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  • Shaker Library Sponsors First Annual Local Author and Book Fair
  • Lorain Celebrates Latino Childrens Literature
  • Anne Garrels, NPR Correspondent, Speaks at CSU
  • CAMLS Waives Non-Member Fees for NOLA and MOLO
  • Case Launches Anniversary Lecture Series
  • Cleveland Public Library Announces -2022 Readers and Writers Series
  • Porter Library Bringing Acclaimed Authors To Westlake This Fall
  • Online workspace Continues "Building Brainpower" Meeting
  • CAMLS Offers Individual Memberships
  • CSU Offers Discount to CAMLS Members
  • Shaker Library Sponsors First Annual Local Author and Book Fair Local Author and Book Fairon Sunday, November 20, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Shaker Heights Public Library. Students and young authors will also be invited to the fair and will have the opportunity to present new children book ideas and receive training from experienced literary critics.

    A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Library’s Endowment Fund. Participating authors include: James Badal, John Becker, Carol Boram-Hays, Dan Chaon, Christopher Eiben, Arlene Erlbach, Stephen G. Esrati, Sam Fulwood III, Nina Gibans, Karen & John Godt, Martin Goldsmith, Juile Goulis, Ned Grossman, Stephen Harris, Robert Hartley, Lawrence Hohman, Sarah Jane Ingraham, Richard Karberg, Mary Krogness, Roy Larick, Doris Larson, Eleanor Mallet, Bruce Marshall, Marvin McMickle, Richard Montanari, David Lee Morgan, Jr., Marian Morton, M. LaVora Perry, Delores Phillips,Sandra Philipson, Mary Reynolds Powell, J. Everett Prewitt, Ilinda Reese, James Robenalt, Les Roberts ,Joan Plummer Russell, Kris Sinnenberg, Matthew Smith,Ted Steinberg, S. Andrew Swann, Kellie Tayer, James Toman, Megan Whalen Turner, Wilma Williams, Sarah Willis and More!

    Back to topLorain Celebrates Latino Childrens Literature Alma Flor Adaand F. Isabel Campoy. Del Sol Bookswill bring books to sell.

    RSVP by Monday, November 14 to

    , or by calling 440.244.1192 or 1.800.322.READ Ext.240. Back to topAnne Garrels, NPR Correspondent, Speaks at CSU
    Written By: garrelsBack to topCAMLS Waives Non-Member Fees for NOLA and MOLO [email protected]. Back to topCase Launches Anniversary Lecture Series Kelvin Smith Library. Back to topCleveland Public Library Announces -2022 Readers and Writers SeriesBack to topPorter Library Bringing Acclaimed Authors To Westlake This Fall 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’Malleyand 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. For updates on

    WestFest, call (440) 871-2600. Back to topOnline workspace Continues "Building Brainpower" Meeting here. Add your voice to this conversation by using the "edit" link at the upper right of the screen. Back to topCAMLS Offers Individual Memberships [email protected]Back to topCSU Offers Discount to CAMLS Members Back to top
    (11/14/ ) Just in time for the holidays! Cleveland-area authors will be selling and autographing books for all ages at the Shaker Library’s First Annual

    (11/8/ ) Lorain Public Library will sponsor a workshop for librarians and teachers on Latino Children’s Literature Wednesday, November 16 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Main Library. Meet Latina authors

    (11/1/ ) Anne Garrels, roving foreign correspondent for National Public Radio's foreign desk, will appear at Cleveland State University on November 17 at 6:00 p.m. in Drinko Hall. (Drinko Hall is located in the Music and Communication Building, 2001 Euclid Avenue). Cleveland Public Library and Cleveland State University are partnering in this free and open to the public program to promote the new Cleveland State University Middle Eastern Studies program. Parking is available in the visitors' parking lot on Euclid Avenue just east of the campus book store and on the parking deck off East 21 Street. There will be a book signing after the lecture.

    Garrels earned international recognition in 2022 by being one of 16 U.S. journalists to remain in Baghdad during the initial invasion of Iraq. Her around-the-clock reports from the city under siege gave listeners insight into the impact of the war on Baghdad and those left in the city. As U.S. and British forces advanced on the city, Garrels remained at her post, describing the scene on the streets and reactions from those she encountered. Her experiences in Baghdad are chronicled in her book, Naked in Baghdad. For her work in Iraq, Garrels was awarded a 2022 Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation. Since 9/11 Garrels has reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East. Over her career with NPR, Garrels has reported on a wide range of international issues with an emphasis on the former Soviet Union.

    Garrels graduated from Harvard University in 1972. She was part of the NPR team that won a prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award in 1992 for coverage of the war. In 1996, she won the duPont-Columbia Award for her coverage of the former Soviet Union. In 1999, the Overseas Press Club honored Garrels with the Whitman Bassow Award for a series she did on water issues around the globe. She is a member of the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists. For more information, call (216) 623-2831.


    (10/28/ ) 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


    (9/12/ ) 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


    (8/10/ ) 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. For more information on the series, call (216) 623-2800.

    • 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


    (8/10/ ) Westlake Porter Public Library will bring three nationally-acclaimed authors to Westlake this fall for its inaugural celebration of readers and writers, called

    (5/19/ ) 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


    (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


    (7/10/2022)Cleveland State's Continuing Education Divisioneducates 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,


    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.

    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.