World AIDS Day


Join us for three days of programming, December 1-3, 2016, as we raise awareness about the fight against AIDS/HIV, highlight new advances, and explore the impact it has on all the individuals involved in the fight.

Conversation & Education

Brown Bag Discussion
The Recollectors
AIDS/HIV not only impacts those who are infected but the people who support them. Join us as AIDS activist and gay community leader David Fearn considers the power of memory and storytelling. Fearns will talk about The Recollectors who use their site ( to build strength and community in the children and families left behind by those who died of AIDS. Participants are encouraged to come and share their story during discussion.
Friday, December 2 • 1:00 p.m.
Main Library, Cleveland Digital Public Library, 3rd floor • 325 Superior Avenue

Public Forum with Cleveland Public Library and MetroHealth
AIDS/HIV is more than just a poster we see at the bus stop or in the halls at school. Real people right in our neighborhood are living with AIDS/HIV. Join us as we explore the AIDS experience and get to know more about the people in the community who support them.
Our forum includes patients and professionals from MetroHealth’s Compass Services. The panel will be moderated by Cleveland Public Library’s Sarah Dobransky. We will be meeting at Carnegie West Branch, located just minutes from the MetroHealth Pride Clinic in Ohio City.
Saturday, December 3 • 2:00 p.m.
Carnegie West Branch • 1900 Fulton Road

Book Discussion

Brown Bag Book Talk
Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father  by Alysia Abbot
Join us as we explore this “beautiful, vibrant memoir about growing up motherless in 1970s and ’80s San Francisco with an openly gay father.” Described as “charming” and “compelling,” as well as “generous, precise, and deeply moving” this work explores their father-daughter relationship and the social history of the times. “Reconstructing their life together from a remarkable cache of her father’s journals, letters, and writings, Alysia Abbott gives us an unforgettable portrait of a tumultuous, historic time in San Francisco as well as an exquisitely moving account of a father’s legacy and a daughter’s love.”
Thursday, December 1 • 1:00 p.m.
Louis Stokes Wing, Indoor Reading Garden, 1st floor • 325 Superior Avenue

Get Involved

Want to become more involved? The Cleveland Digital Public Library is looking for people who are interested in sharing their story on a broader scale. We will be shooting short videos of people impacted by or involved in the fight against AIDS/HIV to be shared on social media during our 3 day event.

For more information, please contact Rachel Senese, Cleveland Digital Public Library Coordinator, at or 216-623-2813