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Book Discussion: Walkable City by Jeff Speck
Wednesday October 1, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, Room 503

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, is by Urbanist Jeff Speck, who dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. Making walkability happen is relatively easy and cheap; seeing exactly what needs to be done is the trick. In this essential new book, Speck reveals the invisible workings of the city, how simple decisions have cascading effects, and how we can all make the right choices for our communities.
Discussion leaders: Barbara Walker, Professor, English Dept. and Ann Marie Smeraldi, First Year Experience Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library, CSU.

Questions? Call 216-875-9734 or email b.i.loomis@csuohio.edu.

Free and open to the general public - refreshments served.


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Book Discussion: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, Room 503

Maya Angelou's memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. It captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right (Random House.com). Attendees will also have an opportunity to read a passage from their favorite Maya Angelou poem. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou are available at the Library.
Discussion leader: Barbara Strauss, Assistant Director, Discovery Support Services, CSU.

Questions? Call 216-875-9734 or email b.i.loomis@csuohio.edu.

Free and open to the general public - refreshments served.


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Book Discussion: Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, Room 503

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived.
Discussion Leader: Greg Sadlek, Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, CSU.

Questions? Call 216-875-9734 or email b.i.loomis@csuohio.edu.

Free and open to the general public - refreshments served.


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Book Discussion: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, Room 503

One of the most revered novelists of our time -- a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life -- Louise Erdrich, returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.
Discussion Leader: Richard Fox, Ideastream.

Questions? Call 216-875-9734 or email b.i.loomis@csuohio.edu.

Free and open to the general public - refreshments served.


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Meet Author Claire Gebben in April 2015

Author Claire Gebben presents
The Last of the Blacksmiths
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Refreshments, Book Signing

The Friends of the Library Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series features Claire Gebben, who will visit CSU on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm in the Library, RT 503 to present her novel The Last of the Blacksmiths, the moving story of Michael Harm, a nineteenth century blacksmith from the Bavarian Rhinelands who dares to follow his dreams of freedom and prosperity and travels from Germany to Cleveland, Ohio, to pursue an artisan way of life. It is a tale of the disruption and dispersal of an immigrant family, the twilight of the artisan crafts, and the efforts of each generation to shape its destiny. A consummate storyteller, Claire Gebben demonstrates a brilliant ability to imagine and recreate the past with historical vigor and beauty. Presentation followed by a question-and-answer session and and a book signing. Last of the Blacksmiths will be for sale by the CSU Bookstore at the event. Light refreshments will be served.
Call 216-875-9734 or email b.i.loomis@csuohio.edu to register for this free event.


Meet Local Author Laura Taxel on April 16: includes book signing

Laura Taxel

The Friends of the Library Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series will feature Laura Taxel, who will visit CSU on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library, Rhodes Tower, Room 503. Laura Taxel is an award-winning journalist and author and she will provide an engaging discussion and presentation about the Market and her three year odyssey of researching and writing Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking, coauthored with Marilou Suszko. Her book chronicles the history of one of the oldest municipally-owned and-operated retail food markets in America. Using stories, memories and photos, she takes readers on a tour of the building, into the lives of vendors and shoppers, and give them a deeper, richer understanding of the foods, traditions, and rituals that are part of the Market culture. Book signing opportunity.

Refreshments from the West Side Market will be served.

Call 216-875-9734 to register for this free event.


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Book Discussion of Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, March 26, 2014 at 3:00 in RT 503

Michael Schwartz Library
1860 East 22nd Street
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Cleveland State University
Free and open to the general public
Refreshments

Join the Friends to discuss Caleb's Crossing by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks, who takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. In Caleb's Crossing, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure (Penguin Books). A New York Times bestseller.
All are welcome!

For more information, call 216-875-9734.


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Bus Excursion to James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor: March 14

Register today for the Friends of the Library Second Annual Spring Break BUS EXCURSION: MARCH 14, 2014!

Join the Friends of the Library for their bus excursion from Cleveland to the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, located in Mentor Ohio on Friday, March 14, 2014, during CSU's spring break. You can take a guided tour of the home Garfield acquired in 1876; explore the Visitor Center, a restored carriage barn built in 1894; or walk the tranquil park grounds. Lunch will follow at a local restaurant, which includes a discussion of Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and Murder of a President by Candice Millard, and more.

Fee: $40 (does not include cost of lunch
Choice of pickup locations:

  • 9:00 a.m. at Lakefront Lines (secure free parking), 13315 Brookpark Road, Brook Park, Ohio
  • 9:35 a.m. at Cleveland State University, 1860 East 22nd Street, Cleveland, between Chester and Euclid Avenues

The bus will return to both locations before 5:00 p.m.

REGISTER today! Call 216-875-9734 for more information.


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Book Discussion of Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and Murder of a President by Candice Millard, February 19, 2014 - RT 503

The Friends of the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library continue their Book Discussion and Local Author Book Talk Series this spring. Join the Friends for a book discussion of Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and Murder of a President by Candice Millard on Wednesday February 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library, Rhodes Tower, Room 503.

James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. This is an extraordinary account of his rise from poverty, the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy. Written by the bestselling author of The River of Doubt, Candice Millard.

For more information, call 216-875-9734.

Find out more about upcoming Friends events for spring 2014, including an excursion to the James A. Garfield Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio on March 14th!

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Book Discussion of Life of Pi by Yann Martel, October 30, 2013 - RT 503

The Campus Community is invited to attend The Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library book discussion of Life of Pi by Yann Martel. This Booker Prize winning novel is at once a realistic, rousing adventure and a meta-tale of survival that explores the redemptive power of storytelling and the transformative nature of fiction. It will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., in the Library, RT 503. The event is in collaboration with the University’s Common Reading Experience in which first-year students enrolled in ASC 101: Introduction to University Life participate. Carrie Love, lecturer, will lead the discussion. Refreshments will be served.

About the book: Pi Patel, the son of a zookeeper who has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. He sets sail from India to America aboard a Japanese cargo ship with his family and their zoo animals, but when the ship sinks, Pi escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.

For more information, call 216-875-9734.