12419 Cedar Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44106
(216) 791-2665

Our store hours, effective 9/3/19 are:

Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 am – 6 pm

Thursday and Friday, 10 am – 9 pm

Saturday, 10 am – 8 pm

Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm

Closed Monday


New & Noteworthy

Annex Windows: SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) Program

The SPARK (Supporting Partnerships
to Assure Ready Kids) program

provides a kindergarten readiness advantage for families with
preschool-age children (three- and four-year-olds).

Once or twice a month, the SPARK family meets with their assigned home visitor, called a parent partner. The parent partner helps the parent engage the child in a lesson that was developed around state standards and is designed to provide a school readiness advantage.  At each visit, a book, an activity card, and supplies are given to the family, so the parent can continue the learning between visits.

SPARK also conducts developmental screenings, provides referrals and linkages to community resources, and offers group-based learning opportunities. The SPARK team (which includes school-based personnel and professionals in early childhood education, mental health, and speech-language development) works to address barriers to school readiness, long before the child begins school.

To join SPARK, or for more information, contact
Family Connections at Shaker Family Center: (216) 921-8021

Get to Know Appletree: Ed Alix

Things I like to do:
Walking my dog Euclid or my friends’ dogs, Molly and Georgie.
Helping out at Theatre in the Circle at Judson Manor.
Volunteering with the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

Places you can find me:
Nighttown restaurant
Lake View Cemetery
One-to-One Fitness Center at CWRU

My bucket list:
Travel to the Middle East (Jordan or Egypt).
Cruise trip to the Alaskan coast with my sisters.
Spend one year living on the Coast of Maine.

Books I like:
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Penguin Books) by Shirley Jackson
I read this book in high school; I loved it then and have re-read it a couple of times. I can really relate to the characters.

The Miniaturist (Ecco Press) by Jessie Burton
I enjoyed the detail in this book, the storyline, and the main character. I even went to Amsterdam, to the Rijksmuseum, to see the miniature that the book is about.


Libro.fm: Audiobooks For The Fall

Digital audiobooks from Appletree and Libro.fm!
It’s time to get your pre-order on! These fall audiobooks are the ones that everyone is talking about, and when you pre-order with Libro.fm, you’ll wake up to find them in your audio-library on the release date.

Appletree Books is pleased to offer digital audiobooks that you can listen to on your iPhone, Android device, or PC.  These audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm, and all sales support Appletree!

For more information and to get started, speak with Appletree Books or go to Libro.fm.

Come Write In Our Front Windows this November!

November is National Novel Writing Month
Appletree Books’ Fourth Annual, month-long event,
Writers in the Window
Cleveland-area writers of all ages, formats, and genres: we invite you to write in our front windows this coming November!You need not be a novelist; you need not be published; you need not be a professional writer – we want you all!  Last year, over 100 writers – adults and kids, students and pros, poets, short story
writers, novelists, playwrights, and more – made our front windows their writing space for two hours at a time.

We’ll provide a table, a chair, a power strip, and a great view of our Cedar-Fairmount neighborhood.  Just bring your writing implements, your creativity, and your commitment to sit and write.

Ready to get started?
Sign-ups are open at:

Need more information?
Contact Jane Rothstein at jane@appletree-books.com.

Literature For Justice: Mass Incarceration

Sundays, October 13th, 20th, 27th, and November 3rd,  1-3 PM

The American criminal justice system is a massive apparatus that affects all of our lives, citizens, and non-citizens alike.  In its inaugural year, the National Book Foundation’s Literature for Justice program offers a list of books that explore our prison system and the phenomenon of mass incarceration from several perspectives and within a variety of genres.  Join historian and CWRU instructor Ben Sperry, who has taught in jails and prisons across Northeast Ohio, for examination of this issue through the lenses of Jimmy Santiago Baca‘s A Place to Stand (Grove Press) and Michelle Kuo‘s Reading with Patrick (Random House), two powerful memoirs that focus on prisoners’ experiences.

Ben Sperry is an educator, historian, and writer with a particular interest in race, incarceration, civil rights, the American South (especially Mississippi), and slavery. He has a background as a political campaign organizer, magazine and newspaper journalist, classroom teacher (in social studies and creative writing) in the Cleveland public schools, a college history professor, teacher in a prison setting, and freelance writer.  Sperry holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Connecticut College, a master’s in liberal studies from Wesleyan University, a master’s in literature and creative writing from Bennington College, and a Ph.D. in history from Case Western Reserve University. 


$35 fee. Registration is required
and attendance is limited to 8 people.
To register, stop in the store, call us at (216) 791-2665,
or email us at info@appletree-books.com.

New at Appletree: Candles by Furbish & Fire

Furbish & Fire has custom-made these delicately scented, locally made, soy-wax candles just for Appletree Books! They make great gifts for yourself or others.

“Based in Avon Lake, OH, Furbish & Fire Candle Co. sources all of its recycled containers locally. We have collaborated with several local establishments to re-purpose their empty wine bottles into something wine drinkers can appreciate again. This re-“furbishing” of bottles helped to inspire our name and fuel the passion that goes into every finished product.

“Each of our small batches is produced the artisanal way, just like the wine from which we recycle our bottles, with love and attention poured into each candle we make. We strive for supreme quality while remaining environmentally conscious. Our wine bottle candles are all hand-cut and polished, and all of our candles are hand-poured with all-natural soy wax, use lead-free, cotton wicks, and include premium, phthalate-free fragrances.”

Coming in October ...

Our store windows will feature the work of the talented artists from Noble Elementary School from the CHUH School District!

Our art wall will showcase creations from members of the Cleveland Miniaturia Society!

October is OctavoFest 2019: Books and Paper: Loss, Prevention, and Conservation. Appletree will be hosting two events as part of this program!