Design & Preservation of Cleveland Buildings: A Tribute to Jim Gibans & Ted Sande 2018

Living in Cleveland became even better due to the intrepid work of architects Jim Gibans (1930-2018) and Ted Sande (1933-2018). Their professional life’s work was to design spaces for comfort, aesthetics, function, and preservation of cultural significance in the community. James “Jim” Gibans earned his master’s degree in Architecture from Yale in the 1950s. He was the principal partner of…

Continue reading

Mr. Sommer Speaks in Many Ways

Part of the mission of Cleveland Public Library is to cultivate a global perspective for our patrons, and former Special Collections Librarian Francis E. Sommer (1890 – 1978) contributed his astoundingly broad knowledge of foreign languages to help enrich our foreign language catalog. Mr. Sommer was fluent in 14 languages, had a speaking knowledge of 22 more, and had a…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

ZINES at the Cleveland Public Library

With the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies returning to Cleveland, it would be an appropriate time to take a look at the zines at the Cleveland Public Library. In case you’re not familiar with what a ZINE is, it’s a short hand term used for a magazine or a fanzine. They are a small-circulated self-published  work…

Continue reading