Readers' Services

Readers' Services

Author Events

Writers Live Series Featuring: Vivien Chien
Thurs., May 21, 12:00 pm, Weymouth Country Club
Vivien Chien is the author of the Noodle Shop Mystery series set in Cleveland’s Asian community. Featuring amateur detective and restaurateur Lana Lee, the series includes Death By Dumpling, Dim Sum of All Fears, Murder Lo Mein, Wonton Terror, and Egg Drop Dead.  Vivien lives in Cleveland with her toy fox terrier.
Tickets: $25 (includes lunch) Purchase tickets Apr. 20 - May 15 at any MCDL location or online.
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An Evening with Marie Benedict
Tues., Sept. 15, 6:30 pm, Medina Library

Marie Benedict is a lawyer and litigator at two of the country’s premier law firms, who found her calling unearthing the hidden historical stories of women. She excavates from the past the most important, complex and fascinating women of history and brings them into the light of present-day, along with their contributions and insights into modern issues. Her books include The Other Einstein, Carnegie's Maid, The Only Woman in the Room, and Lady Clementine.
Free event: Registration begins Aug. 15 by calling 330-722-4257 or online.
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Staff Picks: Meet Holly

Holly Recommends

Everything’s Trash, But it’s Okay
by Phoebe Robinson

Furnishing Eternity: a Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life
by David Giffels

Little Weirds
by Jenny Slate 

Look Alive Out There
by Sloane Crosley 

The Witches are Coming
by Lindy West 

We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter
by Celeste Headlee 

How did you come to love reading and libraries?

I have many vivid and lovely memories of being in libraries as a child and young adult, and I’m beyond grateful that my parents valued the library as much as they did or I may not have actualized my librarian career. My older sister was also a reader and even now I think she is the best person ever, so I would read all the books that she had read. I think my sister’s confidence and strength inadvertently encouraged the authors I gravitate toward too, which are clever, honest, creative individuals whose stories, fears, experiences, and ideas resonate deeply with me. I’ve read many writers that have helped me gain perspective on all the great and terrible things that happen in life, and they give me hope that the world we live in can still be genuinely okay.  

What is your very favorite kind of book to read, and why?

Personal essays and memoirs are my favorite books to read and especially to listen to; I commute to work so I have plenty of time in the car to listen to audiobooks. Often times these writers read their own work which adds a level of authenticity and connection to their stories that I find is sometimes lacking from narrators. I am endlessly fascinated by the ways in which authors remember and retell their own narrative, and how essays can make me rethink what I believe.