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Monday Evening Book Discussion

Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See

2024-04-15 19:00:00 2024-04-15 20:00:00 America/New_York Monday Evening Book Discussion Join us for an always-interesting discussion. Attend in-person or virtually! Maple Heights Branch - Maple Heights Branch Zoom 2, Small Meeting Room (12)

Monday, April 15
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2024-04-15 19:00:00 2024-04-15 20:00:00 America/New_York Monday Evening Book Discussion Join us for an always-interesting discussion. Attend in-person or virtually! Maple Heights Branch - Maple Heights Branch Zoom 2, Small Meeting Room (12)

Maple Heights Branch

Maple Heights Branch Zoom 2, Small Meeting Room (12)

Join us for an always-interesting discussion. Attend in-person or virtually!

The selection this month will be Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See.

The latest historical novel from New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, inspired by the true story of a woman physician from 15th-century China—perfect for fans of See's classic Snowflower and the Secret Fan and The Island of Sea Women.

According to Confucius, "an educated woman is a worthless woman," but Tan Yunxian—born into an elite family, yet haunted by death, separations, and loneliness—is being raised by her grandparents to be of use. Her grandmother is one of only a handful of female doctors in China, and she teaches Yunxian the pillars of Chinese medicine, the Four Examinations—looking, listening, touching, and asking—something a man can never do with a female patient.

From a young age, Yunxian learns about women's illnesses, many of which relate to childbearing, alongside a young midwife-in-training, Meiling. The two girls find fast friendship and a mutual purpose—despite the prohibition that a doctor should never touch blood while a midwife comes in frequent contact with it—and they vow to be forever friends, sharing in each other's joys and struggles. No mud, no lotus, they tell themselves: from adversity beauty can bloom.

But when Yunxian is sent into an arranged marriage, her mother-in-law forbids her from seeing Meiling and from helping the women and girls in the household. Yunxian is to act like a proper wife—embroider bound-foot slippers, pluck instruments, recite poetry, give birth to sons, and stay forever within the walls of the family compound, the Garden of Fragrant Delights.

How might a woman like Yunxian break free of these traditions, go on to treat women and girls from every level of society, and lead a life of such importance that many of her remedies are still used five centuries later? How might the power of friendship support or complicate these efforts? Lady Tan's Circle of Women is a captivating story of women helping other women. It is also a triumphant reimagining of the life of a woman who was remarkable in the Ming dynasty and would be considered remarkable today.

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Maple Heights Branch

[email protected]
Phone: 216.475.5000
Fax: 216.587.7281
Branch manager
Deva Walker

Hours
We're closed Monday May 27 due to Library CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day
Mon, May 27 Closed
(Library CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day)
Tue, May 28 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, May 29 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, May 30 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, May 31 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Jun 01 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Jun 02 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

The Maple Heights Branch serves as the headquarters for Aspire Greater Cleveland, a nonprofit organization that provides free comprehensive adult education services in Cleveland and throughout Cuyahoga County. Pearson Vue testing services are also offered at this location.

The Maple Heights Branch is also home to The Centers for Families and Children’s Debra Ann November Early Learning Center, the first early learning center to be located inside a public library in the State of Ohio.

This branch is a Student Success Center and a Greater Cleveland Food Bank Kids Café location.

Upcoming events

Wed, May 29, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Large Meeting Room (56)
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.
This event is full

Mon, Jun 03, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 03, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 03, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jun 03, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Kindergarten Club is for children entering kindergarten this fall who did not attend preschool, Head Start or a childcare center.
This event is full

Tue, Jun 04, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 04, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Homework Center (100)
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Tue, Jun 04, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jun 04, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meet up with friends and enjoy trying a new activity each month.

Wed, Jun 05, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 05, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 05, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 05, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Storytime Room (30)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Thu, Jun 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room (30)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Thu, Jun 06, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 06, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Large Meeting Room (56)
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

Thu, Jun 06, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 06, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 06, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Let's explore the 'A' in STEAM!

Fri, Jun 07, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room (30)
Explore the wonders of the natural world with books, songs, and rhymes.

Fri, Jun 07, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, Jun 08, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Large Meeting Room (56)
The chef of Cha’Firo restaurant will present a demo and teach you how to make a Puerto Rican staple.
This event is full

Mon, Jun 10, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 10, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 10, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jun 11, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cuyahoga County Public Library is collaborating with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to distribute free, fresh produce to those in need.

Tue, Jun 11, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 11, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 11, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jun 11, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Large Meeting Room (56)
A representative from The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland will speak on common legal issues for small businesses and how to solve them.

Wed, Jun 12, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 12, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Large Meeting Room (56)
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

Wed, Jun 12, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 12, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 12, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Storytime Room (30)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Wed, Jun 12, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Large Meeting Room (56)
Learn how to combat stormwater pollution by shrinking your lawn! Planting native plants can improve curb appeal of a home, boost resale value, all while protecting our environment. 

Thu, Jun 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room (30)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Thu, Jun 13, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 13, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Let's explore the 'A' in STEAM!

Fri, Jun 14, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, Jun 15, 10:30am - 11:15am
Storytime Room (30)
Introduce preschoolers to coding and computational thinking with unplugged coding challenges featuring Sphero Indi Robots.

Sat, Jun 15, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Large Meeting Room (56)
Join us for a film and discussion exploring the holiday and one man’s journey to understanding its story and origins. Screening made possible by the Cleveland International Film Festival.

Mon, Jun 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Mon, Jun 17, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Maple Heights Branch Zoom 2,Small Meeting Room (12)
Join us for an always-interesting discussion. Attend in-person or virtually!

Tue, Jun 18, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 18, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 19, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 19, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Storytime Room (30)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Thu, Jun 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room (30)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.

Thu, Jun 20, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Thu, Jun 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Thu, Jun 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Let's explore the 'A' in STEAM!

Fri, Jun 21, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Sat, Jun 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Large Meeting Room (56)
Explore color and paint on canvas in this fun and relaxing class. Accompanied by meditational music, you will tap into your creativity and express your energy through art!
This event is full

Mon, Jun 24, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Mon, Jun 24, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Tue, Jun 25, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jun 25, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 26, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Homework Center (100)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jun 26, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kids ages 18 and under can get a free lunch provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, while supplies last.

Wed, Jun 26, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Storytime Room (30)
Join us for stories, songs and fingerplays.