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All begin at 12:00 p.m.   Bring your lunch!

Social Science

Everybody Wins: The Chapman Guide to Solving Conflicts Without Arguing
by Gary Chapman
Thursday, June 8 • 12:00 p.m.

Center for Local & Global History

My Story
by Tom L. Johnson
Monday, June 12

Promises of Power: A Political Autobiography
by Carl B. Stokes
Monday, July 10

The Courage to Survive
by Dennis J. Kucinich
Monday, August 14


Eastman Reading Garden

The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance
by Anders Rydell
Monday, June 19


A Feminist in the White House: Midge Costanza, the Carter Years, and America’s Culture Wars
by Doreen J. Mattingly
Monday, July 17

The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love
by Per J. Andersson
Monday, August 21

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
Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.

Salvage the Bones: A Novel
by Jesmyn Ward,
winner of the 2011 National Book Award
June 5

Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays
by Eula Biss,
winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism and the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize
July 11

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee,
winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
August 1


lit-friday-frolics-headerLiterature Department, Main Library, 2nd floor
Fridays, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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.
May 26

Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations
Discuss Great Expectations then view Mike Newell’s 2012 BBC film adaptation starring Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, and Jeremy Irvine.
June 9

Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Discuss Adventures in Wonderland then view two motion picture adaptations:
Norman McLeod’s (1933) and William Sterling’s (1972).
June 23

Bastille Day Edition
Enjoy two feature films celebrating the French Revolution:
Marie Antoinette directed by W.S. Van Dyke (1938) and Shadow of the Guillotine directed by Jean Delannoy (1956, in French with English subtitles).
July 14

Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights
Discuss Emily Bronte’s beloved classic followed by the 1998 Masterpiece Theatre adaptation.
July 28

Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband
Discuss Oscar Wilde’s classic play followed by a screening of Oliver Parker’s 1992 film adaptation starring Rupert Everett and Julianne Moore.
August 11

Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth
Discuss Anthony Shaffer’s play followed by a screening of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1972 film adaptation starring Sir Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine.
August 25


get-graphic-headerMain Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor
With Guest Reader Valentino Zullo

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.

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

My Friend Dahmer
by Derf Backderf
June 15

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

Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland
by Harvey Pekar
August 17

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.

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 • 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 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 7:00 p.m.