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 – Escape from East Berlin (1962)

Presented by Terry Meehan. East German Kurt Schröder (Don Murray) lives within sight of the Berlin Wall. He begins to dig a tunnel from his basement. His uncle’s band plays while equipment drills its way toward freedom. The sinister Herr Brunner (Werner Klemperer) is knocking at the door; are the border guards far behind? Terry […] Read More

Music of American Immigrants — Brian and Kristen Bigley with Ruairi Hurley

Brian and Kristen Bigley are a local musical duo specializing in Irish and American folk music. They will be joined by Ruairi Hurley, a guitarist and vocalist from Dublin. Together they will play Irish songs that celebrate Ireland and its rich culture. This performance will kick off our four-part series: Music of American Immigrants. These […] Read More

Hire Local Lakewood

Presented by Lakewood Community Services Center and The Centers for Families and Children’s El Barrio Workforce DevelopmentJoin us to learn about the services offered to Lakewood residents through Hire Local Lakewood. After an overview of our job preparation and job search services and our job training programs, there will be a hands-on skill building activity. […] Read More

Immigrant Voices

Presentation by Aklilu Demessie, Murat Gurer, Nar Pradhan, Kiwi Wongpeng Over 7% of Cuyahoga County’s population are foreign-born residents, and Lakewood’s population is no exception. Hear from local community members as they share their immigration stories throughout the decades and discuss the challenges and rewards of life in the United States. Joining us will be […] Read More

Bad Boys, Bad Times: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years

Book by Scott H. Longert.  In 1937, the Great Depression was still lingering, but at baseball parks across the country there was a sense of optimism. Cleveland fans were particularly upbeat, yet the Indians still had their issues: An alcoholic catcher, dugout fights, bats flung into stands, injuries and a player revolt kept things lively. […] Read More

Non-Fiction 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 non-fiction works. Tonight we will discuss 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson Read More

Film ─ Piñero (2001)

This biopic of the iconic Latino poet and playwright, Miguel Piñero (Benjamin Bratt), tells the story of the Puerto Rico born leader in the 1970s New York art scene. Piñero’s work is considered to be the forerunner of rap and hip hop music. After writing the Tony award winning play Short Eyes he experiences newfound […] Read More

Music of American Immigrants — Chardon Polka Band

As a modern polka band that brings polka music to a new generation, The Chardon Polka Band’s range of style could be called eccentric. They play traditional polkas reminiscent of The Lawrence Welk Show, which has endeared them to the traditional polka fans, but their music sometimes morphs into punk-rock renditions. This continues our series […] 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 White Houses: A Novel by Amy Bloom. Read More

Lakewood Historical Society – Evolution of the Home Recreation Room

Lakewood Historical Society curator Pamela Dorazio Dean will examine American material culture and decorative arts from 1920 to 1960 by focusing on the residential recreation room, also known as the den. Dean serves as curator of Italian American History at the Western Reserve Historical Society and regularly leads tours of Little Italy and Lake View […] Read More