A Lifelong Love Affair 

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Richard and Phyllis O’Connell met while working at Cleveland Public Library nearly 60 years ago, marking the early stages of a lifelong love affair with libraries—and each other. When Richard O’Connell and Phyllis Dripan met as employees of Cleveland Public Library in the early 1960s, it wasn’t love at first sight. In fact, Phyllis was more focused on Richard’s strange snack of choice in the…

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Finding the Perfect Beach Reads at Edgewater BookBox

For eleven-year-old Lila Gibson, who loves libraries, swimming, and beach, the Edgewater BookBox is a book-filled utopia. Last summer, Lila Gibson was at Edgewater Beach with her mother when she came across a pleasant surprise: a miniature library right on the shore of Lake Erie. “I saw it and said, ‘Hey, it’s a library at the beach!’” she remembers. “Wow.” Lila, who was ten at…

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