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Book Discussion: Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas
Wednesday October 14, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: TBD

Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, An Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work, written by Jeanne Marie Laskas who tells the stories about the people from all over our country who make our lives run every day. This book discussion is in collaboration with the CSU Common Reading Experience.

Discussion Leaders: Ann Marie Smeraldi, Head of Library Teaching & Learning Services, Michael Schwartz Library and Barbara Walker, Lecturer, English Department.

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

Free and open to the general public - refreshments served.

Start reading now for future Friends' book discussions! See a list of selections.


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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.

She will tell the story behind the story, the discovery of the letters, the "journey" of family history research, and will conclude with tips to help others working on their stories.

William Barrow, Head, Special Collections at Michael Schwartz Library, will also discuss how Cleveland Memory.org and Special Collections can support family history research, as it did with our featured author.

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.


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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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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: 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: 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.