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Book Lovers' Club

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.  As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."  In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.  The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy

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Warrensville Heights Branch

wvhmgr@cuyahogalibrary.org
Phone: 216.464.5280
Fax: 216.464.6475
Branch manager
Ali Boyd

Hours
Mon, Jul 06 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Jul 07 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Jul 08 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Jul 09 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Jul 10 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Jul 11 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Jul 12 Closed

About the branch

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

Upcoming events

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Sat, Jul 11, 9:30am - 10:30am
Drop in sound recording orientations. No registration required. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation will not start after 10:30 AM. Bring your library card or a photo ID.

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Mon, Jul 13, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jul 13, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

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Mon, Jul 13, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

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Mon, Jul 13, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

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Mon, Jul 13, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Step up to the mic and express yourself! Hosted by the Friends of the Warrensville Library.

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Tue, Jul 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

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Tue, Jul 14, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jul 14, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

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Tue, Jul 14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows 10, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

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Tue, Jul 14, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

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Tue, Jul 14, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Drop in sound recording orientations. No registration required. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation will not start after 8:00 PM. Bring your library card or a photo ID.

Wed, Jul 15, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

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Wed, Jul 15, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

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Wed, Jul 15, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join staff as we explore the Warrensville Heights Community Learning Garden. Each week, we’ll tackle a different gardening task. All garden programs are weather-dependent.

Thu, Jul 16, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

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Thu, Jul 16, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

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Thu, Jul 16, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Join us for food and fun as we discuss a different teen book each month. Books available at the Youth Desk one month before each discussion.

Fri, Jul 17, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

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Fri, Jul 17, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

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Sat, Jul 18, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Upcycle old squeeze bottles to make decorative butterfly feeders

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Mon, Jul 20, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jul 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

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Mon, Jul 20, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

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Mon, Jul 20, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

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Mon, Jul 20, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Step up to the mic and express yourself! Hosted by the Friends of the Warrensville Library.

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Tue, Jul 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

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Tue, Jul 21, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jul 21, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

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Tue, Jul 21, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jul 21, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Large Meeting Room - South (90)
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows 10, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

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Tue, Jul 21, 6:45pm - 8:00pm
Join our Kindergarten Club if you have a child entering kindergarten this fall who is not in a preschool or childcare center.

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Tue, Jul 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Drop in sound recording orientations. No registration required. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation will not start after 8:00 PM. Bring your library card or a photo ID.

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Tue, Jul 21, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows 10, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

Wed, Jul 22, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

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Wed, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Large Meeting Room - South (90)
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows 10, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

Canceled
Wed, Jul 22, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join staff as we explore the Warrensville Heights Community Learning Garden. Each week, we’ll tackle a different gardening task. All garden programs are weather-dependent.

Thu, Jul 23, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Large Meeting Room - South (90)
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows 10, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

Thu, Jul 23, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

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Thu, Jul 23, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Fri, Jul 24, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

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Fri, Jul 24, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

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Sat, Jul 25, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Learn ways to search the mysteries of your ancestors.

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Mon, Jul 27, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jul 27, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

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Mon, Jul 27, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

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Mon, Jul 27, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

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Mon, Jul 27, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Step up to the mic and express yourself! Hosted by the Friends of the Warrensville Library.

Tue, Jul 28, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Large Meeting Room - South (90)
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows 10, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

Canceled
Tue, Jul 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Canceled
Tue, Jul 28, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jul 28, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Canceled
Tue, Jul 28, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

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Tue, Jul 28, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Drop in sound recording orientations. No registration required. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation will not start after 8:00 PM. Bring your library card or a photo ID.

Wed, Jul 29, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Canceled
Wed, Jul 29, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Canceled
Wed, Jul 29, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join staff as we explore the Warrensville Heights Community Learning Garden. Each week, we’ll tackle a different gardening task. All garden programs are weather-dependent.

Thu, Jul 30, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Large Meeting Room - South (90)
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows 10, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

Thu, Jul 30, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Canceled
Thu, Jul 30, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Fri, Jul 31, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

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Fri, Jul 31, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

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Sat, Aug 01, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Glass etch a flower vase and then step outside into the Warrensville Community Learning Garden to add your own blossoms.

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Mon, Aug 03, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Aug 03, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Canceled
Mon, Aug 03, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Step up to the mic and express yourself! Hosted by the Friends of the Warrensville Library.

Canceled
Tue, Aug 04, 10:00am - 1:00pm
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows 10, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

Canceled
Tue, Aug 04, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Aug 04, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Canceled
Tue, Aug 04, 6:45pm - 8:00pm
Join our Kindergarten Club if you have a child entering kindergarten this fall who is not in a preschool or childcare center.

Canceled
Tue, Aug 04, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Drop in sound recording orientations. No registration required. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation will not start after 8:00 PM. Bring your library card or a photo ID.

Wed, Aug 05, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Canceled
Wed, Aug 05, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join staff as we explore the Warrensville Heights Community Learning Garden. Each week, we’ll tackle a different gardening task. All garden programs are weather-dependent.

Thu, Aug 06, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Aug 07, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab-and-go lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Canceled
Sat, Aug 08, 9:30am - 10:30am
Drop in sound recording orientations. No registration required. Sessions typically last 20-30 minutes. The last orientation will not start after 10:30 AM. Bring your library card or a photo ID.

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Sat, Aug 08, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
From aiolis to vinaigrettes, learn how to make flavorful condiments to dress up your favorite foods.

Canceled
Mon, Aug 10, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Step up to the mic and express yourself! Hosted by the Friends of the Warrensville Library.