Sunday, January 23, 2011

Odds and Book Ends (Jan. 24-30)

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.

Teen Game Day at Morley Library in Painesville will be 2:30 to 4 p.m. Jan. 24. The event will include Dance Dance Revolution and classic board games, and attendees can enter a Connect Four tournament and Rock, Paper, Scissors throwdown.

Medications vs. Alternative Health Solutions will be 6:45 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at Mentor Public Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. The free seminar will be presented by Renee Bolz, a preventative wellness practitioner for Total Body Image, and chiropractic physician Dr. Jay Riedel, who will discuss preventative health care solutions without taking prescription medications.

“It’s Snow Much Fun at the Library” for kids ages 4 through 9 will be 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Madison Public Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road, Madison. This is an outdoor event if weather permits, so bring hats, scarves, gloves and boots. Be ready for the possibility of a snowball fight. Warm up will be inside with some snowy stories and a wintertime craft. Details: 440-428-2189.

The Geauga County National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group meeting will be at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at Middlefield Public Library. NAMI provides mutual support for persons diagnosed with serious mental illness and their families. Registration is not necessary and the program is free. For details, call the Mental Health Association at 440-285-3945.

Children with special needs and their families are invited to a snowman-themed story time from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Jan. 25 at Mentor Public Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. The story time will feature stories, songs and a craft where children can make their own snow. Details: 440-255-8811, ext 220, or

Northeastern Ohio Rose Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Madison Public Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road. The program will be presented by Dalia Armonas, president of "ARS Miniature Roses." Mini-Flora roses are a new classification adopted by the American Rose Society in 1999 to recognize another step in the evolution of the rose, intermediate bloom size and foliage falling between miniatures and floribundas. This classification has become very popular because of its versatility in placement for edgings in flower beds, rockeries and containers. Armonas asks that everyone bring a list of their miniature roses for discussion to determine the pros and cons of certain species. For details, call 440-997-9403.

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzche Library will host a joint book signing and art exhibit opening reception 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 27 that can be called a family affair. Notre Dame College Professor Dalma Takacs will sign her latest book "The condo: Or ... Life, a Sequel" while her daughter Judy Takacs will open her exhibit "His, Hers, and the Truth: Paintings of Human Realism." The book signing and reception will be in the library. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be open through Feb. 18, during library hours, which are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 10 p.m. Sundays. Notre Dame College is at 4545 College Road, South Euclid. For details, call 216-373-5267 or e-mail

The Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst Branch of the American Association of University Women will host a meeting at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 29, at the Cleveland Heights Main Library, Meeting Room A, 2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights. The subject will be "Human Trafficking -- A Form of Modern Day Slavery” by Sr. Anne Victory, HM, education coordinator for the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking, who will speak about the crime of human trafficking, its prevalence as an international and very local issue, and what citizens can do about it. The meeting is free and open to the public. For details, contact Vivian Harris, AAUW Heights-Hillcrest-Lyndhurst Branch at

Silly Bandz and Fuse Beads -- an activity for the whole family -- will be 11 a.m. to noon Jan. 29 at Madison Public Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road, Madison. Come and trade your Silly Bandz, make some rubber band bracelets and design a fuse bead craft. For details, call 440-428-2189.

Mothers and daughters ages 11 to 15 are invited to Mother/Daughter Makeovers from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Morley Library in Painesville. The afternoon will include skincare and make-up tips presented by a local beauty consultant. Registration is required for the free program at 440-352-3383.

Registration is open for Meet the President, an event with President James A. Garfield and First Lady Lucrectia Garfield (as performed by the We Made History living historians). The president and first lady will come to Mentor Public Library, 8215 Mentor Ave., from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1. Listen to a presidential story, then join in the fun and ask questions. Details: 440-255-8811, ext. 220, or

A Starbucks coffee tasting will be 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Eastlake Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd. Starbucks Manager Mike Schwer will teach about the aroma, body and flavor of various Starbucks coffees paired with their accompanying pastry. Registration is required at 440-942-7780.

Learn how to load items onto your MP3 device using Windows Media Player at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Willoughby Public Library, 30 Public Square. Registration is required at 440-942-3200.

The Friends of the Burton Public Library Chess Tournaments will be every Saturday in February at the library. This annual event has been drawing chess players from all over the area. Prior tournament competition is not necessary. Players need to bring a standard chess set, a sack lunch and beverage. Tournaments
for different age groups are scheduled as follows:
  • Kindergarten through fifth grade: 10 a.m. Feb. 5 (expected to finish by 2 p.m.)
  • Sixth through eighth grade: 10 a.m. Feb. 12
  • Ninth through 12th grade: 10 a.m. Feb. 19 (expected to finish by 5 p.m.)
  • Adults: 10 a.m. Feb. 26
All tournaments will be Swiss-type, providing each player at least four games regardless of his or her win-loss record. Medals will be awarded to the top places in each category. Prior registration is required for all tournaments. To register, call the Burton Public Library at 440-834-4466. For further information about the tournaments, call Jim Wohlken at 440-834-4283. Visit the library online at

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 Feb. 7. 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.

Jump Start Your Job Search will be 9:45 to 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at Eastlake Public Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd., Learn about free workshops and job search assistance available through Lake1Stop. The 90-minute session is a pre-requisite for attending the workshops, to find out about available training funds, or for receiving one-on-one job search assistance. To register for the program, call Debra Laurin at 440-350-2493 or 440-918-2493.

Computer Basics I, designed for a person with no computer experience, will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 12 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. Learn about hardware and software. Time will be provided for hands-on practice with the keyboard and mouse. The program is limited to 10 participants, and registration is required at 440-943-4151.

The Mentor Public Library will be collecting canned goods through January as it holds its third annual Restock the Shelves. All branches will be accepting donations of canned and dry goods. Food will be distributed to the Lake County area food pantries to restock their shelves. Also, donations may be placed in the designated boxes at all locations.

The Burton Public Library will present “Act It Out,” a five-week acting workshop for ages 6 through 10. The workshop will meet from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 15 and 22 and March 1 and 8, concluding with a performance of “Python’s Party” at 4 p.m. March 15. The acting workshop will be taught by Chardon resident Amy Bennett, who has an academic and professional background in children’s arts.
“Act It Out” is free of charge and has limited enrollment. Registration is a commitment to attend all five sessions. To register, call the Burton Public Library at 440-834-4466.

--Cheryl Sadler

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