Wonder Lead Ambassador

Laura McShane

Joined 4 years ago

I have a background in zoology, park planning and design, landscape architecture and library science. I have morphed from working at a hospital, at a large metropolitan park district, a community development corporation, a metropolitan planning organization, to now, at an urban public library.

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Jul 16, 2020

Designing Our Future

See the trees and the grasses in this photo? This is not a natural landscape. It was designed by a landscape architect to help save 60+ year old ...


Feb 28, 2020

What is Line?

Literacy is more than reading words in a book. The Akron Art Museum's Creativity Lab builds early literacy in kids through visual interpretation ...


Jan 31, 2020


Looking for a great book to share on World Read Aloud Day? Dev Petty's I Don't Want to Be A Frog humorously addresses identity and popularity. ...


Oct 16, 2019

Uphill, Downhill

This past Sunday, I explored an old carriage trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. As I hauled my bike uphill, I realized how scary this ...


Aug 22, 2019

Blast into Reading!

To commemorate NASA's 50th anniversary of the lunar landing and in celebration of National Literacy Month, McDonalds' has partnered with Reading Is ...


Jul 18, 2019

FISH everywhere

Britta Teckentraup's FISH everywhere arrived at the library today!! This magnificent picture book is justification for the preservation of picture ...


May 29, 2019

A More Perfect Union

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, but the true origin of the holiday has been obscured : The holiday was not always called Memorial ...


May 20, 2019

Make the Most of Summer

A few years ago, I attended a conference for trail planning. Many state tourism bureaus presented, but Idaho's tagline for vacations especially ...


Apr 26, 2019

Ride a Bike!

Do you remember learning to ride your first bike? How about that first bike accident! Did an adult help you fix your bike when the chain came off, ...


Mar 2, 2021

City, CMSD seek redevelopment of closed schools, vacant property

3/1/2021 -- The projects must complement the surrounding neighborhood and help revitalize the community. The city and District have issued a Request ...

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Feb 25, 2021

CMSD delays hybrid learning for one week

2/25/2021 -- CMSD will delay students’ return to hybrid learning for one week to ensure the transition goes as effectively as possible. The first ...

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Feb 23, 2021

Mary Bethune students talk about toxic stress in podcast

2/26/21 -- During the new season of ideastream’s Health’s Up podcast, Mary McLeod Bethune School students had the opportunity to talk about what ...

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Feb 23, 2021

Nonprofit's plan would keep Collinwood High, add community uses

2/23/2021 -- The WorkRoom Program Alliance would buy the massive building and lease back a portion to CMSD. Plans call for converting remaining space ...

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Feb 23, 2021

College Now seeking 850 mentors

2/23/2021 -- College Now mentors guide graduates bound for college and postsecondary career training, including recipients of the Say Yes to ...

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Feb 9, 2021

CEO, others get vaccine, urge staff, public to do the same (Video)

2/9/2020 -- CEO Eric Gordon and nine other District leaders have taken their shots. Now they are hoping that others will follow their example and get ...

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Feb 8, 2021

Current events inspire MC2STEM to hold human rights conference

2/8/2021 -- A pandemic. Black Lives Matter protests. A volatile election. These events by themselves are great topics for discussion in a classroom, ...

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Feb 8, 2021

Cleveland Orchestra honors CMSD for supporting students, families

2/8/2021 -- The District received one of the Orchestra's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards for working to remove barriers ...

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Feb 3, 2021

Say Yes to pilot health services at 4 schools

2/3/2021 -- For now, the threat of COVID-19 limits the services to online, or tele-health, visits, but when conditions permit, students will be able ...

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