Cleveland’s Literary Renaissance

In 2015, when writer Lee Chilcote proposed creating a free, daylong writing conference to help aspiring Cleveland-area writers learn, network, and find inspiration, he couldn’t know just how much this idea would transform the city’s literary landscape.  After partnering with Cleveland Public Library to host the first Inkubator writing conference in August 2015, Chilcote went on to co-found Literary Cleveland,…

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Russian Book Club Celebrates 10 Years

Cleveland Public Library’s Russian Book Club, which meets every other month at Memorial-Nottingham Branch, recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary—and it’s still going strong. “It’s an opportunity to get together and discuss quality literature,” Victoria Kabo, International Languages Librarian, says of the Russian Book Club. “About 15 or 16 people come to every meeting, and we always have a lively and…

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Chris Pekoc: Developing as an Artist at the Library

“Cleveland Public Library made an important impact on my early artistic development. I’m largely self-taught as an artist, and most of my education took place in the Library’s Fine Arts collection. I remember walking through the stacks and pulling books off the shelf to learn about an artist I wasn’t familiar with. The Library enhanced my knowledge and my deep…

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Renee Volchko: How Cleveland Public Library Helps Entrepreneurs

“If you’re an entrepreneur, you can’t do it on your own. You need help. I cannot tell you how much connecting with people has made a difference—people are the most important thing. When I used TechCentral’s MakerSpace to print my labels on the vinyl cutter, the staff walked me through the process and showed me how to do it myself. It’s much…

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