Sunday, September 26, 2010

Odds and Book Ends (Sept. 27-Oct. 3)

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.

Parker Place Retirement Living, in partnership with Mentor Public Library and the Willoughby Eastlake Library System, will host a special book signing by Barbara Davis, author of "Roses to Retail" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at Parker Place Retirement Living, 7960 Center St. Mentor. Davis will share her memories of growing up in Mentor when it was the rose capital of the nation. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by Sept. 28 to 440-255-0828.

Preschool Storytime at Mentor Public Library is from Sept. 28 to Nov. 18, at the Children’s Theater at the Main Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Storytime is for children ages 3 to 5 and takes place from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 7 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Children attend without an adult for a session of stories, songs and rhymes. A responsible adult must remain on the children’s floor during the storytime session. Registration is not required.

Jimmy Carter is scheduled to appear at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Legacy Village on Sept. 28 to sign his new book, "White House Diary." Line tickets are required, limited and available by purchasing a copy of White House Diary at Joseph-Beth. Carter, in addition to being a Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president, is a prolific author. He has written more than 20 books.

Geauga County National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group will host a support group for individuals with a family member, loved one, child or those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Middlefield Public Library. NAMI provides mutual support for persons diagnosed with serious mental illness and their families. Registration is not necessary for the free program. For more information, call the Mental Health Association at 440-285-3945. The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the library.

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, 8215 Mentor Ave. 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.

T.O.P.S. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) will be hosting an open house and reunion at 6 p.m. Sept. 29 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St., Willowick. Come and join the fellowship, support, encouragement and learning. New and previous members are welcome. T.O.P.S. meets every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the library. Visitors are always welcome.

Monday Night Book Discussion will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at Mentor Public Library, Main Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Join in the lively discussion of bestsellers, classics and more. This group meets the first Monday of each month from October through June. For this month's selection, contact Barb Hauer at 440-255-8811, ext. 210. Library provides books, and refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

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.

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 beginning Sept. 22. 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. 

--Cheryl Sadler

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