Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Reading and Writing and Celebrating

Don’t expect Cleveland Public Library’s downtown branch to be quiet Saturday. There will be a lot going on. 

The library is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a street festival on Superior Avenue between East 3rd and East 6th streets. The festival, starting at 1 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m., will include entertainment for all ages, live music and activities and crafts for children. You can find a schedule of events here.

With a portion of Superior closed for the festival, parking will be a challenge. I recommend taking public transportation. The library is a short walk from the Terminal Tower RTA station. Another option is Lolly the Trolley, which is offering free rides from the Eastman, South, Sterling, Woodland, East 131st, Addison and Collinwood branches.

The celebration will move indoors to the Louis Stokes Wing, 525 Superior Ave., in case of rain.

Another event Saturday in the Louis Stokes Wing is the Cleveland Inkubator conference. Put on by Literary Cleveland, the day of workshops and talks aimed at writers and readers begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. A keynote by award-winning poet and writer Hanif Abdurraqib starting at 3 p.m. will wrap up the conference.

Representatives from local independent bookstores, literary journals and literary organizations including Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank and Seeds of Literacy will be there. It’s safe to assume there will be books for sale. 

The Cleveland Inkubator conference is free, but registration is required. The same is true for three evening events this week, starting Wednesday. Unfortunately, registration is closed for Wednesday night’s event at CLE Urban Winery in Cleveland Heights. However, you still can register to attend a book swap and reading Thursday night at McNulty’s Bier Markt (not a typo) in Ohio City and an open-mic night Friday at Happy Dog on Detroit Avenue.

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