Main Library Events

  • Poem for Cleveland Workshops

    Main Library (Downtown), 2nd Floor – Literature Department
    Saturday, October 01 | 10:30 am

    Add your voice to the mosaic of Cleveland voices to tell the story of our city. Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate, Ray McNiece, leads monthly intergenerational and multicultural poetry workshops that pair youth poets with community elders aged 50 and older. Prompts created by youth poets jumpstart the conversation, resulting in poems that serve as a bridge between cultures, generations, and neighborhoods.  

    Don't miss the July 2023 intergenerational reading and celebration at Cleveland Public Library’s Main Library Auditorium, sponsored by the Ohio Center for the Book and Heights Arts.

    Poem for Cleveland, an anthology of the works created from the project, will be published by Red Giant Press.

    This project is made possible by the Academy of American Poets with funds from the Mellon Foundation.

     

     

  • Music at Main: Ashley Brooke Toussant

    Main Library (Downtown), 3rd Floor – Fine Arts Lobby
    Saturday, October 01 | 2 pm

    Cleveland native and SInger-Songwriter Ashley Brooke Toussant performs at Cleveland Public Library. A mix of Americana, Phoebe Bridgers, indie, and some honky-tonk mixed together. 

  • Chinese Basic Conversations/Reading & Tai Chi/Yoga

    Main Library (Downtown), 4th Floor – ForLit Gallery/Classroom, 4th Floor – Northeast Corner Room
    Saturday, October 01 | 3 pm

    Enjoy a free, 50-minute course in reading Chinese and learning basic conversations for adults, followed by a free 50-minute Tai Chi/Yoga exercise session.

  • Buckeye Second Looks Book Discussions

    Main Library (Downtown), 2nd Floor – Literature Department
    Saturday, October 01 | 3:30 pm

    Take a second (or first!) look at works by Ohio authors who are a part of the Ohio Center for the Book's collection. This session features Christopher Moore's thirteenth novel, Sacre Bleu: A Comedy D'Art.  

    c thriller in which, with his dying breath, Vincent van Gogh begs his brother, Theo, to keep a painting safe from the clutches of the grosteque, gnome-like color man who had been hounding him across France. Colleague Henri Toulouse-Lautrec is joined by Lucien, a young In this comibaker, in a dangerous, potentially fatal, search for the truth. 

  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3 – 5)

    Main Library (Downtown), 4th Floor – Room 477 – Storytime Room
    Tuesday, October 04 | 10:30 am

    Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

  • Microsoft Word Series

    Online Event presented by Main Library – Downtown
    Tuesday, October 04 | 11 am

    This program will be held via Zoom. If you have any questions, please contact the TechCentral department at 216-623-2980 Mon- Sat 10:00am-6:00pm.

    Microsoft Word 2010 I
    Learn how to enter and edit text and open, save and print a Word document.

    Microsoft Word 2010 II
    Create tabs and bullets; format text and paragraphs.

    Microsoft Word 2010 III
    Create and edit tables. Add text, format and sort data.

    Microsoft Word 2010 IV
    Add headers and footers to documents; insert hyperlinks, citations and save templates

  • My Digital Life Basics: Computer Basics

    Main Library (Downtown), 2nd Floor – Conference C
    Wednesday, October 05 | 11 am

    Computers can seem complicated, but learning some basic terms and ideas can help a lot. This module will introduce you to the words that we use when talking about computers. We will also learn the idea behind how a computer works, and how parts of a computer connect together to make the computer a very useful tool.

    *not part of a series

  • Afternoon Adventures

    Main Library (Downtown), 4th Floor – Room 477 – Storytime Room
    Friday, October 07 | 4 pm

    Join us for a beginner-friendly game of Dungeons and Dragons where players of all skill levels are welcome!

    Never played before, but curious? Come by and enjoy a fun, creative game where YOU get to be the hero! For players ages 12 to 18. 

  • Discovering Family History: Lessons from the Wormley Family

    Main Library (Downtown), 6th Floor – Center for Local and Global History
    Saturday, October 08 | 11 am

    Don Graves will present the story of his ancestors, the Wormley family of Washington, DC, who arrived in the city in 1814 as recently freed people of color and during the ensuing century became prominent business, civic, social and political leaders in almost every movement advancing the cause of people of color of the 19th century. He will present some of the significant aspects of their lives in that role while also sharing some of the techniques and experiences which illuminated this fascinating story.

  • Autumn Splendor

    Main Library (Downtown), 4th Floor – Room 477 – Storytime Room
    Saturday, October 08 | 2 pm

    The beautiful colors of fall have arrived!  Please join us as we learn about this season of change and make brilliant crafts.

  • Chinese Basic Conversations/Reading & Tai Chi/Yoga

    Main Library (Downtown), 4th Floor – ForLit Gallery/Classroom, 4th Floor – Northeast Corner Room
    Saturday, October 08 | 3 pm

    Enjoy a free, 50-minute course in reading Chinese and learning basic conversations for adults, followed by a free 50-minute Tai Chi/Yoga exercise session.

  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3 – 5)

    Main Library (Downtown), 4th Floor – Room 477 – Storytime Room
    Tuesday, October 11 | 10:30 am

    Story times for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 include stories, songs, activities, and rhymes specially designed to support reading readiness and foster the social and emotional skills that kids need to succeed as they enter Kindergarten.

  • Microsoft Word Series

    Online Event presented by Main Library – Downtown
    Tuesday, October 11 | 11 am

    This program will be held via Zoom. If you have any questions, please contact the TechCentral department at 216-623-2980 Mon- Sat 10:00am-6:00pm.

    Microsoft Word 2010 I
    Learn how to enter and edit text and open, save and print a Word document.

    Microsoft Word 2010 II
    Create tabs and bullets; format text and paragraphs.

    Microsoft Word 2010 III
    Create and edit tables. Add text, format and sort data.

    Microsoft Word 2010 IV
    Add headers and footers to documents; insert hyperlinks, citations and save templates

  • My Digital Life Basics: Windows Basics

    Main Library (Downtown), 2nd Floor – Conference C
    Wednesday, October 12 | 11 am

    Microsoft Windows is one of the most popular operating systems. In this module you will explore what exactly an operating system is, and how it helps you interact with the computer. You will also get to try many of the programs that you find on the computer and discover how they can make daily tasks easier.   

    *not part of a series

  • Public Administration Library Lunchtime Knitting Circle

    Public Administration Library
    Wednesday, October 12 | 12 pm

    Join our monthly gatherings for knitters and crocheters.  Crafters of every skill level are welcome.  Many of us support Warm Up Cleveland by crafting items such as hats, scarves, mittens, blankets, and baby items to help neighbors in need.  

  • Bilingual Book Club

    Main Library (Downtown), 4th Floor – Room 477 – Storytime Room
    Wednesday, October 12 | 4 pm

    Enjoy engaging stories and learn some basic Spanish vocabulary through an exploration of bilingual picture and board books featuring Latinx authors and illustrators.

     

     

  • Genealogy Clinic

    Main Library (Downtown), 6th Floor – Center for Local and Global History
    Saturday, October 15 | 10:30 am

    Genealogy Clinics are informal sessions during which you can receive help from expert volunteers and Library staff. For beginners: volunteers provide informal instruction in starting your family history/genealogy. For more advanced researchers: volunteers draw on their extensive experience to help you answer your genealogy questions and to help you find strategies to move your research forward.

     

    Beginners should plan to arrive by 10:45 to take advantage of the group instruction for beginners. All others can arrive at any time between 10:30am and 1:30pm. 

     

    Please call the Center for Local and Global History at 216-623-2864 with any questions.

  • Come Celebrate With Us!

    Main Library (Downtown), Eastman Reading Garden
    Saturday, October 15 | 11 am

    Join us in the Eastman Reading Garden to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Eastman Reading Garden, the 25th anniversary of the Louis Stokes Wing, and the 10th Anniversary of TechCentral.  Festivities will include music, games, prizes, and a special anniversary scavenger hunt.    

  • Spooky Crafts!

    Main Library (Downtown), 4th Floor – Room 477 – Storytime Room
    Saturday, October 15 | 1 pm

    Celebrate the spooky season with some (not-so) creepy crafts! Decorate a small pumpkin, make a yarn spider-web, and more!

  • Chinese Basic Conversations/Reading & Tai Chi/Yoga

    Main Library (Downtown), 4th Floor – ForLit Gallery/Classroom, 4th Floor – Northeast Corner Room
    Saturday, October 15 | 3 pm

    Enjoy a free, 50-minute course in reading Chinese and learning basic conversations for adults, followed by a free 50-minute Tai Chi/Yoga exercise session.