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06 9, 2023

Marc Bona reveals the Hidden History of Cleveland Sports

By |2023-06-05T19:13:43-04:00June 9, 2023|

Go beyond The Shot, The Fumble and The Drive. Explore fascinating and almost forgotten moments of Cleveland sports lore with journalist Marc Bona, the author of The Hidden History of Cleveland Sports.

Marc Bona has investigated a century of Cleveland sports and distilled the best stories into his new book, “Hidden History of Cleveland Sports.” In addition to discussing his book, Bona also shares his favorite Cleveland sports authors.

By the way, if you’re interested in local history, we’ve hosted several programs about it – many of which can be viewed in their entirety on our YouTube channel – including:

06 7, 2023

Discover the Life of PT Barnum

By |2023-06-01T11:31:07-04:00June 7, 2023|

Our librarian Mollie Burns examines the hoaxes, humbugs, and humanity of Phineas Taylor Barnum.

Barnum was many things — some of them contradictory. He was an inexhaustible self-promoter, a mayor, hoaxer, abolitionist, author, and teetotaler. But no matter what else he was, he always played the role of showman.

06 6, 2023

Explore the Shipwrecks of Lake Erie

By |2023-05-31T12:07:03-04:00June 6, 2023|

Kevin Magee, cofounder of the Cleveland Underwater Explorers, will share a beginner’s guide to the many historic shipwrecks in Lake Erie during a free program at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, at our Main Branch.

Due to its shallow depth and tempestuous weather, the floor of Lake Erie is littered with shipwrecks. Magee will lead an armchair tour of wrecks from off of Erie, Cleveland, near the western islands and more.

Magee’s talk is open to all. Due to limited space, registration is required. Sign up online or call us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

For more from Magee:

06 4, 2023

True-Crime Writer Rick Porrello Shares the Story of Multiple Murderer

By |2023-05-31T12:08:43-04:00June 4, 2023|

Cleveland’s best known true-crime writer and former police chief Rick Porrello will discuss his newest book, There’s More Bodies Out There, during a special author talk at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, at our Main Branch.

The book tells the story of former con artist and mob-affiliated hitman Richard Henkel who claimed to have murdered 28 people. Porrello spent 10 months communicating with Henkel as research for There’s More Bodies Out There.

Porrello is also the author of The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia and biographies about organized crime bosses Danny Greene and Shondor Birns.

Porrello’s talk is free to enjoy. Due to limited space, registration is required. Sign up online or call our Main Branch at 440-255-8811 est. 1. His book will be available for sale and signing after his talk.

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