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.

Film – Smoke Signals (1998)

Directed by Chris Eyre (88 minutes). A young Native American man Thomas (Evan Adams) is a nerd on his reservation, who wears oversized glasses and tells stories no one wants to hear. When his parents die in a fire, he is saved by Arnold (Gary Farmer). Arnold soon leaves his family. His son Victor (Adam […] Read More

Concert – Debbie Darling: Songs of the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s

This performance is a musical walk down memory lane through the biggest hits of each decade. Debbie Darling will perform songs, describe what was happening in the world and what prompted some of the most noted pieces to be written. Darling is a singer and songwriter who has performed a wide range of musical styles […] Read More

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 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

Film Series—From Books to Films: If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

Directed by Barry Jenkins (117 minutes). In early 1970s Harlem, Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne) vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that connect her and her artist fiancé, Alonzo Hunt (Stephan James), who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when […] Read More

Concert – Neo-Tessares Saxophone Quartet

The Neo-Tessares Saxophone Quartet is comprised of professional musicians John Perrine, Breegan Arnett, Allie Denham and Tom Lempner. The quartet has been performing in the Cleveland area for over a decade. The group is dedicated to bringing their music to traditional and untraditional spaces in order to reach a broad audience. Performances include traditional jazz […] Read More

Concert – Three Strands

Three Strands is a folk Americana project started by Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Sean Cox. After fronting the folk rock quintet The Band of Rivals, Sean began experimenting with more narrative, delicate songs. These honest and simplistic arrangements are strongly influenced by the American folk revival, as well as early gospel and blues traditions. Three Strands exists […] Read More

Lakewood Historical Society Dundee: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Presentation by Carrie Sowden. The Dundee, a 214-foot schooner barge launched in 1892, sank about fourteen miles off of Cleveland on September 11, 1900. Since the discovery of the sunken vessel in the ’80s, it has become a popular scuba diving site. What can archaeology teach us about the wreck? Carrie Sowden, Archaeological Director of […] Read More

Author Event – Gypsy Queen

Book by Nicole Hennessy. Gypsy Queen is a stunning new poetry collection by Cleveland’s own poet and journalist Nicole Hennessy. Her previous publications include Black Rabbit, a nonfiction profile of poet and artist Tom Kryss. Hennessy also co-founded the underground art and literary bimonthly Miser Magazine. Her work has appeared in local and regional publications, […] Read More

Film – Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

Directed by Satoshi Kon and Shôgo Furuya (92 minutes). Middle-aged alcoholic Gin (Tôru Emori), teenage runaway Miyuki (Aya Okamoto) and former drag queen Hana (Yoshiaki Umegaki) are a trio of homeless friends surviving on the streets of Tokyo as a makeshift family. While rummaging in the trash for food on Christmas Eve, they stumble upon […] Read More

Sharon’s Signers Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Sharon’s Signers is a local sign language choir dedicated to the inclusion of all adults and kids, regardless of ability. Sharon’s Signers began with the name The Beck Signers and was renamed in honor of the late Sharon Svette. For years, they have inspired hundreds by showing that everyone has a special purpose and place […] Read More