Adult Events

From book clubs and meet the author events to lectures and films, the Library offers a wide array of adult programming designed to fit everyone’s interest.

The Color Purple (1985) Directed by Steven Spielberg

An uneducated woman named Celie (Whoopi Goldberg) lives in the rural American south. For black women in the early twentieth century the era was marked by domestic violence, poverty and racism. Celie embodies all of these struggles and more. After being raped by her father and giving birth to two children as a result, Celie […] Read More

Performance – Keep Talking

Originally starting out as a way for comedies to tell stories that didn’t quite fit with their open mic set lists, Keep Talking has grown a serious audience to their monthly shows in the basement bar of Happy Dog, Underdog. For one Sunday only stories will be told in the Library basement as well! Keep […] Read More

Next Chapter Book Club

A book club for adults with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Registration is required. Read More

The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance into a Hopeful Future B

When Joselin Linder was in her twenties her legs suddenly started to swell. After years of misdiagnoses, doctors discovered a deadly blockage in her liver. Struggling to find an explanation for her unusual condition, Joselin compared the medical chart of her father—who had died from a mysterious disease, ten years prior—with that of an uncle […] Read More

Coast Line: Poetry Reading Series Readings by Mary Biddinger, Caryl Pagel and Mi

Akron poet Mary Biddinger is the author of five books of poetry, and she is Professor and Assistant Chair of the English Department at the University of Akron, where she is on the faculty of the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Her works include Prairie Fever, the chapbook Saint […] Read More

Too Lucky To Live: A Somebody’s Bound to Wind Up Dead Mystery Book by Annie Hogs

Cleveland divorce-survivor Allie Harper believes all her problems would be solved if she could find a nice, smart, hot guy and enough money to get her car fixed. The hot guy arrives first in a crosswalk, clutching a bag of groceries while a blonde in a Hummer is learning hard on her horn, sending the […] Read More

Non-Fiction Book Club – Evicted

Come and join the conversation during our newest book club. There are sure to be serious and thought-provoking discussions about many subjects inspired by these non-fiction works. Tonight we will discuss Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.Non-Fiction Book Club Read More

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) Presented by Terry Meehan

Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood) is a Missouri farmer who fought on the side of the South during the Civil War. As the conflict comes to an end, his family is murdered by a band of pro-Union renegades, called Jayhawkers. When he and his unit are offered amnesty if they surrender, everyone but Wales turns in […] Read More

Concert – Doug and Arleigh from Cellocentric

Award-winning local finger-style guitarist Doug Wood, and Cleveland Institute of Music graduate and bassoonist Arleigh Savage represent the ensemble, Cellocentric. Since his days of performing in the Boston subways in the early 1990’s, Wood has earned the status as one of the premier independent acoustic performers in the country, andSavage has performed with Ohio Light […] Read More

Genealogy Workshops Taught by Deborah Abbott, PhD

How far back would you like to trace your family tree? Genealogist Deborah Abbott will show you how to unlock the secrets held by census reports, military records, birth certificates and death notices in this hands-on workshop. Unravel your history with professional results using the free Library Edition of and other resources. Space is […] Read More