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Eager, Edward McMaken

Born: June 20, 1911 Died: October 23, 1964 Ohio connection: Birth Toledo Edward McMaken Eager was born in 1911 in Toledo, Ohio. He was raised in Toledo, but spent most of the summers of his childhood and youth in rural Indiana, where he developed a love of nature, gardening, and bird-watching. These interests stayed with him the rest …

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Dunbar, Paul Laurence

Born: June 27, 1872 Died: February 9, 1906 Ohio connection: Birth Dayton The first important Black poet in American literature, Paul Laurence Dunbar was born to former slaves in Dayton on June 27, 1872. He showed literary promise in high school where, the only Black in his class, he became class president, editor in chief of the High …

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DeCapite, Raymond

Born: October 4, 1924 Died: July 8, 2009 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Author of The Coming of Fabrizze and A Lost King, Cleveland native Raymond DeCapite was born on October 4, 1924. After serving in the United States Coast Guard between 1942-1945, DeCapite received his A.B. from Western Reserve University in 1951, and his M.A. the following year. Prior to becoming …

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Deasy, Mary Margaret

Born: May 20, 1914 Died: May 14, 1978 Ohio connection: Birth Cincinnati Mary Margaret Deasy was born in 1914 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of William Paul and Clara (Woelfel) Deasy. She received a Mus.B. from the University of Cincinnati in 1935. She was a concert pianist who gave up music as a vocation for a career in …

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Ellison, Harlan Jay

Born: May 27, 1934 Ohio connection: Birth Cleveland Harlan Ellison, science fiction writer, novelist, editor, and critic, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  The son of Louis Laverne and Serita (Rosenthal) Ellison. He was raised in Painesville, Ohio.  In 1949 his father died and Ellison and his mother returned to Cleveland, where he graduated from East High School. …

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An Online TV & Radio Superman Celebration: November 10 & 11, 2017

Even die-hard Superman fans and aficionados learn something new when visiting “From Cleveland to Krypton,” the Superman exhibit currently showing at the Cleveland Public Library in downtown Cleveland. If you want to learn even more about The Man of Steel, then don’t miss two super online events. On Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, …

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Writing in a Bookstore Window: One NaNoWriMo’s Experience

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and to honor this annual challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, Appletree Books, an independent bookstore in Cleveland Heights, is inviting local writers to write in the window . . . as in its store front window. Local writers have signed up, following the footsteps …

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Crane, Hart

Born: July 21, 1899 Died: April 27, 1932 Ohio connection: Birth Garrettsville Harold Hart Crane, regarded as one of the greatest American poets of the 20th century, was born in Garrettsville, Ohio, on July 21, 1899. His father, a successful candy and syrup manufacturer, later moved the family to Warren before sending his son to live with his …

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It’s Time to Talk: OCFB Book Sets Focus on Issues of Diversity and Social Justice

In February 2015, several Cleveland Public Library staff members attended the YWCA of Greater Cleveland’s inaugural It’s Time to Talk, a forum where diverse people engage in conversations about race, discrimination, unconscious bias, and cultural competency in our community. In the same year, to answer the question presented to forum attendees: “What could you do to help …

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