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Cleveland Public Library and the Ohio Center for the Book present a new graphic novel discussion series: Women Warriors

What does it mean to be a female superhero? What does it mean to be a superhero of a race other than white? In this series we will explore the intersections of both race and gender in superhero comics from various perspectives. We will read comics where the lead character is a female superhero of a race other than white. We will also explore what happens when it is not the superhero but a female supervillain that is of a different race than the hero. We will discuss different types of feminisms, the epidemic of sex trafficking, and various other topics related to women and gender. Join us for this new ongoing discussion and discover how even superheroes are not free of prejudice.

WHEN: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 4:00 PM | March - May 2015
WHERE: Literature Department, 2nd floor, Main Building

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

About Your Host. Valentino Zullo began his studies in comics at Kent State University many years ago. He now 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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From the Ohio Arts Council press release dated 2/18/2015:

The Ohio Arts Council will host the tenth annual Poetry Out Loud State Finals on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Lincoln Theatre, 769 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio. The day-long event, held from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., brings together school champions from many of the 59 registered high schools throughout the state to compete for the chance to represent Ohio at the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest to be held in Washington, D.C., April 27-29, 2015.  Poet and Oberlin College professor Kazim Ali will share his original poems between rounds in the state competition. His volumes of poetry include Sky Ward (winner of the 2014 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry), The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day, and the poetic memoir Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities.  Former State Senator Eric H. Kearney of Cincinnati will serve as emcee for the final round of the state competition.  The state finals are free and open to the public.  For more information, call 614.728.4445.

In 2006 Jackson Hille of Columbus won the very first Poetry Out Loud national championship; the 2014 Ohio state champion, Lake Wilburn of Centennial High School in Columbus, finished second at the National Finals, winning $10,000. The winner at the state level receives $300 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books for its library.  The runner-up receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library.  Additionally, a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be awarded to the winners at the National Finals.  To see a list of the participating high schools in Ohio, print the Ohio Arts Council Press Release by clicking the "Poetry Out Loud" image above.

Poetry Out Loud is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council and state arts agencies nationwide.  The Ohio Poetry Out Loud finals are presented in partnership with Thurber House, the Ohioana Library, the Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library, and Tuesday Musical Association.

To learn more, click on "Read More" and visit poetryoutloud.org for more information on this national program and Poetry Out Loud the Ohio Arts Council website for more information on the Ohio program.

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Cleveland Public Library and the Ohio Center for the Book present: Get Graphic! A Graphic Novel Speaker Series. In this new installment of the Get Graphic! with Ohio Center for the Book, A Graphic Novel Discussion series, scholars and comics industry artists will explore the evolving world of comics in a series of lectures beginning February 28, 2015. The guest speakers are: Tony Isabella, Dr. Vera Camden, Marc Sumerak, and Dr. Brad Ricca. One speaker will be featured one Saturday each month starting February 28 with Tony Isabella and ending Saturday, May 30, with Dr. Brad Ricca. The series will be hosted by graphic novel comics scholar Valentino Zullo. Click "Read More" to learn more about the speakers and topics, and click the image (above) to print the flyer for this event.

Each lecture will be held in the Literature Department at 4:00 p.m. at Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, 2nd floor.  Cleveland Public Library is located at 325 Superior Avenue. Each lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, call the Literature Department at 216.623.2881.

About the Host. Valentino Zullo began his studies in comics at Kent State University many years ago. He now 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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Join us for the annual "Poetry of Love" open mic poetry reading at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, 325 Superior Avenue. The poetry reading will take place in the Literature Department.

Come and share an original or classic poem that celebrates the romantic tradition of Valentine's Day.  Feel free to bring your lunch and listen as we celebrate poetry and the spoken word!. Light refreshments will be served.  For more information contact the Literature Department at 216-623-2881.  Click the invitation (at left) to print/download flyer for this event.

 Viola: "I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love, love above all."  Shakespeare in Love 

Say something of love . . .

The staff of Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library has made it easy for you to express your heartfelt feelings on the matter of love!  All you have to do is visit the Ohio Center for the Book, located in the Literature Department in the Main Library. There you will find pens and paper (hearts) to write down what ever you'd like to say about love, and then tape it onto the Poetry of Love board!

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What are you planning to read this year?. . . And next year?  Why not Choose to Read Ohio and experience Ohio’s rich literary heritage firsthand!  Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) is a project of the State Library of Ohio, in collaboration with the Ohioana Library Association and the Ohio Center for the Book. The goal is to encourage readers of all ages to become familiar with writers of every genre.  To that end, every two years CTRO offers a book list highlighting books by talented authors and illustrators with Ohio ties.  In an article published online for the January 2015 issue of Ohio Magazine, CTRO’s coordinator Janet Dwyer, offers this observation: “It is breathtaking how many really, really good authors we have here.  There’s truly something for every age and interest on this list.”  The online article lists CTRO’s selections for 2015-16; click here to link to the article.

One of the titles on the CTRO 2015-16 booklist is Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean.  It is the story of the most famous German Shepherd in the world, Rin Tin Tin.  In her powerfully moving account, Orlean chronicles the abandoned dog’s rescue from a World War I battlefield to his rise to become a Hollywood movie star and pop culture icon. It is also a love story—of the bond between humans and animals. The January 2015 issue of Ohio Magazine features an interview with Susan Orleans; to read Ohio Magazine's Q&A with Susan Orlean click here.

Download Choose to Read Ohio Booklist for 2015 and 2016

Click here to download the booklist (pdf format).

Choose to Read Ohio Toolkits
CTRO toolkits enhance the reading and discussion experience, with author biographies and photos, book summaries, discussion questions, project ideas and extension activities, connections to academic content standards, and links to entertaining and educational resources.  Click here and you will be directed to CTRO's web page to download a toolkit (pdf format).  NOTE: Toolkits for 2015 & 2016 titles are in development and will be posted as each is completed.

 

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Ohio is home not only to a plethora of talented and renowned authors, but it also is home to a great number of publishers.  Several presses have a focus on the publication of poetry, including The Ashland Poetry PressThe Akron Poetry Prize from The University of Akron Press, and The Cleveland State University Poetry Center.  The CSU Poetry Center is accepting submissions for its 2015 Book Competitions until March 31, 2015.  Prizes are awarded in three categories: First Book PoetryOpen Book Poetry, and Essay Collection.

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DIAL "M" FOR MAIN

A Scavenger Hunt Kickoff Event

Friday, January 16, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
Cleveland Public Library
Literature Department, 2nd floor

Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem at the Cleveland Public Library!  Discover the treasures of your downtown Main Library as you've never seen them before—through the lens of theatrical and fictional criminals, detectives, and victims, all brought to life by authors and playwrights, actors and directors.  Wander the stacks searching for clues in plays and reference books, in hallways and stairwells, on shelves and walls; hunt through your Library inside and out, deducing and detecting . . . Find answers that will lead you on a merry chase through two dramatic buildings and an unparalleled Ohio research collection!

WIN TWO TICKETS TO GREAT LAKES THEATER!
The first person to complete the Scavenger Hunt wins two tickets to the Great Lakes Theater production of Dial M for Murder!

Be sure to catch the thrilling Great Lakes Theater production of Dial  M for Murder at the Hanna Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, February 27 - March 22, 2015.  For tickets call 216-241-6000 or visit www.GreatLakesTheater.org/promo. Quote promo code: NEO

The Dial M for Main Scavenger Hunt and the contest for tickets are open to all ages.  In the case of a tie, a winner will be selected by random drawing. The winner will be asked for permission to be photographed. Family members of Cleveland Pubic Library and Great Lakes Theater employees are not eligible to win the theater tickets.  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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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 pol.contractor@oac.state.oh.us. 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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Cleveland Public Poetry--the open mic poetry reading series hosted by the Literature Department, and sponsored by Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library--will conclude its 2014 season on Saturday, November 1, with featured student poets from Cleveland School of the Arts.

Join us in the Literature Department, Main Library, 2nd floor, at 12:00 p.m. as we celebrate poetry and the spoken word. Our guests will be Daniel Gray-Kontar, Creative Writing Instructor at the Cleveland School of the Arts. Mr. Gray-Kontar will present three of his most prolific student writers. For more information call the Literature Department at  216.623.2881. Click on "Read More" to learn more about the Poetry Program at Cleveland School of the Arts, and to link to works of past seasons' featured poets: Kazim AliFrank GiampietroSusan GrimmSarah GridleyDave Lucas, and Mary Weems.

 

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 The Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library is dedicated to promoting and celebrating books, reading, literacy, and libraries in the State of Ohio.  One way we do this is by acknowledging Ohio authors who were either born, live, or have previously lived, in Ohio, and have produced a consequential body of work, and books popular with readers.     

 We are excited to announce that ten author profiles have been newly added to the Ohio Center for the Book Author’s List (see “Ohio Authors” tab above).  Among the new additions: Maggie Anderson, a long-time Kent State University professor and winner of a number of awards and fellowships for her poetry; Jennifer Crusie, a Wapakoneta, Ohio native, and bestselling author of over 20 romance novels; and Elton Glaser, Akron resident, University of Akron professor, and winner of numerous awards for his poetry, including the 2006 Ohioana Award for Poetry.  

My name is Steve Bruno, an intern with the Cleveland Public Library’s Literature Department, and the primary focus of my work is to help update the Ohio Center for the Book Author Listings.  These author bios provide a brief background on the Ohio author, mention notable books they have written, and acknowledge awards they may have received in recognition of their work.  We hope these author profiles inspire you to explore the writings of these talented Ohio authors, many of which are available at your local public library.  Please check back to the Ohio Center for the Book blog as there are more worthy Ohio Author additions forthcoming.

 

The entire list of the new additions to the Ohio Authors:

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