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.

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Caramel (2007) Directed by Nadine Labaki

A beauty salon in Beirut is a safe haven for five women in this Lebanese romantic comedy. Shop owner Layale (Nadine Labaki) consults her employees about a problematic affair, stylist Rima (Joanna Moukarzel) struggles with her attraction to a female client, and seamstress Rose (Sihame Haddad) abandons her own ambitions to care for her family. […] Read More

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Genealogy Workshop. Taught by Deborah Abbott, PhD

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 using the free Library Edition of ancestry.com, the world’s largest collection of online records. The Library Edition of ancestry.com is free to use every day at […] Read More

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Literature Discussion – Mythological Retelling: Circe Literature Series presented by Barbara Parr

The fourth program in our four-part course led by Barbara Parr, an instructor with Case Western Reserve University’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program. Participants will read Circe by Madeline Miller alongside selections from the epic poem The Odyssey by Homer, that inspired Miller’s novel. Register online at lifelonglearningcleveland.org or call (216) 226-8275, ext. […] Read More

Film Series—From Books to Films: BlacKkKlansman (2018) Directed by Spike Lee  featured image

Film Series—From Books to Films: BlacKkKlansman (2018) Directed by Spike Lee

Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), an African American police officer in Colorado Springs, manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish undercover agent named Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) who eventually becomes its leader. Based on the 2014 autobiography Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a […] Read More

Lakewood’s Shared Spaces: Panel Discussion. Panelists Ian Andrews, Antoinette Gelsomino, Sean McDermott and Katelyn Milius  featured image

Lakewood’s Shared Spaces: Panel Discussion. Panelists Ian Andrews, Antoinette Gelsomino, Sean McDermott and Katelyn Milius

Lakewood is a thriving city known for its progressive, vibrant and diverse community. Join us for a panel discussion highlighting the physical places, organizations and individuals who add to our own social infrastructure. Panelists from LakewoodAlive, Lakewood Department of Human Services, Cleveland Metroparks and Lakewood Department of Planning & Development will share how we can […] Read More

Film Series—Sam Fuller: Audacious Auteur: The Big Red One (1980) Directed by Samuel Fuller  Presented by Terry Meehan  featured image

Film Series—Sam Fuller: Audacious Auteur: The Big Red One (1980) Directed by Samuel Fuller Presented by Terry Meehan

This film follows the World War II exploits of the US First Infantry Division in Africa and Europe, including landings in Sicily and Omaha Beach. The grunt’s-eye view screenplay written by Sam Fuller stems from his experience filming the liberation of the Falkenau concentration camp. Terry Meehan concludes his series Sam Fuller: Audacious Auteur, introducing […] Read More

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Documentary: Somewhere to Be (2018)

Directed by Peter Odabashian. Presented by Lakewood Division of Aging. Somewhere to Be is an eye-opening look behind the doors of a Greenwich Village senior center, where every New Yorker over sixty is welcome to come to the Center On The Square and take an Italian class, have some lunch, write a poem, paint a […] Read More

Literature Discussion: Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life  featured image

Literature Discussion: Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life

Led by Dr. Andrew Cox. In Palaces for the People, author Eric Klinenberg writes that the future of society rests on shared spaces: the libraries, community centers and parks where connections are formed. This “social infrastructure” is helping to solve societal challenges. Leading the discussion is Dr. Andrew Cox, Director of Access and Community Engagement […] Read More

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Nonfiction Book Club

Come and join the conversation with our newest book club. There are sure to be serious and thought-provoking discussions about many subjects inspired by these nonfiction works. Tonight we will discuss The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander.   Read More

Film Series—From Books to Films: Room (2015) Directed by Lenny Abrahamson  featured image

Film Series—From Books to Films: Room (2015) Directed by Lenny Abrahamson

Held captive for seven years in a tiny shed converted into a living space, single mother Joy (Brie Larson) and her five-year-old son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who was born in captivity, break away from their captor after a daring escape. Mother and son are thrown back into society after years of isolation and struggle to […] Read More