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Frank Klaus, Friends President
Frank Klaus, President, Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library

The Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University is closely associated with the Michael Schwartz Library but is an independent organization whose purpose is to support the library in a number of different ways. By sponsoring programs of interest to faculty, students, and the general public, we hope to attract favorable attention for the library and interest in its activities.

We encourage both monetary and in-kind gifts to the library, particularly special collections materials with strong links to the Cleveland area. The Friends also accept both monetary and in-kind gifts, especially gifts of books. These books may be sold, given to the Michael Schwartz Library if librarians determine that they are appropriate for the collection, or given to other organizations. Our programs also provide continuing social and intellectual interaction between the University and the community.

Please consider joining the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library.

- Frank Klaus, President, Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library

For more information about the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library: contact Barbara Loomis at or call (216) 687-2475.

Upcoming Events

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Book Discussion: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Tuesday April 11, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 503

The Office of Inclusion and Multicultrual Engagement and The Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library present a book discussion of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and The Untold Story of The Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win The Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly. A New York Times number one bestseller.

Discussion Leader: Richard Fox, Ideastream.

Questions? Call 216-875-9734 or email

Please register here for this free event. Light refreshments will be served.

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Meet Sam Thomas, author of the Midwife's Tale: A Mystery

Join The Friends of the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library for their Annual Local Author Series featuring Sam Thomas.

Sam Thomas will discuss his mystery novel, The Midwife's Tale, the first of The Midwife Mysteries. It's 1644, and Parliament's armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city of York. Even as the city suffers at the rebels' hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion. One of Bridget's friends, Esther Cooper, has been convicted of murdering her husband. Convinced that her friend is innocent, Bridget sets out to find the real killer.

After the presentation, Mr. Thomas will offer a book signing opportunity. The CSU Bookstore will sell copies of the book at the event.

Author, Sam Thomas

Date: April 12, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, room 503

Questions? Call 216-875-9734 or email

Free and open to the general public - refreshments served.