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Meet Author James Renner

2023-07-03 19:00:00 2023-07-03 20:00:00 America/New_York Meet Author James Renner Join us when author James Renner visits to discuss his new true crime book, <i>Little, Crazy Children</i>. Beachwood Branch - Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)

Monday, July 03
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-07-03 19:00:00 2023-07-03 20:00:00 America/New_York Meet Author James Renner Join us when author James Renner visits to discuss his new true crime book, <i>Little, Crazy Children</i>. Beachwood Branch - Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)

Beachwood Branch

Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)

Join us when author James Renner visits to discuss his new true crime book, Little, Crazy Children.

About the author:

James Renner is an investigative journalist, podcaster, and critically acclaimed author of both nonfiction and fiction books, including True Crime Addict and The Man from Primrose Lane. Previously the host of Lake Erie’s Coldest Cases on ID Discovery, he currently hosts the podcasts “The Philosophy of Crime” and “True Crime This Week.” He is the Founder and Director of The Porchlight Project, a nonprofit that provides genetic genealogy for cold cases in Ohio. He lives in Akron with his wife and children.

Little, Crazy Children follows the story surrounding sixteen-year-old Lisa Pruett, a poetry lover and member of a church youth group, who was on her way to a midnight tryst with her boyfriend when she was viciously stabbed to death only thirty feet from the boy’s home. The September 1990 murder cast a palpable gloom over the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights and sparked accusations, theories, and rumors among Lisa’s friends and peers.

Together they wove a damning narrative that circled back to a likely suspect: “weird” high school outcast Kevin Young. Without a shred of evidence, the teen was arrested, charged, and tried for the crime. His eventual acquittal didn’t squelch the anger and outrage among those who believed that Kevin had gotten away with murder. Renner's revelations and perspective offer a unique in-depth take that boldly proposes another suspect more likely to have committed the murder.

With a fresh perspective and painstaking research culled from police files, court records, transcripts, uncollected evidence, and new interviews, Renner reconstructs the events leading up to and following that heartbreaking night. Who had the capacity for such unchecked violence? What monsters still lurk in the dark? After more than thirty years, questions like these continue to fester among the community of Shaker Heights, Ohio, still deeply scarred by wounds that remain hidden, unspoken, and unhealed.

Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Mac's Backs - Books on Coventry.

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Beachwood Branch

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Phone: 216-831-6868
Fax: 216-831-0412
Branch manager
Amia Wheatley

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

The Beachwood Branch first opened to the public on October 31, 1982. At the time, it was the first branch in the CCPL system to have an automated circulation system. Located just a few hundred yards from the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, the branch offers a drive-up window where customers can pick up requested materials, dedicated spaces for kids and teens, and a beautiful outdoor reading garden.

Upcoming events

Thu, Jun 13, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Thu, Jun 13, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Thu, Jun 13, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Fri, Jun 14, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Debbie Darling presents her series of musical talks that are both entertaining and informative.

Sun, Jun 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Come celebrate Father's Day with music by Yiddishe Cup.

Mon, Jun 17, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Have a great time dancing and moving to your favorite storytime music with beanbags, rhythm sticks, and more!

Mon, Jun 17, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 17, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Join us at the Beachwood branch for knitting and informal chats about what everyone is reading.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Wed, Jun 19, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Wed, Jun 19, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Monthly book discussion led by library staff.

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

Thu, Jun 20, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Thu, Jun 20, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Fri, Jun 21, 10:00am - 11:00am
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Art historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman presents her series on the lives and works of beloved artists.

Mon, Jun 24, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Have a great time dancing and moving to your favorite storytime music with beanbags, rhythm sticks, and more!

Mon, Jun 24, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jun 25, 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Storytime Room
Join us as we help your child build kindergarten readiness skills in a program aligned to Ohio’s Early Childhood Standards.

Wed, Jun 26, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Wed, Jun 26, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Follow the TikTok trend and make a four room pop up house.

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

Thu, Jun 27, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Thu, Jun 27, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 27, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Step into the world of floral design and learn the techniques to achieve a beautiful arrangement.
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Fri, Jun 28, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Storytime Room
Practice reading judgement free with a certified Therapy Dog

Mon, Jul 01, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Have a great time dancing and moving to your favorite storytime music with beanbags, rhythm sticks, and more!

Mon, Jul 01, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jul 01, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
In remembrance of 100 years since the passing of author Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Literary Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Public Library partner to host a discussion of his life, work, and influence.

Tue, Jul 02, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Wed, Jul 03, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Mon, Jul 08, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Have a great time dancing and moving to your favorite storytime music with beanbags, rhythm sticks, and more!

Mon, Jul 08, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jul 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jul 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Please join us for a discussion of "The Whalebone Theatre" by Joanna Quinn.

Wed, Jul 10, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

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

Thu, Jul 11, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Thu, Jul 11, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Fri, Jul 12, 10:00am - 11:00am
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Art historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman presents her series on the lives and works of beloved artists.

Sat, Jul 13, 10:00am - 3:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
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