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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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During October libraries and other institutions in Northeast Ohio are hosting events to honor Octavofest 2014.  Join Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library in celebrating our region's active arts community of book and paper innovators and our magnificent library and museum collections of fine and rare books. Learn from artists and book lovers about Northeast Ohio's rich resources and the exciting world of contemporary book and paper arts. There are classes, workshops, lectures, and exhibits that celebrate the book and paper arts. 

All programs at Main Library and branch locations are free and open to the public.  For more information call 216-623-2881.

Miniature Book Society Traveling Exhibit
& Lecture by Todd Sommerfeld
Exhibit: October 1-31, 2014
Lecture: Saturday, October 18 | 12:00 p.m.
Literature Department and Ohio Center for the Book
2nd Floor, Main Library Building - This hands-on discussion and presentation of miniature books will be hosted by the Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society and the Miniature Book Society. Come meet the local collector, Todd Sommerfeld as he talks about miniature books. He will discuss the history of miniature books from the earliest times to the present, as well as share stories about books and book collecting over the last thirty years. Also on display will be a selection of miniature books from the John F. Puskas Miniature Books Collection

Fine Bindings from the Special Collections Exhibit: October 1-31, 2014
Special Collections Department (John G. White Corridor)
3rd Floor, Main Library Building - Among the treasures to be found in the collection are finely bound books from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. On display are examples of the different types of beautiful bindings crafted over the past 400 years. 

Brown Bag Book Club - An Octavofest Special Event: Reimagining the Book: Chris Ware's Building Stories with guest speaker and reader, Valentino Zullo

Wednesday, October 22 | 12:00 p.m.
Literature Department, NW corner
2nd Floor, Main Library Building - Comics Scholar and Guest Reader, Valentino Zullo asks the question: In the age of digital storytelling can "the book" survive? How are comics responding to these new ways of telling stories? We will discuss a comic that challenges how we imagine the book and paper arts: Chris Ware's Building Stories.

For more information about all events scheduled, see the Octavofest 2014 Events Calendar.

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If you've ever been told that you should write a book--well, then, November is the month to do it!  Join the Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library (OCFB) as we kick off National Novel Writing Month 2014 (NaNoWriMo), Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., Main Library, 2nd floor.  NaNoWriMo is a month-long event where participants are challenged to write 50,000 words or more (of a novel) in the month of November.  Participants can work in any genre and can choose to complete a novel or the first 50,000 words of one. The focus is to begin and complete a new work--the idea is to just put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard)--and write!  The challenge begins 12:00AM November 1 and ends 11:59:59PM, November 30, 2014. 

After the NaNoWriMo kickoff, Come Write In! Tuesdays in November at 4:30 p.m. and meet up with others taking the challenge. OCFB will provide dedicated writing space in the Literature Department (Main Library, 2nd floor) for participants to write and find resources to help with the challenge. Bring your notepad or laptop to work on your novel.  You don't have to sign up with NaNoWriMo to participate.  

Click "Read More" to see helpful books available at Cleveland Public Library, and links to CPL's Online Public Access Catalog.

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The Literature Department and Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library will be hosting "Friday's Frightening Frolics," a literary and cinematic celebration of four chilling books and spine-tingling movie adaptations to celebrate October--the scariest month of the year! Held Fridays in October (starting October 10), "Friday's Frightening Frolics" will consist of half-hour book discussions and the subsequent showing of a motion picture adaptation of the book. The frightful fun will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the Literature Department, 2nd floor, Main Library. Give yourself a treat Fridays in October by joining us for this event!  For information about book and movie titles featured in this event, click on "Read More."

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The awesome, annual Books by the Banks book festival returns to the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  Join thousands of other attendees for an action-packed day. Enjoy book signings by authors from numerous genres, panel discussions, and tons of fun family activities, including storybook costume characters, face painting, free balloon sculptures, and more. New this year is the "Teen Scene," where teens can "speed date" with authors, try 3D printing, hear a rock band, and more.

The Ohio Center for the Book @ Cleveland Public Library will have a representative at a table in the organizers and sponsors area.  Stop by and say hello!

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