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Meet Author Ross Gay

2023-11-15 19:00:00 2023-11-15 20:00:00 America/New_York Meet Author Ross Gay Join us when author Ross Gay visits to discuss his new collection, <i>The Book of (More) Delights<i>. Beachwood Branch - Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)

Wednesday, November 15
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-11-15 19:00:00 2023-11-15 20:00:00 America/New_York Meet Author Ross Gay Join us when author Ross Gay visits to discuss his new collection, <i>The Book of (More) Delights<i>. Beachwood Branch - Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)

Beachwood Branch

Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)

Join us when author Ross Gay visits to discuss his new collection, The Book of (More) Delights.

About the author:

Ross Gay is the New York Times bestselling author of the essay collections The Book of Delights and Inciting Joy and four books of poetry. His Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award; and Be Holding won the 2021 PEN America Jean Stein Book Award and was recently performed as a play. Gay is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.

Adept at making a bounty out of the everyday, Gay again gives voice to the human desire for joy with The Book of (More) Delights: Essays, a timely reminder that delight exists all around us, if we take the time to look for it. And even as he acknowledges racism, consumerism, climate change, and individual pain—the forces that endanger joy—he shows us that our shared sorrow can bring us together. These new essays, also written over the course of a year, are resonant and linguistically exquisite―required reading for anyone who has ever had a bad day. Which is to say, all of us.

For Gay, what delights us is what connects us, what gives us meaning, from the joy of dancing a little bit with strangers to good songs in the supermarket to the simple pleasure of a potluck supper; from the tenderness Gay feels when he sees an adult wearing braces to the kindness he witnesses when a community bands together to search for a lost cat; from the check-out kid at the co-op with pink hair and a concert shirt showing him a magic trick to the fun of browsing through a beautifully curated bookstore. As always, Gay revels in the natural world—sweet potatoes being harvested, a hummingbird carousing in the beebalm, a sunflower growing out of a wall around the cemetery, the shared bounty from a neighbor’s fig tree—and the trillion mysterious ways this glorious Earth delights us.

Yet as much as these joyous essays proclaim yes; they at times declare no—because for Gay, practicing delight can also be an act of defiance in a broken world. “We’ve been mandated, over the past several years, to be suspicious of one another,” Gay writes. “To regard each other as potential vectors of doom. These essays refuse that, and refuse those who would convince us to do so, by wondering instead, and sometimes militantly, what if we regarded each other as potential vectors of delight? To the best of their ability, they do so by trying to notice what there is to love. We do not sing about what delights us, what we love, only for ourselves. It’s for each other that we sing about what we love.”

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 17 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Jun 18 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Jun 19 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Jun 20 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Jun 21 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Jun 22 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Jun 23 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

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.
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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)
Donate blood today. For more information or to make an appointment visit www.redcrossblood.org or call the American Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).

Mon, Jul 15, 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 15, 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 15, 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, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tue, Jul 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Join us when author Marilyn Sanders Mobley visits to discuss her latest book, Toni Morrison and the Geopoetics of Place, Race, and Be/longing.

Wed, Jul 17, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Wed, Jul 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (B) (18)
Monthly book discussion led by library staff.

Wed, Jul 17, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Beachwood Meeting Room (Auditorium) (84)
Use brown lunch bags to make a smash book to store mementos and ephemera.