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bb_social-scienceMain Library’s Louis Stokes Wing, 5th floor

Comeback: LeBron, the Cavs and Cleveland
by Terry Pluto

This epic homecoming tale recounts one of the greatest Cleveland sports stories ever — how LeBron James and the Cavaliers took fans on a roller coaster ride from despair to hope and, finally, to glory as the 2016 NBA champions. Pluto tells it all with insightful analysis, extensive front-office details, and a deep empathy for the fans. GUEST DISCUSSION LEADER: Ron English, Library Assistant, Langston Hughes Branch, Cleveland Public Library.
Thursday, May 11 • 12:00 p.m.

Everybody Wins: The Chapman Guide to Solving Conflicts Without Arguing
by Gary Chapman
Every couple has disagreements. All too often, though, when we engage in arguments, our goal is not to resolve the conflict at hand, but rather, to win the fight. Unfortunately, when you win an argument, your spouse is the loser, and nobody wants to be or live with a loser. When you resolve a conflict, your spouse becomes your friend. Good marriages are based on friendship, not on winning arguments. Now, Gary Chapman provides couples with a simple blueprint for achieving win-win solutions to everyday conflicts and disagreements. By learning how to listen empathetically, respecting each other’s ideas and feelings, and understanding why particular issues are so important to their spouse, couples can find solutions that result not only in resolving the conflict at hand, but also leave both partners feeling loved, listened to, and appreciated.
Thursday, June 8 • 12:00 p.m.

bb_historyMain Library’s Louis Stokes Wing, 6th floor

The Huntress: The Adventures, Escapades, and Triumphs of Alicia Patterson: Aviatrix, Sportswoman, Journalist, Publisher
by Alice Arlen
This fascinating biography of the maverick newspaperwoman, equestrian, aviatrix and intrepid adventurer Alicia Patterson, which follows her exceptional exploits through the first half of the 20th century, from her trouble making days as the middle child of complicated parents to her successes as publisher of the Pulitzer Prize winning Newsday.
Monday, May 15, 2017 • 12:00 p.m.


lit-friday-frolics-headerLiterature Department, Historic Main Library, 2nd floor

Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Quo Vadis
Join us for a discussion of Quo Vadis  followed by a screening of Mervyn LeRoy’s 1951 MGM adaption starring Deborah Kerr as Lygia, Robert Taylor as Marcus Vinicius, and Peter Ustinov as Nero.
Friday, April 28

Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe’s Waterloo
Join us for a discussion of Sharpe’s Waterloo, followed by a screening of Tom Clegg’s 1997 made-for-TV film version starring Sean Bean and Hugh Fraser.
Friday, May 12


Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games
Join us for a discussion of The Hunger Games followed by a screening of Gary Ross’ 2012 film adaption starring Jennifer Lawrence and Donald Sutherland.
Friday, May 26


get-graphic-headerHistoric Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor

Ohio Comic Creators

Please join us in celebrating Ohio comics creators in honor of the opening of our exhibit, Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton, featuring memorabilia and collectibles from Cleveland Public Library’s Mike Curtis Collection of Superman Memorabilia. This collection was recently donated to the Library in honor of the creative legacy of Ohio authors Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the originators of Superman.

Bone 1: Out from Boneville
by Jeff Smith
Thursday, April 27

Daredevil. Book 1: The Man Without Fear
by Brian Michael Bendis
Thursday, May 11

Y: The Last Man. Book One
by Brian K. Vaughan
Thursday, May 25

My Friend Dahmer
by Derf Backderf
Thursday, June 15

Runaways, Volume 1: Pride and Joy
by Brian K. Vaughan
Thursday, July 20



National Poetry Month

Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor

Reading Is Aloud: Ohio Poets
Join us by reading aloud poems composed by Ohio poets. We will celebrate poetry and the spoken word in the tradition of oral storytelling.
Wednesdays, April 12 and 26 • 12:00 p.m.

Award-Winning Book Club

Join us as we discuss books that are turning heads and winning major prizes in fiction!
Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor

The Underground Railroad: A Novel
by Colson Whitehead (National Book Award Winner)
Tuesday, May 2 • 4:00 p.m.


Super Spring Social

Join us as we read and discuss landmark books on social issues facing the American public. Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.
Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor

Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison
Wednesday, April 19 • 4:00 p.m.


The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
by Michael Chabon
Wednesday, May 17 • 4:00 p.m.


think-and-drink-headerJoin us for engaging book discussions while enjoying your favorite beverage, as Jefferson Branch teams up with
The Spotted Owl. Book discussions are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Where the River Burned : Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland
by David Stradling
Carl Stokes, the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city, helped guide Cleveland through some of her darkest days, confronting both social and environmental issues in the city.  Learn how the Cleveland of today was shaped by some of the changes that took place during the Stokes era.
Monday, May 8, 2017 7:00 p.m.

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
by Dan Egan
The Great Lakes hold 20 percent of the world’s freshwater, and they provide food, work, and weekend fun for tens of millions of Americans. Yet they are under threat as never before. Prize-winning reporter Dan Egan delivers an eye-opening portrait of this great natural resource as it faces ecological calamity.
Monday, June 12, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.

The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection
by Michael Harris
Soon enough, nobody will remember life before the Internet. What does this unavoidable fact mean? Those of us who have lived both with and without the crowded connectivity of online life have a rare opportunity. We can still recognize the difference between Before and After the Digital Rapture.
Monday, July 10, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance
From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.
Monday, August 14, 2017 * 7:00 p.m.