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"Write at the Library," a series of free writing workshops will be held at the Cleveland Public Library (CPL). Workshops on writing poetry will be held on the second Saturday of each month--September 2015 through February 2016--at CPL Main Library. Workshops on personal essay writing will be held at CPL Carnegie West Branch on the third Saturday of each month, September 2015 through February 2016. The workshops are sponsored in partnership with the Ohio Center for the Book, Literary Cleveland, and Cleveland Public Library. Lee Chilcote, poet and nonfiction writer, along with guest facilitators, will lead the workshops. Lee Chilcote teaches creative writing and currently serves as Managing Editor of "Fresh Water Cleveland," a weekly e-magazine. Registration is requested at http://www.litcleveland.org/. For more details click on "Read More."

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Please join Cleveland Little Free Library for a meet and greet on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, starting at 5:30 p.m., at the Boys and Girls Club, 6114 Broadway Avenue. Get acquainted with the dedicated Clevelanders who are bringing books to children in Cleveland's neediest neighborhoods, and celebrate Cleveland Little Free Library's successess and plans for the future.

There will be a reception and conversation with Little Free Library founder Todd Bol, fellow Stewards and other supporters of Cleveland Little Free Library. Learn what's new on the international front from Todd, and brainstorm local challenges and opportunities.

Light refreshments will be served, so please don't forget to RSVP (at clelittlefreelibrary@gmail.com). Bring a friend or two because the Cleveland Little Free Library movement is all about community, and they can't do it without you!

WHEN: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Reception - 5:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Program - 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Munch & Mingle - 7:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Boys and Girls Club, 6114 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44127.

Please RSVP at clelittlefreelibrary@gmail.com

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On Friday, September 25, 2015 from 12:00pm-4:00pm, the Literature Department and Ohio Center for the Book will host a discussion of Maxwell Anderson’s play Anne of the Thousand Days followed by a viewing of Charles Jarrott’s 1969 Universal Pictures' cinematic adaption starring Richard Burton as Henry VIII, and Geneviève Bujold as Anne Boleyn.

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On Friday, October 2, 2015, from 12:00pm-4:00pm, the Literature Department and Ohio Center for the Book will host a discussion on Oscar Wilde's short story The Canterville Ghost followed by a showing of Paul Bogart 1986 made for TV film adaptation starring Sir John Gielgud as Simon de Canterville and Alyssa Milano as his descendant, Jennifer.

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On Friday, October 30, 2015 from 12:00pm-4:00pm, the Literature Department and the Ohio Center for the Book will host a book discussion on Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes followed by a viewing of Jack Clayton’s 1983 Walt Disney Productions' cinematic adaptation starring Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce

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On Friday, October 16, 2015 from 12:00pm-4:00pm, the Literature Department and the Ohio Center for the Book will host a book discussion on Richard Matheson’s I am Legend followed by a viewing of Boris Sagal’s 1971 Warner Brothers' film Omega Man starring Charleton Heston and Rosalind Cash.

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On Friday, September 11, 2015, from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm, the Literature Department and the Ohio Center for the Book will host a discussion on Sir Robert Bolt’s play A Man for All Seasons followed by a viewing of the 1966 Columbia Pictures adaptation directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas More.

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The Ohio Center for the Book has selected Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming as Ohio’s selection for the National Book Festival’s “Discover Great Places through Reading" map.” Brown Girl Dreaming is the story of Woodson's childhood, told in verse. The book was awarded the Newbery Honor, the National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature Work-Youth/Teens. The Discover Great Places through Reading map is distributed at the Pavilion of the States at the Festival listing “Great Reads about Great Places.”

The Pavilion of the States will represent reading and library programs and literary events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. trusts and territories. Children attending the festival are given maps to take to each state’s table to have that state stamped to receive a prize.

The 15th Library of Congress National Book Festival will take place Saturday, September 5, 2015, in Washington D. C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This year’s festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities. For more information, click the image at left.

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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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