Odds and Book Ends (Feb. 21-27)
This weekMentor 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 www.cuyahogalibrary.org.
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 www.iffenwen.com.
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 perrypubliclibrary.org.
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.
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:
- Adults: 10 a.m. Feb. 26
Coming upZin, 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.
Dynamic Dinosaurs will be at 7 p.m. March 2 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. The event will feature prehistoric stories, activities and crafts. Registration required: 440-943-4151.
Getting Started with Medicare will be at 10 a.m. March 3 at the Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. If you are approaching age 65, or just going on Medicare for the first time, this is your opportunity to gain a basic understanding of how Medicare works. Speaker Laura Mutsko designed the class to make Medicare easy to understand. Registration is required at 440-943-4151. Another session will be offered at 7 p.m. March 31.
Demo classes from Ovation Movement will be at 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. March 3 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square. Ovation offers a variety of dance and movement classes for all ages. The 10 a.m. session will be for children 18 months to 3 years old, and the 10:45 a.m. session will be for children 3 to 5 years old. Registration is required at 440-942-3200.
Computer Basics I will be at 6:30 p.m. March 3 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. This program is designed for the person with no computer experience. Participants will learn about hardware and software, and practice using the keyboard and mouse. Limited to 10 participants. Registration required at 440-946-4151.
Read Across America with Dr. Seuss will be at 7 p.m. March 3 at Eastlake Library, 37606 Lake Shore Blvd. The library is teaming up with the Eastlake Women's Club for the event. Registration is required at 440-942-7780.
Dr. Seuss, Mother Goose & Everything in Between will be 11 a.m. March 5 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square. Children will be introduced to the art of theater and performance poetry as they learn and perform dramatic, silly, comic and tongue-twister poems with instructors from the Fine Arts Association. The event is for children ages 4 to 6 and their caregivers. Space is limited, and registration is required at 440-942-3200.
Students in first through sixth grades who love the Eastlake Library are invited to the Student Friends Meeting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 5 at the library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd. The group meets monthly during the school year to make crafts, enjoy snacks, play games and help with library programs. Registration is required at 440-942-7780.
The Anime/Manga Club will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. March 5 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square. Attendees will watch, discuss and comment on anime and manga, and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required at 440-942-3200.
Puppets with Pizazz will be 2 to 3 p.m. March 5 at Beachwood Library, 25501 Shake Blvd. Families are invited to see Nancy Sander's puppet version of "Rumplestiltskin." Registration is required at 216-831-6868 or cuyahogalibrary.org.
Barks for Books will be 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 5 at Eastlake Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd. Children in first through third grade become more confident readers by spending 30 minutes each week reading to trained therapy dogs. Registration is required at 440-942-7780.
Literature Out Loud will be at 4 p.m. March 7 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided as favorite American authors come alive through dramatic readings by a professional actor. Stories featured will include the American frontier, patriotic poems and excerpts from American novels and short stories of adventure, comedy, romance and history. Registration is required at 440-942-3200.
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 March 7 at the library, 8215 Mentor Ave. 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.
Nintendo DS Game Night will be 7 to 8 p.m. March 7 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square. Bring your Nintendo DS and any linkable games to the library for the opportunity to play with other kids. Attendees must have a DS, but games are not required. Registration is required at 440-942-3200.
Ongoing eventsIf 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 | CSadler@News-Herald.com | @nhcheryl
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