Featured Programs

Barbara Luton Art Competition Entry Forms Are Available at Both Libraries

Entry forms for the Library`s Annual Barbara Luton Art Competition are available at the information desks and can be downloaded here. The contest is named in honor of the late Barbara Luton, a former library director who managed the renovation of Moreland School into the current Main Library.
Art entries for the 2016 contest will be accepted from:
3-5 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2016
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016
A non-refundable entry fee of $30 for up to two pieces is required at the time of entry.
The Barbara Luton Art Show awards include a purchase award not to exceed $1,000 for the Best of Show; $200 for First Place; $100 for Second Place; $50 for Third Place and certificates for honorable mention. Awards will be presented at the Gallery-opening Reception from 2 – 4 pm Sunday, April 3, 2016 and the exhibit will be on display through May 1, 2016.

Meet the Author: David Namkoong 2-3 PM Sunday, February 14 at Main Library

David Namkoong smMeet David Namkoong, author of From Chosun to Freedom: The Trek of the Namkoongs. David is well known for his involvement in civic affairs in Shaker Heights and in the Cleveland Asian community. In his memoir, he relates the travel and experiences of his family beginning in Korea and then in the United States to continue the struggle for Korea’s independence. Meet the author and his writing consultant, Barbara Flewellyn, who will speak on the process of writing and publishing a memoir.

Refreshments will be served and books will be available for sale and signing. Please register here.

Shaker Heights Ukulele Club: 6-6:45 PM Thursday, February 18 at Main Library

Join teaching artist Sheelauke Das and learn how to play the ukulele or improve your skills in a fun group setting!
Bring your own instrument or borrow one of Sheela’s for the sessions.

You must register in advance by calling 216-991-2030 if you want to use one of Sheela’s ukuleles for the club meetings.

Sheela Das is a Shaker Heights resident teaching artist who has served hundreds of northeast Ohio groups with music enrichment programs since 2007.  She is currently the Associate Director of Roots of American Music and is also a member of an Ohio Arts Council Touring Band and musician in several Ohio Arts Council programs serving the community.

Register for this fun music class.


Coloring Club for Adults: 10:30-11:30 AM Saturday, February 20 at Main Library

Coloring Club january february march 2016Coloring is not just for kids anymore! Adults are rediscovering the calming and creative pleasure of coloring with intricate and beautiful images made just for us. Join us for a relaxing hour of coloring and conversation one Saturday a month beginning January 16. We’ll provide coloring pages and colored pencils on a different theme each month. You’re also welcome to bring your own sheets, books or coloring supplies.

Refreshments will be served.




SGORR Book Discussion on Just Mercy: 7-8:30 PM Thursday, February 25 at Main Library

justmercyPresented in collaboration with the Shaker Heights High School Student Group on Race Relations: a book discussion on Just Mercy: a Story of Redemption and Justice by Bryan Stevenson.
This 2014 New York Times Notable Best Book, has won numerous awards including the 2015 ALA Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction and the 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction. Desmond Tutu described the author as “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” Join in the discussion of this moving book about a young lawyer’s quest to achieve justice and mercy in the modern American criminal justice system.

Books will be available at the Main Library Reference desk beginning January 25. Please register in advance and pick up your book or call 216-991-2030, option 6.

Bridging the Achievement Gap: 7-8:30 PM Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Main Library

sgorr logoConnect with students and community members while working to address one of the most pressing issues in our community— the educational achievement gap. This is the kick-off for the Bridging the Gap event series and is co-sponsored by the Student Group on Race Relations at Shaker High School and the Shaker Library.

Register here.

Poetry in the Woods: 7-8:30 PM Monday, March 7, 2016 at Woods Branch

March 2016 poetsPoetry in the Woods returns from its winter hiatus with the “Mc” poets: Jack McGuane, Claire McMahon, and Ray McNiece.

Jack McGuane is a 44-year resident of Lakewood. Now 87 years old, he is till writing poetry. The former Poet Laureate of Lakewood (2006-2007) began writing poetry after his retirement from Fireye Inc in 1997 at age 70. He was the poetry editor for Whiskey Island magazine for three years and has three chapbooks published by Deep Cleveland Press (Sleeping With My Socks) and Night Ballet Press (Chickenhawk and Unfinished).

Claire McMahon studied at Naropa University with Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Joanne Kyger, Anselm Hollo, Gary Snyder, and Bill Berkson. At Naropa, she and writer Steve Roth founded the journal, Make Room for Dada, which published notable poets including Amiri Baraka, Charles Bukowski and Bernadette Mayer. She earned a Ph.D. from Kent State University in 2004. With poet Lisa Janssen, she founded and coedited the arts journal MoonLit (Drag City Records/Press.) She has taught English and creative writing at Tri-C, BGSU, Baldwin-Wallace College, Lake Erie College, and ITT-Technical Institute. Her book, Emergency Contact, is available from Van Zeno Press, Cleveland. In March, she’ll continue running a monthly poetry workshop with poet Ray McNiece. She works in higher education, as an Associate Dean, at Tri-C’s Westshore campus.

Ray McNiece is the author of eight books of poems and monologues. The Orlando Sentinel reporting on Ray’s solo show at the Fringe Festival called him “a modern day descendant of Woody Guthrie. He has a way with words and a wry sense of humor.” He toured Russia with Yevgeny Yevtushenko where he appeared on Good Morning, Russia and performed at the Moscow Polytech, the Russian Poets’ Hall of Fame where he was dubbed “the American Mayakovski.”