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Meet Author Scott MacGregor and Illustrator Gary Dumm

Author and illustrator of Fire on the Water

This historical fiction graphic novel imagines the lives of blue-collar workers involved in the real-life Lake Erie tunnel disaster in Cleveland in 1916.

Award-winning author Scott MacGregor and celebrated illustrator Gary Dumm have created the intersecting story of a brilliant African American inventor, Ben Beltran (based on Garrett Augustus Morgan), the desperate immigrants tunneling beneath the lake, and the corrupt overseers who risked countless lives for profit.

In Fire on the Water, all work on the tunnels has been put on hold after numerous fatal accidents. However, on July 25, 1916, after relentless pressure from high-ranking politicians, a team of expert tunnelers, known as Sandhogs, are bribed into resuming work. When disaster strikes, many of the men are killed by a fiery explosion, and those who survive are trapped far below the earth. With time rapidly running out, city officials have no choice but to turn to inventor Ben Beltran, who is the only hope for the living Sandhogs. This original graphic novel sheds light not only upon one of America’s earliest man-made ecological disasters, but also the economic disparity between classes and racism in Midwestern America.   

Scott MacGregor has been writing comic book stories for more than 30 years. This is his first full-length graphic novel. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Gary Dumm is a lifelong resident of Cleveland and an artist who worked extensively with Harvey Pekar on his ground-breaking autobiographical comic, American Splendor. Dumm’s cartoons have also appeared in Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and Le Monde.

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Parma Branch

parmgr@cuyahogalibrary.org
Phone: 440.885.5362
Fax: 440.884.2263
Branch manager
Holly Camino

Hours
Mon, Aug 10 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Aug 11 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Aug 12 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Aug 13 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Aug 14 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Aug 15 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Aug 16 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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Tue, Aug 11, 10:00am - 11:00am
Please join us for a discussion of Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Books will be available one month prior to the discussion.

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Tue, Aug 11, 1:30pm - 5:30pm
An Cuyahoga Works Employment Specialist is available for job placement and individualized job planning services. Please call 216-475-2225 ahead to confirm the Job Specialist's availability.

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Tue, Aug 11, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Discover the therapeutic benefits of coloring.

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Wed, Aug 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Monthly Movie Discussion Group – 6/10 Boy Erased, 7/8 Biggest Little Farm, 8/12 Can You Ever Forgive Me

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Fri, Aug 14, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Drop a stuffed friend off for a week of fun. Receive a letter from stuffy and reunite at a Pick Up Party with camp activities, treats and a video of all the adventures.

Mon, Aug 17, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Mon, Aug 17, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Tue, Aug 18, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Tue, Aug 18, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Technology Learning Center (16)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

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Tue, Aug 18, 1:30pm - 5:30pm
An Cuyahoga Works Employment Specialist is available for job placement and individualized job planning services. Please call 216-475-2225 ahead to confirm the Job Specialist's availability.

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Tue, Aug 18, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Revisit the Beatles legendary performance and learn more about the beginnings of stadium rock-and-roll.

Wed, Aug 19, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

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Wed, Aug 19, 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Join us for a discussion of Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. No Registration Required. Books available 30 days prior to discussion. Sandy Althoff, discussion leader.

Thu, Aug 20, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Thu, Aug 20, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Technology Learning Center (16)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

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Thu, Aug 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows 10, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

Fri, Aug 21, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Mon, Aug 24, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Mon, Aug 24, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Tue, Aug 25, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Tue, Aug 25, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Technology Learning Center (16)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

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Tue, Aug 25, 1:30pm - 5:30pm
An Cuyahoga Works Employment Specialist is available for job placement and individualized job planning services. Please call 216-475-2225 ahead to confirm the Job Specialist's availability.

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Tue, Aug 25, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Stop in for self-guided lettering practice. meet other calligraphy and lettering enthusiasts.

Wed, Aug 26, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Thu, Aug 27, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Thu, Aug 27, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Technology Learning Center (16)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Canceled
Thu, Aug 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
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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Thu, Aug 27, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
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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Thu, Aug 27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Share your poetry with amateur and seasoned poets alike in a comfortable setting.

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Thu, Aug 27, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Learn about different natural remedies and herbs to have on hand for any situation.

Fri, Aug 28, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Mon, Aug 31, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Mon, Aug 31, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Tue, Sep 01, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Tue, Sep 01, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Technology Learning Center (16)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Tue, Sep 01, 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Study Room 1
An Cuyahoga Works Employment Specialist is available for job placement and individualized job planning services. Please call 216-475-2225 ahead to confirm the Job Specialist's availability.

Wed, Sep 02, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Thu, Sep 03, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Thu, Sep 03, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Technology Learning Center (16)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Fri, Sep 04, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Sat, Sep 05, All day
Take home activities and crafts to celebrate grandparents and grand-friends. Connect, have fun, learn together. Add a favorite family recipe to our festival cookbook! Free, while supplies last.

Tue, Sep 08, All day
Take home activities and crafts to celebrate grandparents and grand-friends. Connect, have fun, learn together. Add a favorite family recipe to our festival cookbook! Free, while supplies last.

Tue, Sep 08, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Tue, Sep 08, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Technology Learning Center (16)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Tue, Sep 08, 10:00am - 11:00am
Conference Room (35)
Title TBA

Tue, Sep 08, 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Study Room 1
An Cuyahoga Works Employment Specialist is available for job placement and individualized job planning services. Please call 216-475-2225 ahead to confirm the Job Specialist's availability.

Tue, Sep 08, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room C (65)
Discover the therapeutic benefits of coloring.

Wed, Sep 09, All day
Take home activities and crafts to celebrate grandparents and grand-friends. Connect, have fun, learn together. Add a favorite family recipe to our festival cookbook! Free, while supplies last.

Wed, Sep 09, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Wed, Sep 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room C (65)
Monthly Movie Discussion Group – 9/9 They Shall Not Grow Old, 10/14 Mary Queen of Scots, 11/11 Christmas in Connecticut, 12/9 Stan and Ollie

Thu, Sep 10, All day
Take home activities and crafts to celebrate grandparents and grand-friends. Connect, have fun, learn together. Add a favorite family recipe to our festival cookbook! Free, while supplies last.

Thu, Sep 10, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room B (100)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Thu, Sep 10, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Technology Learning Center (16)
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Thu, Sep 10, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Conference Room (35)
Create new jewelry using pieces of your old costume jewelry. Be creative and have fun. Tools and additional jewelry items will be provided to help you "upcycle" your jewelry.