Youth Programs

The Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program helps children at all grade levels maintain their reading proficiency over the summer school break. The program focuses on skills and activities beyond basic reading such as math, art, technology, and volunteerism. With the help of the CPL Foundation, children receive a book each week to add to their personal libraries. Families are assured that their children have a safe and learning-enriched program during the day and for students completing the program, the families are rewarded with tickets to visit some of Cleveland’s most popular cultural destinations.

Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12 that is part of the Ohio Center for the Book, a Library of Congress program housed at CPL. Students are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. This statewide awards ceremony is typically held in April.