The first building on the present site was a small Methodist chapel. At its inception, Woodland Library was described in the 1904 Annual Report as: “a one story colonial structure of brick, with stone trimmings, in a setting of green lawn, flowers, and shade trees.” The entrance opened into a wainscoted vestibule with a leaded glass partition. In the corridor hung Ongania’s St. Mark’s.
In 1957 the building burned down and was rebuilt to open in 1961. The new Woodland Branch is a low-slung modern one-story building.
Woodland Branch’s 15,300 square feet houses an extensive Black World collection of both fiction and non-fiction materials. It is also a site for the “America Reads” tutoring program, a partnership with Cleveland State University that provides local children with free one-on-one tutoring in reading skills by college students majoring in education. The branch offers a variety of computer classes Monday through Friday every month.
Community Vision Plan
In 2014, CPL initiated the Community Vision Plan to gather the necessary input from library patrons to ensure that Fleet and all branches will offer appropriate services by 2019.
The Woodland Branch visioning process includes three levels of engagement:
- Advisory Committee
- Stakeholder Focus Groups
- The Community At-Large
The Woodland Branch Advisory Committee includes the following members, representing local residents, neighborhood organizations, CPL staff, and library patrons:
- Rena Baker | Branch Manager, Woodland Branch Library
- Michelle Day | Woodland Cemetery Foundation
- Priscella Fayne | Woodland Branch Library Patron
- Gail Gwin | Woodland Branch Library Patron
- Trevor Hunt | Cleveland City Planning
- Herman Jackson | Lonnie Burten Rec Center
- Jason Minter | Burten Bell Carr Development Corp
- Tim Tramble | Burten Bell Carr Development Corp
- Tammy Walker | Woodland Branch Library Patron
Stakeholder Focus Groups
The focus group sessions will serve to complement the larger public meetings and online survey. By directly targeting key stakeholders underrepresented during public meetings, the focus group sessions can ensure a diversity of voices are heard and documented.
The Community At-Large
In order to engage a broad spectrum of the Woodland Branch community, the project includes public meetings and an online survey.