Sunday, October 17, 2010

Odds and Book Ends (Oct. 18-24)

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.

“Library Resources for the Job Search” program will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at Chardon Library on Chardon Square. Sarah Prueter, Nick Fagin and Carol Tuttle will be the featured speakers.
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 employment professionals. To RSVP, call Geauga Workplace at 440-285-1223.

The program "Dream Hikes Coast to Coast" will be presented by author Jack Bennett at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Chardon Library, 110 E. Park St. Bennett will feature an audio-visual presentation of his new book "Dream Hikes Coast to Coast: Your Guide to America’s Most Memorable Trails." He will share an armchair travelogue and photos from 30 of America’s best hikes. His books will be available for purchase and autograph at the program. This free program is sponsored by the Chardon Friends of the Library and open to the public. Seating is limited. To register, call 440-285-7601.

Experience Reiki at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Perry Public Library, 3753 Main St., Perry. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administrated by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. The presenter is Reiki Master Gisa Ticconi of the Earthwinds Wellness Center serving the Cleveland-Akron area. To register or for details, call the library at 440-259-3300.

Anybody who prays is invited to an evening with Page Zyromski, author of "How to Pray with the Bible," at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Morley Library. Zyromski received a master's degree in classical languages from St. Louis University and has designed and taught Scripture classes at every level from Summer Bible School through college. She is the author of seven books and a regular contributor to Catechist.

Rabbi Kushner wrestled with the question of why bad things happen to good people when his son became ill with progeria (rapid aging disease). Join Rev. Dick Dunn in a six-week discussion of Rabbi Kushner’s book “Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People” beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Fairport Congregational Church, 308 Third St., Fairport Harbor. Copies of the book will be available.

The Lake County Council on Aging and the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program will offer several presentations throughout Lake County on the topic of “Understanding Medicare and Reviewing Your Options for Open Enrollment.”
Presentations will be
  • 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Kirtland Senior Center
  • 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Perry Senior Center
  • 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Willowick Senior Center
  • 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Kirtland Public Library
  • 9 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Wickliffe Senior Center
  • 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Madison Senior Center
  • noon Nov. 9 at the Mentor Senior Center
  • noon Nov. 12 at the Eastlake Senior Center
  • 11 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Painesville Senior Center
  • 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Madison Public Library
  • 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Council on Aging
  • 10 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Fairport Senior Center
  • 10 a.m. Nov. 30 at the Wickliffe Public Library
  • 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Mentor Public Library
  • 1 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Willoughby/Browning Center
Call the individual locations to register for this free presentation.

Paws to Read will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Mentor Public Library’s Mentor-on-the-Lake Branch. The event is for children ages 6 to 12 years old. Children who are able to read independently are invited to sign up for a 30-minute session. A gentle, licensed dog who is trained to be a good listener will be paired up with the child. For details and to register, call the library at 440-255-8811, ext. 220.

The Bake Shop Ghost for children in kindergarten through sixth grade will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Mentor Public Main Library. Not too scary stories, songs and a ghoulish edible craft will be part of the event. For details and to register, call the library at 440-255-8811, ext. 220.

Lake Erie in a Bottle program will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at Mentor Headlands Branch of Mentor Public Library. The event is for children in grades three through nine. This is a take-home craft program. To register, call 440-257-2000.

Mentor Public Library will host Heidi Callendar, author/editor of "Wind Energy in Ohio," to discuss this innovative technology. Callender will lead a discussion on that topic and more from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 during a “Meet the Author” event at Mentor Public Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Callender’s book is a compilation of articles from experts on the topic of wind energy in the state that examines major wind energy events since 1888. Wind Energy in Ohio will provide insight into Ohio's key past, present, and future wind industry. To register for the program, call 440-255-8811 or visit

Friends of the Mentor Public Library will hosts the October book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at the library, 8215 Mentor Ave. The sale features a great assortment of gift and regular books for the entire family. There are two rooms full of great books in the basement, and the store on the main floor will be open. A huge assortment of books from children's picture story, junior and young adult to adult fiction in hardback and paper is available. The non-fiction selection includes a bit of everything, from animals to history to great literature.

Madison Public Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road, Madison, will host “Plants that Survive in Deer Country” Oct. 23. With deer eating an ever increasing variety of plants, hear about some types that they do not like. Better understand what plants they seek and which they will avoid.
For details, call 440-428-2189.

All young chemists are invited to join the National Chemistry Week program at the Beachwood Public Library (25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood) at 10 a.m. Oct. 23. Children in grades two through five will have fun exploring the chemistry behind the scenes. Parents must sign a release for children to participate. Forms will be available at the Children's Desk. Registration is required by phone at 216-831-6868 or online at

Scholastic Media presents a local stop on the “Get Goosebumps!” mall tour designed to thrill and chill the entire family from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at Great Lakes Mall in the Macy's Court. Mall visitors will enjoy a complete Goosebumps experience -- starring in and sharing their own custom “Get Goosebumps” video, playing the “Goosebumps HorrorLand” Wii game, taking pictures as a Goosebumps Horror, entering for a chance to win a Goosebumps Prize Pack and more.

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

--Cheryl Sadler

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