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A Tribute to Dr. Motoko B. Yatabe Reece (November 4, 1926 – May 30, 2018)

Dr. Motoko Reece was a true gem of Cleveland Public Library. The legacy she built in Special Collections was to honor and enlighten the public of the collections established by John G. White back in 1899. Today, the White Collections of chess, Orientalia, and folklore are world-renowned. Dr. Reece worked in the Fine Arts & Special Collections Department for 20…

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Cleveland’s Legacy of Housing Discrimination: The Great Migration

The photo above shows typical housing available in the Cedar-Central neighborhood around East 22nd Street before the area was cleared for public housing projects in 1935. (Photo Courtesy of Cleveland Public Library, Photograph Collection). At the beginning of the 20th century, the United States experienced a momentous population shift that affected a number of northern cities, including Cleveland. The Great…

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The American Library: Highlighting the Immigrant Experience through Art

The British Library, 2014 Hardback books, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, gold foiled names, five wooden chairs, five iPads, iPad stands, headphones, interactive Application and antique wind-up clock   At first glance, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, tennis pro Anna Kournikova, guitarist Carlos Santana, and First Lady Melania Trump couldn’t be more different. Even so, they are connected by a single shared…

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Video: View Proposed Designs for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch

  When Cleveland Public Library launched an international design competition for a new Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch, dozens of architecture firms entered for the chance to design an iconic library branch that will serve the University Circle community while also honoring Dr. King’s legacy. The Library ultimately named three design teams as finalists: MASS Design Group and LDA Architects;…

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Cleveland Public Library Accepts Gift from Patrick O’Connor Trust

Cleveland Public Library was recently honored to accept a gift from the Patrick O’Connor Trust. Named for the late Patrick Joseph O’Connor, this trust reflects the life of a selfless individual who quietly gave back to his community. The value of the trust assets directed to Cleveland Public Library amounts to $86,701.90. Mr. O’Connor was born January 7, 1935. He…

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