Sunday, March 6, 2011

Odds and Book Ends (March 7-13)

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

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.

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

Shelley Shepard Gray will sign her most recent Amish-framed book, "The Caregiver: Families of Honor" at the Sparrow Christian Bookshop in Middlefield at 2:30 p.m. March 8. The three-book series is set in Geauga County in the fictional town of Jacob's Crossing. The book shop is at Routes 87 and 608.

Great Estates of Wickliffe will be at 6:30 p.m. March 8 at Eastlake Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd. Noted historian and storyteller Dan Ruminski will tell the tale of the Great Estates owned by such families as the Corrigans, Coulbys, McKinneys and Rockefellers; what they build and enjoyed; and the tragedies that caused it all to collapse. The program is co-sponsored by the Eastlake Historical Society and the Willoughby Historical Society. Space is limited, so registration is required at 440-942-7780.

The annual spring book sale sponsored by the West Geagua Friends of the Library will take place during the following hours:
  • 4 to 6:30 p.m. March 9 (members' preview)
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 9 (public sale begins)
  • 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 10
  • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 11
  • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 12 ($3 bag day)
Funds raised from the book sale benefit the on-going adult and children’s programs at the Geauga West Library. Details: 440-729-4250.

A LEAF program on scholarships and funding options for students who will be attending college in the fall will be at 6 p.m. March 9 at Willoughby Hills Library, 35400 Chardon Road. Registration is required at 440-942-3362.

E-mail Basics will be at 10 a.m. March 10 at Eastlake Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd., and 10 a.m. March 19 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. The program will teach how to write and send e-mail. Space is limited, so registration is required: 440-942-7780 for the Eastlake program and 440-943-4151 for the Willowick program.

Notre Dame College's Clara Fritzche Library will host "Foiled, Dramed and Waiting," a solo exhibit of images by Cleveland-based digital artist Andrew Raz. The show will run from March 10 through April 8, and an opening reception will be 6 to 8 p.m. March 10. The free exhibit may be viewed during library hours: 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. Sunday. Notre Dame College is at 4545 College Road, South Euclid. Details: Karen Zoller at 216-373-5267 or

A program on the anti-inflammatory diet will be at 7 p.m. March 10 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. Find out what the anti-inflammatory diet is and what foods help in controlling inflammation. Attendees will get tips on changing diets and avoiding foods that make them ill. Registration is required at 440-943-4151.

The Friends of the Geneva Library will have a used book sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11 and 12 in the meeting room at the Geneva Library, 860 Sherman St. A selection of hardcover books, paperback books, DVDs, VHS tapes, magazines and more will be available. Hardcover book pricing starts at 30 cents; paperback at 20 cents. Geneva Library book bags will be sold for $2. All money raised through the sale will benefit the library. Details: 440-466-4521.

Recipe for Art will be 1 to 3 p.m. March 12 in the James Garfield Room at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave., The workshop for artists and would-be artists will teach the basics of drawing and painting with artist James McNamara, a painter trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland State University who teaches art classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Portraits, landscapes, still life and free form will be presented in the class. Artists are encouraged to bring their own materials, such as pencils, paper, sketchbooks, watercolors, ink, pastels, tempera, paint, mat board, etc. Registration is open to the first 20 applicants. Details: Barbara Hauer at 440-255-8811, ext. 210.

Coming up

Reel Talk-Book and Movie Discussion Group meets at 2:45 p.m. the second Monday of every month in Morley Library's meeting Room B, with the next meeting taking place March 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

A spaghetti dinner for Madison Library will be 5 to 8 p.m. March 14 at Wagon Wheel Restaurant, 1388 N. Hubbard Road, Madison Township. Tickets are $8 and available at the library or the door. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Friends of the Madison Public Library.

"Ten Steps to Living with Lupus" will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 14 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square. Registration is required for each step of the program, sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America: 440-717-0183 or

Novel Conversations Book Discussion will be at 7 p.m. March 15 at Eastlake Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd. The book discussed will be "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford. Details: 440-942-7780.

Happy Bookers Book Discussion will be at 7 p.m. March 15 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. The book discussed will be "Abraham" by Bruce Feiler. Details: 440-943-4151.

The Student Friends will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 19 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St., and 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 26 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square. The library is looking for good friends -- grades one through six -- who love the library to meet once a month during the school year to make crafts, enjoy snacks and help with library programs. Registration is required: 440-943-4151 (Willowick) or 440-942-3200 (Willoughby).

Welcome to Medicare will be at 2 p.m. March 21 at Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville. The program will give an overview of Medicare Basics and is geared toward individuals who are new to Medicare or are approaching age 65. Details: 440-352-3383.

State Rep. Ron Young, R-Leroy Township, will be at a meet-and-greet from 6 to 7 p.m. March 21 at Perry Public Library, 3752 Main St.

Wills and Trusts will be at 7 p.m. March 21 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square. The program will cover estate documents and planning to ensure your family and financial goals are met after you or a loved one has died. Registration required: 440-942-3200.

Ongoing events

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.

Computer classes will be offered at 10 a.m. every Monday at Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville. Facilities have been remodeled for hands-on instruction. There are only eight computers, so seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. These are basic computer courses that begin of how computers work and advance up to using the Internet. Microsoft Word 2003 is offered at 3 p.m. every Thursday. Classes are in the classroom on the lower level of the library. Details: 440-35203383.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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