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Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month 2015 with our third annual Ohio Poem In Your Pocket Day. On Thursday, April 30, 2015, staff members will distribute this year's Ohio pocket poems.  We invite you to join us.

Join the fun! Meet us at 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 30, 2015, in the Literature Department, Main Library (2nd floor), 325 Superior Avenue. We will celebrate national Poem in Your Pocket Day the Buckeye way by hitting the streets to besprinkle downtown Cleveland with poetry written by a wide variety of Ohioans.  Click "Read More" to learn more about the Ohio poets featured.

Can't make it to downtown Cleveland to help us distribute poems? Click on the image above to view, print the poems, and then share them with others anywhere in Ohio. You can even create our own pocket poem with our Ohio Poem In Your Pocket blank template!   

For more information email us at or call 216-623-2881.

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YWCA Greater Cleveland in Partnership with Cleveland Public Library Presents:
“Improving Cultural Competency through Community Reading Experiences”
— A Reception

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, the YWCA Greater Cleveland in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library is hosting a reception to introduce "It's Time to Talk:" Cleveland Book Clubs.  One of the many options offered by the YWCA in support of its “eliminating racism” mission, It's Time to Talk book clubs are a means to increase awareness, knowledge and levels of cultural competency in the workplace and the community.  Attendees will receive information on how to facilitate a book club and information about the different book sets (provided by the Cleveland Public Library) that are available for review and check-out.  

On February 23, 2015, the YWCA Greater Cleveland convened "It’s Time to Talk: Forum on Race." Cleveland Public Library Director, Felton Thomas and others from the Library were in attendance, along with leaders from major corporations, religious groups, non-profit groups, community organizations, colleges and high school students.  All came together to talk about the complicated issue of race. Participants were guided by trained facilitators equipped with tools designed to get the conversation started.  At the end of the forum, participants were asked to consider what they could do—individually and collectively as part of an organization—to continue the conversation.

The YWCA Greater Cleveland is encouraging the participation of representatives from over 40 organizations to "continue the conversation" on race by attending this special reception on Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 5:00 to 6:30 at the Cleveland Public Library, Main Building, 2nd floor, 325 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114.

For more information about this event, please contact the YWCA Greater Cleveland at 216.881.6878.


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Since 1935, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards have recognized important contributions to our understanding of the diversity of human cultures. Today it remains the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity.  On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the Cleveland Foundation announced the winners of the 80th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards.  The winners will be honored in Cleveland on September 10, 2015, at a ceremony in the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. For more information, go to, and click on the image above to print/download the press release.

2015 Winners
Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings. Fiction
Richard S. Dunn, A Tale of Two Plantations. Non-Fiction
Jericho Brown, The New Testament. Poetry
Marilyn Chin, Hard Love Province. Poetry
David Brion Davis, Lifetime Achievement

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