Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library

Past Friends Events 2011

Mark Tebeau

23rd Annual Scholars & Artists Reception

The Friends of the CSU Michael Schwartz Library present the 23rd Annual Scholars & Artists Reception, celebrating scholarly and creative achievements of CSU faculty, staff, and emeriti on Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m on the first floor of the Library.

The featured speaker is Mark Tebeau, Professor of History at CSU, Presenting "Mobile History: Teaching & Learning in the Age of Mobile Computing."

Professor Tebeau will explore how digital innovation, particularly the paradigmatic shift toward mobile computing, is remaking society. The breakneck pace and enormous scale of the technological transformation pose great challenges but also offer intriguing new possibilities for educators at both universities and K-12 settings. Using the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities" innovative mobile application Cleveland Historical, and its larger initiative Mobile Historical, as case studies, Professor Tebeau will explore how technological innovation can transfrom urban landscapes, museums, and schools into living laboratories for research, teaching, and learning.

Bring your Smartphone, download Cleveland Historical, and start tweeting your thoughts and ideas about the future of mobile technologies, using the hashtag #csu-mobile, as a way to begin generating ideas and discussions ahead of professor Tebeaus's lecture.

A reception will follow the program.

The Friends of the Library will exhibit materials such as books, scholarly papers, art, music, web sites, or similar works that University faculty, staff, and emeriti have published in the past year.

The event is free and open to the public, but call 216-875-9734 or email reservations by October 24 to reserve a seat.

Faculty , staff, and emeriti: Submit your scholarly works by Friday, October 21!

2011 Bibliography | Watch Video from the Event

Book Lover's Calendar for 2012 On Sale Now

Book Lover's Calendar

The Book Lover's Calendar for 2012 is on sale now at the Michael Schwartz Library for only $13.00. Find your favorite new book. There's historian Tony Judt's Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 and Carlos Eire's beautiful and evocative memoir of growing up in pre-revolution Cuba, Waiting for Snow in Havana. Plus classic Mark Twain and Noël Riley Fitch's biography of Julia Child.

BONUS! The Book Lover's Calendar includes a bonus online Page-A-Day calendar. Choose one free online calendar from dozens of bestselling titles.

Call 216-875-9734 for more information.

Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Michael Schwartz Library.

Friends of the Library 2011-2012 Book Discussions
All book discussions begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be led by CPL's Richard Fox
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University
Free and open to the public

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Let the Great World Spin
by Colum McCann
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, looking up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in bestselling novelist Colum McCann's stunningly intricate portrait of a city and its people. Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author's most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Henrietta Lacks, a poor southern tobacco farmer, was buried in an unmarked grave sixty years ago. Yet her cells -- taken without her knowledge -- became one of the most important tools in medical research. Known to science as HeLA, the first "immortal" Human cells grown in culture are still alive today, and have been bought and sold by the millions. Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey from the "colored" ward of John Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to East Baltimore today, where Henrietta's family struggles with her legacy.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is also Cleveland State University's Common Reading book choice for 2011/2012.

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Spring book discussions include: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson: February 15, 2012: World and Town by Gish Jen: March 14,2012; The Paris Wife by Paula McLain and suggested reading accompaniment: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway: April 4, 2012

(Note: The Annual Local Author program will feature Paula McLain, who will visit the Library in mid-April).

For more information, please call 216-875-9734.

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Friends of the Library Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series
Author Kelly Boyer Sagert discussing her book:
Joe Jackson: A Biography (Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the general public

The Friends Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series will feature Cleveland author Kelly Boyer Sagert, who will visit CSU on April 13, 2010 to discuss her book, Joe Jackson: A Biography (Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters).

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson's rise from the cotton mills of the American South to the big cities of the North is a classic American tale of rags to riches. Born of sharecropping parents in South Carolina, Jackson's perfect swing and legendary fielding ability would make him a star in the Major Leagues. Unfortunately, Jackson's legend was interrupted by his alleged involvement in baseball's darkest chapter, the Black Sox Scandal of 1919, which ultimately banished him to participation in "outlaw" baseball leagues. Kelly Boyer Sagert recounts all phases in this legendary hitter's life — from mill worker to major league outfielder, to a central figure in a national scandal, and later, to his ventures as an entrepreneur and sometime ballplayer.

Kelly Boyer Sagert

Kelly Boyer Sagert is a full time writer and editor who has sold over 1,000 pieces of her writing to magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, web sites and literary journals. She has written nine books, as well, and contributed material to more than one dozen other books --from
There will also be a question and answer session followed by a book signing. Books will be on sale before and after the book talk, courtesy of the CSU bookstore. Refreshments will be provided.

To reserve a seat or for more information call 216-875-9734 or email

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Book Discussion Led by Richard Fox
The Line
by Olga Gurshin
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the general public

Join the Friends of the Library on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 3:00 in the Michael Schwartz Library, RT 503 to discuss the transformative novel, The Line by Olga Gurshin. Richard Fox, the Head of CPL's Popular Library, will lead book discussion.

Gurshin's stunning debut drew praise that placed her in the top rank of young literary voices. Now she returns with that rarity: a second novel even more dazzling than her first. The Line: the universal symbol of scarcity and bureaucracy that exists wherever petty officials are let loose to abuse their powers. The line begins to form on the rumor that a famous exiled composer is returning to Moscow to conduct his last symphony. Tickets will be limited. Nameless faces join the line, jostling for preferred position. But as time passes and the seasons change and the ticket kiosk remains shuttered, these anonymous souls take on individual shape. Unlikely friendships are forged, long-buried memories spring to life, and a year-long wait is rewarded with unexpected acts of kindness.

To reserve a seat or for more information call 216-875-9734 or email

Find out more about upcoming Friends of the Library Book Discussions.

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Book Discussion Led by Richard Fox
Little Bee
by Chris Cleave
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, room 503 (in the Michael Schwartz Library)
Free and open to the general public

Richard Fox, Head of the Popular Library at CPL, will return to lead a book discussion on Little Bee, by Chris Cleave. From the author of the international bestseller Incendiary comes a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers—one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London. "…immensely readable and moving …While the pretext of Little Bee initially seems contrived —two strangers, a British woman and a Nigerian girl, meet on a lonely African beach and become inextricably bound through the horror imprinted on their encounter—its impact is hardly shallow. Rather than focusing on postcolonial guilt or African angst, Cleave uses his emotionally charged narrative to challenge his readers' conceptions of civility, of ethical choice"–New York Times.

To reserve a seat or for more information call 216-875-9734 or email

Find out more about upcoming Friends of the Library Book Discussions.