Social Good Spotlight: Cleveland Public Library

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Welcome to Sangfroid Strategy’s new series spotlighting Northeast Ohio nonprofit organizations doing the hard work to adapt their programming and continue to deliver their social good during these times. Here we asked nonprofits to share positive and innovative ways they are adapting their programming to align with the need for social distancing, while still delivering a benefit to their constituents. Unsurprisingly, all of these groups have had to move business online, cut costs and find new ways to connect with their patrons and donors. Still, they’re all managing to survive and thrive.

Cleveland Public Library

The Cleveland Public Library system, along with all other libraries across Ohio, has been closed for nearly two months now. No one can check out books or movies or CDs or use the computers. But despite reporting a significant financial loss, the organization is continuing to find ways to help the community.

“During a time when everyone feels so helpless against this disease, the library wanted to give back to those on the front lines working to save our lives,” said Executive Director and CEO Felton Thomas Jr. in a statement. “Partnering with the city of Cleveland and using library equipment to create personal protective equipment is the least we can do.”

On top of this, the library has also expanded its free online offerings. Now, community members can access newspaper archives, educator resources,, film streaming services, ebook databases and even a couple days of the New York Times. These are great for parents looking to entertain children for hours on end, and also for people who are learners at heart. The organization’s website also offers helpful one-stop-shop lists for small business owners and all sorts of social services.

Find out more about what the “People’s University” is doing right here. You can support the library right here.

Do you have a story about how a nonprofit adapted their programming to continue to spread benefit to our community? Submit your story today!

Sangfroid Strategy helps organizations learn from where they’ve been, figure out where they want to go, and map out what they need to do to get there. We are experts when it comes to helping organizations build resiliency and move through difficult times and navigate complex situations. Schedule a free 30-minute consultation.

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