Author: Evone Jeffries

Library of Congress Announces National Winners of Letters About Literature 2018

On May 29, the Library of Congress announced the 2018 winners of Letters About Literature, it’s national reading-writing competition for young people in grades 4-12. Now in its 26th year, the competition encourages students of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands to enter the annual competition, where they write to an author about how …

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Cleveland Public Poetry: Featuring Kathy Fagan Saturday, June 16, 2018

Cleveland Public Poetry Open Mic Poetry Readings Special Guest Reader: Poet Kathy Fagan Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018 Time: Noon-1:00 p.m. Location: Literature Department, Main Library, 2nd FL Award-winning poet Kathy Fagan will read from her work beginning 12:00 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in the Literature Department. The reading is free and open to the …

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Shelley Pearsall’s “The Seventh Most Important Thing” Selected for 2018 National Book Festival’s 52 Great Reads

Each year a list of books representing the literary heritage of the affiliates of the Library of Congress Center for the Book is distributed by the Center for the Book during the National Book Festival in Washington, D. C.  The books on this list are by authors representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and …

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2017-2018 Letters About Literature Winners

The Library of Congress Center for the Book and the Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library invite students in grades 4 through 12 to enter Letters About Literature, the annual national reading-writing contest. Students living in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands are encouraged to enter the annual competition, where they read a …

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Choose to Read Ohio Booklist for 2019 & 2020

On April 12, 2018 The State Library of Ohio, Ohioana Library Association, and Ohio Center for the Book announced selections for Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) 2019 and 2020. Announced biennially, the booklist contains 20 titles representative for all ages that highlight the diverse literature published by Ohio authors. CTRO promotes reading across Ohio by encouraging Ohioans of all …

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2018 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Are Announced

The Cleveland Foundation recently announced recipients for the 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (AWBA). Edith Anisfield-Wolf, a former Cleveland Public Library Board of Trustee, established AWBA in 1935; it is the only juried book prize that addresses racism and diversity of cultures. The 83rd AWBA  winners are: Shane McCrae, In the Language of My Captor, Poetry N. Scott Momaday, …

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April is National Poetry Month: Celebrate with Cleveland Public Library

I don’t recall the first time I heard poetry—undoubtedly it was as a toddler, listening to a Mother Goose nursery rhyme. (You, too?) I do remember the first time I was stirred by a work of verse and ever since my appreciation for this ancient, and most universal, form of human expression has been steadfast. During April we have …

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Congratulations to 2018 Ohio Poetry Out Loud Northeast/Cleveland Region Finalists

On Saturday, February 24, 2018, the Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library (OCFB), in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council, hosted the Poetry Out Loud Northeast/Cleveland Ohio Regional Semifinals. in the Louis Stokes Auditorium. It was a day where five students performed in an auditorium before a general audience that included family …

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Giovanni, Nikki

Born: June 7, 1943 Ohio connection: Former Resident Cincinnati Yolanda Cornelia Giovanni, Jr. was born on June 7, 1943, in Knoxville, Tenn., and was called “Nikki” by her younger sister early on. The family relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio; but Giovanni remained close to her outspoken grandmother, making frequent trips to Knoxville and spending some of her …

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