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Monday, November 25th, 2013

Library Hours for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Hours for the Michael Schwartz Library over the Thanksgiving Holiday are as follows:

  • Wednesday, November 27 ~ 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.*
  • Thursday, November 28 ~ CLOSED
  • Friday, November 29 ~ CLOSED
  • Saturday, November 30 ~ CLOSED
  • Sunday, December 1 ~ 2 pm - 10 pm

*Service is limited to the Library first and second floors only from 6 to 8 pm.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2013-11-25 07:17:28. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Remembering the JFK Assasination November 22, 1963 - PART 2

Press employee faints
Cleveland Press employee, Mrs. Catherine Mills,
faints the day of John F. Kennedy's death.


Photos of the Cleveland Press newsroom taken that day show a frantic staff rushing to get the story to press, all the while dealing with the shock of the tragic event.

In the Press office, people clustered around the chattering teletype machines so deep it was hard for newsmen to work.

Visitors in the office joined the reporters, crying out their stunned disbelief, asked each other: "Is he dead or alive? How could it happen? What kind of country is this anyway?"

One classified ad department employee, Mrs. Catherine Mills, fainted in the City Room when she heard the flash. She was administered oxygen and quickly revived.*

The home delivery of the Cleveland Press was as much as two hours late that evening as more than 125,000 copies of the Home Edition of the Cleveland Press, without news about the assassination, were recalled and delivery trucks were reloaded with the latest edition quite literally ripped from the presses.

Bishop Nelson M. Burroughs of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio expressed the following:

"In John Kennedy, we have a man whose complete devotion to his country was strikingly evident. We honor him for all he has done for us. Thoughts and prayers and support of all Americans will surround the new President in the task he assumes."

In the end, the dreadful events of that day left Greater Clevelanders, along with the rest of nation, to grieve the loss of a "devoted leader" and to ponder an uncertain future with a new one as Head of State.

Read more Press articles about Cleveland's reaction to the assassination.

*"Shock, Grief Grip Big Crowds Here." The Cleveland Press 23 Nov. 1963: A1 and A6. Print.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2013-11-20 10:47:11. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory.

Remembering the JFK Assasination November 22, 1963 - PART 1

The teletypes in the Cleveland Press UPI room came to life with the first reports at 1:34 p.m.:

"DALLAS -- Three shots were fired at President Kennedy's motorcade today in downtown Dallas."

"No casualties were reported."

"The incident occurred ... just east of an underpass leading toward the Trade Mart where the President was to ma--

Then, at 1:39 p.m., the newsfeed took a dire turn:



"Perhaps fatally by bullets."

John F. Kennedy in Cleveland, 1960
Sen. John F. Kennedy addressing a crowd at a
1960 campaign rally at Euclid Beach Park.

President John F. Kennedy was only 46 and, at the time, the youngest president to ever be elected when he was struck down by two bullets while riding in a motorcade on his way to a speaking engagement in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. The youngest president to be elected was also the youngest president to die.

Fifty years have passed since the assassination and many of us who were around then can still recall where they were and what they were doing when they heard the tragic news and the feeling of shock, disbelief, and sadness that followed.

An article* on page one of the Cleveland Press from November 23rd, the day after the assassination, captures the local reaction to the tragedy:

A tremendous, all-engulfing wave of grief and shock, swift and numbing, swept downtown Cleveland this afternoon with the news that President Kennedy had been assassinated.

Up and down Euclid Ave. the word swept like wildfire. Strangers grasped each other by the arm ... "Did you hear? ... The President was shot. ... Terrible. ... Terrible!"

Pedestrians called the news to people on buses, who passed to word to each other ... "What kind of a world is this? ...Who could do such a thing? ... What about Jackie? ... Is he alive? ... Is he dead?"

News of the assassination jammed telephone systems causing, as the Press reported, the worst tie-up of phone facilities in memory. Children were sent home from school, events were cancelled and downtown stores dressed their windows for mourning with black crepe and photos of the deceased president. CONTINUED IN PART 2.

*"Shock, Grief Grip Big Crowds Here." The Cleveland Press 23 Nov. 1963: A1 and A6. Print.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2013-11-20 10:29:50. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

EXHIBIT: The Destruction of the Polish Elite: Operation AB - Katyn

Book Cover for Destruction of the Polish Elite
The Michael Schwartz Library, in partnership with CSU's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Art Gallery, and Polish Studies Initiative, presents a historical exhibit, "The Destruction of the Polish Elite: Operation AB - Katyn" which sheds light on crimes perpetrated by the Third Reich and the Soviet Union at the beginning of World War II and poses questions about the scope of mutual cooperation between these regimes.

Maria Szonert Binienda, President of the Libra Institute, will hold a discussion on this historical event on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm near the exhibit area on the first floor of the Library. The book, titled The Destruction of the Polish Elite: Operation AB - Katyn will be made available for free to attendees.

The exhibit is divided into several thematic blocks. The first depicts the Soviet-German political and military alliance in the years 1939-1941, as well as the joint invasion of Poland, its partition and occupation, during which the cooperative powers introduced their destructive policy towards the citizens of the conquered country. The next sections present the two notorious criminal operations of 1940, first the Massacre in the Katyn Forests, and then the AB Operation*. Exhibit panels reconstruct preparations for the crimes, their course and the major culprits. The exhibit also presents profiles of several victims, including families that fell victim to both aggressors. Finally, the exhibit looks at the big picture of these operations, depicting their geographical range and documenting the lack of punishment for the vast majority of the Third Reich and the USSR officers responsible for these crimes.

This traveling exhibit was prepared by the Public Education Office of the Institute of National Remembrance, Poland and was made available to Cleveland State University by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago. It is located in the Michael Schwartz Library, first floor east, and is open during regular library hours. It will be displayed through November 21, 2013.

*At the beginning of 1940 Germany began preparing the Ausserordentliche Befriedungsaktion--Special Pacification Operation; Operation AB. In connection with the planned activities in the west of Europe, a decision was made to arrest and murder all those suspected of any links to Polish conspiracy. The extermination action was at its highest intensity from May to July 1940.
For more information about the exhibit or lecture, please call 216-875-9734.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2013-11-13 11:26:18. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Math Emporium Grand Opening Celebration: November 19 @2:00

CSU Math Emporium logo
Join us for the Math Emporium Grand Opening Celebration on Tuesday, November 19 at 2:00 on the 2nd floor of the Michael Schwartz Library. The event will include a ribbon cutting, refreshments, and a demonstration of a new teaching approach that is changing the way students learn basic math.

The event is free but please register here.

The Math Emporium is a state-of-the-art learning center on the second floor of the Library (RT 230) where students can interact with adaptive MyMathLab Plus software and a highly skilled instructional team.

For more information, please call 216-875-9734.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2013-11-01 12:16:56. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

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