Sunday, February 13, 2011

Odds and Book Ends (Feb. 14-20)

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.

This week

Join Cathi Weber, local author of "Haunted Willoughby, Ohio" at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square, to hear the stories that inspired her to investigate the spooky heritage and true stories that are a part of Willoughby's history. Limited to 60 participants. Registration is required at 440-942-3200.

Reel Talk-Book and Movie Discussion Group meets at 2:45 p.m. the second Monday of every month in Meeting Room B at Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., with the next meeting taking place Feb. 14. Books and DVDs are available at the check-out desk on the main floor. The library is located at 184 Phelps St. in Painesville. Details: 440-352-3383 or

Friends of the Kirtland Library will have its annual meeting from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Feb. 14 at Kirtland Public Library, 9267 Chilicothe Road. The following slate of officers will be presented by the nominating committee: Kent Packer, president; Ginny Liddy, vice president; Jane Carle, recording secretary; Gail Cap, corresponding secretary; Greg Amyot, treasurer. A brief meeting will be followed by a Valentine's Day celebration with a theme of chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Refreshments will include a variety of chocolate treats, and one lucky person will go home with a Valentine gift basket. Details: 440-256-READ.

A "Take Charge Tuesday -- Healthy Heart Screening: Cholesterol, Glucose and Blood Pressure" free screening program will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square. The screening will be provided by health professionals from Euclid Hospital's Healthy Heart Program. Discuss results with a registered nurse. Registration is required at 440-942-3200.

Find a desired cookbook and let your unused cookbooks become treasures for others at the Cookbook Swap and Tasting at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at Willoughby Hills Library, 35400 Chardon Road. Bring up to three cookbooks from your collection plus a dish to share. Registration is required at 440-942-3362.

Happy Bookers Book Discussion will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. The book "Beloved" by Toni Morrison will be discussed.

A Fancy Nancy Party will be 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Eastlake Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd. Come dressed in finery for fabulous festivities. Registration is required at 440-942-7780.

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.

CSI: Painesville will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Morley Library, 184 Phelps St. Forensic chemist Kim Krall, from the Lake County Crime Lab, will give an overview of the science of catching criminals. Attendees will look at DNA, fingerprinting, firearms and race analysis. The program is intended for grades 10 and older, and adults.

"History of the Bernse Anabaptists" will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Middlefield Library, 16167 E. High St. Join John Gingerich to learn about his recently completed English translation of Ernst Müller's "Geschichte der Bernischen Täufer," an important entry in Amish-Mennonite-Anabaptist history. Uncover the history of the Anabaptists of Canton Bern, Switzerland as well as learn about the translation process. To register, call the library at 440-632-1961.

DS Nights for Teens will be 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at Willoughby Public Library, 30 Public Square. Teens in grades six through 12 can bring a Nintendo DS and any linkable games to the library to play with other teens. Attendees must have a DS but games are not required. Registration is required at 440-942-3200.

Facebook for Beginners program will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square. Learn how to create and use a Facebook page. Internet, mouse and keyboard skills are recommended. An email address is required to sign up for Facebook. Registration is required at 440-942-3200.

A Mother/Daughter Beading Craft is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. Girls in kindergarten through sixth grade and their mothers will make a craft. Registration is required at 440-943-4151.

Native Plant Society of Northeast Ohio will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights. The evening will be an exploration of book sources and resources for bibliophiles and native plant enthusiasts. Cleveland Botanical Garden Librarian Gary Esmonde will guide the group across the terrain of introductory Ohio flora books to collectors' items in the very special collections of the Eleanor Squire Library. Cleveland Museum of Natural History Librarian Wendy Wasman will share some botanical treasures from the museum's rare books collection. No registration required; suggested donation of $3.

Mentor Public Library will host The Authentic Story of the Underground Railroad in Lake County at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Main Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Kathie Purmal, director of the Lake County Historical Society, will present the story of Lake County’s Underground Railroad. The informative presentation will be in the James R. Garfield Room. Register at 440-255-8811.

Word Basics will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. Learn to create documents in Microsoft Word. Experience with the mouse and keyboard is recommended. Registration is required at 440-943-4151.

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:
  • 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

Joe the Coupon Guy will be at Chardon Library, 110 E. Park St., teaching a class at 2 p.m. Feb. 20. He will cover a multitude of ways to save on a variety of topics, and not just about couponing. Details: 440-285-7601.

Coming up

Mentor Public Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. will host the Book Club for Men at 7 p.m. Feb. 21, in the Frances Cleveland room. Join other male readers to discuss books of interest along with Librarian Steve Haas. This month’s selection is "Kingdom of Ohio" by Matthew Flaming. For details, call 440-255-8811.

"Black History's Great Contributions to the World" will be 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 at Beachwood Public Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd. Students in second through sixth grades are invited to the program, where history will come alive through storytelling, innovative games, the singing of spirituals, and call and response chants. Find out what would happen if "Black History" did not exist. Students will use their imaginations to creatively place the puzzle pieces of history back together again. Registration is required at 216-831-6868 or

The Lake County YMCA is hosting a free workshop with author and senior care consultant Mike Campbell from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Central YMCA branch in Painesville. The purpose of the workshop is to help families open the conversation about senior care options. Campbell will give tips on how to have sometimes difficult conversations with parents. He will provide insight on how to become the best care advocate for your loved one, which includes becoming familiar with various senior housing and care options available in the market. In addition, workshop participants will receive a free copy of Campbell’s new book, “When Mom and Dad Need Help.” For more information on the author, visit

The Geauga chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host a support group for people diagnosed with serious mental illness and their families at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Middlefield Public Library, 16167 E. High St., Middlefield. After a brief introduction the group will divide into focus groups — peers diagnosed with mental illness; and family and friends of those diagnosed. Registration is not necessary, and the program is free. Details: 440-285-3945.

Perry Library, 3753 Main St., welcomes the 26th President Theodore Roosevelt at 7 p.m. Feb. 22. The family program is a first-person living history portrayal with teacher Robert K. Hodder. All are welcome for the free program, but registration is strongly suggested at 440-259-3300 or

The National Parks Service will present a program on the traditions of Victorian weddings at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at Eastlake Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd. Registration is required at 440-942-7780.

Mentor Public Library, 8215 Mentor Ave., will host the Book and Brush Club at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 to explore the fine arts through reading and discussion art historical novels with librarian Barbara Hauer in the James R. Garfield room. This month’s selection is "Clara and Mr. Tiffany" by Susan Vreeland. For details, call 440-255-8811.

Tom Jerpbak, owner of Ye Olde Oaken Bucket in Painesville, will present Coins, Gold and Sterling Silver at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Eastlake Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd. Jerpbak will discuss what you need to know about the various ratings and current market value before you sell your jewelry and other items. Registration is required at 440-942-7780.

Sweets for the Sweet with Brandt's Candies will be 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. Learn about the history of chocolate making from representatives of Brandt's Candies. Samples will be provided. Registration is required at 440-943-4151.

Mentor Public Library, 8215 Mentor Ave., will host the Profilers in Crime Time at 7 p.m. Feb. 24. The book group investigates crime-related genres such as thriller, suspense, true crime, noir, detective and mystery. This month's selection is "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie. The discussion will be in the James R. Garfield room. Details: 440-255-8811.

Teens are invited to the Cosplay Runway at Morely Library, 184 Phelps St. Dress up as your favorite Manga character and walk the runway at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Morley Library Meeting Room. Register to participate and submit a brief description of your Cosplay character and costume by Feb. 20. Your description will be read as you walk the runway. To register, call 440-352-3383.

Barks for Books will be 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Eastlake Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd. Children in first through third grades will spend 30 minutes reading to trained therapy talks. Registration is required at 440-942-7780.

Zin, Zin, Zin a Violin! will be 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Willoughby Hills Library, 35400 Chardon Road. Children are invited to learn more about music with the Fine Arts Association and meet instrument families through stories, instrument demonstrations and more. The class is limited to 20 children. Registration is required at 440-942-3362.

What is the Western Reserve? will be 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square. The illustrated program will take a look at a unique part of Ohio and the nation, as well as the people, politics, war and determination that created it. Registration is required at 440-942-3200.

Mentor Public Library will host the Twentysomething Readers Book Club at Panera in Mentor at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Join twenty-something readers to discuss books of interest along with librarian Steve Haas. This month’s selection is "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. For details, call 440-255-8811.

During the month of March, Madison Public Library holds an annual Business Fair. Local businesses may hang a poster and include business cards, coupons, pens, etc. on the poster. March 28 will be "Business Day 2011," and business owners may set up a small display and talk with patrons about their business. For more information, please contact the library at 428-2189.

Ongoing events

The art exhibit "His, Hers, and the Truth: Paintings of Human Realism" by Judy Takacs is on display at Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzche Library through Feb. 18. The free exhibit is open to the public 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

If you are 60 years old or older and a middle- or low-income taxpayer, you can get free tax assistance with an AARP tax aide volunteers. Call the Mentor Library at 440-255-8811, ext. 215, to make your appointment. Volunteers will be at the Main Library, 8215 Mentor Ave., from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through April 12. Bring your completed tax forms from last year and valid I.D. to your appointment. AARP help is by appointment only.

Free tax preparation service is available for Geauga County residents with annual household incomes less than $60,000. Appointments may be made by calling 211 or 888-386-3194. Returns can be filed electronically so individuals may receive their whole refund quickly and securely. There is no need for a refund loan or to pay filing fees. Individuals who worked in 2010 and earned less than about $38,000 may be eligible for the Earned Income Credit, based on marital status, income and number of children in the household. Sites for tax preparation help are Chagrin Falls Park Community Center, the Department of Job and Family Services, Middlefield Public Library, St. Mary’s in Chardon and Thompson United Methodist Church. The service is offered by the Geauga Financial Stability Partnership: Geauga County Commissioners and United Way Services of Geauga County.

The annual spring book sale sponsored by the West Geagua Friends of the Library begins March 9 and ends March 12. Donations of gently used or new children’s and adult books, collectibles, comics, CDs, DVDs, books on tape or CD, puzzles, board games, sheet music and prints can be dropped off at the Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road, Chester Township, during regular hours until March 1. A tax receipt is available at the circulation desk. Funds raised from the book sale benefit the on-going adult and children’s programs at the Geauga West Library. Details: 440-729-4250.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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