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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.

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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

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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

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