Featured Programs

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.

Poetry in the Woods: 7 PM Wednesday, April 29 at Bertram Woods Branch

Poets Erin Gay, Max Stark and Vince Robinson will perform their poetry.

Erin_GayErin Gay received her MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. Her poems have appeared in several Ohio-based journals, including Field, Mid-American Review, New Ohio Review, and other national publications. In 2010, she was one of 50 writers featured in the Best New Poets anthology. She lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband, Brad, and dog. Winnie.

maxMax Stark was born in Lucca, Italy to an Italian-Catholic mother and American-Jewish father and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Stark did graduate work in linguistics at Heidelberg University in Germany and holds an M.A. in English from Cleveland State University with a concentration in poetry. He makes his living as an organizational consultant and has spent time in Eastern Europe teaching and consulting to emerging nonprofit leaders. He served on the board of the Poet’s League of Greater Cleveland. Max has been writing poetry for more than 30 years and his poems have been published in poetry journals and have been included as part of stage performances at the Cleveland Play House. He has studied improvisational acting and produced multicultural theater. He lives in a 83-year-old Tudor home on Lake Erie with his wife, Laurie. Together they have eight children and four grandchildren.

Vince RobinsonVince Robinson was born in Clearfield, Utah and raised in the United States and South East Asia. He took up photography as a student at Kent State University in the 1970s and began photographing jazz artists and other musicians. He has amassed an extensive collection, including the legendary Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, McCoy Tyner and Dizzy Gillespie. His photos have appeared in a number of local publications, including Eschelon Magazine, Crusader Arts & Entertainment News, The Akron Reporter, and the East Side Daily News for whom he serves as a photographer and writer. His poetry has appeared in The Kent Quarterly, Macs Turns A New Trick, and Cleveland Poetry Scenes: A Panorama & Anthology. He is also a performance poet and competed in the National Poetry Slam in 2003 and 2004. Robinson has served as the host of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Nia Coffeehouse Open Mic Poetry series since 2000 and is the leader of the jazz/spoken word quartet, Vince Robinson & the Jazz Poets. His creative career has included stints as a radio news reporter, newspaper entertainment writer, and photographer. He is also a filmmaker, television producer/director/host and radio talk show host. He lives in Cleveland.

Meet the Author: Jennifer Teege: 2-4 PM Sunday, APRIL 26 at Main Library

Jennifer Teege smallMeet Jennifer Teege, author of My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past.

Teege is a German-Nigerian woman who was given up for adoption as a child. Quite by accident, she discovered that her maternal grandfather was Amon Goeth, the infamous Nazi war criminal. She has chronicled her journey in her memoir.  The Library and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage are collaborating on her visit, which will be in an author-interview format. Following her presentation, books will be available for sale and signing. This is her only appearance in Ohio on her book tour.


Meet the Author: Susan Petrone – 7 PM Wednesday, April 22 at Bertram Woods Branch

SUSAN PETRONEMeet Susan Petrone, author of Throw Like a Woman, when she reads from her book and speaks about her writing life. Petrone’s short fiction has been published by Glimmer Train, Featherproof Books, Muse, Conclave, and Whiskey Island. Her first novel, A Body at Rest, was published in 2009 by Drinian Press. Petrone’s novel, Throw Like a Woman, is not only about winning at baseball, but also about winning at life. Meet the author and learn about her writing life.

Following her presentation, books will be available for sale and signing.

Readers may also enjoy a visit to  Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage to see the exhibit Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American, on display from April 12 through September 7, 2015.


Friends Spring Book Sale: April 15 – 19 at Main Library

book saleFriends Preview Sale   4 pm – 8 pm Wednesday, April 15
(If you are not a Friend you may join at the door for a small fee.)

Public Sale Dates    

9:30 am – 8:00 pm Thursday, April 16
9:30 am – 4:30 pm Friday, April 17
9:30 am – 4:30 pm  Saturday, April 18

Bag Sale Sunday:   1:30-4:30 pm Sunday April 19  All bags of books cost $5 and items in the “Specials Room” are half pri

Want to help with the sale? eMail joyce.balliet@gmail.com

Pub Reads: 7 PM Monday, April 13 at Academy Tavern on Larchmere Boulevard

yes pleaseAcademy Tavern helps put the “pub” in Shaker Heights PUBlic Library, when they host a librarian-led book discussion of the book, Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Read the book and enjoy discussing it with others in the informal and welcoming tavern setting along with a beer and a burger.
Actress and comedian Amy Poehler of Parks and Recreation and Saturday Night Live bravely tells all in her inimitable fashion. From her start at improv while playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in the fourth grade to her opinions on parenting, Amy shares all in her hilarious and touching memoir. Books are available for loan at the Main Library and on sale at Loganberry Books.
Please register online at shakerlibrary.org or call: 216-991-2030.


Created Equal Discussion: Freedom Riders – 7 PM Thursday, April 9 at Main Library


The Freedom Rides of 1961 were a pivotal moment in the long Civil Rights struggle that redefined America. Watch excerpts from this documentary film for an inside look at the brave band of activists who challenged segregation in the Deep South. Dr. Donna Whyte, lecturer in African-American history at CSU, will moderate the discussion.

Register for the program online.

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.