Thursday, January 11th

One Community Reads Launch

Heinen's of Downtown Cleveland

10:30 a.m.

Help celebrate the launch of One Community Reads with a free book giveaway (while supplies last) at Heinen's of Downtown Cleveland!

 

Monday, January 15th – Sunday, March 18th

Food Drive

Heights Libraries – all branches

Over 230,000 people in Cuyahoga County currently live in a state of food insecurity. That is 18.6 percent of our total population. You can help! Look for donation boxes at all Heights Libraries branches, and please consider donating nonperishable food items for the Heights Emergency Food Center.

216.932.3600 / heightslibrary.org

 

Thursday, January 18th

19th Annual Teen Poetry Slam

Heights Libraries – Lee Road Branch

6:30 p.m.

Hosted by Lake Erie Ink and Heights Libraries, the slam is open to all high school students. Participants are encouraged to read Matthew Desmond’s Evicted and center poems around the concept of home. Attend a workshop before joining us for slam night, which will include prizes and pizza. Registration begins January 1st.

216.932.3600 / 2BMuHBq

 

Saturday, January 20th

Legal Aid

Cleveland Public Library – Carnegie West Branch

10:00 a.m.

The Legal Aid Society will offer this legal advice clinic focused on tenant/landlord issues. Low-income individuals will receive free advice on civil legal issues on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 216.623.6927 / cpl.org

 

Monday, January 22nd

Eviction Diversion

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Fairview Park Branch

7:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Tenants Organization will discuss various options for tenants facing eviction and assist landlords who have questions about the eviction process. 

440.333.4700 / bit.ly/2BeQ4K

 

Tuesday, January 23rd

Cleveland Housing Issues & Opportunities: A Panel Discussion

Cleveland Public Library – Fleet Branch

5:00 p.m.

Community housing leaders from around Cleveland will discuss local successes in demolishing blighted properties and renovating, reusing, restoring and rehabilitating older buildings to serve as houses for residents.

216.623.6962 / cpl.org

 

Wednesday, January 24th

EnergYou

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Gates Mills Branch

7:00 p.m.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland will discuss wide-ranging issues that influence our everyday energy consumption and explore ways in which we can reduce our monthly expenses.

440.423.4808 / bit.ly/2BMtXM

 

Thursday, January 25th

What's on My Plate: Equipping Families to Handle Stress

Euclid Public Library

6:30 p.m.

This interactive discussion will equip youth with a unique platform to discuss fear or anxiety as it relates to the impact of eviction and other issues families face. Youth will discuss life stressors and learn about positive coping skills and ways to express stress. Angela Flowers from Making a Difference Consulting will facilitate the discussion. This program is aimed toward families with children of all ages.

216.261.5300, ext. 0 / bit.ly/2BUHvY

 

Saturday, January 27th

Street Voices

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Brooklyn Branch

2:00 p.m.

In conjunction with Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Street Voices is made up of several well-trained homeless and formerly homeless speakers who will share their stories. With each unique tale, their goal is to expose the community to the real face of homelessness and inspire people of different ages and backgrounds to serve and get involved in their communities.

216.398.4600 / bit.ly/2BN23j

 

Monday, January 29th

Which Would You Choose? In or Out?

Shaker Heights Public Library – Main Library

3:30 p.m.

Teens will react to various eviction scenarios posted in the room. As they formulate their plan of action, they will be presented with local and national resources to help those facing eviction. They can perform “random acts of kindness” within each scenario. Each teen has the choice of identifying with the landlord or with the tenant. On Thursday, February 1, all their contributions will be posted (anonymously) in the room for comment and discussion. 

216.991.2030 / bit.ly/2p6Mpw

 

Street Voices

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Chagrin Falls Branch

7:00 p.m.

In conjunction with Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Street Voices is made up of several well-trained homeless and formerly homeless speakers who will share their stories. With each unique tale, their goal is to expose the community to the real face of homelessness and inspire people of different ages and backgrounds to serve and get involved in their communities.

Register: 440.247.3556 / bit.ly/2zaKS8

 

Tuesday, January 30th

EnergYou

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Brecksville Branch

7:00 p.m.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland will discuss wide-ranging issues that influence our everyday energy consumption and explore ways in which we can reduce our monthly expenses.

440.526.1102 / bit.ly/2BgqeF

 

Which Would You Choose? In or Out?

Shaker Heights Public Library – Main Library

3:30 p.m.

Teens will react to various eviction scenarios posted in the room. As they formulate their plan of action, they will be presented with local and national resources to help those facing eviction. They can perform “random acts of kindness” within each scenario. Each teen has the choice of identifying with the landlord or with the tenant. On Thursday, February 1, all their contributions will be posted (anonymously) in the room for comment and discussion. 

216.991.2030 / bit.ly/2zajsj

 

Kids Make Blankets for Kids

Shaker Heights Public Library – Main Library

4:15 p.m.

Help make someone’s winter a little warmer. Hear an inspiring story about giving and create fleece blankets for donation. For grades K – 6.

216.991.2030 / bit.ly/2p3GPex

 

The Homeless and Missing Youth of Cuyahoga County

Heights Libraries – Lee Road Branch

6:30 p.m.

Join Karen McHenry, program manager of Bellefaire JCB's Homeless Youth Programs, for a discussion on issues in Cuyahoga County. Learn what you can do to identify and help those in need. Please consider bringing a donation of winter gloves, mittens or sealed snacks for hygiene and survival kits.

216.932.3600 / bit.ly/2kAi4l

 

Wednesday, January 31st

Eviction Diversion

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Maple Heights Branch

7:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Tenants Organization will discuss various options for tenants facing eviction and assist landlords who have questions about the eviction process. 

216.475.5000 / bit.ly/2CRiKc

 

Thursday, February 1st 

EnergYou

Cuyahoga County Public Library – North Olmsted Branch

7:00 p.m.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland will discuss wide-ranging issues that influence our everyday energy consumption and explore ways in which we can reduce our monthly expenses.

440.777.6211 / bit.ly/2BWMk3

 

Mondays, February 5th – March 19th

Senior Financial Empowerment

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Parma Branch

2:00 p.m.

This six-week series will educate and motivate older adults to set and reach financial goals. ESOP, a nonprofit HUD-approved housing and financial counseling agency, will cover recognizing and avoiding elder financial exploitation; estate planning and preparing for the future; goal setting; budgeting; credit and debt, and building and protecting savings and assets.

440.885.5362 / bit.ly/2BWkpB

 

Tuesday, February 6th

Street Voices

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Garfield Heights Branch

7:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Street Voices is made up of several well-trained homeless and formerly homeless speakers who will share their stories. With each unique tale, their goal is to expose the community to the real face of homelessness and inspire people of different ages and backgrounds to serve and get involved in their communities.

216.475.8178 / cuyahogalibrary.org

 

Friday, February 9th

Benefits & Resource Information for Seniors & Disabled Persons

Rocky River Public Library

10:00 a.m.

The Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services is a partner with the Aging & Disability Resource Network of the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. For seniors over 60 years old and disabled adults ages 18 - 59,  Information/benefits specialists will provide a presentation aimed at identifying potential benefits, services and resources that support independence. Information/benefits specialists will also screen for eligibility for public benefits and provide guidance through the application process.

440.333.7610 / bit.ly/2kUjSVG

 

Saturday, February 10th

Legal Aid

Cleveland Public Library – Memorial Nottingham Branch

10:00 a.m.

Legal Aid Society will offer this legal advice clinic focused on tenant/landlord issues. Available on a first-come, first-serve basis, low-income individuals will receive free advice on civil legal issues.

216.623.7039 / cpl.org

 

EnergYou

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Middleburg Heights Branch

2:00 p.m.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland will discuss wide-ranging issues that influence our everyday energy consumption and explore ways in which we can reduce our monthly expenses.

440.234.3600 / bit.ly/2BLLDI

 

Monday, February 12th

The Homeless and Missing Youth of Cuyahoga County

Shaker Heights Public Library – Main Library

7:00 p.m.

Join Karen McHenry, program manager of Bellefaire JCB's Homeless Youth Programs, for a discussion on issues in Cuyahoga County. Learn what you can do to identify and help those in need. Please consider bringing a donation of winter gloves, mittens or sealed snacks for hygiene and survival kits. 

216.991.2030 / bit.ly/2CRpnf

 

Street Voices

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Olmsted Falls Branch

7:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Street Voices is made up of several well-trained homeless and formerly homeless speakers who will share their stories. With each unique tale, their goal is to expose the community to the real face of homelessness and inspire people of different ages and backgrounds to serve and get involved in their communities.

440.235.1150 / bit.ly/2zbqao

 

 

Tuesday, February 13th

Affordable Medical Care Is Possible

Rocky River Public Library

7:00 p.m.

Join us as North Coast Health, a local faith-based charitable clinic, suggests solutions for individuals struggling with the cost of medical care and medications.

440.333.7610 / rrpl.org

 

Thursday, February 15th

Housing for Youth Leaving Foster Care: Community Challenges & Opportunities

Shaker Heights Public Library – Main Library

7:00 p.m.

Join us for a conversation among former foster youth, service providers and policy analysts about the housing challenges in our community faced by youth aging out of foster care. Learn about the innovative approaches of agencies and individuals to prevent homelessness and support and strengthen this vulnerable population in Shaker Heights and Cleveland.

216.991.2030 / bit.ly/2p6OKrz

 

Monday, February 19th

Homeless Shelter Service Project

Rocky River Public Library

10:00 a.m.

Students in grades 5 and up: We will make no-sew blankets for youth who are currently living in the Family Promise program. Family Promise helps families move from homeless crises to sustainable independence. Pizza lunch provided.

440.333.7610 / bit.ly/2BTR5L

 

Eviction Diversion

Cuyahoga County Public Library – North Royalton Branch

7:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Tenants Organization will discuss various options for tenants facing eviction and assist landlords who have questions about the eviction process. 

440.237.3800 / bit.ly/2Bhczh

 

Tuesday, February 20th

EnergYou

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Orange Branch

7:00 p.m.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland will discuss wide-ranging issues that influence our everyday energy consumption and explore ways in which we can reduce our monthly expenses.

216.831.4282 / bit.ly/2BfNsw

 

Landlord and Tenant Rights Presentation by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Lakewood Public Library – Main Library

7:00 p.m.

Cleveland and its surrounding cities, like Lakewood, have many rental homes and tenants, leading to many landlord and tenant relationships. Are you one half of this sometimes-stressful partnership? Do you know your rights if you find it necessary to evict a tenant, or what your rights are if you are that tenant being evicted? This presentation will help you navigate these complicated questions.

216.226.8275 / lakewoodpubliclibrary.org

 

Saturday, February 24th

EnergYou

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Parma Heights Branch

2:00 p.m.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland will discuss wide-ranging issues that influence our everyday energy consumption and explore ways in which we can reduce our monthly expenses.

440.884.2313 / bit.ly/2BteDY

 

Tuesday, February 27th

Street Voices

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Parma-Snow Branch

7:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Street Voices is made up of several well-trained homeless and formerly homeless speakers who will share their stories. With each unique tale, their goal is to expose the community to the real face of homelessness and inspire people of different ages and backgrounds to serve and get involved in their communities.

216.661.4240 / bit.ly/2BLQB7

 

Thursday, March 1st

Eviction Diversion

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Southeast Branch

7:00 p.m.

The Cleveland Tenants Organization will discuss various options for tenants facing eviction and assist landlords who have questions about the eviction process. 

440.439.4997 / bit.ly/2p7rSY

 

Legal Counsel and Housing

Westlake Porter Library

7:00 p.m.

"You have the right to an attorney.” Everyone is familiar with Miranda rights thanks to civics classes and television crime shows. However, Miranda rights only apply in serious criminal cases. There is no such constitutional right to legal representation in housing cases. Learn more about the Evicted-related problems in Northeast Ohio and legal solutions our community can work on together to solve one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems.

440.871.2600 / westlakelibrary.org

 

Saturday, March 3rd

Neighborhood Bus Tour & Discussion

Cleveland Public Library – Carnegie West Branch

10:00 a.m.

Representatives from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress will lead a bus tour showing city areas where demolition, reuse, rehabilitation and renovation have led to housing successes, and other areas ripe for housing solutions. Pre-registration and signed waiver required. Visit http://bit.ly/2jN7EP9.

216.623.6927 / cpl.org

 

Monday, March 5th

Family Book Night

Rocky River Public Library

6:30 p.m.

Join us to read and discuss the Newbery Award-winning Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña. You'll be inspired by our gratitude and appreciation games as well as the many ways in which we can make our community a better place to live for everyone.

440.333.7610 / bit.ly/2kzb9ZL

 

Wednesday, March 7th

EnergYou

Cuyahoga County Public Library – South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

7:00 p.m.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland will discuss wide-ranging issues that influence our everyday energy consumption and explore ways in which we can reduce our monthly expenses.

216.382.4880 / bit.ly/2kX16w

 

Renters, Landlords and Neighbors in Shaker Heights:

Quality of Life, Economic Integration & Equity

Shaker Heights Public Library – Main Library

7:00 p.m.

Shaker Heights has long held diversity and inclusion among its major community values. What does this mean for renters and owners, among neighbors of different economic classes, races and age groups? Join us for a panel conversation about the current picture of low-income rental housing in Shaker, including subsidized housing. We’ll address the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants in our community. 

216.991.2030 / bit.ly/2BWFUB

 

Thursday, March 8th

EnergYou

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Strongsville Branch

7:00 p.m.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland will discuss wide-ranging issues that influence our everyday energy consumption and explore ways in which we can reduce our monthly expenses.

440.238.5530 / bit.ly/2BLz8M

 

Fair Housing in Cuyahoga County

Heights Libraries – Lee Road Branch

7:00 p.m.

Is housing discrimination a systemic part of American economy and culture? We’ll explore this topic, sparked by the book Evicted, to see how it plays out in our own community. Share your story (and hear your neighbors’) of the far-reaching consequences of a “separate and unequal” housing market.

216.932.3600 / heightslibrary.org

 

Saturday, March 10th

Housing Legal Aid

Cleveland Public Library – Rice Branch

10:00 a.m.

The Legal Aid Society will offer this legal advice clinic focused on tenant/landlord issues. Low-income individuals will receive free advice on civil legal issues on a first-come, first-serve basis.

216.623.7046 / cpl.org

 

Street Voices

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Solon Branch

10:00 a.m.

In conjunction with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Street Voices is made up of several well-trained homeless and formerly homeless speakers who will share their stories. With each unique tale, their goal is to expose the community to the real face of homelessness and inspire people of different ages and backgrounds to serve and get involved in their communities.

440.248.8777 / bit.ly/2zbfmr2

 

Monday, March 12th

Tenant’s Rights: What You Need to Know

Euclid Public Library

6:00 p.m.

Join Gary Katz, executive director of the Cleveland Tenants’ Organization, and Darlene English, director of education at The Housing Center, for an informative presentation on your rights as a tenant. Make sure you and your family can access and maintain safe housing.

216.261.5300 / bit.ly/2Bwlos

 

Street Voices

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Warrensville Heights Branch

7:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Street Voices is made up of several well-trained homeless and formerly homeless speakers who will share their stories. With each unique tale, their goal is to expose the community to the real face of homelessness and inspire people of different ages and backgrounds to serve and get involved in their communities.

216.464.5280 / bit.ly/2BU99F

 

Tuesdays, March 13th – April 17th 

Senior Financial Empowerment

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Mayfield Branch

2:00 p.m.

This six-week series will educate and motivate older adults to set and reach financial goals. ESOP, a nonprofit HUD-approved housing and financial counseling agency, will cover recognizing and avoiding elder financial exploitation; estate planning and preparing for the future; goal setting; budgeting; credit and debt, and building and protecting savings and assets.

440.473.0350 / bit.ly/2zanoR

 

Tuesday, March 13th

Community Action Poverty Simulation

Middleburg Heights Community Center – 16000 Bagley Road

9:00 a.m.

The Middleburg Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, in collaboration with the Middleburg Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, will present a poverty simulation aimed at bridging the gap from misconception to understanding, sensitizing participants to the realities of poverty. During the simulation, participants will role-play a month in poverty and experience low-income families' lives. Afterwards, participants will take part in a facilitated discussion on how it felt to spend a “month” struggling to meet basic needs and learn how they can become more involved in helping solve this community problem. The experience lasts approximately three hours.

440.234.3600 / cuyahogalibrary.org

 

The Homeless and Missing Youth of Cuyahoga County

Heights Libraries – Lee Road Branch

6:30 p.m.

Join Karen McHenry, program manager of Bellefaire JCB's Homeless Youth Programs, for a discussion on issues in Cuyahoga County. Learn what you can do to identify and help those in need. Please consider bringing a donation of winter gloves, mittens or sealed snacks for hygiene and survival kits.

216.932.3600 / heightslibrary.org

 

Wednesday, March 14th

Food Resources in Berea

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Berea Branch

7:00 p.m.

Learn about The Campus Kitchen at Baldwin Wallace University, a student-led organization that focuses on food waste and alleviation of hunger in Berea, and other resources for people in need.

440.234.5475 / bit.ly/2BKJsod

 

Monday, March 19th

Street Voices

Rocky River Public Library

7:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Street Voices is made up of several well-trained homeless and formerly homeless speakers who will share their stories. With each unique tale, their goal is to expose the community to the real face of homelessness and inspire people of different ages and backgrounds to serve and get involved in their communities.

440.333.7610 / bit.ly/2kySyx4

 

Wednesday, March 21st

Street Voices

Cuyahoga County Public Library – Berea Branch

7:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Street Voices is made up of several well-trained homeless and formerly homeless speakers who will share their stories. With each unique tale, their goal is to expose the community to the real face of homelessness and inspire people of different ages and backgrounds to serve and get involved in their communities.

440.234.5475 / bit.ly/2BuS59L

 

Cleveland Tenants Organization

Rocky River Public Library

7:00 p.m.

Cleveland Tenants Organization will talk about their work and programs as well as provide information on current Ohio Landlord Tenant Law. There will be a Q&A session at the end. 

440.333.7610 / rrpl.org

 

Thursday, March 29th

Recovery Resources

Westlake Porter Library

7:00 p.m. 

Nabil Pervaiz of Recovery Resources will discuss how addiction, substance abuse and mental illness relates to eviction and poverty, the vicious cycle it creates and how it can be overcome.

440.871.2600 / westlakelibrary.org

 

Coming Soon!

Online Digital Photography Exhibit

Cleveland Public Library

View a digital gallery of historic photos showing people, their homes and building transformations throughout Cleveland's history. All original photographs are available in Cleveland Public Library's photography collection.

cpl.org/homes-of-cle