Featured Programs

17th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Writing Contest for Grades 3-8

mlkIn 1965, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man and was arrested. What followed was the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the beginning of the Civil Rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. These people changed our world. Write a poem or short essay telling us what characteristics a person needs to bring about change and what you can do in your lifetime to make positive changes.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place in each age category (Grades 3 & 4, Grades 5 & 6, and Grades 7 & 8) Winners will be announced at an Awards Reception at 4:30 PM Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Main Library. Entries are due by 5:30 PM Friday, December 19, 2014. Please download and complete the entry form and attach it to your submission.


Math Review for Adults: 10 am-Noon Saturdays, November 1, 8, and 15 at Main Library

Math TreeJoin master educator Mary Scribner for any or all of the math refresher classes.

November 1: Prime Numbers/ Factoring/ Divisibility: A Useful Refresher on Basic Math Skills

November 8: Ratio & Proportion: Math You Can Use Every Day!

November 15: Basic Algebra: A Great Review before Taking a Math Test or Returning to School

You must preregister separately for each class by clicking on the above underlined links or by calling 216-991-2010.

War Letters: 7 PM Tuesday, November 11 at Main Library

To commemorate Veterans Day, Chapter 39 Veterans for Peace sponsors a public reading of wartime letters and personal statements of veterans. The letters evoke the stark reality of U.S. wars dating from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan. It Chapter 39 Veterans for Peaceis a poignant program that observes and honors the experiences and sacrifices of veterans without glorifying war.

Reserve your place.




Poetry in the Woods: 7 pm Wednesday, November 12 at Woods Branch

Enjoy original poetry read by regional poets Mary Biddinger, Christine Howey, and Sarah Marcus.

biddingerMary Biddinger is a poet, editor, and Professor and Assistant Chair of the English Department at the University of Akron, where she is on the faculty of the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.


howeyChristine Howey has been a theater critic for 15 years and currently reviews plays for Cleveland Scene and her blog, Rave and Pan. She also has written numerous theater reviews and related articles for The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Free Times, and City Pages in Minneapolis, MN.


marcusSarah Marcus is the author of Backcountry (2013, Finishing Line Press) holds an MFA in poetry from George Mason University, and currently teaches and writes in Cleveland.

No reservations are required for this poetry performance.

Cleveland Goes Modern: An Evening with the Authors and Architect: 7 pm Thursday, November 13 at Main Library

Shaker Library and the Western Reserve Architectural Historians present  An Evening with Nina Freedlander Gibans, James D. Gibans, FAIA and Architect Jack Bialosky Sr. Based on the award-winning exhibition of the same name, Cleveland Goes Modern: Design for the Home, 1930-1970 examines Modern movement houses in Cleveland in the context of American Modernism. Following the program, books will be available for sale and signing. Reserve your place.


Politics & Policy Salon – The Fall of the Wall: 6-8:30 pm Tuesday, November 18 at Main Library

iopListen to a Discussion with Tom Brokaw, former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News and Mary Sarotte, Visiting Professor of Government and History, Harvard University Center for European Studies.  Following the broasdcast, a graduate of Harvard’s Institute of Politics will moderate a discussion.

6:00 pm:  JFK Jr. Forum LIVE Broadcast; 6:45 pm: Moderated Discussion by a graduate of  Harvard’s Institute of Politics. Reserve your place.

Heritage Home Program 101 with the Cleveland Restoration Society: 7 pm Tuesday, November 18 at Main Library

crs logoLearn about the Heritage Home program from Mary Ogle, Heritage Home Program Specialist with the Cleveland Restoration Society, when she explains the loan program and free technical assistance opportunities, including home  repair and remodeling advice, contractor assistance, and much more.  Reserve your place.


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

maj ragain The Library opens its 17th year with regional poets Maj Ragain and Bill Kennedy.

Maj Ragain has taught off and on at Kent State University since 1969. For nearly 30 years he has hosted bill kennedy open poetry readings in Kent, Ohio at the Brady Cafe, North Water Street Gallery and the Last Exit Bookstore. A Hungry Ghost Surrenders His Tackle Box is his fifth and latest collection of poems.

Bill Kennedy is a Cleveland writer and poet who has been traveling, reading, singing, and honky-tonking with Major Ragain since the 1980s. They are brothers of the road and of the spirit of open readings.