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Grant Writing Workshop
(12/12/2022 ) Indiana Wesleyan University - Cleveland, in partnership with Grant Writing USA, will present a two-day grant writing workshop in Independence, February 6-7, 2022. If you are looking for professional essay writers, please contact our partners at The workshop is suitable for beginning and experienced grant writers who desire to increase their fundraising competitiveness and broaden their funder focus.

Tuition is $395 and includes all materials: workbook and accompanying 220MB resource CD that's packed full of tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Seating is limited and online reservations are necessary.

For more information including venue location and maps, graduate testimonials and instant, online enrollment, please visit

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CAMLS Waives Non-Member Fees for NOLA and MOLO
(10/28/2022 ) Now NOLA and MOLO members can take advantage of any CAMLS Continuing Educations offering at the member rate. The new policy takes effect immediately and will run through June 30, 2022.

If you are part of a MOLO or NOLA member library and interested in taking advantage of this new policy, please contact the CAMLS office for more information, or .

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Case Launches Anniversary Lecture Series
(9/12/2022 ) Case Western Reserve will celebrate the 10th year for Kelvin Smith Library by launching a distinguished lecture series that begins on September 15 at the Kelvin Smith Library Dampeer Room from 1:30-3:30 PM. Dr. John Unsworth, Dean and Professor of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will speak on the value of digitization for libraries and humanities scholarship. The lecture is free and open to all. Seating is limited, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Dr. Unsworth is the first speaker in the -06 Kelvin Smith Library Digital Library Lecture Series. The series' topics range from intellectual property and copyright in the digital age, to scholarly research and digital publications, to scholarly communications and collaborations, and more.

More details about the September 15th event, and on the series and speakers, is available on the homepage of Kelvin Smith Library.

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Cleveland Public Library Announces -2022 Readers and Writers Series
(8/10/2022 ) Cleveland Public Library announces its guests for the -06 Writers and Readers series. The rich experience and diverse perspectives of these six writers will serve as a cornerstone for events and community celebrations of cultural and literary significance.

All appearances will take place at the Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, E. 6th Street and Superior Avenue at 2:00 p.m. on the following Sundays. The events are free and open to the public. 

• Sunday, October 9 – Luis Rodriguez, Best-selling author of Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month

• Sunday, November 27 – Susan Orlean, Imaginative, unconventional author of the acclaimed novel, The Orchid Thief.
Commemorating the anniversary of the Ohio Center for the Book

• Sunday, February 12 – Rita Dove , Past Poet Laureate and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Thomas and Beulah.
In celebration of African American History Month

• Sunday, March 12 – Geraldine Brooks,Inventive, best-selling journalist and author of the vibrant novel, March.
In celebration of Women's History Month

• Sunday, April 2 – Khaled Hosseini , Afghan-born physician and author of the acclaimed novel, The Kite Runner.
In celebration of National Library Week

• Sunday, May 7 – Ha Jin, Award-winning poet and novelist, author of The Bridegroom.
Commemorating Asian Pacific American Month

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Porter Library Bringing Acclaimed Authors To Westlake This Fall
(8/10/2022) Westlake Porter Public Library will bring three nationally-acclaimed authors to Westlake this fall for its inaugural celebration of readers and writers, called WestFest. Richard Preston, best known for his Dark Biology trilogy exploring viruses, biological weapons, and bioterrorism will headline the month-long festival. He will speak and sign books at the new Performing Arts Center on September 24. The other two authors are picture book writer and illustrator Kevin O’Malley and young adult author M.E. Kerr. O’Malley will visit several Westlake city schools during the school day on October 7, and sign books at the library that afternoon. M.E. Kerr will be welcomed with a reception and book signing on October 12, and visit Lee Burneson Middle School and Westlake High School the next day. WestFest, including the authors’ appearances at the schools and the library, is being completely underwritten by the Friends of Porter Public Library.

Preston’s Dark Biology trio, which includes The Hot Zone, The Demon in the Freezer, and The Cobra Event inspired the feature film Outbreak, and a TNT movie which will air this fall. He has won numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s McDermott Award in the Arts. Preston is also the author of First Light, American Steel, and The Boat of Dreams: A Christmas Story.

O’Malley has illustrated over 25 picture books, many of which he also wrote. His titles include Herbert Fieldmouse Secret Agent, My Lucky Leaf, and Humpty-Dumpty Egg-splodes. His latest book is Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude. He has received numerous honors for his books, including two School Library Journal Best Books of the Year Awards.

Kerr is the author of several groundbreaking novels for teens. Her Young Adult novels include “Hello,” I Lied, Fell, and Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack. She has received many awards throughout her career, including the American Library Association’s Margaret E. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Christopher Award. Several of her books have received individual awards from the New York Times, School Library Journal, and the American Library Association.

Tickets for Preston’s appearance will be available at the library on August 15. The O’Malley and Kerr events are free, and require no advance registration. 

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Online workspace Continues "Building Brainpower" Meeting
(5/19/2022) CAMLS Annual Meeting Wednesday brought together an energized audience from libraries, business, and community organizations to engage in dialogue about how libraries can play a role in our region’s economic future. According to CAMLS Board President Cathy Monnin, “I am hoping that communities of practice will emerge out of this work. It’s too important to be ‘just another good idea’!”

Read the preliminary notes from this meeting at the Wiki here. Add your voice to this conversation by using the "edit" link at the upper right of the screen.

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CAMLS Offers Individual Memberships
(8/19/2022) For the first time, CAMLS is offering individuals the opportunity to join CAMLS and receive discounted member rates to three Continuing Education workshops a year. The Plan is particularly beneficial to anyone working at a library that is not an organizational member of CAMLS, or individuals working in smaller organizations.

The individual plan costs $50 for one year, from July 1 to June 30. For more information about the plan, contact Executive Director Mike Snyder at the CAMLS office at

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CSU Offers Discount to CAMLS Members
CAMLS and Cleveland State University's Department of Continuing Education have established a partnership that will give CAMLS member libraries a 15% discount off registration fees on any CSU continuing education course.

Cleveland State's Continuing Education Division educates over 15,000 adults a year and is nationally recognized for innovation in adult education. The division offers online courses as well as traditional classroom training.

CAMLS members also receive a 40% discount off registration for technical classes through our partnership with Akron-based training firm, Software-Answers.

CAMLS works with other organizations in order to build an enriched learning community and widen the scope of training opportunities available to our members. To take advantage of these opportunities, registrants should identify themselves as CAMLS members and list their library name when they register.

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