Featured Programs

Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens with Dr. George Parras: 7-8:30 PM Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Main Library

gardensThe Cleveland Cultural Gardens, organized in 1916, are an architectural and landscape treasure celebrating the ethnic heritage and diversity of Greater Cleveland. In the last decade, new gardens have been built and many of the existing gardens have been restored and/or expanded.

Dr. George Parras, former president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, has been an advocate for the Gardens for many years and will present the history of the Gardens with a pictorial tour of this unique resource. This program is presented in collaboration with the Western Reserve Architectural Historians.

Following his talk, refreshments will be served. Please reserve your place online or by phone.

Bridging the Achievement Gap: 7-8:30 PM Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Main Library

sgorr logoConnect with students and community members while working to address one of the most pressing issues in our community— the educational achievement gap. This is the kick-off for the Bridging the Gap event series and is co-sponsored by the Student Group on Race Relations at Shaker High School and the Shaker Library.

Register here

Live Stream of An Evening with Anthony Doerr: 7 PM Monday, October 12, 2015 at Main Library

620-Light-Cannot-See-Anthony-Doerr.imgcache.rev1400533679895.webShaker Library and University School proudly present An Evening with Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See and an alumnus of University School. Tickets sold out quickly; however, the event will be live streamed for those who could not get tickets.

Seating is limited to 100.  Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis and open October 1.




Friends Fall Book Sale Preview Night: 4-8 PM Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Main Library

IMG_0855Friends members get first dibs on thousands of books. Browse and buy from among thousands of books in well-organized categories at prices as low as 50 cents.

Not a Friend? Join at the door.

The sale continues:

9:30 AM – 8 PM Thursday, October 15

9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Friday, October 16

9:30 AM – 4:30 PM Saturday, October 17

1:30-3:30 PM Sunday, October 18: Bag Sale (All bags of books cost $5 and items in the “Specials Room” are half price)

PubReads: 7-8:30 PM Monday, October 19, 2015 at Academy Tavern

steinEnjoy a burger and beer with your biography? A martini with your mystery? Join in some “savory” stories and a “spirited” discussion of Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.
In a stunning work of narrative non-fiction, the author tells the true story of the luxury ship Lusitania, her captain, crew and passengers on her last crossing as she enters into a “zone of war” off the coast of Ireland during WWI.

Copies will be available at the Main Library Reference desk for loan and at Loganberry Books for sale. Reserve your place.

Poetry in the Woods: 7-8:30 PM Monday, October 19, 2015 at Bertram Woods Branch

Enjoy original poetry read by Maj Ragain, Kip Colegrove, and Kelly Ferry.
Maj RagainMaj Ragain has taught creative writing at Kent State University for more than twenty years. He has published four books of poetry, most recently Twist the Axe: A Horseplayer’s Story, a collection of poems, journals and illustrations. He has been a recipient of three fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council.

kellyferryKelly Ferry is an emerging poet and fiction writer living in northeast Ohio. She works with area farmers to support the local food movement as manager of her county’s oldest farmers’ market, and is building a micro café business within a thriving bakery.


Kip ColegroveJerome Higgins (Kip) Colegrove received his B.S. in Linguistics from Georgetown University where he participated in the poetry workshop led by Gary Sange. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and an M.A. in religion and literature from the University of Virginia. He was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1996, and presently serves churches in Salem, Ohio and Alliance, Ohio. He has been married since 1982 to Julie Blake Fisher, also an Episcopal priest, who serves Christ Episcopal Church in Kent, Ohio.

Living in the Grand Canyon featuring Stacie Anderson: 7-8 PM Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Main Library

PRanchAutumnBefore becoming a librarian, Stacie Anderson lived in Arizona for fifteen years, three of which were spent living and working at Phantom Ranch. Meet her and enjoy her stories and slides about living and working at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Her presentation will include some of the human and natural history of the Grand Canyon.

Reserve your place.


Meet the Author: Alan Dutka: 7-8:30 PM Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Bertram Woods Branch

dutkabookNative Clevelander Alan Dutka is a retired executive, author, and popular speaker at historical societies, libraries and community centers. He has written nine books, including Cleveland in the Gilded Age. Alan earned a BA and MS from Cleveland State University, and an MS from Case Western Reserve University.

Following his talk books will be available for sale and signing. Reserve your place.