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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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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!

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 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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