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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Octavofest 2014 Events at Cleveland State University & The Michael Schwartz Library

Octavofest Logo

The Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University, Cleveland Public Library, and the Ohio Center for the Book, along with other founding partners Art Books Cleveland and the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation, have once again teamed up to present the 6th annual Octavofest, a month-long series of events in October to call attention to the book and paper arts.

Below are this year's events at Cleveland State University and the Michael Schwartz Library:

Octavofest display at the Library
  • Morgan Conservatory Special Exhibit at the Michael Schwartz Library for Octavofest
    September 27, 2014 - October 31, 2014
    The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation will present three special displays in the Michael Schwartz Library during Octavofest. The displays will present hand papermaking, letterpress, and bookmaking through a collection of objects and ephemera relating to each discipline.
  • "Folding Book Art" Workshop
    October 9, 2014, noon - 1:30 p.m.
    Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, 1st Floor east
    Celebrate Octavofest at the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library by creating folded book art. Books destined for recycling can be transformed by folding their pages to create voluminous and intriguing shapes. A limited number of books will be available for folding and participants are welcome to bring books to fold.
  • WatchArt! with Art Books Cleveland Members at Cleveland State University
    October 14, 2014, 10:30 a.m. - 2: 00 p.m.
    Cleveland State University, 1st floor lobby of Main Classroom building, 2121 Euclid Avenue
    Come meet, talk with, and watch the book artists of Art Books Cleveland (ABC) work on book projects
  • LevyFest 2014
    October 24, 2014 - October 26,2014
    Cleveland State University Campus and several locations throughout the community including at local bookstores and art galleries
    LevyFest 2014 is a poetry festival and conference celebrating Cleveland poet, publisher, and artist d.a. levy (1942-1968) and his influence upon small press publishing, print and book arts, and the poetry communities of Cleveland, Ohio, and beyond.

Find out more about Octavofest.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-09-30 07:35:24. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Now On Display: The History and Archaeology of the Central Market District

A view of the Central Market District Display

Available now through October 23rd, visit the display located on the first floor of the Michael Schwartz Library, featuring artifacts discovered in the area previously known as the Central Market District in downtown Cleveland.

From 1991 through 1992 archaeologists from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH) along with historians from Cleveland State University explored and excavated an early community located southeast of Public Square in the area known locally as the Central Market District. To most Clevelanders the Central Market District, located in the shadows of the city's great skyline, brings to mind the bustle of busy nightclubs or the aging facades of old Cleveland landmarks. Few if any people would associate this area with archaeology, let alone remember that from 1796 through the 1860's this area was home to one of Cleveland's earliest frontier communities. Many of Cleveland's early immigrants made their way to this close-knit, working class neighborhood of small houses crammed closely together in the area defined by Ontario Street to the west, Prospect Avenue to the north, East Ninth Street (or Erie Street as it was known then) to the east, and Carnegie Avenue (or Ohio Street) to the south.

The Central Market District collection, which includes carefully recovered and analyzed fragments of cutlery, furniture, hardware, plates, bowls, cups, and saucers, show how individual families furnished their homes and entertained their guests. In addition, clay, stone, and glass marbles, lead soldiers and parts from ceramic dolls, clay tobacco pipes and musical instrument parts also offer unique and detailed information on the social aspects to the lives of past Clevelander's with regards to city's nineteenth century residential communities.

The objective of this summer research project involved the analysis, interpretation, and curation of more than 120,000 prehistoric and historic artifacts recovered from the Central Market District. In order to properly document the transition from a residential community to a commercial area, the crew fully documented, inventoried, and separated all of the historic artifacts by both the date they were manufactured and the areas that they were recovered in with regards to the structures nearby. Processing and analysis were conducted by Anthropology majors Rachel Daley, Katie Fry, and Kyle Riordan in the Department of Anthropology's archaeological curation laboratory and facilities. Artifact processing included the sorting, labeling, and general cataloging of all of the artifactual materials of the Central Market District. The items chosen were then carefully analyzed and researched using research documents, historic libraries, and special collections.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-09-23 09:41:13. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Friends of the Library 2014-2015 Book Discussions

Location for all discussions: Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University
Free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be served at all book discussions.


Walkable City by Jeff Speck
Wednesday October 1, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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.


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

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 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.


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

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.


The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-09-10 07:53:51. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Constitution Day 2014

Image of an eagle and flag in front of Constitution

Join the celebration of our nation's heritage by participating in Cleveland State University's Constitution Day events!

Online Contest

Students can win the grand prize of a Vikingcash Card valued at $50 or one of two Vikingcash Cards valued at $25!
Visit answer a few questions about the Constitution, and you could be a winner! Drawing will be held at noon on Wednesday, September 17, 1st floor, Michael Schwartz Library (located in Rhodes Tower).


Presentation by award winning author Roger K. Newman, One Nation Under Surveillance
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Moot Court Room of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law
On free hour of CLE credit pending.
Reception to follow in the Atrium. For more information, contact Jill McDonnell at 216-687-2354.

Constitution Day Commemoration

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Rhodes Tower, 1st floor, Michael Schwartz Library
Join us in the Library for free cupcakes to commemorate Constitution Day.
Winners of the Online Contest will also be announced.


Visit the Constitution Day display titled "We the People" located on the 1st floor of the Michael Schwartz Library (in Rhodes Tower)

Call 216-875-9734 for more information

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-09-08 14:36:41. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Brown Bag Book Clubs at the Cleveland Public Library

Brown Bag Book Club logo

Meet Karen Long, former book editor for The Plain Dealer and current host and sponsor of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (AWBA), as Cleveland Public Library kicks off this season's "Brown Bag Book Clubs at Main Library." This kick-off event will be held at noon on September 3, 2014 at Cleveland Public Library, Main Library, 2nd floor, Literature Department. Karen will discuss all of the 2014 AWBA winners including The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, and My Promised Land by Ari Shavit. A more in-dept discussion of each book will occur weekly beginning Wednesday, Sept. 10, at noon in the Literature Department.

Brown Bag Book Club logo

Karen R. Long served as book editor of The Plain Dealer for eight years before becoming the host and sponsor of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, as a consultant for the Cleveland Foundation. Long is a vice president for the National Book Critics Circle, where she is a judge for its six annual prizes, awarded each March in New York City. A voracious reader since she wore her cat-eyed glasses to kindergarten in Seattle, Long raised three children in Cleveland Heights with husband Joe Frolik.

View/print the flyer of the new season of all book discussions to take place in the Literature Department.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-08-29 08:00:26. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Monday, August 25th, 2014

In the News: League Park

Postcard of League Park
Postcard of League Park, ca. 1911.

by Vern Morrison, Digital Production Assistant, Michael Schwartz Library

Mostly demolished and long neglected, historic League Park, at E. 66th St. and Lexington Avenue, has been refurbished. Built in 1891, the park was the home of the Cleveland Indians until the 1940s, and was also used by the Cleveland Rams football team and by teams from baseball's Negro Leagues.

In recent years, the city of Cleveland has been restoring the park, which now hosts an artificial turf baseball field which will be used by Cleveland high school teams. On Saturday, August 23, 2014, the city had a ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the park.

For Further Reading:

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-08-25 10:10:13. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Library On-Line Service Outages, 8/13/2014-8/23/2014

Due to building-wide electrical maintenance which will necessitate the shutdown of the Library's servers, most of the Michael Schwartz Library's on-line services (including the main website, Scholar, Cleveland Memory, off-campus authentication, etc.) will be unavailable on the following nights (times approximate):
  • Wednesday, August 13, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Monday, August 18, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

  • Wednesday, August 20, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m.

  • Thursday, August 21, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m.

  • Friday, August 22, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 a.m.

Also, the Michael Schwartz Library will be closing at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 18, Aug. 20, Aug. 21, and Aug. 22 to allow time to power down electrical equipment in preparation for the outages.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-08-13 15:52:28. Reply to Jeff_Beuck. Categories: Cleveland Memory, Library News.

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Remembering 10 Cent Beer at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, June 4, 1974

Injured pitcher led off field
A security guard escorts Indians pitcher Tom Hilgendorf from the field after he was hit on the head with a folding chair.

by Vern Morrison, Digital Production Assistant, Michael Schwartz Library

Established in 1901, the Cleveland Indians are a charter member of the American League. From the early days at League Park through the present day at Progressive Field, the Indians have taken part in nearly 9,000 major league games in that span. Cleveland has played host to the greatest players in the history of baseball, including Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, and our own Bob Feller. Clevelanders have watched World Series games here, have seen perfect games pitched here, have seen fielders record unassisted triple plays here.

Of all of those thousands of home games, one of the most famous -- and certainly the one which was the most infamous -- took place in Cleveland Municipal Stadium between the Indians and the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, June 4, 1974. That is a day which will forever live in infamy as Ten Cent Beer Night. The game is not remembered for the play on the field, but rather for the behavior and actions of a few hundred of the 25,000 fans in attendance, many of whom took full advantage of a special promotion enabling them to purchase beer for the low price of ten cents a cup.

Umpire leads a bleeding fan off the field
Umpire Joe Brinkman leads a bleeding fan off the field during the fan riot in the infamous "Ten Cent Beer Night."

With no real restrictions on how many beers one person could buy at that price, many fans began to consume as much beer as they could hold. And perhaps bored with the game itself (the Rangers took an early lead and never trailed), many of these intoxicated fans began to misbehave. Some of them ran out onto the field, not always fully dressed. Others lit firecrackers in the stands, or threw projectiles, including bottles and full cups of beer, onto the field.

Despite repeated pleas for civility and order by team officials over the public address system, the mayhem continued. In the ninth inning, with the score tied at 5-5 and the Indians at bat, one fan tried to steal the cap from the head of Rangers outfielder Jeff Burroughs. Angry and fearful for the safety of his players, Rangers manager Billy Martin led his team, some of whom were brandishing baseball bats, onto the field to defend themselves. In a show of solidarity, some Indians players came out to join them.

But it was no use. Hundreds of fans stormed the field, and as the cliché goes, a melee ensued. Some fans took drunken pokes at Rangers players, at Indians players, and at one another. Indians pitcher Tom Hilgendorf was hit by a folding chair. When umpire Nestor Chylak was himself injured, he'd decided he'd seen enough, and declared the game forfeited to the Rangers.

For a time, the Indians continued to hold promotions involving beer sold at a discount, but they placed and enforced restrictions on how much beer one person could buy, and became less tolerant of rowdy and intoxicated fans.

Like it or not, the memory of Ten Cent Beer Night, like the flaming Cuyahoga River, has become and may forever be part of our city's legacy.

See photos of Ten Cent Beer Night in Cleveland Memory.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-05-22 10:40:52. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory.

Know-It-Now Chat Reference Service Discontinued

As of June 1, 2014, OhioLINK is discontinuing its real-time chat reference service, KnowItNow. The Michael Schwartz Library is currently investigating a replacement for this service, which will be made available this summer.

If you need quick reference help, use our email reference service, or call the Reference Center at (216) 687-5300.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-05-22 09:02:54. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News, Reference.

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

SYSTEMS ALERT: Cleveland Memory Database to be Off-Line for Scheduled Upgrade May 5th

Due to a scheduled software upgrade, the ContentDM server for Cleveland Memory will be off-line from approximately 8 am until noon on Monday May 5, 2014. During this period, visitors to the Cleveland Memory website will be unable to search or otherwise access the digital collections in the ContentDM database.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-05-02 07:19:08. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory, Library News.

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