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.

Documentary – Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices – Documented

Documented (2013) Directed by Jose Antonio Vargas and Ann Raffaela. Presented by American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in an essay in New York Times Magazine. Documented chronicles his journey to America as a child and his journey through America as […] Read More

Knit & Lit Book Club

Come share your passion for great literature and show off your knitting, crocheting, counted cross-stitch, embroidery and quilting works-in-progress. Tonight we will discuss The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead. Read More

Telling Our American Story: Immigrant Literature Series

Presented by Barbara Parr. Discuss the books Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín and West of Kabul, East of New York by Tamim Ansary, two immigration stories, during this four-part course led by Barbara Parr, an instructor with Case Western Reserve University’s Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program. Please read the first 125 pages of Brooklyn […] Read More

Author Event – Cleveland Then and Now

Book by Laura DeMarco. Cleveland Then and Now matches rare archive images with specially-commissioned contemporary color photos of the same scenes to reveal the past and present of Cleveland. It concentrates on landmarks that have stayed intact and adapted to survive. Tradition amid change is the story of Cleveland, then and now. Laura DeMarco is […] Read More

Film – The Selfish Giant (2013) Directed by Clio Barnard

Arbor (Conner Chapman) and Swifty (Shaun Thomas) are best friends living in the poverty-stricken city of Bradford, England. They take up the task of collecting scrap for a dealer named Kitten (Sean Gilder). Kitten favors Swifty, leaving Arbor feeling hurt and excluded. Arbor turns increasingly greedy and exploitative, becoming more like Kitten. Tensions build, leading […] Read More

Genealogy Workshops 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 with professional results using the free Library Edition of, the world’s largest collection of online records. The Library Edition of is free to use […] Read More

Lakewood Historical Society – Treasures in the Cuyahoga County Archives

Presentation by Judith G. Cetina, PhD. One of this area’s greatest historical resources, the Cuyahoga County Archives remains relatively unknown to most residents. Archivist Judith G. Cetina, PhD, recently supervised the relocation of records from the Rhodes House to more spacious quarters on Perkins Avenue. Employed at the archives since 1977, Dr. Cetina assumed the […] Read More

Film – The Kids Are All Right (2010) Directed by Lisa Cholodenko

Jules (Julianne Moore) and Nic (Annette Bening) are mothers to two teenagers, Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson). The siblings decide to seek out their biological father, Paul (Mark Ruffalo) who was the sperm donor for them both. This new addition to their non-traditional family structure showcases the family’s fragile dynamic and reveals everyone’s […] Read More

Concert – The George Martins

Combined, the members of The George Martins have more than 100 years of experience writing, recording and performing music. Well before they picked up an instrument or turned on an amp, members of this band were singing along with “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Hey Jude”. Join in as they play these Beatles’ hits and more. […] Read More

Immigration Legislation in the United States

Presented by Magistrate Barbara Greenberg. From the very beginning of American history, immigration has been a point of debate in communities and courtrooms across the nation. During this four-week series participants will discuss the cases that made immigration legislation what it is today with Barbara Greenberg, a magistrate for Bedford Municipal Court and the Cuyahoga […] Read More