Featured Programs

Poetry in the Woods: 7 PM Monday, November 16, 2015 at Bertram Woods Branch

Dave Lucas Dave Lucas was born and raised in Cleveland. He is the author of Weather (Georgia, 2011), which received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. The same year, Rita Dove named him as one of thirteen “young poets to watch.” He is a co-founder of Brews + Prose at Market Garden Brewery, and he teaches at Case Western Reserve University.



Sarah Marcus 2Sarah Marcus is the author of BACKCOUNTRY (2013, Finishing Line Press) and Every Bird, To You (2013, Crisis Chronicles Press). Her other work can be found at NPR’s Prosody, The Huffington Post, McSweeney’s, Cimarron Review, and Marie Claire, among others. She is an editor at Gazing Grain Press, a spirited VIDA: Women in Literary Arts Coordinator, and the Series Editor for As Is Ought To Be’s High School Poetry Series: Gender, Identity, & Race.


phil metres 2Philip Metres is the author of a number of books, including Sand Opera (2015), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (2015), A Concordance of Leaves (2013), To See the Earth (2008), and Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (2007). His work has garnered two NEA fellowships, five Ohio Arts Council Grants, the George W. Hunt, S.J. Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters, the Beatrice Hawley Award, two Arab American Book Awards, the Watson Fellowship, the Creative Workforce Fellowship, the Cleveland Arts Prize and the PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant. He is professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland.

African-American Genealogical Society Program: Newspapers: 9:30 AM-1 PM Saturday, November 28 at Main Library

Deborah abbottDr. Deborah Abbott, past President of the African-American Genealogical Society and adjunct faculty at Samford University Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research, will speak about using newspapers for genealogical research.

Following the presentation, there will be a hands-on workshop on researching newspapers.

The African-American Genealogical Society holds its monthly meetings at Shaker Library. Membership meetings begin at 9:30 and visitors interested in joining are welcome. After a break and refreshments, a genealogy program, workshop, or featured event is offered each month at 10:15am. Programs are open to the public and all are welcome.

Poetry in the Woods: 7-8:30 PM Monday, December 14, 2015 at Woods Branch

December’s Poetry promises to be a delightful evening featuring Dan Rourke, Joe Toner, and Barry Zucker. When you read the poets’ biographies, you will realize you are in for a night of poetry fun!

rourkeDan Rourke was a 2014 Creative Workforce Fellow, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. He has published a book of poems, Catch Me. He has performed his poetry around Cleveland for more than twenty years. Dan is currently working on his fourth novel, tentatively titled Fair Hooker Never Let Me Down. He works at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.


Born in a crossfire hurricane, Joe Toner was raised in the Aleutian Islands by a saintly, albino Inuit mother and a deranged, gold-panning father.  Toner achieved his tonerpersonal apotheosis by coming in 3rd in the 1997 Iditarod Trail Race, while being carried the 1,000 miles …. in an iron lung!  Traveling to the lower 48, Toner tried his hand at muffler repair before getting exhausted, lumber work before getting axed, and pool repair before getting drained.  Finding himself without work, without a family, and without hope, he became a successful poet. With a  perfect poetic blend of 1% mirth and 99% melancholy, Toner has spent the last 15 years entertaining the troops–most recently Boy Scouts 101 from Lodi.

barry ZuckerBarry Zucker has read his poetry in coffee houses, bars, colleges, libraries, junkyards, arcades, and parks throughout Greater Cleveland. He was the 1986 Jewish Community Center Scholar in Residence and also tied for third place in the 2004 Geauga County Nature Center’s poetry contest. He has been published in The Cleveland Anthology of Poetry, Split City, Artcrimes, The Jawbone Open Book, The Herlands Review and The Get of My Lawn Reader. He has taught in the English Departments of Capital University, Cleveland State University, and Cuyahoga Community College.