Odds and Book Ends (Sept. 13-19)
Madison Public Library is restoring some of the hours lost last year because of budget cuts. Beginning Sept. 13, the library will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expanded hours are in response to a community survey taken this summer. “It’s taken a lot of reorganizing and the addition of self-check machines to make this work,” Library Director Nancy Currie said. “Library budgets have not increased and funding is still a critical issue.” The library is supplementing current operations with “rainy day” funds and money previously intended for a building project. Fall programs also begin the week of Sept. 13 and story time registrations are under way now. With the extended hours, the library has reinstituted morning story times and added “Rock-N-Roll Storytime” for children 18 months to 3 years old who are always in motion. Also in response to community requests, the library has brought back Blu-Ray discs and computer classes. Call 440-428-2189 or visit www.madison-library.info for more information.
Award-winning, bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter will attend a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Sparrow Christian Bookshop in Middlefield. Brunstetter is promoting her newest release, “Lydia’s Charm,” which takes place in the Amish community of Charm, Ohio. The bookshop will serve coffee and maple nut cookies. The recipe is featured in the book. Sparrow Christian Bookshop is at the intersection of Routes 608 and 87. For more information, visit sparrowchristian.com.
Girl Scouts can earn requirements for their Good Manners patch 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29, in the James R. Garfield Room at Mentor Public Library, Main Library. Catherine Holloway of Etiquette Consulting Service will provide a presentation regarding first impressions, positive image, telephone manners, thank-you notes, etc. Come and learn lessons of courtesy, consideration of others and gain self-confidence. Call 440-255-8811, ext. 220, to register. Registration begins Sept. 15.
A Silly Bandz Swap will be 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Children’s Theater at Mentor Public Library, Main Library. Silly Bandz is a brand of silicone rubber bands formed to make shapes of animals, objects or letters. Come and trade your Silly Bandz for the rubber band shape you have been searching for to add to your collection. Games and a raffle for Silly Bandz products will take place. Call 440-255-8811, ext. 220, to register.
The Friends of the Geneva Library will host a used book sale Sept. 17 and Sept. 18. Both days the sale will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday books will be $1 a bag, except for specially priced books. The event will be at the Geneva Public Library, 860 Sherman St., across from the Geneva Junior High School. Money raised through the event will be used to benefit the Geneva Library. A large selection of good condition hard cover and paperback books will be available, as well as DVDs, VHS tapes and magazines. There are many new donations since the last sale of special interest to would be writers is a large donation of books geared toward prospective authors. Also available for sale will be the new Geneva Library Book bags for $2. Raffle tickets for a 70-by-60-inch Harry Potter quilt with matching pillow case will be $1 each or six for $5. For information, call the library at 440-466-4521.
Cub Scouts can earn requirements for their Good Manners pins or belt loops 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Children’s Theater at the Mentor Public Library, Main Library. Catherine Holloway of Etiquette Consulting Service will provide a presentation regarding first impressions, positive image, telephone manners, thank-you notes, etc. Come and learn lessons of courtesy, consideration of others and gain self-confidence. Call 440-255-8811, ext. 220, to register.
Madison Public Library will off a free program to help prepare the students for the SAT/ACT tests. The program will be presented by Huntington Learning Center for students and parents at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at the library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road. To sign up, visit www.madison-library.info or call 440-428-2189.
Morley Library, 184 Phelps St. in Painesville, will resume winter hours on Oct. 3. Hours will be 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; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For details, call the library at 440-352-3383.