Featured Programs

Simple Bicycle Repairs: 1-3 pm Saturday, April 4 at Woods Branch

bikeJerry Busser, Natalie Evans, Ben Ouelette, and Rick Smith will teach you how to fix a flat, replace a tube, clean your chain, and make minor adjustments on your bicycle. Your bike will be in top form and you will gain independence and empowerment. Bike maintenance is easy when you know how. Bring your bike. Depending on weather, a bike ride will follow the class.

This is the first in a series of three programs offered in collaboration with Shaker Recreation and Bike Shaker.  To register for the Bike Shaker programs, call the City’s Recreation Department at 216-491-1295, or visit their website at shakeronline.com. The programs are free.

Deer Resistant Gardening: 7 PM Tuesday, March 24 at Main Library

garden picWith deer populations rising, home gardeners are increasingly faced with the challenge of protecting gardens and landscaping. Christine Harris of the Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County describes the habits of deer and suggests methods of discouraging their destructive feeding habits. Get landscaping tips and a list of plants that deer are less likely to eat.


Poetry in the Woods with Claire McMahon, Jack McGuane & Ray McNiece: 7 pm Wednesday, March 25 at Woods Branch

claire mcmahonClaire McMahon has been writing poetry for years. She studied with Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Joanne Kyger, Gary Snyder, and Bill Berkson at Naropa University , where she and writer Steve Roth founded the journal Make Room for Dada, which published notable poets including Amiri Baraka, Charles Bukowski and Bernadette Mayer. She earned a Ph.D. from Kent State University and teaches creative writing at Tri-C. She also works as a Dean at ITT-Technical Institute. Her book, Emergency Contact, is available from Van Zeno Press, Cleveland. In March, she and Ray McNiece continue a monthly poetry workshop at Guide to Kulchur bookstore in Ohio City.

Jack Mcjack mcguaneGuane is a former Poet Laureate of Lakewood . He began writing poetry after his retirement from Fireye Inc. at age 70. He was the poetry editor for Whisky Island magazine for three years and has three chapbooks published by Deep Cleveland Press (Sleeping With My Socks) and Night Ballet Press (Chickenhawk and Unfinished).



Ray Mcray mcnieceNiece has earned a national reputation as a poet and performer through his solo theater, his poetry and music shows, his captaincy of two National Poetry Slam Championship teams, his “edutaining” children’s shows and workshops, and his annual countrywide tours of performance poems, stories and songs. He is the author of six poetry books and was the voice of Woody Guthrie in WCPN/NPR’s award-winning radio documentary, Hard Travellin’. He has received numerous awards for his writing and performance, most recently the 2001 Hart Crane Award from KSU, a residency in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and a residency at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida. He was the captain of two National Poetry Slam Championship teams (’92 Boston, ’94 Cleveland) and won the Arkansas Grand Slam, the largest performance poetry prize ever awarded. Ray is also an accomplished actor and has appeared in plays at Ensemble, Dobama, Cleveland Public and Cleveland Playhouse theaters. He was an original cast member of the improv comedy, Flanigan’s Wake, and he performs in schools as Johnny Appleseed and Thomas Jefferson.

Created Equal: Student Group on Race Relations (SGORR) Presentation: 7-8:30 pm Thursday, March 12 at Main Library

SGORR logoFor over thirty years Shaker Heights High School’s Student Group on Race Relations (SGORR) has been promoting diversity and positive race relations to Shaker students and the
broader community. Join SGORR students for thought-provoking activities and discussions designed to build community, examine privilege, and promote reflection and connection.


Created Equal Discussion: The Abolitionists: 7-8:30 pm Thursday, March 19 at Main Library

photo of Deborah AbbotThe abolitionist struggle was America’s first civil rights movement. For nearly a century following the American Revolution, waves of abolitionists fought to end both slavery and racial injustice.
Watch excerpts from the powerful PBS film, The Abolitionists, and join in a discussion of the still-powerful themes from this episode in our history moderated by Dr. Deborah Abbott.

Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D., is past president of the African American Genealogical Society, Cleveland, Ohio (AAGS) and a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College. She holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Education degree from Tuskegee University (AL) and a Ph.D. degree from Kent State University.

Created Equal Discussion: Slavery By Another Name: 7-8:30 pm Thursday, March 26 at Main Library

postponedRonnie A Dunn PhDAfter the Civil War, the abolition of slavery in 1865 was a landmark in human history, but new forms of coerced labor proliferated in the post-Civil War South, as trumped-up criminal charges were used as a pretext for the virtual re-enslavement of thousands of able-bodied southern black men and women. Watch excerpts from this film that show how forced labor kept thousands of African Americans in bondage until World War II followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Ronnie Dunn.

Ronnie A. Dunn, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Urban Studies at Cleveland State University. His research addresses issues affecting minorities and the urban poor, particularly issues
that intersect race, crime, and the criminal justice system. He is a nationally recognized authority on racial profiling, and has written a number of scholarly publications dealing with issues of race and the criminal justice system. Dr. Dunn is a frequent media commentator.