Odds and Book Ends (Nov. 29-Dec.5)
April 2011 will mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. To commemorate this event in America’s past, local historian Harold George will present “Life of a Civil War Soldier 1861-1865,” at the next meeting of the Willoughby Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Willoughby Public Library, 30 Public Square. He will discuss what a soldier’s life was like, including the techniques used for recruiting volunteers into the Union Army, the uniforms and the everyday personal equipment of the typical soldier and camp life. Weaponry and care of the wounded and those killed also will be discussed.
This event is free and open to the public.
The program "Fun With Retro Toys" will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Perry Public Library, 3753 Main St. Jason Williams opened his Madison store, Spaceman Floyd’s Cosmic Toys, in mid-August. The store specializes in vintage toys and comic books from the 1960s on. Having worked at Big Fun on Coventry in Cleveland Heights for more than nine years, Williams is conversant in collectibles, gags, novelties and retro toys. This free event is open to all, but registration is strongly suggested. Call 440-259-3300 or visit perrypubliclibrary.org.
The Friends of the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library will hold a large book/AV sale at the Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3, Dec. 4 and Dec. 6, and 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5. The Friends will raffle baskets filled with books and gifts. Tickets for the raffle are 50 cents each and go on sale Dec. 3. Call 440-943-4151 for more information.
Friends of Morley Library will host a one-day book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Free gift wrapping will be offered. The library is at 184 Phelps St. in Painesville.
Mentor Library's Monday Night Book Discussion takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first Monday of each month from October through June, with the next meeting being Dec. 6. For this month's selection, contact librarian Barb Hauer at 440-255-8811, ext. 210. The library provides books, and refreshments are courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
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. 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
“The Art of Morton Smith,” a solo exhibit of realist paintings by the Beachwood artist, is at the Clara Fritzsche Library, Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road, South Euclid, through Dec. 17. Details: 216-373-5267.