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Discover the history of notorious Cleveland mobster Shondor Birns

Rick Porrello – the author of The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia, To Kill the Irishman and Superthief – will talk about his new book on the life and crimes of notorious Cleveland mobster, Alex Shondor Birns, during … Continue reading

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Hear the Eerie Legends of Lake County

Lake County legends have fascinated locals throughout the years. Which buildings are haunted? Was there really a monster on Little Mountain? Share your own local myths and legends and learn about other puzzling and extraordinary happenings in our own backyard … Continue reading

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The story of the Willoughby chemical weapons plant

Did you know that Willoughby housed a chemical weapons plant during World War I? Learn more about this surprising piece of local history during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, at our Main Branch. Jeffrey Frischkorn, former … Continue reading

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Akron during World War II

The city of Akron, Ohio, had an outsized impact during World War II. Its citizens served in Europe and the South Pacific. Goodyear built blimps that hunted Nazi submarines. And some of the city’s most renowned residents had a personal … Continue reading

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The Untold Stories of Mentor, Ohio, with Thomas Matowitz

Thomas Matowitz, the author and local historian who literally wrote the book one Mentor, Ohio, returned to the library to share some of his best stories. Matowitz is the perfect person to discuss prominent Mentor families like the Garfields, landmarks like … Continue reading

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