Sunday, October 3, 2010

Odds and Book Ends (Oct. 4-10)

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

Upcoming events this month at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 24519 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst (216-691-7000)
  • Tucker Max, “A**holes Finish First,” 7 p.m. Oct. 5
  • Dr. Condoleezza Rice, “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family,” 7 p.m. Oct. 21

Upcoming events this month at PlayhouseSquare:
  • David Sedaris, Oct. 12, new book ”Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.” Call 216-241-6000 or visit

“Enhancing your Skills During the Job Search” program will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road, Chester Township.Gail Reese, human resources professional, will be the featured speaker. The event is sponsored by the Geauga County Department of Job and Family Services and is part of a Coffee Talk series, an opportunity for job seekers to interact with employments professionals. To RSVP, call Geauga Workplace at 440-285-1223.

Moms of school-age children (kindergarten through college) are asked to join other moms to pray for the children and the schools that they attend. To find out about this life-changing group, attend Moms In Touch for an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Perry Public Library, 3753 Main St., Perry. For details about the group, call 440-259-2959 or 440-428-5987.

Friends of the Burton Public Library will host an art show Oct. 5 through 10 at Burton Public Library, 14588 W. Park St. The show will feature the work of artists from Geauga and Lake counties. Details: 440-834-4466.

An evening with award-winning author Shelley Pearsall will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Center, 400 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls. Pearsall will present an evening program for all ages featuring her new novel, “All Shook Up,” the story of a 13-year-old boy and his Elvis impersonator father. Books will be for sale and autographing at the end of the program. All titles are $6 the night of the program. Pearsall will autograph any books students bring to the event.

Children ages 2 through 7 and their families are invited to attend a "Jim and Company Family Entertainment" program at the Beachwood Public Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood, at 4 p.m. Oct. 7. Visit with Jim and his talking sheepdog, Ozzy, for sing-along songs and other fun. Register by phone at 216-831-6868 or online at

How to Read a Pet Food Label will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at Mentor Public Library. Robi Kublin, CPDT-KA, returns to Mentor Public Library to educate pet owners about what their pet is eating and why it is good or bad for them. Attendees will also learn about what to look for when selecting food for their pet. Bring your current dog/cat food label with you. People only, please. Program is free and open to the public although registration is requested. Please call 440-255-8811 or visit to register.

Friends of the Burton Public Library will host a book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 in the library basement. A "bag day" book sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10. Burton Public Library is located opposite the Burton Park. There are items for everyone including books (fiction and non-fiction), magazines, vintage materials, maps, records, CDs, tapes, videos and puzzles. Enter the sale through the white door located at the back of the building.

Beachwood Public Library (25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood) will host author Carolina Martin and illustrator Julia Garmon of the newly published children's book "Red, Yellow, and Blue" at 11 a.m. Oct. 9. The event will include a creative art activity designed to be shared between a child and a special adult in their life. Books, art kits, and unique gifts based on "Red, Yellow, and Blue" will be available for purchase at this event. Register by phone at 216-831-6868 or online at 

If you are considering downsizing your home or Grandma’s, you might want to attend the “downsizing” seminar at the Geauga West Library at 7 p.m. Oct. 11. Trina Miller, of Spaces Showroom and Liquidators in Bainbridge, will offer tips on how to recognize valuables and how to turn your trash into cash. If you have a particular item you feel may be valuable, mention it when you call 440-729-4250 to register for this program. Several items will be selected in advance for appraisal and discussion during this seminar.  The presentation of this program is a collaboration of the Friends of the Bainbridge Library and the West Geauga Friends of the Library. The Geauga West Library is located just south of West Geauga High School at 13455 Chillicothe Road, Chester Township.

Mentor Public Library’s main library at 8215 Mentor Ave. will be closed Oct. 12-14 for paving of the main parking lot. The Mentor-on-the-Lake and Headlands locations will be open from 9 to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 and 14 and from 1 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13. No fines will be accrued on items already checked out during this time, although returns will be taken at the branch locations. The book drops at the main library will be unavailable. Patrons with items “on hold” may pick them up on Oct. 18. Staff at the main library will conduct an inventory of main’s collections while the library is closed.

Friends of the Wickliffe Public Library will again host Silhouette Productions under the direction of Angela Velotta when they present “Polter-Heist” Oct. 22. The audience-participation murder mystery-comedy will be open to the public, and tickets are $10 each. Tickets can be purchased at the library. You must be 18 or older to attend the play. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the performance beginning at 7 p.m. Details: 440-944-6010.

Reel Talk-Book and Movie Discussion Group meets at 2:45 p.m. the second Monday of every month in Meeting Room B of Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville. Books and DVDs are available at the check-out desk on the main floor. Details:

The Madison Public Library has a new story time designed for toddlers who might have a difficult time staying quiet at the library. Rock-N-Roll story time is just for children 18 months to 3 years old and their caregivers. A half-hour program of music, rhymes and participatory stories seeks to introduce children to the library without worrying over their inability to sit still and be quiet. Programs are at 6:30 p.m. Mondays or at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Advanced registration is required. Those with questions or who would like to sign up should call 440-428-2189 or visit

All Geauga County Public Libraries welcome voter information and campaign literature for issues and candidates appearing on local ballots. Each library has an election display to help voters become well-informed. Brochures and fliers are acceptable, while items such as bumper stickers are not. Geauga County Public Libraries include Bainbridge, Chardon, Geauga West, Middlefield, the Bookmobile, and the Newbury and Thompson library stations. For locations and phone numbers, visit

Morley Library, 184 Phelps St. in Painesville, has resumed winter hours.
  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
For details, call the library at 440-352-3383.

--Cheryl Sadler

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