and CMHA partner to battle COVID – 19
CLEVELAND, MAY 14, 2020:
Cleveland Public Library
and the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA)
are working together to protect housing employees from
The Library recently used its 3D printers in Tech Central to
create 400 face shields for CMHA. The housing agency will
distribute the personal protective equipment (PPE) to its police
officers and employees who conduct home visits. The
face shields block respiratory droplets from
reaching the eyes, nose, and mouth.
“During this unprecedented time, it is important to provide
personal protective equipment to our law enforcement and
frontline personnel as we continue to focus on meeting the
housing and safety needs of the communities and residents that
we serve,” said CMHA CEO Jeffery K. Patterson.
“Cleveland Public Library didn’t hesitate to help CMHA in their efforts to
protect staff and community members against
COVID-19. Making face shields is our way of giving back to a
community that has supported us through the years,” said
Felton Thomas Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland
Public Library. “We want our partners and the people they serve
to feel healthy and safe during this challenging time.”
The Library is using 14 3D printers to produce face shields. It
takes about an hour and a half to create one face guard
resulting in 50 shields a day.
Cleveland Public Library has also created more than 2,000
shields for the city’s Department of Public Safety, Burke
Lakefront Airport, and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
“CMHA would like to thank Director Felton Thomas and the
Cleveland Public Library team for their support and
contributions in the community’s efforts in dealing with the
COVID-19 pandemic,” Patterson remarks.
“This is what community partnership is all about. Cleveland
Public Library is fortunate to have the means to help others.
We’re not only in this together; we are stronger together,” adds
CPL offers more virtual programming in response to the COVID-19
is expanding its virtual experience for patrons amid the
Beginning in June, the Library will open registration for programs
for children and adults. “From legal assistance and homework
help, to healthful lifestyle workshops and classes to teach
children self-expression through art,
Cleveland Public Library has always been a reliable venue for
people to access materials and resources to enrich their lives,”
said Dr. Sadie Winlock, Chief Equity, Education &
Engagement Officer at Cleveland Public Library. “Given the
challenges of providing much-needed services to our community
during this pandemic, we had to be creative. We worked with our
partners to examine how to provide our services again in a new
and innovative way.”
The Library is now offering our programs and services by
phone or online
using videoconferencing software such as Zoom, Microsoft
Teams, and Flipgrid. “This move will allow us to
expose more people throughout the city to all the Library has to
offer,” Dr. Winlock remarks.
Since its closure on March 13, Cleveland Public Library has
worked with its community partners to create virtual programs
and services. Its online offerings will cover life skills,
arts, and education. “These programs have always been well
attended in our branches and we did not want anyone to miss out
on them any longer. We invite everyone to log on and join us for
a virtual Library experience,” said Dr. Winlock.