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bb_social-scienceMain Library’s Louis Stokes Wing, 5th floor

All The Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
by Rebecca Traister
Today, only twenty percent of Americans are wed by age twenty-nine, compared to nearly sixty percent in 1960. The Population Reference Bureau calls it a “dramatic reversal.” All the Single Ladies is a remarkable portrait of contemporary American life and how we got here, through the lens of the single American woman. Covering class, race, sexual orientation, and filled with vivid anecdotes from fascinating contemporary and historical figures, All the Single Ladies is destined to be a classic work of social history and journalism.
Thursday, March 9 • 12:00 p.m.

Badge 387: The Story of Jim Simone, America’s Most Decorated Cop
by Robert Sberna

For 38 years, Jim Simone patrolled Cleveland’s Second Police District, a drug-plagued area with one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation. Called “Supercop” by the media (a nickname he dislikes), Simone generated headlines and public interest on a scale not seen since Eliot Ness searched for Cleveland’s Torso Murderer in the 1930s. Simone worked primarily in traffic enforcement-the riskiest assignment for a cop-and never shied from danger. He was stabbed, clubbed, run over, and shot. He traded gunfire a dozen times, killing five people in the line of duty. All of his shootings were ruled justifiable. Driven by a ferocious work ethic, Simone’s arrest rates were 500 to 600 percent higher than the department average. Despite Simone’s numerous shoot-outs, he is an advocate of police restraint. GUEST DISCUSSION LEADER: Robert Sberna, Cleveland-based journalist. He worked for daily newspapers in the Midwest as a reporter covering police and court beats.
Thursday, April 13 • 12:00 p.m.

Comeback: LeBron, the Cavs and Cleveland
by Terry Pluto

This epic homecoming tale recounts one of the greatest Cleveland sports stories ever — how LeBron James and the Cavaliers took fans on a roller coaster ride from despair to hope and, finally, to glory as the 2016 NBA champions. Pluto tells it all with insightful analysis, extensive front-office details, and a deep empathy for the fans. GUEST DISCUSSION LEADER: Ron English, Library Assistant, Langston Hughes Branch, Cleveland Public Library.
Thursday, May 11 • 12:00 p.m.

Everybody Wins: The Chapman Guide to Solving Conflicts Without Arguing
by Gary Chapman
Every couple has disagreements. All too often, though, when we engage in arguments, our goal is not to resolve the conflict at hand, but rather, to win the fight. Unfortunately, when you win an argument, your spouse is the loser, and nobody wants to be or live with a loser. When you resolve a conflict, your spouse becomes your friend. Good marriages are based on friendship, not on winning arguments. Now, Gary Chapman provides couples with a simple blueprint for achieving win-win solutions to everyday conflicts and disagreements. By learning how to listen empathetically, respecting each other’s ideas and feelings, and understanding why particular issues are so important to their spouse, couples can find solutions that result not only in resolving the conflict at hand, but also leave both partners feeling loved, listened to, and appreciated.
Thursday, June 8 • 12:00 p.m.

bb_historyMain Library’s Louis Stokes Wing, 6th floor

Negroland: A Memoir
by Margo Jefferson
This work speaks to the experiences of its author, Margo Jefferson, and her upbringing in the black aristocracy of Chicago. Jefferson offers a unique look at the upper echelon of black society, describing the titular “Negroland” as a group of black people who were separate from the white elite and the common black folks, but were constantly compared to both. Jefferson dives into important racial milestones in United States history such as the civil rights era and the so-called “post-racial” America while speaking from a position of rarefied privilege as a black elite.
Monday, March 20 • 12:00 p.m.

Mr. Pyke: Inventor, Fugitive, Spy
by Henry Hemming
This is the extraordinary story of Geoffrey Pyke, an inventor, war reporter, escaped prisoner, campaigner, father, educator–and all-around misunderstood genius. Pyke was an unlikely hero of both world wars. He changed the landscape of British pre-school education, and earned a fortune on the stock market. The full scope of his story remained secret even after his death: in 2009, MI5 released a mass of material suggesting that Pyke was in fact a senior official in the Soviet Comintern.
Monday, April 10 • 12:00 p.m.

The Huntress: The Adventures, Escapades, and Triumphs of Alicia Patterson: Aviatrix, Sportswoman, Journalist, Publisher
by Alice Arlen
This fascinating biography of the maverick newspaperwoman, equestrian, aviatrix and intrepid adventurer Alicia Patterson, which follows her exceptional exploits through the first half of the 20th century, from her trouble making days as the middle child of complicated parents to her successes as publisher of the Pulitzer Prize winning Newsday.
Monday, May 15, 2017 • 12:00 p.m.


lit-friday-frolics-headerLiterature Department, Historic Main Library, 2nd floor

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451
Join us for a discussion of Fahrenheit 451 followed by a screening of Universal’s 1966 version of the film.
Friday, March 10

Grace Dalrymple Elliott’s Journal of My Life During the French Revolution
Join us for a discussion of Journal of My Life During the French Revolution followed by a screening of Éric Rohmer’s 2002 film version, The Lady and the Duke [In French with English subtitles].
Friday, March 24


get-graphic-headerHistoric Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor

Ohio Comic Creators

Please join us in celebrating Ohio comics creators in honor of the opening of our exhibit, Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton, featuring memorabilia and collectibles from Cleveland Public Library’s Mike Curtis Collection of Superman Memorabilia. This collection was recently donated to the Library in honor of the creative legacy of Ohio authors Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the originators of Superman.

Saga. Volume 1
by Brian K. Vaughan
Thursday, March 9

Powers. Volume 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?
by Brian Michael Bendis
Thursday, March 23

100 Bullets. Book I
by Brian Azzarello
Thursday, April 13

Bone 1: Out from Boneville
by Jeff Smith
Thursday, April 27

Daredevil. Book 1: The Man Without Fear
by Brian Michael Bendis
Thursday, May 11

Y: The Last Man. Book One
by Brian K. Vaughan
Thursday, May 25

My Friend Dahmer
by Derf Backderf
Thursday, June 15

Runaways, Volume 1: Pride and Joy
by Brian K. Vaughan
Thursday, July 20



National Poetry Month

Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor

Cleveland Public Poetry – Featured Poet Lee Chilcote
Join us for an afternoon of poetry reading with Lee Chilcote, a poet, nonfiction writer, editor and journalist. Followed by an open mic poetry reading.
Saturday, April 8 • 1:00 p.m.

Reading Is Aloud: Ohio Poets
Join us by reading aloud poems composed by Ohio poets. We will celebrate poetry and the spoken word in the tradition of oral storytelling.
Wednesdays, April 12 and 26 • 12:00 p.m.

Award-Winning Book Club

Join us as we discuss books that are turning heads and winning major prizes in fiction!
Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor

The Sellout: A Novel
by Paul Beatty
Tuesday, March 7 • 4:00 p.m.

The Sympathizer: A Novel
by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Tuesday, April 4 • 4:00 p.m.


Super Spring Social

Join us as we read and discuss landmark books on social issues facing the American public. Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.
Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor

The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood
Wednesday, March 15 • 4:00 p.m.

Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison
Wednesday, April 19 • 4:00 p.m.


The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
by Michael Chabon
Wednesday, May 17 • 4:00 p.m.

Make a Book About Superman!

Join us for a workshop where creators of all ages will make pop-up Superman books and tunnel books with themes that tell the story of Superman’s creation.

Tuesday, March 28 • 4:00 pm
Glenville Branch



think-and-drink-headerJoin us this fall for engaging book discussions while enjoying your favorite beverage,
as Jefferson Branch teams up with The Spotted Owl.
Book discussions are held on the second Monday of each month.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
by the Dalai Lama

Two leading spiritual masters share their wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity, sharing personal stories and teachings about the science of profound happiness and the daily practices that anchor their emotional and spiritual lives.
Monday, March 13, 2017 7:00 p.m.


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth

Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur genius Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success. Rather, other factors can be even more crucial such as identifying passions and following through on commitments.
Monday, April 10, 2017 7:00 PM