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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Main Library, Bertram Woods Branch, and all Book Drops are closed until further notice. For more information on the library’s response to COVID-19 click here.

2-4:30 pm

Saturday, February 8 Sunday, February 9 

Main Library

Moreland Theater presents “Here & Now?”
The production uses the arts to address Laura Meckler’s recent Washington Post article on Shaker Heights’ struggle with racism. Directed by Monica Boone the production offers Shaker residents an opportunity to share their personal stories, original poems, and spoken words. Every voice deserves to be heard. A community discussion follows the performance.
Suitable for all ages. 

10 am Tuesday     February 11

Main Library

Book Discussion: Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal by Yuval Taylor
Read and discuss this highly readable examination of the friendship and falling-out between two literary stars of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, uncovering some little-known details. Copies of the book are available at the Main Library Reference desk.
For adults.

7-8 pm Thursday February 13

Main Library

We Are Not Yet Equal: History and Our Racial Divide Featuring Tonya Bolden
Join author Tonya Bolden for a look at the history that brought us to today. Bolden is a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University with a master’s degree from Columbia University. She is the author, co-author, and editor of more than 40 books and received the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC’s Nonfiction Award for her body of work. Her forthcoming books include Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM.
For teens and adults.
2:30-4 pm Sunday February 16
Main Library
Before Busing: The Struggle for Racial Equality in Cleveland Public Schools with Dr. Donna McIntyre Whyte
In the 1950s and 1960s, many African-American children attended half-day relay classes in overcrowded east side Cleveland schools while in nearby predominantly white schools, classrooms sat empty. In 1964, 92% of black Cleveland Public School students—including Moreland resident Dr. Donna McIntyre Whyte—boycotted the schools in protest. Whyte went on to study the history of the civil rights struggle for racial equality in Cleveland schools and will share this history from both a scholarly and personal perspective. For older teens and adults.

4:15-5 pm Wednesday February 26

Main Library

Dave the Potter
Learn about Dave the Potter, an African-American artist, poet, and slave who lived during the 1800s, and whose creations usually included a poem. Then make your own clay pot.
For children in Grades K-6.

Download our book list Reading About Race in America.