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 – The Namesake (2006)

Directed by Mira NairAfter moving from Calcutta to New York, the Ganguli family maintains a delicate balancing act between honoring the traditions of India and blending into American culture. Parents Ashoke (Irrfan Khan) and Ashima (Tabu) long for the family and culture they left in India, but they are proud of the opportunities their sacrifices […] Read More

NEA Big Read 2019 Concert

Cleveland vocalists Kristine Caswelch and Matt Jones will sing songs related to the vignettes in Citizen: An American Lyric written by poet Claudia Rankine, for the Cleveland National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read 2019. Caswelch sings with Trinity Cathedral Choir and Chamber Singers. She is also the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Cleveland Transgender […] 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

Citizen Book Discussion Led by Damien Ware

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This year’s selection is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. The Center for Arts Inspired Learning has partnered with organizations in Greater […] Read More

Documentary – Daniel Thompson: One Tough Poet (2019)

This film explores a twelve-year effort to document the life cultural hero. Daniel Thompson was a fearless poet and social activist. In 1992 he was proclaimed the first poet laureate of Cuyahoga County. The resolution states: Daniel Thompson has distinguished himself as one of Cuyahoga County’s most colorful, talented and concerned citizens. The Cleveland Heights-University […] Read More

Legends of China: Culture and Poetry

Presented by Shunqin Li of the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University Take a look at the legends of ancient Chinese Tang poetry in this four-week course taught by visiting professor Shunqin Li. This poetry series will open a window to Chinese culture through song, language and artistic expression. Experience Chinese history through poetry of […] Read More

Winter’s Bone (2010)

Directed by Debra Granik. After her drug-dealing father disappears, Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes the caretaker of her family. A sheriff tells her that her father has put up their home as bond, and if she doesn’t find him before his court date, they could lose everything. Braving the criminal underworld and breaking her community’s […] Read More

Performance – The Cleveland Opera Presents: Susanna’s Secret

Il segreto di Susanna or Susanna’s Secret is an intermezzo, a composition which fits between other musical or dramatic entities, written by Enrico Golisciani and composed by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. Count Gil, a jealous husband, suspects his wife, Susanna, of flirting with another man. Count Gil hilariously tries to trick his sly wife into revealing her […] Read More

Documentary – Traveling Stanzas: Immigrant Voices The Other Side of Immigration

Directed by Roy Germano Presented by El Barrio Workforce Center Based on over 700 interviews of people in Mexican towns where about half the population has left to work in the United States, The Other Side of Immigration asks why so many Mexican Citizens come to the U.S. and what happens to the families and […] Read More

Lakewood Historical Society – Is Wright Still Relevant?

Presentation by Fred Unwin Since his death sixty years ago, Frank Lloyd Wright remains the prototype architect in the minds of Americans. Of the three surviving Wright-designated homes in the Cleveland area, Fred Unwin will focus on the Weltzheimer/Johnson house in Oberlin. This is an example of Wright’s Usonian house, designed to answer the demand […] Read More