Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes

Ms. Sowden has many years of experience leading dive teams in the exploration of many wrecks on the entire Great Lakes. Her discussion will take you through the process from beginning to end on the approach of locating, diving and salvaging historical wrecks located on the lakes. Please join us for this once in a lifetime presentation that will take…

Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton – An Exhibit

Follow the creative birth of Superman in Cleveland through his nationwide popularity, his influence on the current superhero craze, and the continued love the community has for its homegrown superhero. This exhibit features memorabilia, art, and artifacts from the Mike Curtis Collection of Superman Memorabilia and other prominent collectors. OPENING May 6 Main Library, Brett Hall, 1st, 2nd and 3rd…

Honoring the Life & Work of Zelma Watson George

An Exhibit and Program Saturday, March 25, 2017 • 2:00 p.m. Main Library, Special Collections, 3rd floor Honor the life and work of Dr. Zelma Watson George (1903–94). Dr. George was a sociologist, musicologist and performer who broke the color barrier on Broadway in 1950. She came to Cleveland to research African-American music using the resources at the Cleveland Public…

Anand Giridharadas: A Tale of Two Americas

In his TED talk, Anand Giridharadas described the two Americas through the experience of a Bangladeshi immigrant and the American who, in the aftermath of 9/11, targeted him and other immigrants in a fury of murder and hatred. Today, it is more important than ever to examine and understand the two Americas as immigration issues take center stage on the…

A Visit with Charles M. Blow

As a New York Times Op-Ed columnist since 2008, Charles Blow shares his perspectives on politics, public opinion and social justice in America today. He has been ranked on The Root’s list of the 100 most influential African-Americans and is the author of a stirring memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones (2014). Saturday, February 18, 2017 • 2:00 p.m….

Hidden Figures

More than half a century ago, three brilliant African American women crossed all gender and race barriers to launch John Glenn and the United States into space.  Their untold story is now being told in the feature film Hidden Figures, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe. Join NASA and the Cleveland Public Library in celebrating the stellar…