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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, Nov 30 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Dec 01 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Dec 02 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Dec 03 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Dec 04 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Dec 05 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Dec 06 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

Wed, Dec 02, All day
Wondering about what you can do with a Cricut? Try our Cricut-made stencils, available in-house, and let your creativity free.

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

Wed, Dec 02, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Dec 03, All day
Wondering about what you can do with a Cricut? Try our Cricut-made stencils, available in-house, and let your creativity free.

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Thu, Dec 03, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

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

Thu, Dec 03, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Dec 03, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Share your poetry with amateur and seasoned poets alike in a comfortable setting.

Fri, Dec 04, All day
Wondering about what you can do with a Cricut? Try our Cricut-made stencils, available in-house, and let your creativity free.

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

Fri, Dec 04, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, Dec 05, All day
Wondering about what you can do with a Cricut? Try our Cricut-made stencils, available in-house, and let your creativity free.

Sun, Dec 06, All day
Wondering about what you can do with a Cricut? Try our Cricut-made stencils, available in-house, and let your creativity free.

Mon, Dec 07, All day
Decorate a glass jar for the holidays and make an electric cord holder. While supplies last.

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Mon, Dec 07, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Mon, Dec 07, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

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Mon, Dec 07, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Tue, Dec 08, All day
Decorate a glass jar for the holidays and make an electric cord holder. While supplies last.

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Tue, Dec 08, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

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

Tue, Dec 08, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Dec 09, All day
Decorate a glass jar for the holidays and make an electric cord holder. While supplies last.

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

Wed, Dec 09, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Dec 10, All day
Decorate a glass jar for the holidays and make an electric cord holder. While supplies last.

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Thu, Dec 10, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

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

Thu, Dec 10, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Dec 11, All day
Decorate a glass jar for the holidays and make an electric cord holder. While supplies last.

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Fri, Dec 11, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Fri, Dec 11, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, Dec 12, All day
Decorate a glass jar for the holidays and make an electric cord holder. While supplies last.

Sun, Dec 13, All day
Decorate a glass jar for the holidays and make an electric cord holder. While supplies last.

Mon, Dec 14, All day
Decorate a glass jar for the holidays and make an electric cord holder. While supplies last.

Mon, Dec 14, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Make an angel ornament for the tree or window by using a large paperclip, a bead and a strip of ribbon.

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Mon, Dec 14, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Mon, Dec 14, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Canceled
Mon, Dec 14, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Tue, Dec 15, All day
Decorate a glass jar for the holidays and make an electric cord holder. While supplies last.

Tue, Dec 15, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Make an angel ornament for the tree or window by using a large paperclip, a bead and a strip of ribbon.

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Tue, Dec 15, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Canceled
Tue, Dec 15, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Tue, Dec 15, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Dec 16, All day
Decorate a glass jar for the holidays and make an electric cord holder. While supplies last.

Wed, Dec 16, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Make an angel ornament for the tree or window by using a large paperclip, a bead and a strip of ribbon.

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Wed, Dec 16, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Wed, Dec 16, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Dec 17, All day
Decorate a glass jar for the holidays and make an electric cord holder. While supplies last.

Thu, Dec 17, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Make an angel ornament for the tree or window by using a large paperclip, a bead and a strip of ribbon.

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Thu, Dec 17, 9:30am - 12:00pm
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free GED®/HSE classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Canceled
Thu, Dec 17, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Thu, Dec 17, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Fri, Dec 18, All day
Decorate a glass jar for the holidays and make an electric cord holder. While supplies last.

Fri, Dec 18, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Make an angel ornament for the tree or window by using a large paperclip, a bead and a strip of ribbon.

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Fri, Dec 18, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Aspire Greater Cleveland provides free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes at Cuyahoga County Public Library branches.

Fri, Dec 18, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, Dec 19, All day
Decorate a glass jar for the holidays and make an electric cord holder. While supplies last.

Sat, Dec 19, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Make an angel ornament for the tree or window by using a large paperclip, a bead and a strip of ribbon.

Sun, Dec 20, All day
Decorate a glass jar for the holidays and make an electric cord holder. While supplies last.

Sun, Dec 20, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Make an angel ornament for the tree or window by using a large paperclip, a bead and a strip of ribbon.

Mon, Dec 21, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Make an angel ornament for the tree or window by using a large paperclip, a bead and a strip of ribbon.

Mon, Dec 21, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Dec 22, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Make an angel ornament for the tree or window by using a large paperclip, a bead and a strip of ribbon.

Tue, Dec 22, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Dec 23, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Make an angel ornament for the tree or window by using a large paperclip, a bead and a strip of ribbon.

Wed, Dec 23, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, Dec 26, 9:00am - 5:30pm
Make an angel ornament for the tree or window by using a large paperclip, a bead and a strip of ribbon.

Mon, Dec 28, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Dec 29, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Dec 29, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room C (65)
Learn about the winter wildlife in your backyard.

Wed, Dec 30, 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free grab & go meal provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.