Octavofest 2018

Join us in celebrating our region’s active arts community of book and paper innovators and our magnificent library and museum collections of fine and rare books. Learn from artists and book lovers about Northeast Ohio’s rich resources and the exciting world of contemporary book and paper arts. All programs are free and open to the public. Visit octavofest.com for more information.

Workshop: Mini-Book Pin Making

Join Ellie Strong, Art Books Cleveland Bookmaker and owner of the Strong Bindery at Loganberry Books in Larchmere, as we craft mini-book pins in honor of Octavofest. Sponsored by the Ohio Center for the Book.

  • Eastman Branch: Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 3:30pm
  • Fleet Branch: Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 3:30pm
  • Lorain Branch: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 4pm
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch: Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 3:30pm
  • Rice Branch: Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 3:30pm
  • South Brooklyn Branch: Thursday, Oct. 11 at 3:30pm

Additional mini-book pin making workshops will be offered at the Library’s Mini MakerFaire.
Saturday, November 3 from 11am–2pm
Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd Floor


Workshop: Making Mayan Books

A special workshop presented by the Promise Neighborhood program will feature Ajpub’ Pablo García Ixmatá, a native Tz’utujiil Maya educator, scholar, and cultural activist at the Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala City. Garcia, who is in Cleveland this fall to learn paper- and bookmaking at the Morgan Conservatory, will offer this free, hands-on bookmaking workshop for children.
Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1pm
Sterling Branch
2200 East 30th Street

Coffee and Comics: Comics-Making Workshops

In partnership with Rising Star Coffee Roastery

Making Comics with Angela Oster

Local illustrator and cartoonist Angela Oster draws delicate monsters and wide-eyed weirdies that she shares at local art fairs, comic conventions, and galleries. She created the comic The Little Vampire Girl and contributes to Vagabond Comics and Nix Comics. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and a 2009 Creative Workforce Fellow, Angela is an instructor at BAYarts and digital communications director at Ohio Citizen Action. She will talk about inspiration and the sometimes unlikely sources where she finds it. Where do your ideas come from? Learn to tap into your innate creativity through a series of quick and simple drawing exercises.
Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10am–11:30am
Rising Star Coffee Roastery
3617 Walton Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Making Comics with Len Peralta

Len Peralta is a comics and game illustrator who, in addition to working on projects for Discovery Channel, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Steve Jackson Games, Boom! Comics and others, has illustrated several books, including There’s a Zombie In My Treehouse and the graphic novel Super Powered Revenge Christmas. His self-published graphic novel series, Exterminite, was named a hot property for Hollywood to adapt in 2014. Len was listed as one of the Top 100 Geeks to Follow on Twitter by Wired magazine. He is a part-time teacher at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he teaches graphic and digital design and comics to a new generation of artists.
Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10am–11:30am
Rising Star Coffee Roastery
3617 Walton Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113


Exhibit: Books and Paper in Global Perspective

Enjoy books and paper arts from across the globe in this special hands-on exhibit of treasures from the Library’s John G. White collection of materials from peoples of Asia. Items on display include Tibetan manuscripts, Mayan hieroglyphs, codices, medieval manuscripts, miniature books, and volumes on the craft of papermaking.
October 1-31
Main Library, Special Collections, 3rd Floor