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Cuyahoga County Wants Libraries To Help Residents Get A Leg Up

Fairly soon, you'll be able to get a lot more than books, CD's and DVD's at your local library.

Following up on an idea floated by County Executive Armond Budish  during this spring's state of the county speech -- the 55 branches in the Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Public Library systems will soon be  places where residents can apply for benefits such as food stamps and medicaid or take classes that will lead to a high school equivalency diploma, or other job readiness skills.

Just before they officially announced the new partnership today, County Executive Budish, Cuyahoga County Public Library Director Sari Feldman, and Cleveland Public Library Director Felton Thomas stopped by the idea center to talk about how it will work and the impact they hope this will have on the region's economy.

Armond Budish - Cuyahoga County Executive

Sari Feldman - Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library

Felton Thomas Jr. - Executive Director, CEO Cleveland Public Library