First things first, I’ll get my confession out of the way — I’ve never been to the Cleveland Public Library. Until yesterday, that is. This bibliophile is elated to report that I finally decided to turn “I’ll visit one day” into “I’ll visit today.”
The genesis for my visit was a Facebook post about a current exhibit The Wonder of Shakespeare. I immediately knew I had to indulge my love for The Bard — I have a parrot named Romeo for heaven’s sake — and decided to plan a visit with a couple of friends.
A hop, skip, and a jump from Public Square, this cultural and architectural gem sits at 325 Superior Avenue. We could have spent considerable time admiring the building’s facade, but the winds were pretty wicked, so we hurried inside and right into the exhibit. It’s fairly small so I won’t share all of my photos, but as you can see, it’s a visual feast. There are also plenty of items on display to read.
The Wonder of Shakespeare runs through 3/25, so catch it if you can. I was informed the next exhibit is all about Superman, so stay tuned!
During our visit, a very friendly employee Stacy explained to us that Cleveland Public Library is the world’s largest chess research library. How interesting is that? Of course, we had to spend some time admiring the various chess sets on display. This one? My favorite. Pass the salt, please.
What’s more, if you’re diligent about getting your steps in for the day, the library, in partnership with the American Heart Association, has mapped out a one-mile indoor walking trail. Fantastic!
There’s so much more to see, so for now, I’ll leave you with several of my favorite sights.
Clevelanders and out-of-town guests, do put Cleveland Public Library on your list of must-see places. There’s no doubt I’ll be back, especially when the weather breaks. I’ve got my eye on that charming reading garden and can’t wait to enjoy it at lunchtime.
Until next time, be kind to yourself. And each other.
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