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

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.

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, 2017

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, Historic Main Library, 2nd floor


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

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-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.

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


Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor

Super Spring Social

Join us as we read and discuss landmark books on social issues facing the American public.

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.

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.