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NE Ohio celebrates the Arts in a special way during the month of October with the annual Octavofest, a series of events created for the public by various area cultural institutions. Octavofest takes its name from "octavo," a traditional book format in which a large sheet of paper or parchment is folded three times to produce eight leaves. Antiquarian octavo format books include many rare, valuable and beautiful objects. 

The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) at Case Western Reserve University invites the public to several learning experiences through lectures and demonstrations. For a complete listing of all Octavofest events, click here.


Join us @ Kelvin Smith Library for Octavofest 2012:


Jan Sobota: A Retrospective

Saturday, October 20, 2012  |  10:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Dampeer Room, Kelvin Smith Library

Kelvin Smith Library and the Rowfant Club will jointly present an exhibition and memorial of the work of master bookbinder Jan Bohuslav Sobota. On view will be Sobota’s fascinating vision for the art of the book and the living tradition of craftsmanship that he fostered. A symposium on Sobota's work led by Robert Cheshier, Ladislav Hanka and Nicholas Basbanes, will begin at 10:00am, followed by the opening of the exhibit. Sobota’s work will continue to be on display during regular business hours in the KSL Hatch Reading Room October 20th through November 30th.


Folded Book Sculpture Workshop with Gene Epstein

Saturday, October 20, 2012  |  2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Dampeer Room, Kelvin Smith Library

The Kelvin Smith Library invites the community to attend a workshop led by local artist and bookbinder Gene Epstein, on the art of folded book sculpture. Come view a demonstration of how old books can be transformed into beautiful pieces of art, and then experiment with creating one yourself! Books for folding will be provided, or bring along one of your own. 



All events are in the Kelvin Smith Library at 11055 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44106

The public is invited to participate & attend events, and seating is available on a first-come basis. Read more about Kelvin Smith Library's location & campus parking options for visitors.

Inquiries about the exhibits, lectures and demonstrations are welcome at 216-368-2992. Inquiries about the Special Collections exhibit are welcome at 216-368-0189.

Octavofest is funded in part by a generous grant from the George Gund Foundation.

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What and Where is Siegal?

The notation "Siegal" in the online catalog refers to the Aaron Garber Library of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies at 26500 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland OH 44122. The Aaron Garber Library is the academic library of the College and the central library of the Cleveland Jewish community. It includes 30,000 volumes, plus periodicals, language tapes, music and text CDs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The Library's electronic catalog is part of the online library system managed by Case Western Reserve University, and is included in OhioLINK, the statewide electronic academic catalog system. Online borrowing privileges are reserved for students registered at Siegal College. Community members are welcome to browse the catalog, visit the Garber Library and borrow materials.

For further information, contact by email, or call 216-464-4050 x131 or 132.

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