ALA War Service

Room of soldiers at a desk reading

Cleveland Public Library’s motto of “Books, Information, Service” was particularly fitting as the Library was very much engaged in the war effort over the years, providing books to our service members and even sending library staff to serve overseas. During WWI, the United States government asked the American Library Association to set up libraries for troops in 32 military camps.…

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William Fitch Smyth

Envelope with drawing of an alegator and stick figure people and the words Shelf Division

William Fitch Smyth was the evening attendant in the General Reference Division at Cleveland Public Library beginning January 22, 1904. Mr. Smyth was recruited to work at the library by none other than William H. Brett, Head Librarian. His starting salary was .50 cents per evening. Mr. Smyth worked part-time, including Sundays and holidays until March 22, 1940. His father…

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Apollo’s Fire

Papa Bach and His Kids: The World’s Most Amazing Musical Family A FREE family concert for ages 6 to 96 presented by Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s own internationally acclaimed Baroque orchestra. Warning: audience members might learn to sing a fugue theme, dance the Menuet, or play a ground bass at the harpsichord! Apollo’s Fire Family Concerts spark learners of all ages…

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Laura DeMarco Presents Lost Cleveland

The new book Lost Cleveland (Pavilion Books) explores the rise and fall and the enduring spirit of a gritty city. The book features more than 200 Cleveland photos and 65 lost landmarks from the 1800s to today. On January 27 at Cleveland Public Library, author Laura DeMarco will take guests on a visual and oral tour through Cleveland’s glorious past…

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