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The Lake County League of Libraries unites the public libraries in Lake County, Ohio--Willoughby Eastlake, Mentor, Morley, Wickliffe, Kirtland, Perry, Madison, and Fairport Harbor--as well as the Lakeland Community College Library and the Lake Erie College Library.

This summer in June and July, the League of Libraries presents Lake County Reads, a county-wide reading of Jess Walter's The Cold Millions featuring book clubs and a variety of special programs hosted by libraries across Lake County!  

Learn together!

 

Lake County Reads! Schedule of Events

  • Writing the Working Class, with Literary Cleveland
    Jul 29, 5:30 PM
    Zoom
    Join us to talk about Belt Publishing's Black in the Middle anthology and work on your own piece of working class writing! This workshop immediately precedes a panel conversation with the editor and authors of Black in the Middle.
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  • Conversation with the Editor of Black in the Middle, and Contributors
    Jul 29, 6:30 PM
    Zoom and Facebook Live
    Don't miss this panel discussion about Belt Publsihing's new anthology Black in the Middle, with editor Terrion Williamson and several contributors. This program is part of the Writing the Working Class series with Literary Cleveland.
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  • Writing the Working Class, with Literary Cleveland
    Aug 05, 5:30 PM
    Zoom
    Join us to talk about The Cold Millions and work on your own piece of working class writing! This workshop immediately precedes the culminating event with Jess Walter!
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  • Author Conversation with Jess Walter
    Thu, Aug 05
    Zoom and Facebook Live
    Aug 05, 6:30 PM
    Zoom and Facebook Live
    The culminating event of Lake County Reads 2021! Learn about The Cold Millions Directly from the author. Sign up to ask Jess your question about the book directly!
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  • Virtual Book Discussion--Mentor Public Library
    Jul 26, 6:30 PM
    Zoom
    Join librarian Mentor Public Library's Cailey for a special meeting of the Monday Night Book Club as part of Lake County Reads! We will be discussing The Cold Millions by Jess Walters in advance of his virtual library visit to Lake County of August 5.
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  • Free Speech and Protest: Know Your Rights
    Tue, Jul 20
    Zoom and Facebook Live
    Jul 20, 7:00 PM
    Zoom and Facebook Live
    Freedom of speech and the right to protest was at the heart of the Spokane Free Speech Riots described in The Cold Millions. ACLU of Ohio speaker Frank Kunstel will tell you about your rights today!
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  • The Wobblies and their Songbird
    Tue, Jul 13
    Zoom and Facebook Live
    Jul 13, 6:30 PM
    Zoom and Facebook Live
    Did you wonder about the Industrial Workers of the World and the "Wobblies" that were at the heart of the Spokane Free Speech Riots at the center of The Cold Millions? Learn all about it with this talk from historian Senteara Orwig!
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  • Virtual Book Discussion--Wickliffe Public Library
    Jul 12, 6:30 PM
    Zoom
    Please join Wickliffe Library for a book discussion on Jess Walter's book, The Cold Millions. This is an event leading up to the Lake County League of Library's author discussion with Jess Walter.
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  • Author Conversation with Edward McClelland
    Thu, Jul 08
    Zoom and Facebook Live
    Jul 08, 6:30 PM
    Zoom and Facebook Live
    Don't miss this conversation between author Edward McClelland and Willoughby-Eastlake Library's Travis Fortney, part of the Writing the Working Class Series with Literary Cleveland.
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  • Writing the Working Class, with Literary Cleveland
    Jul 08, 5:30 PM
    Zoom
    Join us to talk about Edward McClelland's Running for Home and work on your own piece of working class writing! This workshop immediately precedes a conversation with Edward McClelland about Running for Home.
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  • Virtual Book Discussion--Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library
    Jul 07, 6:30 PM
    Zoom
    Please join Willoughby-Eastlake Library for a book discussion on Jess Walter's book, The Cold Millions. This is an event leading up to the Lake County League of Library's author discussion with Jess Walter.
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  • Virtual Book Discussion--Kirtland Library
    Jun 28, 7:00 PM
    Zoom
    Read and discuss The Cold Millions by Jess Walter with Kirtland Public Library!
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  • Virtual Ragtime Concert: The Ragged Blade Band
    Thu, Jun 24
    Zoom and Facebook Live
    Jun 24, 7:00 PM
    Zoom and Facebook Live
    Join The Ragged Blade Ragtime Band all the way from Saint Louis for a fun and informative virtual concert. Get in the mood for reading The Cold Millions by bopping along to the sounds of the early 20th century, just like Gig and Rye in the book!
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  • Virtual Book Discussion--Morley Library
    Jun 23, 7:00 PM
    Zoom
    Read and discuss The Cold Millions by Jess Walter with Morley Library!
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  • Author Conversation with Brian Castner
    Wed, Jun 23
    Zoom and Facebook Live
    Jun 23, 6:30 PM
    Zoom and Facebook Live
    Don't miss this conversation with Brian Castner and Willoughby-Eastlake Library's Travis Fortney. Part of the "Writing the Working Class" series with Literary Cleveland.
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  • Writing the Working Class, with Literary Cleveland
    Jun 23, 5:30 PM
    Zoom
    Join us to talk about Brian Castner's Stampede and work on your own piece of working class writing! This workshop immediately precedes a conversation with Brian Castner.
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  • Author Conversation with Elizabeth Gurley Flynn biographer Dr. Lara Vapnek
    Jun 22, 6:30 PM
    Zoom and Facebook Live
    Real-life historical figure Elizabeth Gurley Flynn is one of the most interesting characters in The Cold Millions, learn all about her directly from biographer Dr. Lara Vapnek.
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  • Suffragettes: Fight for Women’s Rights
    Jun 17, 6:30 PM
    Zoom
    The fight for women's votes happened in the same historica period that The Cold Millions takes place. Learn about the local history of the movement with the Lake County Historical Center!
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