Join “Every year in this country,the people are evicted conversation…
from their homes
not by the tens of thousands or even the hundreds of thousands but by the millions.”
Community Book Discussions Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
2-3 pm Saturday, January 20 at Bertram Woods Branch
10-11:30 am Tuesday, February 13 at Main Library
7-8:30 pm Monday, March 12 at Academy Tavern
Is eviction a cause or a condition of poverty? Read the compelling book and discuss it with others. Books will be available at the
Library’s reference desks one month before each discussion
Community Conversation: Evicted
7 pm Thursday, January 25 at Main Library
Academic scholar, Dr. Beth Nagy of Cleveland State University will lead a conversation on the topic of eviction and its effect on the
community. The purpose of the discussion is to engage both the public and community leaders in a conversation about the impact
of housing insecurity on the region and shed light on the work being done by fair housing, veterans’ affairs, mental health and social
services. Conversation will be based on Matthew Desmond’s book, Evicted, but it is not mandatory to read the book prior to program.
“We have failed to fully appreciate how deeply housing is implicated in the creation of poverty.”
Teens, Which Would You Choose? In or Out?
3:30-6 pm January 29, 30, and 31 in the Main Library Teen Center
Teens are invited to react to various eviction scenarios. As they formulate their plans of action they will be presented with local and
national resources to help those facing eviction and will have the opportunity to perform “random acts of kindness” within each
scenario. Teens will have the choice of identifying with the landlord or with the tenant. All contributions will be posted anonymously
in the Teen Center on February 1 for comment and discussion.
Kids Making Blankets for Kids (Grades K-6)
4:15-5 pm Tuesday, January 30 at Main Library
Help make winter a little warmer. Listen to an inspiring story about giving to others and then make fleece blankets to donate to
someone in need. Register in person, online, or by phone beginning January 16.
“When people have a place to live, they become better parents, workers, and citizens.”
The Homeless and Missing Youth of Cuyahoga County
7-8:30 pm Monday, February 12 at Main Library
Join Karen McHenry, program manager of Bellefaire JCB’s Homeless Youth Programs, for a discussion of issues in Cuyhoga County.
Learn what you can do to identify and help those in need. Please consider bringing a donation of winter gloves, mittens, or sealed snacks
for hygiene and survival kits.
Housing for Youth Leaving Foster Care: Community Challenges and Opportunities
7 to 8:30 pm Thursday, February 15 at Main Library
Former foster youth, service providers, and policy analysts will discuss housing challenges faced by youth aging out of foster
care. Learn about the innovative approaches of agencies and individuals to prevent homelessness and to provide support for this
“The home is the center of life. It is a refuge from the grind of work, the pressure of school, and the menace of the streets.”
Renters, Landlords and Neighbors in Shaker Heights: Quality of Life, Economic Integration and Equity
7 to 8:30 pm Thursday, March 7 at Main Library
Shaker Heights has long held diversity and inclusion among its major community values. What does this mean for renters
and owners among neighbors of different economic classes and age groups? Learn about rental housing in Shaker, including
subsidized housing, and how the renting community interacts with Shaker institutions. A discussion will focus on the rights and
responsibilities of both landlords and tenants in our community.
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Livestream of Matthew Desmond’s Presentation at the Ohio Theater
7 pm March 15 at Main Library
Matthew Desmond will speak live and his presentation will be streamed to the Main Library.