Photo by Michael Paredes

Shakespeare exhibit on first floor of Cleveland State's library.


November 3, 2016

Library celebrates Octavofest

The Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University celebrates the 8th Annual Octavofest this October, with various activities for students, and a Shakespeare exhibit running until November.

The name of the month-long event derives from the page size produced by folding a sheet of paper three times to produce eight leaves, the octavo being a common size for printed books.

Each year a grass-roots coalition of collaborators organizes and promotes a wide variety of programs and events in the Greater Cleveland area that range from lectures and workshops, to tours of rare book collections.

The main and longest running event is the “Shakespeare In Cleveland” exhibit located on the first floor of the library. The theme for this year is “100,” and the library in partnership with Cleveland State’s English Department celebrating 400 years, or four centennials, of William Shakespeare.

The exhibit includes images from Cleveland Memory, a scale model of the Globe Theater, and more. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

Earlier in October, the WatchArt! event with Art Books Cleveland Members let students meet, talk with, and watch the book artists of Art Books Cleveland work on book projects. At the Easy Book Structures event later in the month students could make two simple book forms, accordion and blizzard style, in a workshop led by Bette Bonder from Art Books Cleveland.

Rickey Tax, the Head Librarian and acting director of the Museum Meermanno, the oldest book museum in the world, was the featured guest speaker of Octavofest this year.

His discussion and lecture on Oct. 20 highlighted the extensive collection of documents and the history of handwritten and printed books in the west, from Egyptian papyri to eBooks.

“Having Mr. Tax visit has opened up opportunities to collaborate and spread the joy of celebrating books and paper arts to communities outside of the U.S,” said library director, Glenda Thornton. “In this digital age, it is more important than ever to understand the role of paper, writing, and books to our culture.”


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