Sunday, July 18, 2010

Odds and Book Ends (July 19-25)

Odds and Book Ends features activities and events in the area related to libraries, books and authors. Send your events to, and check back to The Book Club every week for upcoming events and activities at your local library.

Author John Gorman will visit the Mentor Main Library to speak about his memoir “The Buzzard: Inside the Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio” at 7 p.m. July 20.
Attendees will be able to hear the behind-the-scenes stories of how Gorman turned a struggling station into the nation’s top broadcaster during FM’s glory days, 1973 to 1986.
Discounted books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. Register online at or call the library at 440-255-8811.

The Friends of the Mentor Public Library is inviting the public to explore the highlights of the Cleveland Museum of Art and tour the newly renovated Ancient, Egyptian, Early Christian, Medieval and African galleries.
The bus and museum tour July 22 will accommodate 25 participants. Reservations will be taken at the library reference desk. Payment of $10 per person is required at the time of reservation. The bus will leave promptly at noon from the library parking lot and will return at 5 p.m. Lunch is not included, but the museum offers cafeteria refreshments. For more information, call Technical Services Manager Barbara Hauer at 440-255-8811, ext. 210, or e-mail

“Three Women in the Woods: Words and Images,” a touring exhibit of nature photography and framed, poster-sized poetry, will be displayed July 23 through Aug. 27 at The Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Road in Kirtland.
The artists opening reception will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. July 23 in the visitor center. There is no admission charge for visitors attending the reception. Regular Arboretum admission will be charged for the duration of the exhibit: $6 for ages 13 and older; $3 for ages 6 through 12.
The exhibit features images taken by Akron resident Jane Rogers, photographer, educator and wildflower expert. Rogers has participated in many plant rescues that have saved native wildflowers from soon-to-be developed construction sites. The plants and their descendents have found new homes in public parks, arboretums and other gardens across Ohio.
Sagamore Hills Township resident Jill Sell is a nature poet and journalist whose writing has appeared in many local, regional and national publications. Sell was named 2009 Best Freelance Writer in Ohio by the Press Club of Cleveland. She was also recognized last year by the Society for Professional Journalists for her environmental poetry.
For more information, call Holden Arboretum at 440-946-4400 or Jill Sell at 330-467-3533 or send an e-mail to

Mentor Public Library will host a Star Wars Party for all ages at the main library, 8215 Mentor Ave., Mentor, noon to 2 p.m. July 24. Some Star Wars characters will come by to visit and help out with the many activities planned for the family. Families will have the opportunity to become a Jedi Knight by completing four tasks, including doing an obstacle course, making a light saber and participating in a light saber training course. The Star Wars characters will judge a Wookie Howling Contest for children ages 7 and younger, 8 to 12 years and ages 13 and older.
For details call 440-255-8811.

The Perry Public Library is planning a summer reading celebration 1 to 3 p.m. July 24.
Flower Clown will be on hand to make amazing balloon sculptures for children and Suz-E-QT will be creating wearable art with her face painting. Those interested can visit with service dogs, play games, make crafts, enter the 50/50 raffle, and more. This event is open to everyone and no registration is needed. Call the library at 440-259-3300 for more information.

Cuyahoga County’s Summer Reading Program “Books Ahoy!” will continue through Aug. 7. Children and family members of all ages may sign up for this program. There will be a drawing at the end of the program for grand prizes, which include a Great Lakes Science Center family membership, a Lake Erie Monsters suite night, a Cleveland Indians batting practice experience, one year of free kid's meals at Eat’n Park, a birthday party package at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and more. For details, call 216-831-6868.

--Cheryl Sadler

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