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bb_social-scienceMain Library’s Louis Stokes Wing, 5th floor

Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting
by Lesley Stahl
Thursday, December 8 • 12:00 p.m.
After four decades as a reporter, Lesley Stahl says the most vivid and transforming experience of her life was not covering the White House, interviewing heads of state, or any other of her stories at 60 Minutes. It was becoming a grandmother. She was hit with a jolt of joy so intense and unexpected, she wanted to “investigate” it — as though it was a news flash! And so, using her 60 Minutes skills, she explores how grandmothering changes a woman’s life, interviewing her friends like Whoopi Goldberg, her colleagues like Diane Sawyer, and the proverbial woman next door. On top of these personal accounts, she interviews scientists and doctors about physiological changes in women when they have grandchildren, anthropologists about why there are grandmothers in evolutionary terms, and psychiatrists about the therapeutic effects of grandchildren on both grandmothers and grandfathers.

bb_historyMain Library’s Louis Stokes Wing, 6th floor

everything-indiansEverything You Know about Indians Is Wrong
by Paul Chaat Smith
Monday, December 19 • 12:00 p.m.

russian-tattooRussian Tattoo: a Memoir
by Elena Gorokhova
Monday, January 23, 2017 • 12:00 p.m.


fireballThe Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice
by Patricia Bell-Scott
Monday, February 27, 2017 • 12:00 p.m.

bb_law-libCuyahoga County Courthouse
1 West Lakeside Avenue, 4th floor

evictedEvicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond
Wednesday, December 7 • 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Join Cleveland Public Library and the Cleveland Law Library with guest discussion leader, the Hon. Raymond L. Pianka, Cleveland Municipal Housing Court.


lit-friday-frolics-headerHistoric Main Library, 2nd floor

gatsbyF. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
Join us for a discussion of The Great Gatsby, followed by a screening of Paramount’s 1974 version of the film.
Friday, December 9 • 12:00 p.m.

ava_gardner_1949Ava Gardner Birthday Bash: Pandora & The Flying Dutchman and Mogambo
Join us for a discussion of Pandora & The Flying Dutchman and Mogambo followed by a screening of these two MGM films created in 1951 and 1953.
Friday, December 16 • 12:00 p.m.

tiffanysTruman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Join us for a discussion of Breakfast at Tiffany’s followed by a screening of the 1961 film.
Friday, December 23 • 12:00 p.m.

phantomGaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera
Join us for a discussion of Phantom of the Opera followed by a screening of the 1929 Lon Chaney film, with musical score by Carl Davis.
Friday, January 13, 2017 • 12:00 p.m.

call-of-deadJohn Le Carre’s Call for the Dead
Join us for a discussion of Call for the Dead followed by a screening of the 1966 film version of Deadly Affair by Sidney Lumet.
Friday, January 27, 2017

bridgesRobert James Waller’s Bridges of Madison County
Join us for a discussion of Bridges of Madison County followed by a screening of Clint Eastwood’s 1995 version of the film.
Friday, February 10, 2017

pearl-earringTracy Chevalier’s Girl with the Pearl Earring
Join us for a discussion of Girl with the Pearl Earring followed by a screening of Peter Webber’s 2003 version of the film.
Friday, February 24, 2017


get-graphic-headerHistoric Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor

Archives and Autobiography

In this year of Wonder Woman we will explore the lives of real life Wonder Women from around the world whose stories are told in comics and offer insight into the daily lives of women and girls—each a superhero in their own right! With Ohio Center for the Book Scholar-In-Residence Valentino Zullo.

Rosalie Lightning hart
by Tom Hart
Thursday, December 1 • 4:00 p.m.

This One Summer tamaki
by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Thursday, December 15 • 4:00 p.m.

Femme Fatales

In this series we will explore the lives of heroines who are challenging what it means to be a superhero! These women have class schedules and babies to raise; they are battling deadly disease, and going to chemotherapy – all while trying to save the day! With Ohio Center for the Book guest reader Valentino Zullo.

thor1Mighty Thor, Volume 1: Thunder in Her Veins
by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman
Thursday, January 12, 2017 • 4:00 p.m.

spider-womanSpider-Woman, Volume 1: Baby Talk
by Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez
Thursday, January 26, 2017 • 4:00 p.m.

squirrelThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 1: Squirrel Power
by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Thursday, February 9, 2017 • 4:00 p.m.

mockingbirdMockingbird, Volume 1: I Can Explain
by Chelsea Cain & Kate Niemczyk
Thursday, February 23, 2017 • 4:00 p.m.



think-and-drink-headerJoin us this fall for engaging book discussions while enjoying your favorite beverage,
as Jefferson Branch teams up with The Spotted Owl.
Book discussions are held on the second Monday of each month.

next-americaThe Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown
by Paul Taylor

Monday 12/12/16 at 7:00 PM
Drawing on the Pew Research Center’s extensive archive of public opinion surveys and demographic data, The Next America is a rich portrait of where we are as a nation and where we’re headed–toward a future marked by the most striking social, racial, and economic shifts the country has seen in more than a century.

this-yearThis Year I will–: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True
by M.J. Ryan

Monday 1/9/17 at 7:00 PM
Why do people find it so hard to change? The secret is that everyone has their own formula for making changes that stick, but most people don’t know what theirs is. Ryan helps readers lock on to their unique formula for planning, implementing, and seeing a life change through.

modern-romanceModern Romance
by Aziz Ansari

Monday 2/13/17 at 7:00 PM
Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated? In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.