. I will be stopping by one of the locations they sponsor at Dave’s Supermarket. With a mission to promote books, reading, and literacy, the organization has created statewide contests like Letters About Literature. The organization is also involved in Poetry Out Loud, and Choose to Read Ohio.
It’s no mistake the Library of Congress chose Cleveland Public Library for the Ohio Center for the Book. Cleveland Public Library is regularly highlighted as one of the best libraries in the land. Their library director, Felton Thomas, is also an impressive leader. He is the current president of the Public Libraries of America and was just named by the White House as one of America’s 10 “Champions of Making.” Under his leadership the public library continues to be a key civic institution in Cleveland. I’ve had the pleasure of briefly chatting with Felton while conducting research for my dissertation and I look forward to meeting him in person next week.
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