results. It’s a great opportunity for out-ofschool
learning because food is something
everyone can relate to, be excited about,
and apply in their lives. In the cooking
club, experiments are fun, educational,
healthy, and edible.
This past fall, seasonal offerings
presented opportunities to use apples
and, of course, pumpkins. Cooking club
members made warm apple pie crescents in
October with apples, sugar, and cinnamon.
In November they created healthy, fluffy
pumpkin pancakes topped with maple
syrup. In December students assembled
and decorated gingerbread houses.
Cooking Club participants learn
a variety of skills, including cooking
techniques, measurement, food and
cooking safety, food presentation, healthy
food options, and more. Plus, recipes are
always provided so they can make them
again at home.
Cooking Club classes scheduled for
the winter quarter include:
January 14 . Spice Things Up with Tacos
February 11. .Strawberry Crepes
March 11. .Green Smoothies
The 45-minute cooking club programs
begin at 3 pm and are limited to 12
participants. Registration begins two
weeks before each program.
Library Seeks Candidates
for Library Board
The Library seeks candidates for appointment
to a seven-year term on the Shaker
Heights Public Library Board. The sevenmember
Board of Trustees, appointed by
the Board of Education is the Library’s
governing body, which establishes policy
and approves expenditures. The Board
usually meets at 6:30 pm the third Monday
of the month.
Application forms can be completed
online at https://shakerlibrary.org/aboutus/
Applicants are asked to complete it
online and submit it along with a copy of
their resumes by Monday, January 27.
Drivers Needed for Library’s
Volunteers are needed to help deliver
library material to seniors and disabled
adults. Interested volunteers should call
Stacie Anderson at 216-991-2030 ext. 2339.
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Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine is the NEA Big Read
In February the Library will partner with the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning in
Cleveland for The Big Read, joining ten other libraries and arts and culture organizations
in Cuyahoga County. The Big Read, an initiative by the
National Endowment for the Arts, showcases a range of
contemporary books that reflect
different voices and perspectives,
and aims to inspire conversation
and discovery. The book discussed
in February will be Claudia
Rankine’s Citizen: An American
Lyric, which addresses race and
Born in Jamaica in 1963
and raised in New York,
Rankine is a MacArthur Genius and a United States Artists
Zell Fellow in literature. She is currently a Frederick Iseman
Professor of Poetry at Yale University.
In February, the Library will offer many opportunities for the community to engage
with Rankine’s book and to consider its ideas, beginning with a book discussion at 2 pm
Saturday, February 2 at Bertram Woods Branch. Adrienne Gosselin, associate professor
of English at Cleveland State University, who specializes in African-American Literature
and Culture and Black Women’s Studies, will lead the discussion.
Shaker Heights’ Rising Phoenix Community Theater will present “Hoodie: Between
Black & White,” a multi-media performance and community discussion on themes from
the book. Performances will be held at 2 pm Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February
10 at Main Library.
Independent scholar and art dealer David Lusenhop will present “Represent: A
Brief History of Self-Representation by African-American Artists” at 7 pm Wednesday,
February 20 at Main Library. His talk will feature works of art from the Harlem
Renaissance to today.
Shaker Heights High School’s Student Group on Race Relations (SGORR) will
moderate an intergenerational discussion entitled “Microaggressions: A Community
@ Shaker Library
Award-Winning Author’s Favorite Library
is Bertram Woods Branch
Shaker Heights High School graduate Susan Orlean
(class of ’73), a New Yorker staff writer and author
of The Orchid Thief and Rin Tin Tin, has written The
Library Book, about the huge fire in 1986 that closed
down the Los Angeles Public Library for seven years.
In promoting the book, Orlean talked about her
favorite library in The New York Times Book Review
last October 11.
“The Bertram Woods branch of the Shaker
Heights Public Library, my childhood library, remains
my favorite. I went several times a week with my
mother when I was growing up, and that’s where I fell in love with libraries. To me,
Bertram Woods was like a horn of plenty, and one that was also full of surprises:
I never knew what book I might find. I loved to spin around with my eyes closed
and then stop and see what strange and wonderful and unimaginable book my
gaze landed on. The Bertram Woods branch was big enough to feel bountiful, but
small enough to feel cozy. I’ve been in huge, gorgeous, awe-inspiring libraries all
over the world, but I will forever be partial to this little branch library where I felt
like I discovered the universe.”