Featured Programs

Meet the Photographer: 7 PM Thursday, September 10 at Main Library

tuscanyMeet photographer Lauren Pacini and enjoy his photographs that capture a beautiful part of Italy in black and white.

Lauren Pacini is a photographer and author. His primary focus is the urban landscape. Born in 1943, Pacini moved to Cleveland in 1950, and with the exception of college and military service has made it his home ever since.

As a photographer Pacini strives to understand the story behind the subject matter to which he is drawn, and to convey that story through his art. Pacini believes that black-and-white photography offers a compelling richness of detail, texture and contrast that is often obscured by the color pallet. His photographs generally do not include people. Feeling that the inclusion of people defines the photograph, he prefers to encourage the viewer to interpret the photograph in the context of his or her own experience.

The exhibit was installed on September 4 and will be on display until October 2.

Meet the Author: Brittany Gibbons: 7 PM Tuesday, September 15 at Main Library

Fat Girl Walking Book CoverMeet Brittany Gibbons, author of Fat Girl Walking, a hilarious memoir in essays about love, sex, marriage, motherhood, bikinis, and loving your body, no matter what size you are from the acclaimed blogger and body image advocate.
Gibbons began her blog BrittanyHerself.com in 2007, and later founded the magazine, CurvyGirlGuide.com. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including New York Times, Huffington Post, Redbook, Woman’s Day Magazine, Marie Claire, and the Los Angeles Times, and she hosts a “Last Call Brittany,” a weekly Google talk show. She lives in Toledo, Ohio, with her husband and three small children.

Following her program, books will be available for sale and signing. Register here.

PubReads: 7 PM Monday, September 21 at Academy Tavern on Larchmere

academy tavernEnjoy a burger or a beer with your biography? A martini with your mystery? Then please join us for a“spirited” discussion of Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

In a post-apocalyptic world decimated by a super flu, a band of traveling actors meets up with a dangerous prophet. Station Eleven is a story about relationships, the fleeting nature of fame and the beauty of the world as we know it.
Copies are available at the Main Library Reference desk to borrow and at Loganberry Books to buy.

Courthouse Records: 9:30 AM-1 PM Saturday, September 26 at Main Library

staatsChris Staats, newsletter editor for the Eastern Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society and Seminar Chairperson for the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Genealogical Committee, will present “Order in the Court: A Brief History of Ohio Courts and the Records They Created.” Following her presentation there will be a hands-on workshop on researching courthouse records.

is a professional genealogical researcher, presenter, and writer. He has written articles for Family Tree Magazine, Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and other publications. His genealogical adventures often appear at the Staats Genealogical Services blog  His presentations have covered methodology, resources, technology, and other topics at genealogical societies and libraries across Ohio.

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.

Options for Careers after 50: 10 AM-Noon Monday, August 24 at Main Library

melanie collinsMeet Melanie Collins, Encore Program Manager at Mature Services, and get information about options for careers after 50. Melanie began her nonprofit career  with Cradles to Crayons as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, which led to a full-time position on the Community Outreach Team.  In 2013, she became Director of Programs at HandsOn Northeast Ohio where she managed an ongoing calendar of volunteer opportunities to support agencies in the Greater Cleveland Area.

A native of California, Melanie is a graduate of California Polytechnic University with a B.A. in Business.

FamilySearch.org: Using the Wiki: 11AM Saturday, August 29 at Main Library

photo of Deborah Abbot Dr. Deborah Abbott of the African American Genealogical Society of Cleveland will teach participants how to perform genealogical research using the wiki feature in Family Search, the popular  genealogy search engine.   Register here.

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know its part of a tree. – Michael Crichton