Black, White & REaD!

Black, White & REaD!

highlighting the success of the 2023 Cleveland READS campaign

Friday, October 20, 2023.

The celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 pm
at the Main Library -325 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, OH.

Attendees will feast on food and cocktails while they stroll through different parts of the iconic Main Library including the historic Brett Hall where the current exhibit “The Archive” by Rebecca Louise Law is on display.

Guests will also get a special treat with entertainment by local comic Mike Polk and Cleveland Public Library’s own John Skrtic, who will perform a comedy skit on Cleveland history and libraries. Entitled “Mike Polk’s Twisted Takes on Historic Cleveland Photos with John Skrtic” is an educational and hilarious take on Cleveland and libraries. Mike is partnering with John Skrtic, Chief of Collections at the Cleveland Public Library, who has mined the library’s collection of great old pictures of Cleveland, many that have never been seen before in public. Mike Polk will add his twisted thoughts on what is really happening in the pictures that will keep you laughing!

This celebration of Cleveland READS and its achievements to help improve literacy rates will be a  place to meet new friends and dance to the sounds of the Footprints Bank and the BlakkJakk Dance Collective for a fun-filled evening. Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

Dress is business casual.

The Cleveland Public Library Foundation raises vital funds for the Library’s education and community programs.

The Cleveland Public Library Foundation in essential to supporting the Library’s education and community programs. “We invite you to join us for an epic evening of amazing cuisine, entertainment, and giving back at The Black, White & REaD Celebration.” says Dr. Shenise Johnson-Thomas, President of The Cleveland Public Library Foundation and Chief of External Relations & Development for The Cleveland Public Library. “We are dedicated to helping the community continue to activate people, ideas and resources through increased literacy.”

Tickets are on sale now for “Black, White and REaD” celebrating the success of the 2023 Cleveland Reads Campaign. General admission tickets and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Your ticket purchase helps maintain the library’s centuries-long effort to make knowledge free for all. Celebrate the library’s legacy while helping to build for the future.

To learn more about the sponsorship opportunities please contact the Foundation office at (216) 623-2831 or email


Date And Time

October 20 @ 06:30 PM to
October 20 @ 10:00 PM

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