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Local Outdoor Activities To Do This Winter

Around the end of the fall semester we typically suggest fun things to do in the area during break. With the pandemic this year, the list is shorter. Nonetheless, some fun activities are still available:

  • Holiday Light Shows/Winterfest: Downtown Cleveland, Public Square, Nov. 28 – Jan. 3, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Enjoy animated light and sound shows. Check out these photos from of the opening last weekend.
  • Take a Hike: Cleveland Metroparks offer many hiking and other outdoor activities. This year there are two self-guided downtown walking tours, which highlight Cleveland’s Grand Department Stores and Historic Hotels.
  • Tobogganing in Strongsville: A yearly winter tradition that remains open this year, but reservations are required to control the number of participants daily.
  • Boston Mills and Brandywine Ski Resort: Ski, snowboard, or snow tube just down the highway from Cleveland.



What Is Your Library Staff Reading for Fun? Celebrate National Library Week

This week is National Library Week and the theme is “Find Your Place at the Library.” While we can’t wait until you can find your place again [physically] with us inside the C|M|LAW Library, we’re happy we can provide virtual library access in the meantime.

With finals rights around the corner, we also hope that you’re taking a moment or two to relax and de-stress. As library staff, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of our favorite ways to unwind is by reading or listening to a good book – whether in print, ebook, or audiobook.

Here is what some of the C|M|LAW library staff are reading now for fun –

Prof. Lauren Collins is reading Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.













Beth Farrell is reading The Book of Delights by Ross Gay and listening to the audiobook Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher.














Margo Mathis is listening to the audiobook Badger to the Bone by Shelly Laurenston.













Amy Burchfield is reading Der Letzte Zug Nach Istanbul by Ayşe Kulin.













Brian Cassidy is reading State and Revolution by Vladimir Lenin.

Free Resources Online for Entertainment and Enlightenment

With many people at home for the foreseeable future, we wanted to highlight a few resources that offer free entertainment options. We’d like to ask our readers to send us other resources and we will then update this post periodically. Send suggestions to Student Services Librarian Brian Cassidy at For future postings on the topic, we will post new links with a link back to this blog post.

Cleveland Public Library – offers online magazines, MP3 downloads, ebooks, audiobooks, videos, movies, television, and a classical music library. All can be accessed with your CPL library card number and pin. (NOTE: many public libraries have online offerings, so check with your local library if you don’t have a CPL card)

Internet Archive – a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Librarians and others also use the archive for its “Wayback Machine,” which crawls the web periodically and captures websites as they existed on a certain date. So if you have a URL that no longer exists, you may be able to find a previous copy of the website here.

Open Culture – Free online courses, MOOCs, Textbooks, Language Lessons, ebooks, audio books, and movies.

Google Arts & Culture – view famous museum collections and landmarks from your computer/phone.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center – Watch and listen; new performances posted daily.

Three Months of Free Guitar Lessons from Fender – Fender is world-famous as a guitar maker; currently Fender play is offering 3 months of free guitar lessons.

Neil Young Archives – Neil Young is world-renowned rock ‘n’ roll musician; free limited access to the Neil Young archives.

Austin City Limits – Famous PBS live music show from Austin, Texas; access to free episodes and some seasons.

Montreux Jazz Festival Free access to 50 famous shows from the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival.

Cleveland Law Library: Resources When You Graduate & a Fun Experience Now

Some who stopped by our Open House at the end of January may have met our good friends at the Cleveland Law Library. Upon graduating, you may want to consider becoming a member. Members of the Cleveland Law Library get access to Lexis and Westlaw available for in-person use at the library. Click here for a complete list of all databases available to members. Cleveland Law Library membership can be especially valuable if you are considering solo practice or working at a small firm.

There is also something fun to try now at the Cleveland Law Library. In honor of the library’s 150th Anniversary, staff have created an Escape Room based on a true crime and mystery surrounding former Law Librarian Arthur W. Fiske. Reservations are being accepted now throughout 2020. Call or email soon to save your spot; be sure to identify yourself as a C|M|Law affiliate. The experience takes about 15 minutes.


Things to Do in Cleveland Over Break

Be sure to relax and have some fun over break. Besides seeing family and friends, here are a few things to do in Cleveland:

  1. See a play at Playhouse Square. A Christmas Carol and A Christmas Story are two notable offerings this holiday season.
  2. Ice Skating Rink at Public Square; daily through February 29. Get fresh air and exercise with a skate at the rink at Public Square–at night the square is lit up for the holiday season.
  3. Glow at the Cleveland Botanical Garden; now-through January 5. This year’s indoor and outdoor winter wonderland features gingerbread houses, tree displays, model trains, kid activities, an outdoor Garden Express train, a two-story tree, light displays, a Treetop Shop and Sweet Shop for young browsers, decorate-your-own-gingerbread, and more.
  4. Cleveland State Men’s Basketball, January 4 at 3pm v. Youngstown; Women’s Basketball (currently 9-1!), December 20 v. Erie 7pm; December 28 v. UIC 2pm; December 30 v. IUPUI 7pm–all at Wolstein Centr.
  5. A Christmas Story House; open daily. The house used in the popular holiday classic A Christmas Story has been restored to its original 1983 movie appearance. The house takes visitors on a nostalgic journey to the sights and scenes where Ralphie Parker dreams of nothing but receiving a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Air Rifle for Christmas. In addition to the Christmas Story House, visitors can explore the museum where items from the movie are on display, more than 100 behind-the-scenes photos are featured and movie-related memorabilia can be purchased.
  6. Cleveland Monsters Hockey v. Charlotte; 12/28 7pm and 12/30 12pm, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
  7. Cleveland Museum of Art Michelangelo: Mind of the Master exhibit; through January 5.
  8. Tobogganing at the Cleveland Metroparks; daily.
  9. The Black Nativity at Karamu House, 2355 East 89th Street. An annual Cleveland tradition, The Black Nativity, written by hometown literary master Langston Hughes, is a retelling of the Gospel according to St. Luke, set to the music and dance of the Black church.
  10. Wild Winter Lights at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo; 5:30pm-9:30pm on weekends through Sunday, January 5.