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Through collaboration with the Ohio Center for the Book,  the Cleveland teacher training workshop for Poetry Out Loud (POL), a national recitation contest for high school students, will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at the Martin Luther King, Jr., branch of the Cleveland Public Library, 1962 Stokes Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio.

Jeanette Flood, longtime POL lead teacher at the Lyceum, and noted Ohio poets Rose Smith and Ray McNiece will lead the workshop. They will share their expertise on using Poetry Out Loud in the classroom and school, including how to engage students and how to coach them toward their best performance. Teachers interested in attending the workshop should contact Katie Swett, POL’s state project coordinator at 614-728-4481 or by email at Walk-ins are welcome.

POL Program Overview  Click the image above to view the Ohio POL 2014-15 Events Schedule.

Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, with local assistance from the Ohioana Library, Thurber House and the Ohio Center for the Book.


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Cleveland Public Poetry--the open mic poetry reading series hosted by the Literature Department, and sponsored by Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library--will conclude its 2014 season on Saturday, November 1, with featured student poets from Cleveland School of the Arts.

Join us in the Literature Department, Main Library, 2nd floor, at 12:00 p.m. as we celebrate poetry and the spoken word. Our guests will be Daniel Gray-Kontar, Creative Writing Instructor at the Cleveland School of the Arts. Mr. Gray-Kontar will present three of his most prolific student writers. For more information call the Literature Department at  216.623.2881. Click on "Read More" to learn more about the Poetry Program at Cleveland School of the Arts, and to link to works of past seasons' featured poets: Kazim AliFrank GiampietroSusan GrimmSarah GridleyDave Lucas, and Mary Weems.


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During October libraries and other institutions in Northeast Ohio are hosting events to honor Octavofest 2014.  Join Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library in celebrating our region's active arts community of book and paper innovators and our magnificent library and museum collections of fine and rare books. Learn from artists and book lovers about Northeast Ohio's rich resources and the exciting world of contemporary book and paper arts. There are classes, workshops, lectures, and exhibits that celebrate the book and paper arts. 

All programs at Main Library and branch locations are free and open to the public.  For more information call 216-623-2881.

Miniature Book Society Traveling Exhibit
& Lecture by Todd Sommerfeld
Exhibit: October 1-31, 2014
Lecture: Saturday, October 18 | 12:00 p.m.
Literature Department and Ohio Center for the Book
2nd Floor, Main Library Building - This hands-on discussion and presentation of miniature books will be hosted by the Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society and the Miniature Book Society. Come meet the local collector, Todd Sommerfeld as he talks about miniature books. He will discuss the history of miniature books from the earliest times to the present, as well as share stories about books and book collecting over the last thirty years. Also on display will be a selection of miniature books from the John F. Puskas Miniature Books Collection

Fine Bindings from the Special Collections Exhibit: October 1-31, 2014
Special Collections Department (John G. White Corridor)
3rd Floor, Main Library Building - Among the treasures to be found in the collection are finely bound books from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. On display are examples of the different types of beautiful bindings crafted over the past 400 years. 

Brown Bag Book Club - An Octavofest Special Event: Reimagining the Book: Chris Ware's Building Stories with guest speaker and reader, Valentino Zullo

Wednesday, October 22 | 12:00 p.m.
Literature Department, NW corner
2nd Floor, Main Library Building - Comics Scholar and Guest Reader, Valentino Zullo asks the question: In the age of digital storytelling can "the book" survive? How are comics responding to these new ways of telling stories? We will discuss a comic that challenges how we imagine the book and paper arts: Chris Ware's Building Stories.

For more information about all events scheduled, see the Octavofest 2014 Events Calendar.

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