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Paul Beatty: For the Love of Reading

“It started with reading,” Paul Beatty said during his September 22 appearance at Cleveland Public Library as part of the 2018 Writers & Readers series. “I grew up without a television, so [my sisters and I] read the books our mom had. She had a lot of books, thank goodness.” That early love of reading eventually led to Beatty’s writing…

Cleveland Public Library Receives Auditor of State Award with Distinction

For the sixth consecutive year, the Ohio Auditor of the State is awarding Cleveland Public Library the Auditor of State Award with Distinction. The award, which rewards clean audit reports, recognizes the Library’s work for fiscal year 2017. Public entities must meet specific criteria during their financial audits to be eligible for an Auditor of the State Award with Distinction….

Jose Antonio Vargas Brings Immigration to the Forefront at Writers & Readers

José Antonio Vargas In 2011, Vargas revealed his life as an undocumented immigrant in an essay published in The New York Times Magazine, and he appeared a year later with other undocumented immigrants on the cover of Time Magazine in connection with a follow-up cover story that he wrote. As the political climate continues to fuel the storms around those…

Thirty Cleveland Students Build Super Car in Five Weeks

Thirty Cleveland high school students recently completed the challenge to build a Factory Five GTM Super Car in five weeks. This project, which was made possible by a partnership formed by Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland Public Library, Cuyahoga Community College, and Experience Aviation, invited students from Max S. Hayes High School, Davis Aerospace & Maritime High School, and Garrett…

Prison Nation Exhibit

At least 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the United States. Prison Nation uses recently-discovered photo archives to help tell the story of incarceration and its disproportionate effect on people and communities of color. Mass incarceration, however, impacts everyone. All Americans are impacted and implicated by a system of governance that uses prison as a “solution” to our society’s social,…

Family Puppet Performances at the Library 

These free, family-friendly performances bring the magic of puppetry to Cleveland Public Library. Enjoy dynamic shows that make storytelling come to life. Puppet Play Premiere: Sofi and the Magical, Musical Mural This story about an imaginative girl and a magical mural is an engaging exploration of Puerto Rico’s cultural traditions as well as an ode to public art and the…