The Art of Speaking Up: Claudia Rankine Discusses Race and Whiteness in America

On July 24, Literary Cleveland’s 2021 Inkubator writing conference culminated in a keynote address from author Claudia Rankine, who discussed the power of engaging in conversation about race and whiteness in America. The event was moderated by ideastream reporter Shelli Reeves and presented by Cleveland Public Library. Rankine’s latest book, Just Us: An American Conversation, mines the conversations she had…

Commemorate Juneteenth with a week of events at Cleveland Public Library

Cleveland Public Library is celebrating Juneteenth with a week of cultural education programs and activities to honor the day, as well as spark conversation about our history and the future of Black America. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration observing the end of slavery in the United States. “It’s a day of reflection, a day of renewal, and a pride-filled…

Summer Lit League Returns to Cleveland Public Library

Experience the joy of reading at Cleveland Public Library. Our summer reading initiative, Summer Lit League, runs June 7 through July 31. Registration is now open for children of all ages. And there’s something for adults too.  Summer Lit League is an eight-week program that challenges children to read to earn a chance to win prizes. Participants are separated into two age groups: Kids (0-11) and Young Adults (12-18).  This year’s theme, A World of What-ifs, is a nod…

A Moment of Crisis and Possibility: What We Learned from Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. and Caroline Randall Williams at #WritersAndReaders

On Saturday, April 17, Cleveland Public Library’s Writers & Readers series brought authors Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. and Caroline Randall Williams together for a conversation surrounding race, justice, activism, history, hope, and the writers who have inspired and moved them. Glaude is the chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, an MSNBC contributor, and author of,…