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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.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Commemorate William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday! Born April 23, 1564

Romeo and Juliet, 1936
From a production of Romeo & Juliet at the Great Lakes Exposition, 1936.

Cleveland Public Library & Great Lakes Theater commemorate William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Cleveland Public Library
Main Library, 2nd Floor

Great Lakes Theater joins the Cleveland Public Library to celebrate the 450th Anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. The Great Lakes staff perform a scene from one of Shakespeare's best-loved plays, Romeo & Juliet!

This will be followed by a Workshop presented by Great Lakes Theater staff. It will culminate in an audience participation recreation of the fight scene between the Capulets and the Montagues in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.

More Shakespeare Celebrations at CPL

Browse Cleveland Press Shakespeare Photographs: 1870-1982 in EngagedScholarship@CSU
Cleveland Press Shakespeare Photographs: 1870-1982, a collection of more than 400 publicity photographs depicting scenes from stage productions, motion pictures, and televised productions are available in EngagedScholarship@CSU, a showcase for research and creative output of Cleveland State University.

Read more about this digital gallery or contact Michael Schwartz Library's Special Collections at 216-687-2449.


Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-04-22 10:48:17. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

ATTN: CSU Students! We Want to Know What You Think! You Could Win Viking Cash

Win Viking Cash

Come to the Michael Schwartz Library and use the Voting Booth to answer one question and you will be entered to win $10 in Viking Cash.

Each person may vote only once. Three winners will be randomly selected at the end of the question period. Winners will be notified by their CSU email account.

The Voting Booth is located to the left of the User Services desk as you come into the Library.

COME IN & VOTE NOW!


Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-04-15 13:30:05. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19, 2014

NLW 2014 logo
National Library Week Celebration Kick-off
Monday April 14, 2014 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Library Connection Lounge, 1st floor
Join us as we kick-off National Library Week. Play Plinko for Prizes for a chance to win a t-shirt and more. There will also be refreshments.
National Library Workers' Day
Tuesday April 15, 2014
NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
School of Library and Information Science at KSU Information Table
Wednesday April 16, 2014 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Library Connection Lounge, 1st foor
Explore career opportunities in Library and Information Science. A representative from Kent State University will be here to answer your questions.
Laura Taxel
Local Authors Book Talk Series: Laura Taxel
Wednesday April 16, 2014 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
RT 503
Join award-winning journalist and author as she provides an engaging discussion and presentation about her book, Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking. To sign up, call 216-875-9734 or email b.i.loomis@csuohio.edu.
Student Focus Group
Thursday April 17, 2014 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
RT 503
We want to know what you think. Join us for FREE pizza and let us know what type of events you would like to see at the Library. Email a.smeraldi@csuohio.edu to sign up.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-04-03 15:38:24. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

LearningExpress Library Has New Interface

LearningExpress Library has a new interface, LearningExpress Library 3.0, that replaces its current website. Return users for LearningExpress Library and for Job & Career Accelerator will need to create new accounts for the new system, since accounts that were set up with LearningExpress Library 2.0 will no longer work with version 3.0.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-03-26 07:28:36. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

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