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Shaker Heights Authors and History

September - October 2011 edition

Welcome!
The community of Shaker Heights enjoys a rich history and a wealth of local talent. In this newsletter we share new and significant works about Shaker Heights, as well as new and notable publications by our Shaker Authors.
 
The books featured in this newsletter are in Shaker Library's Local History Collection. While these copies do not circulate, usually other copies are available to be borrowed at the Shaker Library or from our CLEVNET consortium partner libraries. Click on the links below to check our library catalog.
 
Have a question or need research assistance? Contact Local History Librarian Meghan Hays at mhays@shakerlibrary.org or 216-367-3016 . Her regular hours are posted on our website. Please visit the Local History Collection to read any of these works, and to learn more about Shaker Heights!
Shaker Author Events: Jan Thrope, October 5 & David Distelhorst, October 19

Please join us for two Meet-the-Author events in October, at our Bertram Woods Branch Library:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 7pm-8:30pm
Meet author Jan Thrope when she speaks about her book,  Inner Visions: Grassroots Stories of Truth and Hope , and the nonprofit organization she founded with the mission to support Cleveland residents' inner visions for change.
 
In her photographic look at inner-city neighborhoods, Thrope takes the reader on a tour through the most poverty-stricken areas of Cleveland to show not only despair, but also hope as residents pull together to make positive changes. This program is rescheduled from its original date in June. 
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 7pm-8:30pm
Meet David Distelhorst, author of Primitive Paradise: A Century of Boy Scout Camping , who will speak about his history of scouting in Cleveland.
The 1998 Shaker Heights High School graduate and Eagle Scout from Shaker’s Troop 662 notes that his decades-old interest in the history of Beaumont Scout Reservation, where he camped as a Boy Scout, was the motivation for writing his book. An award-winning photojournalist with a communications degree from Ohio University, Distelhorst worked for newspapers across Ohio before returning home to Shaker Heights.
 
Both events will be held in the David Dietz Community Room at Bertram Woods Branch Library, 20600 Fayette Road, Shaker Heights, Ohio, 44122. Follow the links above or call 216-991-2421 to reserve your place.
Shaker History Event: Caring for An Older Home, October 11
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 7pm-8:30pm
Bertram Woods Branch

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Cleveland Restoration Society's  Mary Ogle will provide a top-to-bottom look at maintenance issues for older homes. This program is the second in a series of cosponsored with the Shaker Heights Landmark Commission and will outline ways to spot problems before they become headaches and provide helpful information on ways to make your home more energy efficient without breaking the bank.
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This event will be held in the David Dietz Community Room at Bertram Woods Branch Library, 20600 Fayette Road, Shaker Heights, Ohio, 44122. Follow the link above or call 216-991-2421 to reserve your place.
Featured Shaker Authors: Ralph and Terry Kovel
 
Shaker residents Ralph and Terry Kovel are nationally known for their expertise in antiques and collectibles. Their price lists, collecting resources, guides to caring for antiques, and website are THE authoritative sources among professional dealers and amateur collectors with a love of old furniture and housewares. They have written almost one hundred books, and their nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column is the longest-running in the country. Ralph Kovel passed away in 2008, but Terry continues to run the family business, still based in Shaker Heights, with children Lee and Kim.
 
Recently Terry Kovel generously donated the following three collecting guides to the Library's Shaker Authors Collection. We are pleased to showcase these and several other books by the Kovels, a small sampling of the works they have produced over the years.
 
Kovels' American Antiques, 1750-1900 - Ralph and Terry Kovel
Publisher: Random House Reference
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/01/2004
ISBN-13: 9780609808924
ISBN-10: 0609808923
Call Number: 745.10973 K88
A valuable resource on American antiques, this guide focuses on items made or used in America from 1750 to 1900, and showcases a wide variety of porcelain, pottery, glass, furniture, silver, clocks, jewelry, and other decorative arts and collectibles. It furnishes listings of the most important designers, tips on care, advice on avoiding fakes, and much more.
Kovels' American Collectibles, 1900 to 2000 - Ralph and Terry Kovel
Publisher: Random House Reference
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 07/10/2007
ISBN-13: 9780609808917
ISBN-10: 0609808915
Call Number: 745.10973 K88
Focusing on hundreds of twentieth-century collectibles that will appeal to modern-day collectors, this beautifully illustrated guide to American treasures covers everything from kitchen items and porcelain to furniture and toys. The book contains histories of designers and manufacturers, hundreds of color photographs, identification tips, technical terms, values, and much more.
The Label Made Me Buy It: From Aunt Jemima to Zonkers--The Best-Dressed Boxes, Bottles, and Cans from the Past - Ralph and Terry Kovel
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/01/1998
ISBN-13: 9780609601686
ISBN-10: 0609601687
Call Number: 741.692 K88
An introduction to the art of collecting antique labels, this guide discusses the history of early companies, printers, and designs; offers tips on identifying and dating labels; provides a list of lithographers, and includes more than three hundred full-color illustrations.
New and Notable Books by Shaker Authors
Yehuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery. Volume 1, Life on A Bicycle - Rick Smith
Publisher: Kickstand Cyclery
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 2011
ISBN-13: 9780983187905
ISBN-10: 0983187908
Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVELS
"Yehuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery," a daily comic created by Shaker Heights resident Rick Smith and accessible online,  is now available as a printed collection. Yehuda co-owns a bike shop with his friend Joe, and together they confront the challenges of their daily bicycle commute and the customers (or lack therof) at their store, the Kickstand Cyclery. The fictional bike shop is located in Shaker Heights, some of Yehuda's cartoon compatriots bear a striking resemblance to Smith's friends and family, and iconic scenes of Shaker Heights frequently appear in Smith's panels. Best of all, in this alternate universe, the Shakers still live in the area and they build the bikes Yehuda sells.
The Best Day Ever! - Whitney B. Tarver
Publisher: Trafford on Demand Pub
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/01/2010
ISBN-13: 9781426941146
ISBN-10: 1426941145
Call Number: J FICTION
Whitney B. Tarver's charming picture book follows a young boy's bad day to its dramatically improved conclusion. Tarver's story is brimming with humor, and Gossett's fabric cutout illustrations are a winning accompaniment to the text. Tarver is a 1996 Shaker Heights High School graduate, who now makes her home in the Washington, DC area. She is currently finishing her second book, which we hope will soon be available in the Shaker Authors Collection.
New and Notable Books about Shaker Heights
Images of America: Shaker Heights - Bruce T. Marshall
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing Company
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 07/26/2006
ISBN-13: 9780738540504
ISBN-10: 0738540501
Author and former Shaker Heights resident Bruce T. Marshall has created a highly readable, well-illustrated history of the city of Shaker Heights. Bearing Arcadia Publishing Company's familiar photo-rich content, this book takes advantage of the wealth of Shaker Heights images available in the Shaker Historical Society and the Local History Collection at the Shaker Heights Public Library, as well as other Cleveland repositories such as the Cleveland Public Library's Photo Collection and Cleveland State University's Special Collections.
75 Years: An Informal History of Shaker Heights - David G. Molyneaux and Sue Sackman, editors
Publisher: Shaker Heights Public Library
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/01/1987
ISBN-13: 9780961918804
ISBN-10: 0961918802
Call Number: 977.1321 S49
In 1987, Shaker Heights Public Library published this collection of oral histories of Shaker Heights residents as its contribution to the city's 75th anniversary celebration. This book remains a relevant guide to the history of Shaker Heights, as it includes a useful timeline and information on the schools, the Rapid Transit, churches, the experience of integration, and many other major institutions and events. It is available for sale for five dollars at the Shaker Public Library's main and branch library circulation desks, and can be borrowed from the library's collection. It is also available online on the Library's website. In addition, the book is being converted into a searchable online timeline to celebrate the City's 100th anniversary in 2012.
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