10/1/2014 9:19 AM
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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9/26/2014 10:11 AM
In July 2014, Cleveland Public Library, Ohio Center for the Book, and Cleveland Play House collaborated on an exhibit called Christmas in July: A Christmas Story! The exhibit highlighted the Cleveland Play House stage productions of the classic holiday tale, which will run this year November 28 – December 21, 2014.
Cleveland Public Library patrons were given a chance to win tickets to the 2014 production by picking a "Christmas in July" treat: a “Blind Date with an Ohio Author!” The Literature Department and Ohio Center for the Book staff selected and wrapped a variety of books by Ohio authors for patrons to borrow. Readers were asked to rate their reading experience by completing the Rate-A-Date entry form (see below). NOTE: The winner was selected in a drawing from the many entry forms received.
Ohio Center for the Book and Cleveland Public Library staff members extend our hearty congratulations to Cody White -- enjoy the show!
My book date was: DREAMY
Comment: Vivid descriptions & great imagery
My book date was: INTERESTING
Comment: Always a fan of shaped speech poetry
My book date was INTENSE
Comment: Learned a history of the blues I'd never known before
Other Comments: Combined two of my loves - Poetry & the Blues - for a great book date!
OCFB at Cleveland Public Library thanks Cody White and all participants.
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9/4/2014 12:14 PM
October is nearly upon us, and that means Octavofest is almost here! During the entire month of October various libraries and institutions in Northeast Ohio will host / present classes, workshops, lectures, and exhibits to celebrate the book and paper arts. All events are listed in the Octavofest 2014 Events Calendar.
Click on the image (left) to view the Octavofest 2014 events poster.
Click "Read More" for information about events taking place at Cleveland Public Library's main and branch locations.
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8/18/2014 1:17 PM
Meet Karen Long, former book editor for The Plain Dealer and current host and sponsor of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (AWBA), as we kick off this season's "Brown Bag Book Clubs at Main Library." This kick-off event will be held at noon on September 3, 2014 at Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, 2nd floor, Literature Department. Karen will discuss all of the 2014 AWBA winners including The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, and My Promised Land by Ari Shavit. A more in-dept discussion of each book will occur weekly beginning Wednesday, September 10, at noon in the Literature Department. Click on the kick-off event image above to view/print the flyer of the new season of all book discussions to take place in the Literature Department. Click on "Read More" (below) to view all book club discussions to take place in subject departments including Popular Library, Social Sciences, and History; link to CPL's online public access catalog to place reserve(s). Books will be available in the Literature Department, Main Library, 2nd floor, for check-out in Lending.
Established in 1935 by Edith Anisfield-Wolf, a former Library Board of Trustee, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards remain the only juried book prize that addresses racism and diversity of cultures. A complete set of all of the past winners is housed in the Special Collections Department, Main Library, 3rd floor. The AWBA ceremony will take place Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Ohio Theater of PlayhouseSquare, 1511 Euclid Avenue.
Karen R. Long
served as book editor of The Plain Dealer
for eight years before becoming the host and sponsor of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, as a consultant for the Cleveland Foundation
. Long is a vice president for the National Book Critics Circle
, where she is a judge for its six annual prizes, awarded each March in New York City. A voracious reader since she wore her cat-eyed glasses to kindergarten in Seattle, Long raised three children in Cleveland Heights with husband Joe Frolik.
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8/7/2014 1:49 PM
Cleveland Public Library and Ohio Center for the Book Present : Comics and the Clinic
A Graphic Novel Book Club, with Guest Reader Valentino Zullo
A New Installment in the OCFB Get Graphic! Series. In this series we will discuss the role the emerging media of comics may have in social work practice and how comics have been informed by clinical experiences. Together we will explore various interpretations of "the clinic" and understand how clinics have been influenced by, and/or responded to, such various disciplines as psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychoanalysis. Readers will learn that there is quite a shared history between comics and the clinic. Be sure to join us to find out more! Titles featured in this series are: Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel; Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary by Justin Green; Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast; Marbles by Ellen Forney and My Depression by Elizabeth Swados.
WHEN: 3rd Thursday in September, October & December 2014
TIME: 4:00 PM
WHERE: Cleveland Public Library, Literature Department, Main 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 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!
Get Graphic! with the Ohio Center for the Book
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5/19/2014 6:42 AM
The Ohio Center for the Book has selected Rosa, a story of Rosa Parks by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier, as Ohio’s selection for the National Book Festival’s “Discover Great Places Through Reading" map. Each state selects one title of fiction or non-fiction, a book about the state or by an author from the state that is a good read for children or young adults. The 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. As Ohio state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library will have a table in the Pavilion of the States staffed by Amy Dawson, Manager, Literature Department, Ohio Center for the Book. Click on the book's image (above) to download/print discussion questions for Rosa that includes a timeline of the Civil Rights Movement.
Rosa is also a 2015 & 2016 Choose to Read Ohio selection. Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni’s evocative text combines with Bryan Collier’s striking cut-paper images to retell the story of a historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective. Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed.
The National Book Festival will be held Saturday, August 30, 2014, 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, please For more information, click the image at left.
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5/14/2014 10:57 AM
This is the second annual writers conference sponsored by the English Department of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Conference events will take place in Clark Hall and Guilford House on the CWRU campus. Click the Gilford House image at left to print the brochure for this event.
WHEN: Saturday, May 31,2014, 8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Clark Hall, 11130 Bellflower Road AND Guilford House 11112 Bellflower Road, Cleveland OH 44106 (map)
KEYNOTE: Thrity Umrigar, "The Lives of Others: The Novel as Looking Glass"
Conference Description: "Breaking Genre: In the Context of Others" is a one-day writers conference, offering classes and intensive workshops with Mary Biddinger, Cinda Williams Chima, Joyce Dyer, Michael Grant Jaffe, Phil Metres, Lynn Powell, James Sheeler, S. Andrew Swann, Samuel Thomas. There is limited enrollment (first come, first served) intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, and memoir. If you register for one of the intensives, contact the Department of English at firstname.lastname@example.org, to connect to the workshop before the conference and to send in your manuscript which will be pre-circulated to both the workshop leader and the workshop members.
Registration. Registration and payment will be online through Eventbrite. For more information, call 216.368.1508. A box lunch is included in the cost of the conference. This event is co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.
A book fair will be on site from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Mac's Backs
will be the resident bookstore with other presses and journals.
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5/5/2014 9:41 AM
The Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in Columbus, Ohio will play host to the eighth Annual Ohioana Book Festival. Meet more than 100 Ohio authors, have books signed, attend panel discussions, try some of the crafts and activities in the children’s area, eat at one (or more) of the award-winning local food carts, listen to some great music, and take in all the amazing literature Ohio has to offer!
This year's featured authors include Laura Bickle, Robin Davis, Harmony Evans, Charlene Fix, P.L. Gaus, David Giffels, Matt Kish, Amit Majmudar, Lindsay Ward, and Andrew Welsh-Huggins.
The Ohioana Book Festival begins at 10:00 A.M. and concludes at 4:30 P.M. The event is free and open to the public and there is free parking.
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5/1/2014 10:40 AM
The Ohio Center for the Book serves as Ohio's regional coordinator for the international River of Words poetry and art contest. This annual contest is open to all students in grades K-12. It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2014 River of Words winners for the Ohio region. Congratulations to our winners!
Category II (Grades 3-5)
First Place: Audrey Howard from Cincinnati.
Second Place: Aaron Ziegler from Cincinnati.
Category III (Grades 6-8)
First Place: Emma Hubbard from Cleveland Heights.
Second Place: Eliz Slabaugh from Hartville.
Category IV (Grades 9-12)
First Place: Jennifer Yen from Beachwood.
Second Place: Katie Walthour from Mansfield.
Category I (Grades K-2)
First Place: Janiya Rahman from Euclid.
Category II (Grades 3-5)
First Place: Ta'Jah Hodge from Cleveland Heights.
Second Place: Katherine Withers from Cincinnati.
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4/21/2014 1:38 PM
Days before this year's World Book Night (WBN) event, Ohio Center for the Book staff and volunteers distributed books to WBN book givers. Every year on April 23, volunteer book givers across America celebrate books and reading by giving away books within their communities.
Amy Dawson, Manager, Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library, led staff in distributing more than 300 books to WBN volunteer book givers. Click "Read More" to see more photos and a list of the WBN books given away.
Don't miss a chance to become a volunteer book giver for World Book Night 2015. Be sure to visit the WBN U.S. website for information about World Book Night.
Amy Dawson (far right) and crew distribute books to book givers for World Book Night.
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4/18/2014 1:09 PM
Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library (OCFB) is pleased to announce the 2014 winners of Letters About Literature.
Letters About Literature. Ohio submissions for this year's Letters About Literature (LAL) contest totaled over 1,280. Students from more than 69 Ohio counties entered. After national-level judging, OCFB received 258 letters to judge.
This year an effort was made to forward copies of the letters students had dedicated to their respective author. More than 12 students (as of this writing) have received responses; they include Lois Lowry, who responded by sending a letter, and Maya Angelou who responded by sending a poem.
Each of the 258 students who entered the contest and the sponsoring teachers, received a special certificate from LAL contest coordinator, Timothy Phillips, Subject Department Librarian, Literature Department/Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library. Click on "Read More" to see the names of the regional judges and the national winners for this year's contest.
2014 LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE CONTEST WINNERS:
AASMA COZART (6th Grade: Cleveland, Birchwood School)
First Place Winner - Letter to Philip Pullman concerning his book, "The Firework-Maker’s Daughter"
SIHAM MOUSSA (5th Grade: Cleveland, Birchwood School)
Second Place Winner - Letter to Pearl S. Buck concerning her book, "The Big Wave"
JACK SCHNELZER (6th Grade: Wadsworth, Central Intermediate School)
Level I Third Place Winner - Letter to Jean Craighead George concerning her book, "My Side of the Mountain"
GABRIELLA SCHNAIDT (8th Grade: Granville, Granville Middle School )
First Place Winner - Letter to Patrick Ness concerning his book, "A Monster Calls"
JACKSON DeVAULT (8th Grade: Berlin Heights, Edison Middle School)
Second Place Winner - Letter to Wilson Rawls concerning his book, Where the Red Fern Grows
CHRISTINE ADEYEMI (8th Grade: Worthington, Worthingway Middle School)
Third Place Winner - Letter to Kathy J. Parenteau concerning her poem, “Remember Me”
DAVID SCHERER (12th Grade: Westerville North High School)
First Place Winner - Letter to J.D. Salinger concerning his book, "The Catcher in the Rye"
MEGAN BLACKWELL (12th Grade: Conneaut, Conneaut High School)
Second Place Winner - Letter to Rick Yancey concerning his book, "The 5th Wave"
QUINTON CURRIER (11th Grade: Boardman, Boardman High School)
Third Place Winner - Letter to Neal Shusterman concerning his book, "The Schwa was Here"
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4/1/2014 9:56 AM
Join us as we celebrate the second annual Ohio Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 24, 2014.
We are pleased and honored to be welcoming the Midwest's National Student Poet Sojourner Ahebee as our special guest.
Meet us at Cleveland Public Library in downtown Cleveland at noon as we take to the streets and distribute this year's Ohio pocket poems. Click "Read More" to learn more about the Ohio poets featured. Click the image to the left to see more details about the day's events.
Can't make it to downtown Cleveland to help us distribute poems? View, print, and share the poems in your community. Send pictures and stories to us at email@example.com
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