A Lifelong Love Affair 

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Richard and Phyllis O’Connell met while working at Cleveland Public Library nearly 60 years ago, marking the early stages of a lifelong love affair with libraries—and each other. When Richard O’Connell and Phyllis Dripan met as employees of Cleveland Public Library in the early 1960s, it wasn’t love at first sight. In fact, Phyllis was more focused on Richard’s strange snack of choice in the…

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Finding the Perfect Beach Reads at Edgewater BookBox

For eleven-year-old Lila Gibson, who loves libraries, swimming, and beach, the Edgewater BookBox is a book-filled utopia. Last summer, Lila Gibson was at Edgewater Beach with her mother when she came across a pleasant surprise: a miniature library right on the shore of Lake Erie. “I saw it and said, ‘Hey, it’s a library at the beach!’” she remembers. “Wow.” Lila, who was ten at…

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Soledad O’Brien and Killer Mike Headline Sept. 24 Writers & Readers Event

Cleveland Public Library’s Writers & Readers series returns on September 24 to welcome broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien in conversation with rapper and political activist Michael “Killer Mike” Render. The event, which is part of the Library’s 150th anniversary celebration, also highlights a new mission for the Writers & Readers series: to bring together authors, performers, journalists, activists, and educators to…

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Marvel Comics Writer and YA Author Gabby Rivera Coming to Cleveland Public Library

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Registration Author Gabby Rivera believes it’s vital to encourage people of all backgrounds to create, daydream, and tell their own stories—and in so doing, open a radical space for creativity. As a queer, Latinx, millennial woman, she strives to be a thoughtful ally for others, she confronts privilege and power, and she asks difficult questions: What…

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Cleveland Public Library and CLE Clothing Co. Partner to Offer Limited Edition T-shirt Marking the Library’s 150th Anniversary

A Cleveland skyline of books is the centerpiece of a limited edition 150th anniversary t-shirt designed by CLE Clothing Company especially for Cleveland Public Library. “We wanted a signature design that uniquely commemorated our important milestone,” remarked Tana K. Peckham, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Cleveland Public Library. “The CLE Clothing Co. created the perfect shirt. It honors the Library, our…

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My Cleveland 20/20: Photography Workshops for Youth

Explore the art of photography with the Cleveland Print Room and Cleveland Museum of Art. Kids will have a chance to explore their neighborhood branch using Instax cameras. Photos will then be exhibited in the branches as part of the Cleveland 20/20 project. Registration July 22: West Park July 25: Langston Hughes July 26: East 131st Street July 31: South…

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