Join us in Welcoming Emmy and Grammy Award Winner LeVar Burton

Special evening program planned for July 30, 2015

Cleveland Public Library’s (CPL) Writers & Readers welcomes Emmy and Grammy Award winning actor, director, producer, and author LeVar Burton to CPL for a special evening session of Writers & Readers Series of Hope on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium on East 6th Street and Superior Avenue.

“LeVar Burton sparked a love of reading for an entire generation of readers through the Reading Rainbow,” said Felton Thomas, director of CPL. “His work as a literacy advocate and as an author continues to inspire people of all ages to embrace a love of reading.”

LeVar Burton’s first professional acting audition earned him the role of Kunta Kinte in Alex Hailey’s acclaimed miniseries Roots. He is also well-known for his role as Commander Geordie La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Along the way, he has acted in dozens of films and television shows and directed a number of television episodes and specials.

To children and parents over the last 30 years, however, he is instantly recognized and forever loved as the host of the PBS series Reading Rainbow. As a literacy advocate, producer and star of the show, Burton is most proud of Reading Rainbow’s ability to use television to help create human beings who are passionate about literature. In 2012, Mr. Burton announced the launch of Reading Rainbow’s mobile app, aimed at fitting the needs of a new generation of children. Burton is the author of Aftermath (1997) and the children’s book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm (2014).

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Books will be available for purchase from A Cultural Exchange, and a book signing will follow the program. For more information, visit