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The William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage program is the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation’s signature fundraising event. Through Writers Center Stage, we are proud to present nationally recognized and award-winning authors to area book lovers. Each season the program strives to present an outstanding and diverse representation of the contemporary literary world as it adds to the region’s great cultural offerings.

The 2005-2006 William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Program presented authors Pat Conroy, Alexander McCall Smith, Jane Smiley and the Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen.

The 2006-2007 Series featured Frank McCourt, Amy Tan, Jim Lehrer and playwright Tony Kushner with director and playwright George C. Wolfe.


In 2008-2009, Writers Center Stage hosted NPR’s Ira Glass and humorist David Rakoff, followed by authors Richard Russo and Russell Banks, Joyce Carol Oates, and Dr. Azar Nafisi.

In 2009-2010, David McCullough, Jane & Michael Stern, Young Literary Icons, Myla Goldberg, Jonathan Lethem & Colson Whitehead and Joan Didion appeared on our Writers Center Stage.

The 2010-2011 Series featured Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Jeannette Walls, Dave Eggers and Pete Hamill.

In 2011-12 Writers Center Stage was pleased to present Elizabeth Strout, Michael Pollan, poet Billy Collins, Abraham Verghese, Anne Lamott and Colm Toibin.

The 2012-13 Series showcased Emma Donahue, Tracy Kidder, Geraldine Brooks & Tony Horowitz, Ann Patchett, Rita Dove and Erik Larson.


The Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation exists to raise funds for the Endowment, ensuring that the Library’s mission will be supported far into the future and benefit generations to come.


The Foundation Board’s primary fund raiser is the William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Program. The Foundation’s assets have recently passed the million dollar mark.


The Executive Director, with the participation of the Support of the Board of Trustees, has set priorities for the Library to help in the efforts to revitalize Cuyahoga County as it faces the serious issues of a high poverty rate, declining population, the mortgage crisis, low graduation rates and a work force that lacks the skills for today’s jobs. These priorities are:

RECONNECT EVERYONE WITH READING to help build the intellectual capacity of Cuyahoga County.

ENSURE EVERY CHILD ENTERS SCHOOL READY TO LEARN by providing families, caregivers and educators with the resources and services needed to develop language, critical skills and the enthusiasm needed to succeed in school.

EMPOWER YOUTH TO REACH THEIR MAXIMUM POTENTIAL by offering homework centers to help develop decision-making skills, critical thinking, and develop career search opportunities. Collaborative with existing agencies, i.e.
Cleveland Scholarship Program, etc.


Help put Cuyahoga County back to work
by providing workforce development, computer training, career counseling while assisting small businesses in using the Library’s resources.

Keep seniors healthy, happy and at home or in a safe setting. through learning programs, a place to socialize, and health literacy programs.

Connect with new Americans by providing translation services, foreign newspapers, and other library resources. Collaborate with English as a Second Language programs.