Featured Programs

PubReads: 7-8:30 PM Monday, June 8 at Academy Tavern on Larchmere Boulevard

the circleEnjoy a burger and beer with your biography? A martini with your mystery? Join us at the Academy Tavern for some “savory” stories and “spirited” discussion of  The Cricle by Dave Eggers. Mae Holland has landed her dream job, working at The Circle, the world’s largest and most powerful internet company, but she soon must decide if it’s better to be in or out of the circle.


Register for this event to be in our circle.


Meet the Author: Celeste Ng at 7 PM Tuesday, June 2 at Main Library

Celeste Ng (c) Kevin Day PhotographyMeet Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You, when she visits the Main Library on her Paperback Book Tour.  Her debut novel was a New York Times bestseller, Amazon’s #1 Best Book of 2014, a New York Times Notable Book, and on the Best Book of the Year lists of over a dozen outlets.

Celeste Ng  is a 1998 graduate of Shaker Heights High School. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she won the Hopwood Award. Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and son.
Copies of her book will be available for sale and signing following her talk. Register here.


Poetry in the Woods: 7 PM Wednesday, May 27 at Woods Branch

Meet poets Bill Arthrell, Stephen Haven and Tim Joyce when they share their poetry Wednesday evening, May 27.

Bill Arthrell2 001Bill Arthrell recently returned to the area after working in Ukraine for four months. A retired teacher, he is the author of Heart’s Cargo-the Poetry of Cleveland.




Stephen Haven is Professor of English and director of the Ashland University MFA Program, where he also directs the Ashland Poetry Press. He is the author of The Last Sacred Place in North America. He spent two years as a Fulbright Professor of American literature at universities in Beijing and has published many collaborative translations of contemporary Chinese poetry.


tim joyceTim Joyce graduated from CSU and earned an MA degree in Irish literature from University College Dublin. He was a visiting lecturer in American Literature at the John F. Kennedy School in Berlin and a high school English teacher in Massachusetts. On May 17, Joyce will release a new CD, A Livin’ Man, with a concert at the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern.


Monday Morning Jumpstart with Hugh Taylor: 10 AM-Noon Monday, May, 18 at Main Library

hugh taylorHugh Taylor presents On Your Own, Not Alone: Thriving in the New Normal of Todays Job Market.

Taylor is the founder of Midlife Empowerment (ME), a  solution-oriented community that helps people in midlife and midcareer build better, more secure futures to move ahead in a difficult economic environment. The author of The Life Reset has experienced career trouble firsthand. He is a midlife layoff survivor who managed to double his income during the great recession.

Meet him and network with other jobseekers during this Monday Morning Jumpstart session.

Created Equal: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System Panel Discussion: 7-8:30 PM Thursday, May 14 at Main Library

Ronnie A Dunn PhDDr. Ronnie Dunn will moderate a panel discussion about the impact of the criminal justice system on African Americans. Panelists include Khalid Samad from Peace in the Hood, Judge Ronald B. Adrine of the Cleveland Municipal Court, D. Scott Lee, Chief of Police for the City of Shaker Heights, and Alice Ragland from Puncture the Silence. Following the discussion, panelists will take questions from the audience.

Ronnie A. Dunn, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Urban Studies at Cleveland State University. His research addresses sues 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.

This is the final program in the Created Equal series, which was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gilder Lehrman Institute Of American History, and Bridging Cultures.


Created Equal Panel Discussion: The Achievement Gap 7 PM Thursday, May 7 at Main Library

gapJoin us for a panel discussion on the Achievement Gap in the Shaker Heights Schools moderated by Cleveland State University’s Dr. Donna Whyte, a former School Board member. Hear about the efforts of educators, parents, and students to shrink the gap.

Participants will include Superintendent Dr. Gregory Hutchings, School Board member Reuben Harris, and members of the Student Group on Race Relations.

Created Equal Discussion: The Loving Story – 7 PM Thursday, April 30 at Main Library

Watch excerpts from the film, The Loving Story, and join in a discussion of the freedom to marry whomever you choose moderated by Dr. Renee Romano, ProfRenee Romanoessor of History at Oberlin College and author of Race Mixing.



This program is one in the Created Equal series made possible by grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and Bridging Cultures.