02 18, 2020

Take a trip to Bomb City, USA

By |2020-02-18T06:00:00-05:00February 18, 2020|

Danny Greene

Danny Greene

Learn about the bloody war between Irish mobster Danny Greene and the Cleveland mafia during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 9, at our Main Branch.

The battle was so fatal and explosive that it left Cleveland with the moniker “Bomb City, USA”” during the 1970s. Dennis Sutcliffe of Lost Cleveland will be our guide back to this wild time.

The program is free to attend and open to all. Registration is required. You can sign up online of call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, if you’re interested in the history of the Cleveland mafia, we have some reading recommendations for you, including Rick Porrello’s new biography of racketeer Shondor Birns.

02 1, 2020

Discover romantic tragedies from Ohio’s past

By |2020-02-01T06:00:10-05:00February 1, 2020|

Discover romantic tragedies from our state's past during a special program on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Mentor Public Library.

Discover romantic tragedies from our state’s past during a special program on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Mentor Public Library.local

Forget the mush this Valentine’s Day and indulge in some tragedy instead.

You can discover stories about fascinating couples from our state’s history and their sometimes-doomed relationships during a special program about Ohio’s romantic tragedies at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at our Main Branch.

Speaker Jim Kleefeld will tell stories about a strange wedding photo, a rich family that squandered away its fortune, and more. He’ll also share unique artifacts from these tales.

Our program is free to attend. However, registration is required. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

12 12, 2019

Discover the history of notorious Cleveland mobster Shondor Birns

By |2019-12-12T06:00:10-05:00December 12, 2019|

Rick Porrello – the author of The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia, To Kill the Irishman and Superthief – talked about his new book on the life and crimes of notorious Cleveland mobster, Alex Shondor Birns, when he visited us earlier this month.

Birns was an important figure in the Cleveland underworld for nearly half a century. He was killed after falling out with fellow Cleveland gangster Danny Greene.

Porrello is also the former chief of the Lyndhurst Police Department. However, his interest in the Cleveland mafia is personal. His grandfather, Raymond Porrello, and great-uncles were involved in the underground and helped supply the corn sugar that bootleggers used to make liquor. He was killed in 1932 during a card game.

11 25, 2019

Jeffrey Stroup is your tour guide through ‘Abandoned Cleveland’

By |2019-11-25T06:00:00-05:00November 25, 2019|

Photographer and urban explorer Jeffrey Stroup has spent the last 15 years capturing pictures of Cleveland’s abandoned factories, mansions, malls, churches, and more. He’s collected his best images in his new book, Abandoned Cleveland.

Stroup visited us earlier this month to share his photos and anecdotes from more than a decade of combing the forgotten parts of our region.

Afterward, we interviewed him and he offered advice for aspiring urban explorers and the single scariest thing that ever happened to him while investigating an abandoned building.

By the way, you can visit our YouTube channel for dozens of more interviews with authors, including bestsellers like Christina Baker Cline, Paula McLain, Karin Slaughter, and Bernie Kosar.

09 26, 2019

Hear the Eerie Legends of Lake County

By |2019-09-26T06:00:07-04:00September 26, 2019|

Lake Erie spookyLake 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 during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at our Main Branch.

Our friends from Lake County History Center will take you on a tour of the mysterious and macabre in our county’s history.

The program is free to attend and open to all. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

This special presentation is part of our Month of Mystery. Throughout October, some of the best mystery and true-crime authors will be visiting us, including:

All of these author visits are open to all, free to attend, and require registration. Additionally, they’re all hosted at our Main Branch.

During our Mystery Month, you can also:

We also have mystery programs for all ages and at all of our branches, so visit our event calendar to see which intrigue you.

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