Featured Programs

Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver Keynotes Friends Annual Meeting

no mopes allowedBrimfield (OH) Police Chief David Oliver will keynote the Friends Annual Meeting at 7:30 pm Monday, June 23 at the Main Library.

David Oliver  is a real police chief who believes that communicating with people is an important part of his job and he does it with a sense of humor. It seems to be working since the Brimfield Police Department Facebook page has taken off like a rocket, and is now #2 among all law-enforcement Facebook pages, behind New York City – and Brimfield has a population of only 11,000.

Following a brief Business Meeting and Election of Officers for the 2014-2015 Friends welcomes  Chief Oliver, who will speak about his job, his Internet popularity, and his book, No Mopes Allowed, which will be available for sale and signing following the program. All proceeds from his book benefit the  Chief Oliver Foundationa not-for-profit organization that distributes funds to Brimfield Police Department charitable programs and assists juvenile survivors of sexual assault.

Register for the event here.

Bike Shaker: Advanced Cycling, Group Rides, Pace Lines and More

bikerAre you looking for a way to jump-start your fitness routine? Come to Bertram Woods Branch from 1- 3 pm, Saturday, June 7 and learn how riding with a group is a good way to meet new people and experience the natural beauty of the area while getting in shape.

Learn the fundamentals and etiquette to safely and legally ride in a group and in a pace line. Discover popular and accessible riding routes beginning in Shaker, and discuss tips for incorporating cycling into your fitness routine. Register for program co-sponsored with Bike Shaker and the City of Shaker Heights Recreation Department by calling the Recreation Department at 216-491-1295.



Bike Shaker: Commuting to School and Work

biker bikerWant to bike to work or to school? Learn tips and techniques from riders who bike in all conditions. What to wear, what to pack, how to pack, where to change, working with the weather, and more. We cover winter travel and extra info for women who ride. To register for any of these Bike Shaker programs co-sponsored with Bike Shaker and the City of Shaker Heights Recreation Department, call the Recrebikeration Department at 216-491-1295.

Poetry in the Woods


Enjoy poetry read by regional poets, Daniel Gray-Kontar, creative writing instructor at the Cleveland School of the Arts; authors and poets, Sarah Marcus and RA Washington, and Marco Wilkinson, managing editor at Oberlin College Press, at 7 PM Wednesday, May 28 the Bertram Woods Branch.

Daniel Gray-Kontar is a poet, rapper, journalist, educator, and youth mentor. His music and social criticism have appeared in such magazines as The Source, The Village Voice, and Wax Poetics. He is also the former editor and publisher of the underground monthly magazine, Urban Dialect.Gray-Kontar is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley’s department of Language, Literacy, Society and Culture, and is the current creative writing instructor at the Cleveland School of the Arts.

Sarah Marcus is the author of BACKCOUNTRY (2013, Finishing Line Press) and Every Bird, To You (2013, Crisis Chronicles Press). Her other work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Cimarron Review, CALYX Journal, Spork, Nashville Review, Slipstream, Tidal Basin Review, and Cold Mountain Review. She is a guest blogger for So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language & Art and a Count Coordinator for VIDA:Women in Literary Arts. She holds an MFA in poetry from George Mason University and currently teaches and writes in Cleveland.   

RA Washington is a writer living and working on Cleveland’s West side with his wife and historian Lyz Bly. He is the author of 24 books, most recently the novel, Run Along, The FIRE Says, and a collection of poems, Primer For The Vanguard Youth. He operates the bookstore/zine cooperative, GuideTo Kulchur in the Historic Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, and curates the electronic music label, CLEVELAND TAPES. You can find him ontwitter – @clevelandtapes.

Marco Wilkinson is the managing editor at Oberlin College Press and teaches in the sustainable agriculture program at Lorain County Community College. His work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Seneca Review, Terrain, and Taproot. He recently received his MFA from the Stonecoast program at University of Southern Maine.

No registration is required.



Genealogy: Slavery Research

AbbottD 6-8:30 pm Wednesday May 21 at Main Library

The most difficult part of genealogical research for African Americans is finding and identifying slave ancestors and their owners. Researching during the slave era can present challenges, but it is not impossible.

Dr. Deborah Abbott of the African-American Genealogical Society will focus on the clues and resources needed to recreate your ancestor’s journey from slavery to freedom, and will use a case study to illustrate the methods and strategies to connect former slaves to their slave owners.

Register for the program.


Low-Maintenance Gardening


The Master Gardeners are back with tips on how to create a beautiful yard without too much fuss.

 7-8:30 pm Wednesday, April 23

Reserve your place by phone 216-991-2030 or online.