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$3.25 Million Mandel Foundation Grant to Improve Glenville Library Branch | Local News

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation has approved a $3.25 million grant to the Cleveland Public Library to build capacity and create an adult and senior digital innovation center at the Cleveland branch. Library’s Glenville in Cleveland, the neighborhood the Mandel brothers once called home.

The Mandel Foundation donation is the largest contribution the Cleveland Public Library has received in its 153-year history, according to a news release.

“We are very pleased to be able to participate in the Cleveland Public Library System and renovate and advance the services it will be able to provide in the Glenville community,” said Stephen H. Hoffman, president of the Mandel Foundation, Cleveland. Jewish News August 1. “It’s the neighborhood where the brothers grew up and it was also an important Jewish community at the beginning of the… 20th century. And it is normal that we are able to do this.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Cleveland Public Library to provide this important asset to residents of Glenville,” Jehuda Reinharz, president and CEO of the Mandel Foundation, said in the release. “The Glenville branch is at the heart of the community. Neighborhood residents will benefit from access to the latest technologies and opportunities to develop skills for the jobs of the future.

$3 million of the grant will support the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Workforce and Senior Digital Innovation Center and $250,000 will build capacity at the Cleveland Public Library Foundation by allowing the organization to add a fundraising position.

The Mandel Foundation donation is part of a larger $7 million commitment the Cleveland Public Library is making to the Glenville branch. The grant marks the first leadership gift to the CPL Foundation’s capital enhancement fundraising initiative.






This rendering of the Glenville branch of the Cleveland Public Library shows the Digital Innovation Center.




Developed in tandem with the library’s 10-year facilities plan to transform its branch system, the initiative aims to create distinct environments through site amenities that meet the unique generational needs, culture and spirit of diverse communities that each branch serves and extends the programming and services directly into neighborhoods, according to the release.

The Glenville branch at 11900 St. Clair Avenue is expected to receive significant updates in technology, accessibility and expanded services, the statement said. This includes a digital lab for students and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Workforce and Senior Digital Innovation Center, a creative, collaborative and educational space that provides access to advanced software, emerging technologies, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and workforce and career development opportunities for Glenville residents, according to the release.

“We want to make it easier for all Cleveland residents to connect and learn the skills they need,” Felton Thomas Jr., executive director and CEO of the Cleveland Public Library, said in the statement. “The Mandel Foundation’s generous gift expands our capacity and the scope of our plans for our Glenville campus. This is a unique opportunity to make real progress towards digital literacy and digital equity in our community.

The first site of the Glenville Branch of the Cleveland Public Library opened in 1909 as a sub-branch in the Old Town Hall in the Village of Glenville. The current Glenville branch was designed in 1978 as a new building that combined the libraries of the Glenville and Arlington branches. Shanghai-born architect TK Zung designed the branch. Zung also designed the Cleveland State University Intramural Athletic Center. Construction of the Glenville branch is expected to begin in late 2023 following community feedback on the design plans.

The Cleveland Public Library offers free high-speed Wi-Fi in all of its branches, Chrome hotspots and books to peruse, and classes covering basic computer skills for the latest apps. With a Cleveland Public Library card, patrons can access online learning platforms and over 100 research databases. The Mandel Workforce and Senior Digital Innovation Center will enhance the library’s Glenville branch building, creating a state-of-the-art space for digital access to advanced software and emerging technologies, the first of its kind for the Cleveland Public Library on the east side of town, according to the statement.

Established in 2019, the CPL Foundation is the library’s philanthropic partner, creating and funding programs that support the library’s mission and demonstrate community impact within its branches and neighborhoods.