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The Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library
is dedicated to promoting and celebrating books, reading, literacy, and libraries to Ohio's citizens and the book community at large.

 

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In July 2014, Cleveland Public Library, Ohio Center for the Book, and Cleveland Play House collaborated on an exhibit called Christmas in July: A Christmas Story!  The exhibit highlighted the Cleveland Play House stage productions of the classic holiday tale, which will run this year November 28 – December 21, 2014. 

Cleveland Public Library patrons were given a chance to win tickets to the 2014 production by picking a "Christmas in July" treat: a “Blind Date with an Ohio Author!”  The Literature Department and Ohio Center for the Book staff selected and wrapped a variety of books by Ohio authors for patrons to borrow. Readers were asked to rate their reading experience by completing the Rate-A-Date entry form (see below). NOTE: The winner was selected in a drawing from the many entry forms received.

Ohio Center for the Book and Cleveland Public Library staff members extend our hearty congratulations to Cody White -- enjoy the show!

 
 
 
  
 
My book date was: DREAMY
Comment: Vivid descriptions & great imagery
 
My book date was: INTERESTING
Comment: Always a fan of shaped speech poetry
 
My book date was INTENSE
Comment: Learned a history of the blues I'd never known before
 
Other Comments: Combined two of my loves - Poetry & the Blues - for a great book date!
 
OCFB at Cleveland Public Library thanks Cody White and all participants.

 

 

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October is nearly upon us, and that means Octavofest is almost here!  During the entire month of October various libraries and institutions in Northeast Ohio will host / present classes, workshops, lectures, and exhibits to celebrate the book and paper arts.  All events are listed in the Octavofest 2014 Events Calendar.

Click on the image (left) to view the Octavofest 2014 events poster.

 

Click "Read More" for information about events taking place at Cleveland Public Library's main and branch locations.

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Meet Karen Long, former book editor for The Plain Dealer and current host and sponsor of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (AWBA), as we kick off this season's "Brown Bag Book Clubs at Main Library." This kick-off event will be held at noon on September 3, 2014 at Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, 2nd floor, Literature Department. Karen will discuss all of the 2014 AWBA winners including The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, and My Promised Land by Ari Shavit. A more in-dept discussion of each book will occur weekly beginning Wednesday, September 10, at noon in the Literature Department. Click on the kick-off event image above to view/print the flyer of the new season of all book discussions to take place in the Literature Department. Click on "Read More" (below) to view all book club discussions to take place in subject departments including Popular Library, Social Sciences, and History; link to CPL's online public access catalog to place reserve(s). Books will be available in the Literature Department, Main Library, 2nd floor, for check-out in Lending. 

Established in 1935 by Edith Anisfield-Wolf, a former Library Board of Trustee, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards remain the only juried book prize that addresses racism and diversity of cultures. A complete set of all of the past winners is housed in the Special Collections Department, Main Library, 3rd floor.  The AWBA ceremony will take place Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Ohio Theater of PlayhouseSquare, 1511 Euclid Avenue. 

 
Karen R. Long served as book editor of The Plain Dealer for eight years before becoming the host and sponsor of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, as a consultant for the Cleveland Foundation. Long is a vice president for the National Book Critics Circle, where she is a judge for its six annual prizes, awarded each March in New York City. A voracious reader since she wore her cat-eyed glasses to kindergarten in Seattle, Long raised three children in Cleveland Heights with husband Joe Frolik.

 

 

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