Library celebrates Victorian times this spring

Queen Victoria’s reign, from 1837 to 1901, spanned a period of British history brimming with innovation and imagination—far different from the repressive society many think it was. This spring, the Lee Road branch of Heights Libraries will explore the art, culture and literature of the Victorian era with a special series of programs.

Beginning April 17, the library’s Victorian Times Celebration will include special installments of the Third Tuesday Book Club, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Discussion, and the popular Art Study Group.

Programs will include a fashion survey of Victorian costume and textiles (April 21); a screening of the 1931 film "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Victorian novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (May 1); and even a birthday party (with cake!) for Charles Dickens, for whom 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of his birth (April 22).

The complete list of programs will appear in the spring issue of Check Us Out, the Heights Libraries program guide, arriving in mailboxes soon.

While all series events are free and open to the public, some require advance registration. You can sign up for programs online at (look for the Event Calendar link), by phone at 216-932-3600, or in person at any of the Heights Libraries branches, beginning Feb. 14.

Sheryl Banks

Carole Wallencheck is an adult services reference associate for Heights Libraries.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 3:17 PM, 02.01.2012