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On Saturday, July 11th at 12:00 pm in the Literature Department and Ohio Center for the Book at the Cleveland Public Library, Mike Olszewski, author of Cleveland TV Tales, will present a program in which he will share some diverting and engaging facts about Cleveland’s rich television history.

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Join us Saturday, June 20, 2015, 1:00 p.m., as the Literature Department / Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library celebrate poetry and spoken word performance with Cleveland Public Poetry, the open mic poetry reading series.

Listen to Elmer Buford and other local poets perform original works in the Eastman Reading Garden (rain location Literature Department, 2nd floor, Main Library). For more information call the Literature Department at  216.623.2881. Click on the image (above) to print the flyer for this event. 

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The Cleveland Public Library presents Literary Frolic Fridays, a series of six book discussions followed by screenings of movie adaptations of the novels. Held on alternating Fridays, starting June 12, 2015 (through August 2015), each event will consist of a book discussion and the subsequent showing of the motion picture adaptation. Join us in the Literature Department, 2nd floor, Main Library, from noon until 4:00 p.m. for Literary Frolic Fridays—a literary and cinematic celebration for summer!  For details of the books and movies featured, and to link to CPL's online public access catalog, click on "Read More."

Click on the image (above) to download/print the flyer for this event.  For more information contact the Literature Department at 216.623.2881.

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On Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 4:00 p.m., the Get Graphic! Graphic Novel Speaker Series concludes with a lecture by author, filmmaker, Brad Ricca  Join us in the Literature Department and Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library, Main Library 2nd floor, as we close this inaugural speaker series with host comics scholar Valentino Zullo. Past speakers in this series included: Tony Isabella, Dr. Vera Camden, and Marc Sumerak.

Dr. Brad Ricca | Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 4:00 PM
"Comics in Cleveland" Did you know that Cleveland is basically the "Fertile Crescent" of comic books? Many people know that  Superman,  of DC Comics, was created by two Clevelanders--Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. But Cleveland was also home to several major newspaper cartoons, Harvey Pekar's American Splendor, authors Brian Bendis and Brian Vaughan, and newer comics like Lake Erie Monster and Apama: The Undiscovered Animal. Come learn about all of them--and why Cleveland might be the perfect place to make comics.

 Dr. Brad Ricca received his Ph.D. in English from CWRU. His book Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster - The Creators of Superman (St. Martin's, 2013) was named a Top 10 Book in the Arts by Booklist and won the 2014 Ohioana Book Award for Nonfiction.  He has spoken about comics in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, and on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." Mr. Ricca won the St. Lawrence Book Award for his first book of poetry, American Mastodon, and is also a filmmaker whose documentary, Last Son, won a Silver Ace Award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival. In 2014, Brad Ricca was awarded a Cleveland Arts Prize for Emerging Artist in Literature

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Cleveland Public Library (CPL) is "The People's University," the center of learning for a diverse and inclusive community. CPL's vision is to be the driving force behind a powerful culture of learning that will inspire Clevelanders from all walks of life to continually learn, share and seek out new knowledge in ways that are beneficial to themselves, their community and the worldOhio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library (OCFB), as an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is dedicated to promoting and celebrating books, reading, and literacy.  The YWCA Greater Cleveland (YWCA) states as its mission a dedication to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.  The YWCA’s values are courage, accountability, integrity and social justice. Throughout its history, the YWCA has been at the forefront of many major movements in the United States as a pioneer in race relations.

These exceptional institutions have come together in partnership to present: It’s Time to Talk: Cleveland Book Clubs, “Improving Cultural Competency through Community Reading Experiences.” Book clubs are one of many options offered by the YWCA’s “It’s Time to Talk” programs, and offers a unique experience for individuals and organizations willing to talk about the complex issues of race. It is an effort to increase awareness, knowledge and levels of cultural competency in the workplace and the community.  Cultural competency has been defined as: the ability to interact with persons from cultures and/or belief systems other than one’s own.  It is the ability to understand and appreciate the differences that make us unique. 

WHY BOOK CLUBS?
It’s Time to Talk: Cleveland Book Clubs are a way to engage in thoughtful and intelligent dialogue, where people--co-workers, community members of different racial and ethnic backgrounds-- can sit down together to discuss selected books on race-related topics.  The intent is to get people listening to one another, which will lead to greater understanding.  This is a worthwhile effort, given that recent research by scientists involving emotional transportation, i.e., how sensitive people are to others' feelings, have concluded that reading literary fiction can improve empathy.  After all, the ability to put oneself in someone else's shoes—the capacity to understand what others are thinking and feeling—can be a first step toward becoming stronger in race relations.  Click on the speech bubble above to download/print a copy of the OCFB Book Set Titles on Race. Click on “Read More” for details about the book kits and how to borrow them.

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On June 10, 2015, Ohio Center for the Book (OCFB) at Cleveland Public Library will begin a series of lunchtime book club discussions with guest reader Valentino Zullo, featuring Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (AWBA) winning titles. One book discussion will be held each month, June through August 2015, on Wednesdays at noon, and will take place in the Literature Department and OCFB at Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, 2nd floor.  The book talks begin Wednesday, June 10 at 12:00 p.m., with the 1952 AWBA-winner The Wall by John Hersey. Other books in the series are: The Boat by Nam Le and Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. For more information, contact the Literature Department at 216.623.2881. Click here to view, print or download the flyer.

Special Brown Bag Book Club. In collaboration with Popular Library's African American Brown Bag Book Club, a discussion of Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned by Walter Mosley will be held August 2015 at 12:00 p.m. Discussion of this 1998 AWBA-winner takes place in Popular Library, 1st floor, Main Library.

Valentino Zullo is a PhD student in the English department at Kent State University. He holds a Master of Arts in English and Women's Studies from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science in Social Administration from The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He is also a student pursuing psychoanalytic training at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center. A comics scholar, Valentino hosts the Get Graphic! Graphic Novel Speaker Series, and serves as guest reader for the very popular Get Graphic! A Graphic Novel Book Club discussion series; both are presented by Cleveland Public Library and Ohio Center for the Book. Valentino believes in Literature, Social Justice and the Superhero Way!

Edith Anisfield-Wolf, a former Cleveland Public Library Board of Trustee,  established AWBA in 1935; it  is the only juried book prize that addresses racism and diversity of cultures. The 80th AWBA ceremony will take place Thursday, September 10, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Ohio Theater of PlayhouseSquare, 1511 Euclid Avenue.

A complete set of all of the past winners is housed in Special Collections, Main Library, 3rd floor.  For more information about the AWBA, visit the website at www.anisfield-wolf.org. 

  

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Cleveland Public Library and the Ohio Center for the Book present a new graphic novel discussion series with guest reader Valentino Zullo: Trauma and Transformation.*

1st and 3rd Thursdays, June - August 2015 | 4:00 PM
Literature Department, 2nd floor, Main Library, 325 Superior Avenue. For more information call 216.623.2881.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a superhero would have a traumatic origin story.  We must ask, though, why are these origins always filled with such suffering? And how do these superheroes learn to work with their painful histories as they protect and transform the world around them? We will ask these questions and many more as we discuss the tumultuous lives of superheroes with our Guest Reader, Valentino Zullo.

*The title for this series is a tribute to a book by Dr. Vera Camden entitled, Trauma and Transformation: The Political Progress of John Bunyan

Valentino Zullo began his studies in comics at Kent State University (KSU) many years ago. He is a PhD student in the English department at KSU, and holds a Master of Arts in English and Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University where he studied Comics as Literature. He has a Master of Science in Social Administration from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He is also a student pursuing psychoanalytic training at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center. Valentino believes in Literature, Social Justice and the Superhero Way!
 

Click on Superman image (above) to download / print the flyer for this series. Click on "Read More" to see dates and titles for this series, and to link to the titles available in Cleveland Public Library's online public access catalog. 

Interested in books about comics and graphic novels? Click here to download / print a bibliography compiled by OCFB staff.

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Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month 2015 with our third annual Ohio Poem In Your Pocket Day. On Thursday, April 30, 2015, staff members will distribute this year's Ohio pocket poems.  We invite you to join us.

Join the fun! Meet us at 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 30, 2015, in the Literature Department, Main Library (2nd floor), 325 Superior Avenue. We will celebrate national Poem in Your Pocket Day the Buckeye way by hitting the streets to besprinkle downtown Cleveland with poetry written by a wide variety of Ohioans.  Click "Read More" to learn more about the Ohio poets featured.

Can't make it to downtown Cleveland to help us distribute poems? Click on the image above to view, print the poems, and then share them with others anywhere in Ohio. You can even create our own pocket poem with our Ohio Poem In Your Pocket blank template!   

For more information email us at ohiocenterforthebook@cpl.org or call 216-623-2881.

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YWCA Greater Cleveland in Partnership with Cleveland Public Library Presents:
“Improving Cultural Competency through Community Reading Experiences”
— A Reception

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, the YWCA Greater Cleveland in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library is hosting a reception to introduce "It's Time to Talk:" Cleveland Book Clubs.  One of the many options offered by the YWCA in support of its “eliminating racism” mission, It's Time to Talk book clubs are a means to increase awareness, knowledge and levels of cultural competency in the workplace and the community.  Attendees will receive information on how to facilitate a book club and information about the different book sets (provided by the Cleveland Public Library) that are available for review and check-out.  

On February 23, 2015, the YWCA Greater Cleveland convened "It’s Time to Talk: Forum on Race." Cleveland Public Library Director, Felton Thomas and others from the Library were in attendance, along with leaders from major corporations, religious groups, non-profit groups, community organizations, colleges and high school students.  All came together to talk about the complicated issue of race. Participants were guided by trained facilitators equipped with tools designed to get the conversation started.  At the end of the forum, participants were asked to consider what they could do—individually and collectively as part of an organization—to continue the conversation.

The YWCA Greater Cleveland is encouraging the participation of representatives from over 40 organizations to "continue the conversation" on race by attending this special reception on Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 5:00 to 6:30 at the Cleveland Public Library, Main Building, 2nd floor, 325 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114.

For more information about this event, please contact the YWCA Greater Cleveland at 216.881.6878.

 

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Since 1935, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards have recognized important contributions to our understanding of the diversity of human cultures. Today it remains the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity.  On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the Cleveland Foundation announced the winners of the 80th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards.  The winners will be honored in Cleveland on September 10, 2015, at a ceremony in the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. For more information, go to www.anisfield-wolf.org, and click on the image above to print/download the press release.

2015 Winners
Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings. Fiction
Richard S. Dunn, A Tale of Two Plantations. Non-Fiction
Jericho Brown, The New Testament. Poetry
Marilyn Chin, Hard Love Province. Poetry
David Brion Davis, Lifetime Achievement

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Join us on Saturday, April 18, 2015, for our latest installment of Cleveland Public Poetry.  We are pleased to present Caryl Pagel as our featured poet. The author of the  collections Twice Told and Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death, Pagel is currently the Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center.

The reading will begin at 1:00 P.M. in the Literature Department of Cleveland Public LIbrary's Main Library, 325 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44114.  There will be an open mic session following Caryl Pagel's reading. 

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with James Shea and Catherine Wing at Mitchell's Ice Cream in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood at 1867 West 25th St. on Monday, April 6, 2015, at 7:00 P.M.

Nationally recognized Ohio poets James Shea and Catherine Wing will visit Mitchell's Ice Cream in Ohio City to read their poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. James Shea will launch his newly released collection of poems, The Lost Novel.

FREE ice cream for all who attend!



This program is in partnership with Mac's Backs Books who will have both books for sale at the event.
 

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