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During October libraries and other institutions in Northeast Ohio are hosting events to honor Octavofest 2014.  Join Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library in celebrating our region's active arts community of book and paper innovators and our magnificent library and museum collections of fine and rare books. Learn from artists and book lovers about Northeast Ohio's rich resources and the exciting world of contemporary book and paper arts. There are classes, workshops, lectures, and exhibits that celebrate the book and paper arts. 

All programs at Main Library and branch locations are free and open to the public.  For more information call 216-623-2881.

Miniature Book Society Traveling Exhibit
& Lecture by Todd Sommerfeld
Exhibit: October 1-31, 2014
Lecture: Saturday, October 18 | 12:00 p.m.
Literature Department and Ohio Center for the Book
2nd Floor, Main Library Building - This hands-on discussion and presentation of miniature books will be hosted by the Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society and the Miniature Book Society. Come meet the local collector, Todd Sommerfeld as he talks about miniature books. He will discuss the history of miniature books from the earliest times to the present, as well as share stories about books and book collecting over the last thirty years. Also on display will be a selection of miniature books from the John F. Puskas Miniature Books Collection

Fine Bindings from the Special Collections Exhibit: October 1-31, 2014
Special Collections Department (John G. White Corridor)
3rd Floor, Main Library Building - Among the treasures to be found in the collection are finely bound books from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. On display are examples of the different types of beautiful bindings crafted over the past 400 years. 

Brown Bag Book Club - An Octavofest Special Event: Reimagining the Book: Chris Ware's Building Stories with guest speaker and reader, Valentino Zullo

Wednesday, October 22 | 12:00 p.m.
Literature Department, NW corner
2nd Floor, Main Library Building - Comics Scholar and Guest Reader, Valentino Zullo asks the question: In the age of digital storytelling can "the book" survive? How are comics responding to these new ways of telling stories? We will discuss a comic that challenges how we imagine the book and paper arts: Chris Ware's Building Stories.

For more information about all events scheduled, see the Octavofest 2014 Events Calendar.

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If you've ever been told that you should write a book--well, then, November is the month to do it!  Join the Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library (OCFB) as we kick off National Novel Writing Month 2014 (NaNoWriMo), Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., Main Library, 2nd floor.  NaNoWriMo is a month-long event where participants are challenged to write 50,000 words or more (of a novel) in the month of November.  Participants can work in any genre and can choose to complete a novel or the first 50,000 words of one. The focus is to begin and complete a new work--the idea is to just put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard)--and write!  The challenge begins 12:00AM November 1 and ends 11:59:59PM, November 30, 2014. 

After the NaNoWriMo kickoff, Come Write In! Tuesdays in November at 4:30 p.m. and meet up with others taking the challenge. OCFB will provide dedicated writing space in the Literature Department (Main Library, 2nd floor) for participants to write and find resources to help with the challenge. Bring your notepad or laptop to work on your novel.  You don't have to sign up with NaNoWriMo to participate.  

Click "Read More" to see helpful books available at Cleveland Public Library, and links to CPL's Online Public Access Catalog.

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The Literature Department and Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library will be hosting "Friday's Frightening Frolics," a literary and cinematic celebration of four chilling books and spine-tingling movie adaptations to celebrate October--the scariest month of the year! Held Fridays in October (starting October 10), "Friday's Frightening Frolics" will consist of half-hour book discussions and the subsequent showing of a motion picture adaptation of the book. The frightful fun will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the Literature Department, 2nd floor, Main Library. Give yourself a treat Fridays in October by joining us for this event!  For information about book and movie titles featured in this event, click on "Read More."

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