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Faculty Seminar: E-Journal Update

The Library is presenting a Faculty Seminar on E-Journals on Thursday, November 10, 2005, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in RT 502. The seminar will focus on recent changes and additions to e-journal content available through the Library. The main topics will include the OSearch interface for OhioLINK databases and the Alerting services available in EBSCO databases, the Electronic Journal Center, and Ingenta. For questions or to reserve seats, please call (216) 875-9734.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2005-11-02 12:57:20. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

Faculty, Staff, and Emeriti--Call for Scholarly and Artistic Works

Faculty, staff, and emeriti are encouraged to submit materials they have published in the past year for the 22nd Annual Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library Scholars and Artists reception, which will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2010. The Friends will exhibit materials such as books, scholarly papers, art, music, web sites, or similar works that University faculty, staff, and emeriti have recently published. Each submission will also be included in the Scholars and Artists Bibliography. Download the submission form and send it with your scholarly or artistic works by Wednesday, October 20.

Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2010-09-29 08:36:13. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Faculty, take a library survey for a chance to win an iPod or other prizes

The University Library invites CSU faculty to participate in a nationwide survey, which is designed to collect information on how faculty from a variety of disciplines and institutions use collections of digital resources and search for information about teaching and professional development. Faculty input will help the Library determine how to provide materials to support research and teaching in the most effective manner. This study is funded by the National Science Foundation.

At the end of this survey, you may choose to provide your name and email address in order to be entered into a random drawing. This information will not be associated with survey responses. Participants could win one of the following prizes: the grand prize of an iPOD Nano (one available), a jump drive (2 available), or a "Viking Cash" card worth $20.00 (5 available)-prizes provided by the Friends of the CSU Library.

Click this link to get started: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=324332637529

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2006-10-27 08:47:25. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

Faculty: Have you ever wanted to tell the Library what you really think about its multimedia collection

CSU faculty is invited to participate in an online survey to help the Library evaluate its multimedia collection. Your input will give the Library valuable information that will help improve its services and purchasing decisions. Your responses will remain anonymous but the overall results will be made available to faculty after the close of the survey.

To take the survey, which will take approximately 10 minutes, visit http://html.ulib.csuohio.edu/mmsurvey/mmform.html. The survey will be open through Thursday, April 30, 2009.

If you would like further information, please feel free to contact Fran Mentch, Social & Behavioral Sciences Librarian at f.mentch@csuohio.edu or Carol Zsulya, Head Collection Management and Business/Economics Librarian at c.zsulya@csuohio.edu.

Your participation is greatly appreciated!

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2009-04-23 08:29:20. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Fall Semester Library Hours

Click here for the library's hours and a listing of areas with restricted hours.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2005-09-01 10:48:11. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

Feeding Cleveland Exhibit at CSU Michael Schwartz Library

Cleveland Public School Students
Feeding Cleveland, an exhibit of photographs from Cleveland Memory Project, is on display through March 31, 2010 at the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library (1st floor). The exhibit explores the role urban agriculture played in feeding Cleveland beginning in the early Twentieth Century.

Carolyn Hufford, a recent Kent State University library school graduate and Library Special Collections volunteer, crafted a montage on the Cleveland Public Schools Horticulture Program. Carolyn, herself a Master Gardner, and Barbara Strauss, the Library's Assistant Director for Technical Services and a market gardener, created the exhibit, Feeding Cleveland: Urban Agriculture, using photographs from the Cleveland Press Collection, The Ohio State University, Extension, Cuyahoga County, New Agrarian Center in Oberlin, and an historic collection of materials from Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

On Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 1:30 p.m., Barbara Strauss will present an illustrated talk on the history of the working men's farms during the Great Depression, the victory gardens of World War II, the community gardens established during the years of urban renewal, and the present day market gardeners of the local food movement as examples of revivals of urban agriculture as a response to economic difficulties and opportunities. Mark DiDonato, vermiculturist extraordinaire and teacher in Cleveland Public Schools, will demonstrate the construction of an indoor worm bin which is suitable for composting cooking scraps and creating outstanding soil.

The presentation will be held on the first floor of first floor of the Library and is free and open to the general public.

Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2010-03-01 10:51:55. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Cleveland Memory, Library News.

Feeding Cleveland: Illustrated Presentation & Special Demonstration

Feeding Cleveland Illustrated Presentation & Special Demonstration
Wednesday March 24, 2010
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
CSU Michael Schwartz Library
1st floor
Free and open to the public


On Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. Barbara Strauss, the Library's Assistant Director for Technical Services and a market gardener, will present an illustrated talk on the history of the working men's farms during the Great Depression, the victory gardens of World War II, the community gardens established during the years of urban renewal, and the present day market gardeners of the local food movement as examples of revivals of urban agriculture as a response to economic difficulties and opportunities.

Demonstration
Mark DiDonato, vermiculturist extraordinaire and teacher in Cleveland Public Schools, will demonstrate the construction of an indoor worm bin which is suitable for composting cooking scraps and creating outstanding soil.

Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

Resource materials from the Vermaculture Demonstration, 3/24/2010



The exhibit, Feeding Cleveland, is on display through March 31, 2010 at the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library (first floor). It explores the role urban agriculture played in feeding Cleveland beginning in the early Twentieth Century.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2010-03-17 10:08:46. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Fenn College Memorabilia on display now at the CSU Library

A view of the Fenn College displayFenn College photographs and memorabilia are now on display on the first floor of the Library through the end of June, 2007. Take a look back to the early days of Cleveland State University. Display items include a replica of the front portico of the Johnson house, Fanfare yearbooks, the swim team's warm up suit, and a wide range of photographs. The book titled Fenn College, part of Arcadia Publishing's Campus History Series, is also available for only $19.99. It may be purchased at the User Services desk located on the first floor of the Library or by downloading the order form .

The display is just a small sampling of Fenn College memorabilia. The Cleveland State University Archives, located on the 3rd floor of the Library, includes an exhibition area featuring displays of photographs and memorabilia from Fenn College. The archives' spacious exhibition area features two custom-designed wood display cabinets, one of which was donated by Pi Sigma Tau Alpha members. The cabinets house an exhibit of Pi Sigma Tau Alpha fraternity treasures and a wide range of Fenn College memorabilia. Fenn Alumni can now view artifacts and documents from their college days ranging from sports uniforms and beanies to yearbooks and banners. For more information about the Cleveland State University Archives, visit the CSU archives web site .

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2007-06-08 10:19:34. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Final Common Reading Experience Presentations this Fall: November 17 & November 18

The University's Common Reading Experience continues on Tuesday, November 17 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Library's first floor with its Brown Bag Speaker Series. Professor Robert Wheeler, History Department, will present "Making History" based on the book chosen for this year's program - Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, which all first year CSU students will read as part of their orientation to University life. --THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED--.

The final Common Reading Presentation for this semester will be held on Thursday, November 19 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Theater Arts Building, Main Theater. Professor Michael Mauldin, Theater Department, will present "Copenhagen Alive: How Directors, Designers, and Actors Carry a Play from the Page to the Stage."

Copenhagen, selected by a committee representing faculty, staff, students, and the Library is a Tony Award-winning play that soars at the intersection of science and art. It is an explosive re-imagining of the mysterious wartime meeting between two Nobel laureates to discuss the atomic bomb.

Michael Frayn shows us that these men were passionate, philosophical, and all too human, even though one of the three historical figures in his drama, Werner Heisenberg, was the head of the Nazis' effort to develop a nuclear weapon. The play's other two characters, the Danish physicist Niels Bohr and his wife, Margrethe, are involved with Heisenberg in an after-death analysis of an actual meeting that has long puzzled historians.

CSU faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend.

For more information, visit the Common Learning Experience website at http://library.csuohio.edu/cr/ or contact Paula Bloch, Coordinator, Freshman Orientation, at 687-3734 or p.bloch@csuohio.edu p.bloch@csuohio.edu.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2009-11-13 16:25:37. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Find Help in Tough Times

Link to Find Help in Tough Times

The State Library of Ohio has just launched Find Help in Tough Times, a new one-stop center on their website to help residents quickly locate important information and resources during these difficult economic times.

According to State Librarian Jo Budler, “The State Library understands that this is a challenging time for everyone. We created the Find Help in Tough Times statewide center to highlight the valuable work of state and federal agencies, as well as state and national organizations, and make it easier for people needing assistance to find their services and information.”

Find Help in Tough Times is easily accessible from the State Library website and is divided into six sections that include Employment, Financial, Health & Wellness, Housing, Parenting, and Help for Seniors. Within these sections there are links to help with topics such as finding jobs, training opportunities, services for the unemployed, insurance, home health care, childcare, tax help, and more.

The State Library welcomes feedback on Find Help in Tough Times and asks for residents to share stories about their experiences during these tough times. Some of the stories will be posted so that others may benefit.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2009-06-17 08:06:24. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Find out how to get over 20,000 books at your fingertips!

Do you love books like we do? Can you imagine being able to access more than 20,000 books with just a click of a mouse? Would you like to be able to access Reference books, computer books, government documents, and so much more without leaving your home or office?

The University Library will be holding a faculty seminar to show you some of the advantages of e-books and how to access our collections.

The seminar will be held on November 9, 2006 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in RT 502. There will be light refreshments and door prizes.

To sign up, please call Barbara Florjancic at (216)875-9734 or e-mail at b.florjancic@csuohio.edu.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2006-10-27 08:41:29. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

First Year Experience @ CSU Library

The Cleveland State University Library strives to support first year students in their transition to college by providing resources and services that will assist freshmen in achieving academic success. To help provide the support, the Library now has a web page dedicated to the needs of first year students. For more information contact Ann Marie Smeraldi at a.smeraldi@csuohio.edu.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2008-08-12 09:25:42. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

FREE 60-MINUTE LIBRARY MULTIMEDIA WORKSHOPS

Learn about multimedia technologies you can use to enhance your research projects and class presentations through this series of one-hour workshops featuring technology available in the Library's Multimedia Lab (RT 301).

The workshops include:
-INTRODUCTION TO SCANNING
-USING CD-RS AND CD-RWS
-USING ADOBE PHOTOSHOP TO EDIT SCANNED IMAGES I
-USING ADOBE PHOTOSHOP TO EDIT SCANNED IMAGES II
-CREATING MULTIMEDIA POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
-DIGITIZING VIDEO AND CREATING DVDS

For more information or to sign up, click here

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2005-09-01 15:46:22. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

Free Lecture on March 21: Scholarly Communication, Strategies for Change

Attend Scholarly Communication, Strategies for Change, a lecture by Ray English, Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries, Oberlin College, on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at John Carroll University. English's lecture will address questions such as:

* Why is it important for the academic community to exercise greater control of its scholarship?
* How does the current system of scholarly publishing erode authors' rights?
* What are the alternatives for dissemination and preservation of scholarship?
* How can we ensure the retention of rights to the intellectual property created on our campuses?

In addition to being Director of Libraries at Oberlin College, Ray English chairs both the Association of College and Research Libraries' Scholarly Communications Committee and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resource Coalition Steering Committee. He was named Academic/Research Librarian of 2006 by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Scholarly Communication, Strategies for Change is a free event that is open to the public. No reservations are necessary. The lecture will be held in the Muer Room of John Carroll University's Grasselli Library, 20700 North Park Blvd., University Heights, OH, 44118. For directions to JCU and Grasselli Library, follow this link. For additional information about the lecture, contact Jeanne Somers, Director, Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center at 216-397-3053 or jsomers@jcu.edu.

More information about the crisis in scholarly publishing is available from OhioLINK's Web site, the Challenge for Ohio Higher Education - Providing Access to Scholarly Publishing.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2007-03-02 16:19:43. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

FREEDOM: New American Perspectives

In conjunction with "FREEDOM: A Visual Arts Exhibit," the Cleveland Public Library will present a moderated panel discussion of the new American experience featuring Panelists from 7 countries.

The discussion will be followed by the opportunity to sample foods from several continents/nations and groove to music by the reggae group The Carlos Jones Band.

Join us at the table for a cultural exchange of food and ideas!

Sunday, March 25, 2007, 2-4 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Branch Library
1962 Stokes Blvd.
216-623-7018


Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2007-03-07 15:08:19. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

Friends of Cleveland State University Launch Local Authors Book Talk program, featuring Thrity Umrigar.

Space between usCopies of Thrity Umrigar's book The Space Between Us are available for check out at the Cleveland State University Library.

Thrity UmrigarThe Friends of the Cleveland State University Library will launch a "Local Authors Book Talk" program, with novelist and journalist Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between Us. The program will be held on Wednesday, April 26 at the Cleveland State University Library, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Rhodes Tower, room 503, from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. The book talk is free and open to the community.

Ms. Umrigar will read from her new novel, which will be followed by a question and answer session. The Space Between Us tells the story of the lives of two women, one a upper middle class Bombayite and the other a domestic servant who has worked in her home for many years. It's a story about the bonds of gender and the divisions of class. Her book was the number one BookSense pick for February 2006 and has been on several regional bestseller lists.

Copies of The Space Between Us will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture. Light refreshments will be served. Copies are also available for check out at the Cleveland State University Library.

Thrity Umrigar is also the author of the novel Bombay Time and the memoir First Darling of the Morning. A journalist for 17 years, she now teaches creative writing at Case Western Reserve University. She has a Ph.D. in English and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 1999-2000.

The Space Between Us was the number one BookSense pick for February 2006 and has been on several regional bestseller lists. The Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, "A ruminative novel . . . layered with keen, feminine insight into class and family, betrayal, guilt and love. Umrigar is at her best conveying the small moments that sustain or degrade the minuet of intimacy."


Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2006-03-24 15:52:55. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

Friends of Library Book Talk with President Michael Schwartz and Professor William Bowen

President Michael Schwartz and Professor William Bowen will discuss their important new book, "The Chief Purpose of Universities," at a special Library program on Thursday, September 22, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. in the Special Collections area on the third floor of the Library in Rhodes Tower.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the CSU Library. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend to hear what the President and a senior faculty member in the College of Urban Affairs really think about the state of academic discourse in the nation's universities.

Light refreshments will be served.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2005-09-19 15:15:43. Reply to Tracy_Kemp. Categories: Library News.

Friends of the Library 2011-2012 Book Discussions

Friends of the Library 2011-2012 Book Discussions
All book discussions begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be led by CPL's Richard Fox
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University
Free and open to the public

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Let the Great World Spin
by Colum McCann
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, looking up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann's stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people. Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author's most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Henrietta Lacks, a poor southern tobacco farmer, was buried in an unmarked grave sixty years ago. Yet her cells -- taken without her knowledge -- became one of the most important tools in medical research. Known to science as HeLA, the first "immortal" Human cells grown in culture are still alive today, and have been bought and sold by the millions. Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey from the "colored" ward of John Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to East Baltimore today, where Henrietta's family struggles with her legacy.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is also Cleveland State University's Common Reading book choice for 2011/2012.

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Spring book discussions include: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson: February 15, 2012: World and Town by Gish Jen: March 14,2012; The Paris Wife by Paula McLain and suggested reading accompaniment: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway: April 4, 2012

(Note: The Annual Local Author program will feature Paula McLain, who will visit the Library in mid-April).

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

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2011-08-09 16:15:12. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Friends of the Library 2012 Events

Friends of the Library 2012 Events
All book discussions begin at 3:00 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University
Free and open to the public

In the Garden of Beasts

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
by Erik Larson
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, this bestselling author turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. "Larson has meticulously researched the Dodds' intimate witness to Hitler's ascendancy and created an edifying narrative of this historical byway that has all the pleasures of a political thriller. . . a fresh picture of these terrible events."


World and Town

World and Town
by Gish Jen
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 (NEW DATE!)

From the much-loved author of Who's Irish? and The Love Wife, a world-sized novel set in a small New England Town. Hattie Kong--the spirited offspring of a descendant of Confucius and an American missionary to China--has, in her fiftieth year of living in the United States, lost both her husband and her best friend to cancer. It is an utterly devastating loss, of course, and also heartbreakingly absurd: a little, she thinks, "like having twins. She got to book the same church with the same pianist for both funerals and did think she should have gotten some sort of twofer from the crematorium." Moving, humorous, compassionate, and expansive, World and Town is as rich in character as it is brilliantly evocative of its time and place.

Paris Wife

The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

(suggested reading accompaniment: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway)

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness--until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group--the fabled "Lost Generation"--that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Annie Jouan-Westlund, CSU's Associate Professor of French, will lead this discussion.

Author, Paula McLain

Coming April 11!
3:00 - 4:30 pm
CSU Michael Schwartz Library
RT 503

The Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series will feature Paula McLain, who will visit the Library on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 to discuss her New York Times best seller, A Paris Wife. Paula McLain is the author of Like Family,, a highly regarded memoir of life in foster care, two collections of poems, as well as A Ticket to Ride, her acclaimed first novel of growing up in the 1970s. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, holds an MFA from the University of Michigan.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2012-01-09 17:11:07. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Friends of the Library 2012-2013 Book Discussions

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The Friends of the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library presents its 2012/2013 Brown Bag Book Discussion Series. The first discussion features Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston on Thursday September 13 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Michael Schwartz Library, Rhodes Tower, room 503. The discussion is in collaboration with the Academic Conference titled "Watching God and Reading Hurston*," which celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the publication of Their Eyes Were Watching God, one of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature. Meet Conference Director and Associate Professor of History at CSU, Dr. Regennia Williams, who will lead the conversation.

Zora Neale Hurston's beloved 1937 classic is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose. A true literary wonder, Hurston's masterwork remains as relevant and affecting today as when it was first published - perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature. Their Eyes Were Watching God has been included in the Library of Congress exhibition "Books That Shaped America" as it reflects "our nation's unique and extraordinary literary heritage."

Refreshments will be provided.
Please call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu for more information about the book discussion.

More in discussions in the series:

  • Iron Heel by Jack London: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at noon
  • Doc by Mary Doria Russell: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at noon
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachael Maddow: Thursday, April 4 at noon

*"Watching God and Reading Hurston: An International Interdisciplinary Academic Conference" will be held from September 19 through 22, 2012 at Cleveland State University and is open to all CSU faculty, staff, and students as well as the general public. Early registration deadline is September 15, 2012 (Encouraged for those interested in attending full conference with meal functions). Walk-in Registration: September 15 - 22, 2012. For more information, please contact Dr. Regennia Williams, Conference Director and Founder and Director of The Initiative for the Study of Religion and Spirituality in the History of Africa and the Diaspora (RASHAD) and The Cleveland Chautauqua Program at 216-523-7182 or r.williams@csuohio.edu.

Friends of the Library Book Discussion
Their Eyes Were Watching God
By Zora Neale Hurston
Discussion Leader: Dr. Regennia Williams, Associate Professor of History at CSU
Thursday, September 13, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Michael Schwartz Library
1860 East 22nd Street
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Cleveland
Free and open to the general public

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2012-09-04 11:16:09. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

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.

Book

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.

Book

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 House.com). 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.

Book

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.


Book

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 b.i.loomis@csuohio.edu.


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Friends of the Library Book Discussion - The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

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Book Discussion
The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(suggested reading accompaniment: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway)
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the general public

Join the Friends of the Library on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the Michael Schwartz Library, RT 503 to discuss The Paris Wife by Cleveland poet and novelist Paula McClain. Annie Jouan-Westlund, CSU's Associate Professor of French, will lead this discussion.

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness--until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group--the fabled "Lost Generation -- that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald." Read more about the book.

Paula McLain

Coming April 11!
3:00 - 4:30 pm
CSU Michael Schwartz Library
RT 503

The Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series will feature Paula McLain, who will visit the Library on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 to discuss her New York Times best seller, The Paris Wife. Paula McLain is the author of Like Family,, a highly regarded memoir of life in foster care, two collections of poems, as well as A Ticket to Ride, her acclaimed first novel of growing up in the 1970s. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, holds an MFA from the University of Michigan.

To reserve a seat or for more information call 216-875-9734.

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Friends of the Library Book Discussion - World and Town by Gish Jen

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Book Discussion
World and Town
by Gish Jen
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the general public

Join the Friends of the Library on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the Michael Schwartz Library, RT 503 to discuss World and Town by novelist and short story writer Gish Gen. Glenda Thornton, Director of the Michael Schwartz Library, CSU, will lead the book discussion.

From the much-loved author of Who's Irish? and The Love Wife, a world-sized novel set in a small New England Town. Hattie Kong--the spirited offspring of a descendant of Confucius and an American missionary to China--has, in her fiftieth year of living in the United States, lost both her husband and her best friend to cancer. It is an utterly devastating loss, of course, and also heartbreakingly absurd: a little, she thinks, "like having twins. She got to book the same church with the same pianist for both funerals and did think she should have gotten some sort of twofer from the crematorium." Moving, humorous, compassionate, and expansive, World and Town is as rich in character as it is brilliantly evocative of its time and place.

To reserve a seat or for more information call 216-875-9734.

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Friends of the Library Book Discussion - Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks March 26, 2014 at 3:00 in RT 503

Book cover for aleb's Crossing

Michael Schwartz Library
1860 East 22nd Street
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Cleveland State University
Free and open to the general public
Refreshments

Join the Friends to discuss Caleb's Crossing by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks, who takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College.

About the book
The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island's glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the tow forge a tentative friendship that draws each in the world of the other. Bethia's minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe's shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite, There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb's crossing of cultures. In Caleb's Crossing, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure (Penguin Books). A New York Times bestseller.
All are welcome!

For more information, call 216-875-9734.


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Friends of the Library Book Discussion - The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Book Cover for The Corrections

Book Discussion Led by Richard Fox
The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen
Wednesday,September 15, 2010
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the general public

Join the Friends of the Library as Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, leads the first book discussion of the fall semester.

Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections has taken the literary scene by storm, from its hilarious portrayal of a dysfunctional American family to its insightful jabs at the rat race of contemporary American life. After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is succumbing to Parkinson's disease and dementia, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home. Winner of the National Book Award.

Call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu to reserve a seat or for more information.

Find out more about upcoming Friends of the Library Book Discussions.

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Friends of the Library Book Discussion-- Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell

Book cover for Dreamers of the Day
Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library
Book Discussion led by Richard Fox
Dreamers of the Day
by Mary Doria Russell
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
RT 503
Free and open to the general public


Join the Friends of the Library as Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, leads the last book discussion of the spring semester. With prose as graceful and effortless as a seductive float down the Nile, Mary Doria Russell illuminates the long, rich history of the Middle East with a story that brilliantly elucidates today's headlines.

In Dreamers of the Day, Agnes Shanklin, a forty-year-old schoolteacher from Ohio, has come into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt and the Holy Land. Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel just as the 1921 Cairo Peace Conference convenes, she is freed for the first time from her mother's withering influence and finds herself being wooed by a handsome, mysterious German. At the same time, Agnes - with her plainspoken American opinions - is drawn into the company of Winston Churchill, T. E. Lawrence, and Lady Gertrude Bell, who will, in the space of a few days, redraw the world map to create the modern Middle East. As they change history, Agnes too will find her own life transformed forever. -- Ballantine Books

Mary Doria Russell is the author of The Sparrow, Children of God, and A Thread of Grace. Her novels have won nine national and international literary awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the James Tiptree Award, and the American Library Association Readers Choice Award. The Sparrow was selected as one of Entertainment Weekly's ten best books of the year, and A Thread of Grace was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

In addition to this book discussion, led by Richard Fox, Mary Doria Russell will visit Cleveland State University on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 as part of the Local Authors Book Talk Series.

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Friends of the Library Book Discussion of The Line by Olga Grushin--March 30

Book cover for The Line
Join the Friends of the Library on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 3:00 in the Michael Schwartz Library, RT 503 to discuss the transformative novel, The Line by Olga Gurshin. Richard Fox, the Head of CPL's Popular Library, will lead book discussion.

Gurshin's stunning debut drew praise that placed her in the top rank of young literary voices. Now she returns with that rarity: a second novel even more dazzling than her first. The Line: the universal symbol of scarcity and bureaucracy that exists wherever petty officials are let loose to abuse their powers. The line begins to form on the rumor that a famous exiled composer is returning to Moscow to conduct his last symphony. Tickets will be limited. Nameless faces join the line, jostling for preferred position. But as time passes and the seasons change and the ticket kiosk remains shuttered, these anonymous souls take on individual shape. Unlikely friendships are forged, long-buried memories spring to life, and a year-long wait is rewarded with unexpected acts of kindness.

Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series Continues on April 13

The Friends welcome local author Kelly Boyer Sagert, who will discuss her book, Joe Jackson, A Biography (Baseball's All-time Greatest Hitters. Sagert's biography of "Shoeles Joe" traces the life of one of baseball's master hitters and one of its most controversial players. Discussion followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing. Refreshments will be served.
This event is free and open to the public, but call 216-875-9734 or email reservations to reserve a seat.

More on Kelly Boyer Sagert's book talk

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Friends of the Library Book Discussion on acclaimed book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Book cover for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Thursday, September 27, 2007
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Library)
Free and open to the community


Mr. Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library, will lead a book discussion one of the most discussed, acclaimed, and debated novels in recent memory, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer. Through the eyes of his nine-year-old protagonist, Foer has written what is acknowledged by many as the first great novel about September 11. The book is available for checkout at the Library.
Refreshments will be served.
Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

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Friends of the Library Book Discussion-- On Bullshit

On Tuesday, February 28th, Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library, will lead a book discussion on the title, On Bullshit, by Harry G. Frankfurt. The author, Harry G. Frankfurt, is a renowned moral philosopher and Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton University. Several copies of this very small, pocket-sized tome, are available for check-out now in the Library. So pick up your copy and plan to attend this book discussion on Tuesday, February 28th, at 3:00 p.m. in the Library, RT 503. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

"A gem of psychological insight, social commentary, philosophical analysis, and good humor. This is the work of an extraordinarily acute, attentive, and versatile philosopher who has succeeded in addressing an audience comprised of both other philosophers and the general public on a topic of considerable human interest in a characteristically wry and engaging way. It is one of the most enjoyable and humanly illuminating short pieces of philosophy produced in the past fifty years."--Raymond Geuss, University of Cambridge

"The most audacious of the ancient alchemists desired to transmute lead into gold. They never succeeded. Who would have known that they should have started not with a base metal, but with bullshit? Harry Frankfurt offers a philosophical analysis of bullshit that is golden. The prose by turns employs irony, broad humor, and tongue-in-cheek high seriousness while at the same time manages to have a rigorous logical coherence that is always impressive. One leaves the essay not merely thinking it was a delight. One leaves it realizing that one has engaged the accomplishment of a great analyst and thinker."--William Chester Jordan, Professor of History, Princeton University

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Friends of the Library Book Discussion on the New York Times best seller MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH by Michael Chabon.

Bookcover from The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
at Cleveland State University Library
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Library)
Free and open to the community

Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library, will lead a book discussion on the acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Mysteries of Pittsburgh, by Michael Chabon. Set in industrial Pittsburgh in the mid-eighties, Michael Chabon's breakthrough coming-of-age novel chronicles the last summer of Art Bechstein's youth. Art meets the witty and beautiful Arthur Lecomte, who then introduces Art to the equally stunning Jane, her boyfriend, the legendary Cleveland, and worldly, exotic, and slightly eccentric Phlox. In the course of one summer, this band of colorful friends guides and thwarts Art in surprising ways as he confronts himself, his family, his sexuality, and the heartache of growing up.

About the author. Michael Chabon was born in Washington, D.C. and is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. His first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, was a national bestseller and was compared by critics to the best of Fitzgerald and Salinger. Upon publication of his second novel, Wonder Boys, he was hailed by The Washington Post Book World as "the young star of American letters." His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker and in Gentlemen's Quarterly.

Copies of Mysteries of Pittsburgh are available for check out at the CSU Library and on sale at the CSU bookstore.

Plan to attend this popular book discussion series. Call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu to reserve a seat. Refreshments will be served.

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Friends of the Library Book Discussion Series, Author Visit & More

Book Covers

The Friends of the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library presents its 2012/2013 Brown Bag Book Discussion Series. The discussions are free and open to the CSU campus and the general community. Call 216-875-9734 for more information. Mark your calendars and join the conversation!
Discussions begin at noon in Rhodes Tower 503.

  • Iron Heel by Jack London; Thursday, February 14, 2013
  • Doc by Maria Doria Russell; Thursday, March 21, 2013
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, by Rachel Maddow; Thursday, April 4, 2013
Mary Doria Russell

Best seller Mary Doria Russell will visit CSU in the Spring
The Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series will feature Mary Doria Russell, who will visit CSU on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at noon in RT 503 to discuss her new fiction, Doc, which examines the Old West of Doc Holliday and Dodge City.

Mary Doria Russell

Gone With the Wind Excursion
Are you a Gone With the Wind enthusiast? If so, mark your calendar for Friday, March 15, 2013 for a one day excursion that will immerse you in all things Gone With the Wind! Take a chartered bus with the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library to Cadiz, Ohio, for a tour of the Clark Gable birthplace and museum, lunch, book and film discussion and more!

A nominal fee will be charged -- Details are forthcoming. Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

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Friends of the Library Book Discussion: The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies

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Book Discussion
Robertson Davies
The Rebel Angels
Thursday, May 7, 2009
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the CSU Library)
Free and open to the community
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, will return to lead a book discussion on The Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies. In this astoundingly funny book, Davies both lampoons academia and shows his love for it and for the wisdom it produces.

On one level, Davies' novel is "about" four academics: Maria Theotoky, the brilliant, beautiful graduate student; her adviser, the ascetic Dr. Hollier; Simon Darcourt, the bon vivant priest; and Parlabane, once an outstanding scholar, now sycophant to his former classmates. Then there is the basic plot theme: Who will end up with the girl? Standard stuff. Yet the real focus here is on the spiritual and/or mystical personal explorations of the main characters (from Library Journal review).

The Rebel Angels is available for checkout at the CSU Library and on sale at Amazon.com.

The event is free and open to CSU faculty, staff, and students and to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

Call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu to reserve a seat or for more information.

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Friends of the Library Book Discussion: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

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Thursday, November 29, 2007
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Library)
Free and open to the community
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library


Join Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library, as he leads a book discussion about the provocative new book by Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Can we really live without junk food? Kingsolver describes how her family was changed by "deliberately eating food produced from the same place where we worked, went to school, loved our neighbors, drank the water, and breathed the air." Barbara Kingsolver's first nonfiction narrative will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life is available for check out at the CSU Library.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 216-875-9734.

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Friends of the Library Book Discussion: Beyond the River by Ann Hagedorn

Book jacket
Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad
by Ann Hagedorn
Book Discussion led by Richard Fox
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Friends of the CSU Michael Schwartz Library

On Wednesday, November 18, 2009, the campus community is invited to attend the Friends of the Library book discussion on Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad by Ann Hagedorn. From the highest hill above the town of Ripley, Ohio, you can see five bends in the Ohio River. You can see the hills of northern Kentucky and the rooftops of Ripley's riverfront houses. And you can see what the abolitionist John Rankin saw from his house at the top of that hill, where for nearly forty years he placed a lantern each night to guide fugitive slaves to freedom beyond the river.

The discussion, led by Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library, begins at 3:00 in Rhodes Tower, Room 503. Refreshments will be served.

Mark your calendar:
Spring book discussions include: Lies Will Take You Somewhere, by Sheila Schwartz, Wednesday, January 27; People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks; Wednesday, February 24; and Dreamers of the Day by Mary Doria Russell, Wednesday, March 31. And as part of the Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series, Mary Doria Russell, winner of nine national and international literary awards, will visit CSU on April 14, 2010 at 3:00 in RT 503.
For more information, please call 216-875-9734 or visit http://net.ulib.csuohio.edu/scripts/blog/showtopic.php?thread=394
All books for these events are available for checkout at the Michael Schwartz Library and on sale at the CSU Bookstore.

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Friends of the Library Book Discussion: Lies Will Take You Somewhere

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Book Discussion of Lies Will Take You Somewhere
by Sheila Schwartz

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
3:00 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Cleveland State University
Michael Schwartz Library
1860 East 22nd Street


Join the Friends on January 27 for a book discussion of Lies Will Take You Somewhere by Sheila Schwartz. In a voice reminiscent of Cynthia Ozick, this Jewish/Gothic novel renders the fracture and healing of the Rosen family. Jane Rosen leaves her three daughters and husband Saul, a rabbi, to care for her mother in Florida. In Jane's absence, Saul discovers-through the deathbed confession of a man in his congregation-that his wife had an affair ten years earlier. Enraged, he ostracizes Jane from the family and strands her in Florida with her grief.

Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library, will lead the book discussion

About the Author
Sheila Schwartz was Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the English Department at CSU from 1990 until her untimely death in November 2008.

Her short-story collection, published by Pushcart Press in 1991, won Pushcart's ninth annual Editor's Book Award and was listed by USA Today as one of the year's best books. Her work was printed in Pushcart Prize Anthology Volume XIV and such publications as the Atlantic Monthly and Ploughshares.

Future Book Discussions

People of the Book
by Geraldine Brooks
Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dreamers of the Day
by Mary Doria Russell
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

For more information, visit http://net.ulib.csuohio.edu/scripts/blog/showtopic.php?thread=394 or call 216-875-9734

Coming in April
Mary Doria Russell will visit CSU on April 14, 2010 as part of the Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series.

Sponsored by the Friends of the CSU Michael Schwartz Library.

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Friends of the Library Book Discussion--No Impact Man by Colin Beavan

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Book Discussion led by Richard Fox
No Impact Man
by Colin Beavan
Wednesday, November 3,2010
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, Room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the general public


Join the Friends of the Library as Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, lead the final book discussion of the fall semester.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010
What does it really take to live eco-effectively? For one year, Colin Beavan swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic, became a bicycle nut, and tried to save the planet from envioronmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife along for the ride. Together they attempted to make zero impact on the environment while living right in the heart of Manhattan, and this is the sensatioanl, funny. and consciousness-raising story of how they did it. With No Impact Man/, Beavan found that no-impact living is worthwhile--richer, fuller, and more satisfying in the bargain. No Impact Man is this year's book for the Common Reading Experience.

Spring book discussions include Little Bee by Chris Cleave, Wednesday, February 23 and The Line by Olga Grushin, Wednesday, March 30. Find out more about upcoming Friends of the Library Book Discussion.

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Friends of the Library Book Discussions

Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library, will once again lead the book discussions.
The events are free and open to the public and begin at 3:00 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University
1860 East 22nd Street

The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen
Sept. 15, 2010

Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections has taken the literary scene by storm, from its hilarious portrayal of a dysfunctional American family to its insightful jabs at the rat race of contemporary American life. After almost 50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is succumbing to Parkinson's disease and dementia, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

No Impact Man
by Colin Beavan
Nov. 3, 2010

What does it really take to live eco-effectively? For one year, Colin Beavan swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic, became a bicycle nut, and tried to save the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife along for the ride. Together they attempted to make zero impact on the environment while living right in the heart of Manhattan, and this is the sensational, funny, and consciousness-raising story of how they did it. With No Impact Man, Beavan found that no-impact living is worthwhile--and richer, fuller, and more satisfying in the bargain.
No Impact Man is also CSU's Common Reading book choice for 2010/2011.

Little Bee
by Chris Cleave
Feb. 23, 2011

From the author of the international bestseller Incendiary comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers - one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London. "...immensely readable and moving ...While the pretext of Little Bee initially seems contrived-two strangers, a British woman and a Nigerian girl, meet on a lonely African beach and become inextricably bound through the horror imprinted on their encounter-its impact is hardly shallow. Rather than focusing on postcolonial guilt or African angst, Cleave uses his emotionally charged narrative to challenge his readers' conceptions of civility, of ethical choice"-New York Times.

The Line
by Olga Grushin
March 30, 2011

Grushin's stunning debut drew praise that placed her in the top rank of young literary voices. Now she returns with that rarity: a second novel even more dazzling than her first. The line: the universal symbol of scarcity and bureaucracy that exists wherever petty officials are let loose to abuse their powers. The line begins to form on the rumor that a famous exiled composer is returning to Moscow to conduct his last symphony. Tickets will be limited. Nameless faces join the line, jostling for preferred position. But as time passes and the seasons change and the ticket kiosk remains shuttered, these anonymous souls take on individual shape. Unlikely friendships are forged, long-buried memories spring to life, and a year-long wait is rewarded with unexpected acts of kindness that ease the bleakness of harshly lived lives.

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Friends of the Library Book Discussions & Events for Spring 2014

Book cover for Destiny of a Republic

Book Discussion for February

The Friends of the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library continue their Book Discussion and Local Author Book Talk Series this spring. Join the Friends for a book discussion of Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and Murder of a President by Candice Millard on Wednesday February 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library, Rhodes Tower, Room 503.

James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. This is an extraordinary account of his rise from poverty, the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy. Written by the bestselling author of The River of Doubt, Candice Millard. (See below for more information about a James. A. Garfield Excursion on March 14).

Upcoming in March...

The Friends will meet again on March 26, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in RT 503 to discuss Caleb's Crossing. Pulitzer Prize-winner Geraldine Brooks takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. In Caleb's Crossing, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure (Penguin Books). A New York Times bestseller.

Meet Local Author Laura Taxel in April

Laura Taxel

The Friends of the Library Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series will feature Laura Taxel, who will visit CSU on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library, Rhodes Tower, Room 503. Laura Taxel is an award-winning journalist and author and she will provide an engaging discussion and presentation about the Market and her three year odyssey of researching and writing Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking, coauthored with Marilou Suszko. Her book chronicles the history of one of the oldest municipally-owned and-operated retail food markets in America. Using stories, memories and photos, she takes readers on a tour of the building, into the lives of vendors and shoppers, and give them a deeper, richer understanding of the foods, traditions, and rituals that are part of the Market culture. Book signing opportunity. Refreshments from the West Side Market will be served. Call 216-875-9734 to register for this free event.

Save the date for the Friends of the Library Second Annual Spring Break EXCURSION: MARCH 14, 2014!

The Friends of the Library are planning a James A. Garfield excursion on Friday, March 14, 2014, during CSU's spring break. Take a chartered bus from Cleveland to the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, located in Mentor Ohio. You can take a guided tour of the home Garfield acquired in 1876, explore the Visitor Center, a restored carriage barn built in 1894, or walk the tranquil park grounds. Lunch will follow at a local restaurant, which includes a discussion of Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and Murder of a President by Candice Millard and more.

REGISTER today! Call 216-875-9734 for more information.


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Friends of the Library Book Discussion--Thurs. Sept. 28 at 3:00 in RT 503.

Friends of the Library Book Discussion

Save your seats now for the Friends of the Cleveland State University Library book discusion to be held in Rhodes Tower room 503 from 3-4:30 pm Thursday. Sept. 28th.

Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library, will lead a book discussion on the title, The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion, a master essayist and great American novelist.

Light refreshments will be served. Please call (216)875-9734 to reserve a space for this free event.

Several copies of the Year of Magical Thinking are now available at the CSU Library and on sale at the CSU Bookstore.

Find out more.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale on Thursday, April 19

As a part of the National Library Week celebration, there will be a special book sale in the Library on Thursday, April 19, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be plenty of great deals on books and records. The sale will be held on the first floor of the Library. If you would like to donate books to the Friends of the Library book sale, please contact Terri Greer at (216) 687-2481 or t.greer@csuohio.edu

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Friends of the Library Honor CSU President Emeritus Michael Schwartz as Well as Nearly 80 Faculty, Emeriti, and Staff

Dr. Michael Schwartz and portrait

The campus community was invited to attend the 21st Annual Scholars and Artists Reception on November 12, 2009 where former Cleveland State University president Dr. Michael Schwartz was the guest of honor. The annual event, sponsored by the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library, celebrates the creativity of CSU faculty, emeriti and staff for their recently published books, scholarly papers, art, music, web sites, and other works. This year, almost 80 honorees were represented by 173 submissions of work.

The highlight of the well-attended event was the honored guest himself, Dr. Michael Schwartz, President Emeritus of Cleveland State University. This event was in celebration of the University Library's recent name change to the the Michael Schwartz Library and to recognize Dr. Schwartz's long support of the Library as the "heart of the University."

Renderings of signage to come in the library

Attendees to the reception were treated to a peek at the portrait of Dr. Schwartz by Rob Hartshorn, which will hang at a place of honor within the library, as well as a rendering of how the new sign for the Michael Schwartz Library will appear once it is installed across the top of the library doors in the lobby of Rhodes Tower.

During the event, Tony Bakale, President of the CSU Alumni Association, presented Dr. Schwartz with a gift, a painting by CSU Alumna Gail Laba, Class of '85 depicting the CSU campus. Other speakers included Mary Jane Saunders, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Michael Wells, President of the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library, and Glenda Thornton, Director of the Michael Schwartz Library. The reception was sponsored by Cleveland State University Advancement.

Tony Bakale unveils the gift
Dr. Schwartz with Family

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Friends of the Library Scholars & Artists Reception featuring Jennie Jones

Jennie Jones
Jennie Jones (photo by Jaimie Janos)

Friends of the Library
Scholars & Artists Reception
Featuring Jennie Jones, Professional Architectural and Fine Art Photographer who will present
"Cleveland: A Personal Journey"
Thursday, October 28, 2010
3:00 p.m.
1st Floor Michael Schwartz Library

Join the Friends of the Library as they celebrate the 22nd Annual Scholars & Artist Reception on Thursday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m.

The featured speaker is Jennie Jones, a professional architectural and fine art photographer, who recently donated some 22,000 images from her life's work in Cleveland to CSU Michael Schwartz Library. A celebrated author, she will be presenting a lively, illustrated lecture titled, Cleveland: A Personal Journey."

If you love Cleveland, you will enjoy this 25 year odyssey of places we all know and love.

Scholarly and Artistic works by CSU faculty, staff, and emeriti will also be on display.
The event is free and open to the general public, but please call 216-875-9734 to reserve a seat.

A Sampling of Photographs by Jennie Jones:
Click on photo to see enlarged version

Allen Theatre Rotunda
The Allen Theatre Rotunda
City Hall
City Hall
Ameritrust Rotunda
Ameritrust Rotunda
West Sixth
West Sixth
Hope Memorial Bridge with skyline
Hope Memorial Bridge with
skyline
Cuyahoga County Courthouse detail
Cuyahoga County Courthouse
detail of Indian head

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Friends of the Library Spring Book Discussions

Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library, will lead the book discussions in this series.
The events are free and open to the public and begin at 3:00 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University
1860 East 22nd Street

Little Bee
by Chris Cleave
Feb. 23, 2011

From the author of the international bestseller Incendiary comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers - one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London. "...immensely readable and moving ...While the pretext of Little Bee initially seems contrived - two strangers, a British woman and a Nigerian girl, meet on a lonely African beach and become inextricably bound through the horror imprinted on their encounter - its impact is hardly shallow. Rather than focusing on postcolonial guilt or African angst, Cleave uses his emotionally charged narrative to challenge his readers' conceptions of civility, of ethical choice" --New York Times.

The Line
by Olga Grushin
March 30, 2011

Grushin's stunning debut drew praise that placed her in the top rank of young literary voices. Now she returns with that rarity: a second novel even more dazzling than her first. The line: the universal symbol of scarcity and bureaucracy that exists wherever petty officials are let loose to abuse their powers. The line begins to form on the rumor that a famous exiled composer is returning to Moscow to conduct his last symphony. Tickets will be limited. Nameless faces join the line, jostling for preferred position. But as time passes and the seasons change and the ticket kiosk remains shuttered, these anonymous souls take on individual shape. Unlikely friendships are forged, long-buried memories spring to life, and a year-long wait is rewarded with unexpected acts of kindness that ease the bleakness of harshly lived lives.


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Friends of the Library Spring Programs

This spring, the Friends of the Library is planning a number of exciting programs. The ever-popular Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, will return to lead two book discussions:

  • Wednesday, March 4, 2009. Supreme Courtship by bestselling author Christopher Buckley. In this hilarious novel, the President of the United States, ticked off at the Senate for rejecting his nominees, decides to get even by nominating America's most popular TV judge to the Supreme Court (excerpt from Twelve Publishers). Supreme Courtship is on sale now at the CSU Bookstore and available for checkout at the Library.


  • Thursday, May 7, 2009. Rebel Angels by Robertson Davies. On one level, Davies' novel is "about" four academics: Maria Theotoky, the brilliant, beautiful graduate student; her adviser, the ascetic Dr. Hollier; Simon Darcourt, the bon vivant priest; and Parlabane, once an outstanding scholar, now sycophant to his former classmates. Then there is the basic plot theme: Who will end up with the girl? Standard stuff. Yet the real focus here is on the spiritual and/or mystical personal explorations of the main characters (from Library Journal review). Rebel Angels is available for checkout at the CSU Library and on sale at Amazon.com.


And, on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, the Friends Local Authors Book Talk Series continues. Cleveland author Kristin Ohlson will visit CSU to discuss her experiences in Afghanistan and her book Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil (co-written with Deborah Rodriguez). There will also be a question and answer session followed by a book signing. Books will be on sale courtesy of the CSU bookstore.
Kabul Beauty School is a remarkable tale of an extraordinary community of women who come together and learn the arts of perms, friendship, and freedom. Kristin Ohlson's book is on sale now at the CSU bookstore and available for checkout from the CSU Library.

Refreshments will be provided at all these events, which are free and open to the public. They will all be held in the Library, RT 503 at 3:00. Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

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Friends of the Library/Common Reading Experience Book Discussion - Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi Books Cover

The Campus Community is invited to attend The Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library book discussion of Life of Pi by Yann Martel. This Booker Prize winning novel is at once a realistic, rousing adventure and a meta-tale of survival that explores the redemptive power of storytelling and the transformative nature of fiction. It will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., in the Library, RT 503. The event is in collaboration with the University's Common Reading Experience in which first-year students enrolled in ASC 101: Introduction to University Life participate. Carrie Love, lecturer, will lead the discussion. Refreshments will be served.

About the book: Pi Patel, the son of a zookeeper who has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. He sets sail from India to America aboard a Japanese cargo ship with his family and their zoo animals, but when the ship sinks, Pi escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.

For more information, call 216-875-9734.


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Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library 2009/2010 book discussions

Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at Cleveland Public Library, will lead the book discussions in this series. All the events begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be held Cleveland State University in the Michael Schwartz Library, located in Rhodes Tower, room 503.

Free and open to the public - For more information: call 216-875-9734.

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Copenhagen
by Michael Frayn
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The Tony Award-winning play that soars at the intersection of science and art, Copenhagen is an explosive re-imagining of the mysterious wartime meeting between two Nobel laureates to discuss the atomic bomb. Copehagen is also Cleveland State University-s Common Reading book choice for 2009/2010.

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Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad
by Anne Hagedorn
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
From the highest hill above the town of Ripley, Ohio, you can see five bends in the Ohio River. You can see the hills of northern Kentucky and the rooftops of Ripley's riverfront houses. And you can see what the abolitionist John Rankin saw from his house at the top of that hill, where for nearly forty years he placed a lantern each night to guide fugitive slaves to freedom beyond the river.

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Lies Will Take You Somewhere
by Sheila Schwartz
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
In a voice reminiscent of Cynthia Ozick, this Jewish/Gothic novel renders the fracture and healing of the Rosen family. Jane Rosen leaves her three daughters and husband Saul, a rabbi, to care for her mother in Florida. In Jane's absence, Saul discovers-through the deathbed confession of a man in his congregation-that his wife had an affair ten years earlier. Enraged, he ostracizes Jane from the family and strands her in Florida with her grief.

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People of the Book
by Geraldine Brooks
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March, the journey of a rare illuminated prayer book through centuries of war, destruction, theft, loss, and love.

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Dreamers of the Day
by Mary Doria Russell
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
With prose as graceful and effortless as a seductive float down the Nile, Mary Doria Russell illuminates the long, rich history of the Middle East with a story that brilliantly elucidates today's headlines.

Mary Doria Russell will visit Cleveland State University on Wednesday, April 14 at 3:00 in the Library as part of the Local Authors Book Talk Series.

Books for all the above events are available for checkout at the Michael Schwartz Library and on sale at the CSU Bookstore.

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Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library 21st Annual Scholars and Artists Reception

21st Annual Scholars and Artists Reception
Thursday, November 12, 2009
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1st floor Library (east end)
Sponsored by the Friends of the CSU Library


The campus community is invited to attend the 21st Annual Scholars and Artists Reception recognizing faculty, staff, and emeriti creativity. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the CSU Michael Schwartz Library, will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. on the first floor of the Library.

This year, the guest of honor will be Dr. Michael Schwartz, President Emeritus. The Friends will honor him in celebration and recognition of the Library's new name. During the reception, guests can enjoy hors d'oeuvres and browse the display of recently published books, scholarly papers, art, music, web sites, and other works by Cleveland State University faculty, staff, and emeriti. Also on display will be the portrait of Michael Schwartz that was presented to him during his Special Tribute at the Allen Theatre in Playhouse Square in June.

RSVP by November 9, 2009 to 216-687-5205 or rsvp.events@csuohio.edu.

Submissions accepted through November 5
Faculty, staff, and emeriti are encouraged to submit materials they have published in the past year. Download and complete the submission form and send as instructed with your submission by Thursday, November 5 (5:00 p.m.). Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

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Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library Book Discussion: Copenhagen by Michael Frayn

Book cover for Copenhagen

Book Discussion
Michael Frayn
Copenhagen
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the community
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, will lead a book discussion on Copenhagen by Michael Frayn. The Tony Award-winning play that soars at the intersection of science and art, Copenhagen is an explosive re-imagining of the mysterious wartime meeting between two Nobel laureates to discuss the atomic bomb. Copehagen is also Cleveland State University's Common Reading book choice for 2009/2010.

Copenhagen is available for checkout at the Michael Schwartz Library and on sale at the CSU Bookstore and on Amazon.com.

The event is free and open to CSU faculty, staff, and students and to the general public. Refreshments will be served.

Call 216-875-9734 or email b.florjancic@csuohio.edu to reserve a seat or for more information.

Find out more about upcoming Friends of the Library Book Discussions as well as the Local Book Talk with Mary Doria Russell scheduled for April 14, 2010.

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Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library Present Author Mary Doria Russell on April 18th

Mary Doria Russell and Doc book cover


VENUE CHANGED TO MAIN CLASSROOM (MC) 304

Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library
Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series
Featuring Mary Doria Russell
April 18, 2013, 12:00 pm
MC 304

Free and open to the public

Meet Mary Doria Russell, winner of numerous national and international literary awards, on April 18, 2013 at Noon in the MAIN CLASSROOM ROOM 304. Her visit will include a discussion of her new fiction, Doc , which examines the Old West of Doc Holliday and Dodge City, followed by a question-and-answer session, and a book signing. Doc will be available for purchase directly before and after the event, courtesy of the CSU Bookstore. The event is free, but please call 216.875.9734 or email b.i.loomis@csuohio.edu to register. Refreshments will be served.

Born to the life of a Southern gentleman, Dr. John Henry Holliday arrives on the Texas frontier hoping that the dry air and sunshine of the West will restore him to health. Soon, with few job prospects, Doc Holliday is gambling professionally with his partner, Maria Katarina Harony, a high-strung, classically educated Hungarian whore. In search of high-stakes poker, the couple hits the saloons of Dodge City. And that is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and a fearless lawman named Wyatt Earp begins -- before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology -- when neither man wanted fame or deserved notoriety.

A national best seller! "A magnificent read ... filled with action and humor yet philosophically rich and deeply moving ... more realistic yet more riveting than any movie or TV western ... Doc Holliday is the tragic hero in this terrific bio-epic." - - Kirkus Reviews (starred review) [review from Amazon.com]

About the Author
Mary Doria Russell is a New York Times bestselling author and has been called one of the most versatile writers in contemporary American literature. Her novels, which include of The Sparrow, Children of God, A Thread of Grace, and Dreamers of the Day are critically acclaimed, commercial successes. They are also studied in literature, theology.


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