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Cleveland Public Library and Ohio Center for the Book Present : Evil and Empathy

A Graphic Novel Book Club, with Guest Reader Valentino Zullo

Another Installment in the OCFB Get Graphic! Series. If it is true that the villain is the hero of his or her own story, is it possible to see some of the greatest villains of all time as something other than evil? Can we understand The Joker, Lex Luthor, Magneto, or Catwoman as anything other than supervillains? In this series we will discuss their traumatic origins and distressing lives. Can we learn to empathize with these characters and others by bearing witness to their individual narratives? We will explore this possibility--and the alternative: that they are representations of radical evil beyond reform or empathy. Be sure to join us to find out more! Titles featured in this series are: Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland; Batman: The Man Who Laughs by Ed Brubaker and Doug Mahnke; Luthor by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo; X-Men: Magneto Testament by Greg Pak and Carmine di Giandomenico and Catwoman: Trail of the Catwoman by Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke..

WHEN:  Alternate Thursdays in January and February, beginning January 8, 2015
TIME:  4:00 PM
WHERE: Cleveland Public Library, Literature DepartmentMain Building, 2nd Floor. Cleveland Public Library is located at 325 Superior Avenue. For more information, call the Literature Department at 216-623-2881.

Click here to print/view the flyer for this series. Click "Read More" to see the schedule, and link to Cleveland Public Library's online public access catalog to reserve titles featured in this series.

About the Speaker. Valentino Zullo holds a Master of Arts in English and Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University where he studied Comics as Literature. He is currently a student at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He is also an early admissions student for psychoanalytic training at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center. Valentino believes in Literature, Social Justice and the Superhero Way!

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This year's holiday season will soon be upon us and with the season, in Cleveland, comes Great Lakes Theater's holiday tradition of presenting A Christmas Carol. Possibly the world's most popular Christmas story, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843, and has never been out of print since. Yearly, new adaptations explore the transformative message to be found in the life of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. It is a tale that is beloved by many. In collaboration with Great Lakes Theater and PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland Public Library presents an exhibit that celebrates A Christmas Carol.

The Exhibit. On display during Library hours of operation: November 7 through December 31, 2014, Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., the exhibit displays treasures from the Library's collection, documenting the long history and the powerful impact of Charles Dickens's beloved story. Along with images from Great Lakes Theater's remarkable productions of this Christmas classic, pictures and posters will bring to life some of the Victorian world in which Dickens lived.

Opening Reception. Join us for an opening reception on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the Literature Department, Main Library, 2nd floor. Paul Siedel of the Cleveland Dickens Fellowship will bring the Fellowship's slide presentation to the opening reception. In honor of Dickens's 200th birthday celebrated in 2012, the Cleveland branch of the Dickens Fellowship created this entertaining and informative overview of Charles Dickens--the man himself, the characters of his imagination, the strong ties between his life events & his work, and his rock star celebrity.

Great Lakes Theater staff will talk about the Theater and their 26 years of producing A Christmas Carol!  Please join us for a Dickens of an afternoon!  (For image credits, click on "Read More.")



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Through collaboration with the Ohio Center for the Book,  the Cleveland teacher training workshop for Poetry Out Loud (POL), a national recitation contest for high school students, will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at the Martin Luther King, Jr., branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 1962 Stokes Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio.

Jeanette Flood, longtime POL lead teacher at the Lyceum, and noted Ohio poets Rose Smith and Ray McNiece will lead the workshop. They will share their expertise on using Poetry Out Loud in the classroom and school, including how to engage students and how to coach them toward their best performance. Teachers interested in attending the workshop should contact Katie Swett, POL’s state project coordinator at 614-728-4481 or by email at Walk-ins are welcome.

POL Program Overview  Click the image above to view the Ohio POL 2014-15 Events Schedule.

Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, with local assistance from the Ohioana Library, Thurber House and the Ohio Center for the Book.


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