100 Ways to Discover More at CCPL

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So, you think Cuyahoga County Public Library is just about books and story times? Think again. In honor of CCPL's 100th birthday here are 100 things you didn't know you could do at your library.

1. Meet a best-selling author.
2. Join a book club.
3. Borrow a book discussion set for that book club you just joined.
4. Sip your Grande Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato next to a cozy fireplace.
5. Charge your phone or laptop while you sip your Grande Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato next to a cozy fireplace.
6. Borrow eBooks and audiobooks.
7. Read newspapers from around the world online. Also for free.
8. Download digital versions of your favorite magazines whenever you want.
9. Find a great book at a low price at a Friends book sale.
10. Read comic books, manga and graphic novels for free online.
11. Get a customized reading recommendation from one of our expert librarians online.
12. Read the New York Times and Wall Street Journal for free. Buh-bye paywalls!
13. Borrow items from colleges and universities across the state through OhioLINK.
14. Use SearchOhio to browse and borrow from the collections of other public libraries.
15. Book a meeting room for your next group, club or business meeting.
16. Ask a librarian a reference question via online chat.
17. Find on-demand virtual tutor support.
18. Apply for a U.S. passport.
19. Get your passport photo taken while you're at it.
20. Borrow a bike and take a scenic ride through the North Chagrin Reservation.
21. Take a FREE writing workshop. (We're sensing a theme here.)
22. Print in color!
23. Scan and fax documents.
24. Make copies.
25. Create a cool design and print it on a 3D printer.
26. Get free academic help and enrichment after school.
27. Borrow toys!
28. Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
29. Stream and download ALL the music.
30. Embroider your business logo on a tote bag.
31. Register to vote.
32. Pickup a free COVID test.
33. Record a song.
34. Learn how to use a laser engraver.
35. Learn a new language online.
36. Get a free meal after school.
37. Pick up federal, state and local tax forms.
38. Buy postage stamps.
39. Borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot.
40. Host a Zoom meeting that's longer than 40 minutes - for free!
41. Download Ohio legal forms to help start your new business.
42. Prepare to take the GED test.
43. Sign up a child to get free books from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
44. Download the auto repair manual you need to fix your car.
45. Convert your old Polaroids into digital images you can share with friends and family.
46. Buy a bus pass.
47. Connect to free Wi-Fi without having to buy something first.
48. Put on a puppet show for your daycare class.
49. Charge your electric vehicle at the Bay Village or Warrensville Heights branch.
50. Donate blood to the Red Cross.
51. Read by a warm fireplace in the winter and enjoy cool A/C in the summer.
52. Borrow video games!
53. Get food assistance from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
54. Pick up an absentee ballot application.
55. Make your own custom T-shirt.
56. Boost your job search with help from a professional career counselor - for free.
57. Learn how to speak English if it's not your native language.
58. Prepare to become a U.S. citizen.
59. Research your great great great grandparents.
60. Get help finding a low cost internet provider.
61. Read the local news for free on your computer or device.
62. Enjoy a StoryWalk® with your little ones.
63. Rock the latest CCPL merch and make your book club friends jealous.
64. Become an Excel spreadsheet master.
65. Convert your old mixtape cassettes to digital tracks.
66. Support a would-be librarian by buying a candy bar. (Candy bar sales help support our staff scholarship program.)
67. Volunteer to help struggling readers improve their skills.
68. Earn prizes for reading during the summer.
69. Take CCPL with you everywhere you go.
70. Pick up your holds at a drive-up service window. You don't even have to get out of your car.
71. Print an over-sized banner for your business.
72. Learn how to write a winning résumé.
73. Film and edit your own video in an actual green screen video studio.
74. Take a cooking class.
75. Learn how to paint, sew, crochet or make your own jewelry.
76. Become a certified Microsoft Office Specialist.
77. Discover play activities that can boost your baby's brain.
78. Stream foreign films and indie flicks for free - no commercials either!
79. Entertain your kids with high-quality movies and TV shows parents can trust.
80. Join a writing club.
81. Sign up an adult age 60 or older to have library materials delivered to their home for free.
82. Prepare a child for a successful transition to kindergarten.
83. Get reliable investment info and stock reports.
84. Access social services and work support.
85. Book a quiet study room.
86. See which titles are about to hit our shelves.
87. Get reading recommendations in your inbox.
88. Print documents and images from your phone.
89. Practice for the driver's test.
90. Get reminders to renew or return your library materials BEFORE they're due.
91. Learn how to use a CNC router.
92. Pick up a craft to make at home.
93. Borrow themed early literacy sets for your classroom.
94. Enjoy an adapted storytime or film screening.
95. Join a Friends of the Library group.
96. Access fun learning activities for kids anytime for free.
97. Take practice tests, exercises and skill building courses to help you further your personal and professional development.
98. Get ready to take the ACT and SAT.
99. Play fun, educational games on ABC Mouse for free.
100. Learn a new skill online, on your own time.

As you can see, there is always more to discover at CCPL.

Leave a Comment

Paul Titschinger

I had no idea that the Library had so many resources. What a wonderful blessing. Thank you for the access to success.

Joyce Carter

Wow! I didn't know you could do half of the things that were mentioned. I might try a few of them.

Tricia Balser

WELL DONE! This is fantastic! I’ve already shared, bookmarked and printed this list. Thanks for pulling this together all in one place; what a fantastic resource for NE Ohio!