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Writing Your Family History

A Mini-Conference

2019-03-16 12:30:00 2019-03-16 16:30:00 America/New_York Writing Your Family History Presented by Literary Cleveland and the William N. Skirball Writers' Center. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

Saturday, March 16
12:30pm - 4:30pm

Add to Calendar 2019-03-16 12:30:00 2019-03-16 16:30:00 America/New_York Writing Your Family History Presented by Literary Cleveland and the William N. Skirball Writers' Center. South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

Meeting Room A+B+C (274)

Presented by Literary Cleveland and the William N. Skirball Writers' Center.

Join us for a half-day conference on writing family history.

12:30-12:45 / INTRODUCTIONS AND WELCOME

12:45-2:15 / FIRST SET OF BREAKOUT SESSIONS. CHOOSE ONE:

Turning Family Interviews into Multimedia Stories -- Afi Scruggs (In Meeting Room A/B/C)

In this workshop participants will learn interviewing techniques that reveal the stories behind the dates, names and places. We'll also cover how to turn the information into stories, skits/plays, and even short audio or video segments. Topics will include ways to interview relatives; what to do when you can't interview relatives; how to verify what you find and suggestions on blogging and creating short videos.

Afi Scruggs is a communications professional and the author of Claiming Kin: Confronting the History of an African American Family. Her diverse body of work has appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Washington Post, Cleveland Magazine and the Atlanta Journal Constitution among many others. Visit her page for more information.

Writing the Ancestral Journey -- Amy Breau (In Writers' Center Meeting Room)

Writing your family history isn’t just about searching dusty (or digital) archives for distant ancestors to fill in your family tree. You become part of the story, as you shape your own narrative of who you are and where you’re from. Hear how Amy Breau reached a dead end in her genealogical research, then turned to historical research, travel and interviews to discover and reconnect with her Acadian roots. We’ll brainstorm unconventional ways to learn more about your own family history and do some writing prompts. What kinds of questions do you hope to be able to answer? What’s at stake for you and other family members as you conduct your search? And how can you write the story of your origins when questions remain unanswered, either by necessity or by choice?

Amy Breau is a writer and registered nurse who earned her MFA in poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, New Flash Fiction Review, Cleveland Magazine and on NPR. She researches and writes about family history, especially her Acadian and Quebecois family roots.

2:15-2:30 / BREAK WITH REFRESHMENTS

2:30-4:00 / SECOND SET OF BREAKOUT SESSIONS. CHOOSE ONE:

Turning History into Stories -- Lee Chilcote (In Writers' Center Meeting Room)

Your family is full of stories, and you may have a few heirlooms, a mind full of memorable tales, or many boxes of keepsake letters, journals and clippings. Learn techniques for turning history into story with the goal of publishing it or preserving it for friends or for generations to come. In this class, we will use writing examples, prompts and research as a jumping off point for exploring family history.

Lee Chilcote is the author of the poetry chapbooks The Shape of Home and How to Live in Ruins. His writing has been published by Vanity Fair, Next City, Belt and many literary journals as well as in The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook, The Cleveland Anthology and A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City. He is co-founder and former executive director of Literary Cleveland. He lives in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland with his family. 

Beyond Memory: Research Tips for Writing Personal Nonfiction -- David Giffels (In Meeting Room A/B/C)

Even though “memory” is the root of “memoir,” it is only the beginning of the process. David Giffels exposes the sometimes shocking fallibility of a writer’s memory and offers techniques and advice for using research as a vital part of the creative process.

David Giffels is the William N. Skirball Writers' Center's Writer in Residence. His books include Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life; The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches From the Rust Belt; and All the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down House. A former Akron Beacon Journal columnist, his writing has appeared in The New York Times MagazineThe AtlanticParadeThe Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He also was a writer for the MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head. He is an associate professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches creative nonfiction in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.

4:00-4:30 / MEMORY LAB OPEN HOUSE

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch is a free "do-it-yourself" space for the community to learn how to access, digitize and share old videos, audio recordings, photographs and slides. 

TAGS: | Writing |

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

seumgr@cuyahogalibrary.org
Phone: 216-382-4880
Fax: 216-382-4584
Branch manager
Brijin Boddy

Hours
Mon, Jun 10 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Jun 11 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Jun 12 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Jun 13 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Jun 14 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Jun 15 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Jun 16 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

Passport processing and photo services are available at this location 7 days a week, no appointment necessary.

Upcoming events

Sat, Jun 15, 10:00am - 11:00am
Learn about the equipment and software in the Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South-Euclid Lyndhurst Branch. Be sure to bring your library card or a photo ID.

Sat, Jun 15, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room C (77)
Create a small pillow for yourself or a loved one with a note or prayer tucked inside the pocket. All workshops require advanced registration. To register, call UH at 216-844-1211.

Mon, Jun 17, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Mon, Jun 17, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jun 17, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Create characters and make them come alive! Students will create a variety of puppets, develop a story line and act out a short puppet show. A performance will be held on Friday at 3:30.
This event is full

Mon, Jun 17, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn about the equipment and software in the Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South-Euclid Lyndhurst Branch. Be sure to bring your library card or a photo ID.

Mon, Jun 17, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
To be a writer, one must be a reader.

Tue, Jun 18, 9:00am - 5:30pm
An Ohio Means Jobs specialist is available for job placement and individualized employment planning services. Please call ahead to confirm the Job Specialists availability.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jun 18, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jun 18, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jun 18, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Create characters and make them come alive! Students will create a variety of puppets, develop a story line and act out a short puppet show. A performance will be held on Friday at 3:30.
This event is full

Wed, Jun 19, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Bring your craft projects and creativity and join a group of needlework enthusiasts. This group meets the third Wednesday of the month. All skill levels welcome.

Wed, Jun 19, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 19, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Create characters and make them come alive! Students will create a variety of puppets, develop a story line and act out a short puppet show. A performance will be held on Friday at 3:30.
This event is full

Wed, Jun 19, 7:00pm - 7:20pm
Children in second through fifth grades who struggle with reading will have the opportunity to improve their skills by reading aloud to very special dogs this summer. 
This event is full

Wed, Jun 19, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
The author of On Vacation from Sanity won the first ever Ohio Indie Author Project for YA fiction.

Wed, Jun 19, 7:20pm - 7:40pm
Children in second through fifth grades who struggle with reading will have the opportunity to improve their skills by reading aloud to very special dogs this summer. 
This event is full

Wed, Jun 19, 7:40pm - 8:00pm
Children in second through fifth grades who struggle with reading will have the opportunity to improve their skills by reading aloud to very special dogs this summer. 
This event is full

Thu, Jun 20, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 20, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Tri-C Aspire provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches for non-native speakers of the English language.

Thu, Jun 20, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 20, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Schedule an individual career counseling session with one of our Licensed or Certified Career Services Counselors/Coaches.

Thu, Jun 20, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Create characters and make them come alive! Students will create a variety of puppets, develop a story line and act out a short puppet show. A performance will be held on Friday at 3:30.
This event is full

Thu, Jun 20, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Get feedback on your poem. #readwritepoetry

Thu, Jun 20, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Fri, Jun 21, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Jun 21, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Create characters and make them come alive! Students will create a variety of puppets, develop a story line and act out a short puppet show. A performance will be held on Friday at 3:30.
This event is full

Fri, Jun 21, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Dedicated time every Friday afternoon in June, July and August to work on your writing project in the company of other writers.

Sat, Jun 22, 9:30am - 3:30pm
Meeting Room A (97)
Find a wonderful selection of bargains at our book sale. All types of materials for all age groups will be available. Proceeds help support library programming.

Sat, Jun 22, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Exploring personal questions through nonfiction narrative.
This event is full

Sat, Jun 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room B+C (177)
Have you ever wanted to pet a chinchilla? A macaw? Or even a kinkajou? This isn't your ordinary petting zoo. Join us for our outdoor event with Our Zoo Too You and get an up close experience!

Sat, Jun 22, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Drop in sound recording orientations. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation session will not start after 4:45 PM. Make sure to bring your library card.

Mon, Jun 24, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Mon, Jun 24, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jun 24, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Join us to learn more about virtual reality courtesy of Games Done Legit. Try a variety of virtual reality experiences and learn how to create your own experience. Ages 11-18. Registration required.
This event is full

Mon, Jun 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for an introduction to our audio converting equipment in the Memory Lab. Learn how to update your vinyl records and audio cassette tapes to digital files.

Tue, Jun 25, 9:00am - 5:30pm
An Ohio Means Jobs specialist is available for job placement and individualized employment planning services. Please call ahead to confirm the Job Specialists availability.

Tue, Jun 25, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jun 25, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jun 25, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jun 25, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Join us to learn more about virtual reality courtesy of Games Done Legit. Try a variety of virtual reality experiences and learn how to create your own experience. Ages 11-18. Registration required.
This event is full

Wed, Jun 26, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 26, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Join us to learn more about virtual reality courtesy of Games Done Legit. Try a variety of virtual reality experiences and learn how to create your own experience. Ages 11-18. Registration required.
This event is full

Wed, Jun 26, 7:00pm - 7:20pm
Children in second through fifth grades who struggle with reading will have the opportunity to improve their skills by reading aloud to very special dogs this summer. 
This event is full

Wed, Jun 26, 7:20pm - 7:40pm
Children in second through fifth grades who struggle with reading will have the opportunity to improve their skills by reading aloud to very special dogs this summer. 
This event is full

Wed, Jun 26, 7:40pm - 8:00pm
Children in second through fifth grades who struggle with reading will have the opportunity to improve their skills by reading aloud to very special dogs this summer. 
This event is full

Thu, Jun 27, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 27, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 27, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Schedule an individual career counseling session with one of our Licensed or Certified Career Services Counselors/Coaches.

Thu, Jun 27, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
Join us to learn more about virtual reality courtesy of Games Done Legit. Try a variety of virtual reality experiences and learn how to create your own experience. Ages 11-18. Registration required.
This event is full

Thu, Jun 27, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in sound recording orientations. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation session will not start after 3:45 PM. Make sure to bring your library card.

Thu, Jun 27, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Meet your writing and publishing goals.

Thu, Jun 27, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Fri, Jun 28, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Jun 28, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Dedicated time every Friday afternoon in June, July and August to work on your writing project in the company of other writers.

Sat, Jun 29, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Learn about the equipment and software in the Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South-Euclid Lyndhurst Branch. Be sure to bring your library card or a photo ID.

Mon, Jul 01, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Mon, Jul 01, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jul 01, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Learn about the equipment and software in the Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South-Euclid Lyndhurst Branch. Be sure to bring your library card or a photo ID.

Tue, Jul 02, 9:00am - 5:30pm
An Ohio Means Jobs specialist is available for job placement and individualized employment planning services. Please call ahead to confirm the Job Specialists availability.

Tue, Jul 02, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jul 02, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Tech Classroom (48)
Tri-C Aspire provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches for non-native speakers of the English language.

Tue, Jul 02, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jul 02, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jul 03, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Jul 05, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Jul 05, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Dedicated time every Friday afternoon in June, July and August to work on your writing project in the company of other writers.

Sat, Jul 06, 10:00am - 11:00am
Drop in sound recording orientations. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation session will not start after 10:45 AM. Make sure to bring your library card.

Mon, Jul 08, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Mon, Jul 08, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jul 08, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
For children entering kindergarten in the fall 2019, not in a preschool or child care center.

Mon, Jul 08, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Tech Classroom (48)
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows 10, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

Mon, Jul 08, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room A (97)
Join us for a crafty evening where participants will create a one-of-a-kind mason jar luminary. Register today to light up your summer nights.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 09, 9:00am - 5:30pm
An Ohio Means Jobs specialist is available for job placement and individualized employment planning services. Please call ahead to confirm the Job Specialists availability.

Tue, Jul 09, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jul 09, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Tech Classroom (48)
Tri-C Aspire provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches for non-native speakers of the English language.

Tue, Jul 09, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jul 09, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jul 09, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Fiction writers with a year or more of previous workshop experience will continue to hone and polish their fiction through in-class critique and by studying examples of professional writing.
Registration is now closed

Wed, Jul 10, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Tech Classroom (48)
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows 10, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

Wed, Jul 10, 10:00am - 10:35am
Storytime Room (125)
Join Maria Hanley, an early childhood dance educator, for a creative movement class that empowers young movers with big imaginations to explore music, props, dance vocabulary and teamwork!

Wed, Jul 10, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jul 10, 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Join us as we watch anime. We'll have a mix of classics as well as the latest shows. For Grades 7th-12th.

Wed, Jul 10, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Fiction writers with at least one workshop experience who understand how workshops proceed will bring in previously written stories or chapters from novels that have gone through at least one draft.
Registration is now closed

Wed, Jul 10, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Drop in sound recording orientations. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation session will not start after 7:45 PM. Make sure to bring your library card.

Wed, Jul 10, 7:00pm - 7:20pm
Children in second through fifth grades who struggle with reading will have the opportunity to improve their skills by reading aloud to very special dogs this summer. 
This event is full

Wed, Jul 10, 7:20pm - 7:40pm
Children in second through fifth grades who struggle with reading will have the opportunity to improve their skills by reading aloud to very special dogs this summer. 
This event is full

Wed, Jul 10, 7:40pm - 8:00pm
Children in second through fifth grades who struggle with reading will have the opportunity to improve their skills by reading aloud to very special dogs this summer. 
This event is full

Thu, Jul 11, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jul 11, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Tech Classroom (48)
Tri-C Aspire provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches for non-native speakers of the English language.

Thu, Jul 11, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jul 11, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Schedule an individual career counseling session with one of our Licensed or Certified Career Services Counselors/Coaches.

Thu, Jul 11, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Fiction writers new to the workshop experience will learn how to give and receive comments on your and others' writing in a group setting.
Registration is now closed

Thu, Jul 11, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Thu, Jul 11, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A+B (197)
Local author Jill Grunenwald visits to talk about her new book, Reading Behind Bars .

Fri, Jul 12, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Jul 12, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
Dedicated time every Friday afternoon in June, July and August to work on your writing project in the company of other writers.

Sat, Jul 13, 10:00am - 11:00am
Learn about the equipment and software in the Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South-Euclid Lyndhurst Branch. Be sure to bring your library card or a photo ID.

Sat, Jul 13, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
One-on-one meetings with Deanna Adams, a seasoned multi-published writer to discuss your writing needs.

Sun, Jul 14, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room 162 (20)
A new poetry open mic, moderated by the City of South Euclid's first Poet Laureate, "Doc" Janning.

Mon, Jul 15, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room (125)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Mon, Jul 15, 11:45am - 12:15pm
Homework Center (56)
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jul 15, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Meeting Room A+B+C (274)
In this self-discovery camp, youth discover their strengths through art, photography, drama, movement/dance, creative writing, and team-building activities. Ages 12-14. Registration required.
This event is full

Mon, Jul 15, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn about the equipment and software in the Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South-Euclid Lyndhurst Branch. Be sure to bring your library card or a photo ID.