CLEVELAND — Cleveland Public Library is working with the city of Cleveland to help protect first responders from COVID-19 while serving their communities.
On Monday, Cleveland Public Library will begin production of 2,000 face shields using the 3D printers inside the Louis Stokes wing of the library.
The face shields will be donated to Cleveland’s Department of Public Safety, helping employees of the Cleveland Division of Police, Cleveland Fire Department and Emergency Management Services stay safe during the pandemic.
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics and both Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Burke Lakefront Airport will also receive face shields from Cleveland Public Library.
Cleveland Public Library is partnering with the city of Cleveland to save lives and protect our first responders from COVID-19.
“Coronavirus is overwhelming communities around the world. 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 Felton Thomas, Jr., executive director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library. “Partnering with the city of Cleveland and using library equipment to create personal protective equipment is the least we can do.”
The materials for the 3D printed face shields were donated by the Lowe’s in Brooklyn, the library said.
Cleveland Public Library will have 13 printers running until all of the face shields have been produced. Each mask takes around an hour to print, according to the library.
“Cleveland Public Library looks forward to the day the city wins the fight against COVID-19. We’re doing our part to help slow the spread of the virus. We encourage everyone else to stay home to help flatten the curve. We’re in this together,” Thomas, Jr. said.
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