Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch will be closed Tuesday, September 29 due to the Presidential debate.

Count on Us: Undercounted Communities

Have you filled out your Census? Cleveland Public Library wants to make sure more people do. According to completecountcle.org, the city of Cleveland ranks last among big cities when it comes to responding to the Census. From June to October, the Library will tackle hot button topics to educate the community on the importance of the Census. The discussions will take place LIVE on our Facebook page on the first Friday of the month.

This month’s guest: LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

Count on Us: Undercounted Communities

Have you filled out your Census? Cleveland Public Library wants to make sure more people do. According to completecountcle.org, the city of Cleveland ranks last among big cities when it comes to responding to the Census. From June to October, the Library will tackle hot button topics to educate the community on the importance of the Census. The discussions will take place LIVE on our Facebook page on the first Friday of the month. This month’s guest: LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

Posted by Cleveland Public Library on Friday, June 5, 2020

Recommended Reading

Passing by Nella Larsen

In this psychologically gripping and chilling novel, Nella Larsen explores the blurriness of race, sacrifice, alienation, and desire that defined her own experience as a woman of mixed race, issues that still powerfully resonate today. Ultimately, Larsen forces us to consider whether we can ever truly choose who we are.


Just Kids by Patti Smith

Patti Smith would evolve as a poet and performer, and Robert Mapplethorpe would direct his highly provocative style toward photography. Bound in innocence and enthusiasm, they traversed the city from Coney Island to Forty-Second Street, and eventually to the celebrated round table of Max’s Kansas City, where the Andy Warhol contingent held court. In 1969, the pair set up camp at the Hotel Chelsea and soon entered a community of the famous and infamous, the influential artists of the day and the colorful fringe. It was a time of heightened awareness, when the worlds of poetry, rock and roll, art, and sexual politics were colliding and exploding. In this milieu, two kids made a pact to take care of each other. Scrappy, romantic, committed to create, and fueled by their mutual dreams and drives, they would prod and provide for one another during the hungry years.

Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late sixties and seventies and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists’ ascent, a prelude to fame.


You Can’t Touch My Hair And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

A hilarious and timely essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from comedy superstar and 2 Dope Queens podcaster Phoebe Robinson

Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities every day. Comedian Phoebe Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: she’s been unceremoniously relegated to the role of “the black friend,” as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she’s been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel (“isn’t that…white people music?”); she’s been called “uppity” for having an opinion in the workplace; she’s been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. the. time. Now, she’s ready to take these topics to the page–and she’s going to make you laugh as she’s doing it.


Collision Bend: A Milan Jacovich Mystery by Les Roberts

#7 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

Private investigator Milan Jacovich (it’s pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovich) goes behind the scenes to uncover scandal, ambition, and intrigue at one of Cleveland’s top TV stations as he hunts down the stalker and murderer of a beautiful local television anchor.

Special thanks to:

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

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