Sunday, April 17, 2011

Odds and Book Ends (April 18-24)

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

The Friends of the Cleveland Public Library will have a Spring Used Book Sale April 18-21 at Cleveland Public Library, 525 Superior Ave. A large selection of books in all categories will be on sale, including an assortment of audio books and music CDs. A members-only preview will be 10 a.m. to noon April 18, and members should bring their cards for admittance. Those who are not members of the Friends may join at the door. The sale will be open to the public noon to 6 p.m. April 18 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 19 and 20. On April 21, a bag of books will be offered for $5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details: 216-623-2821.

Mentor Public Library's Book Club for Men will meet at 7 p.m. April 18 in the Frances Cleveland Room at the main library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Join male readers to discuss books of interest with librarian Steve Haas. This month's selection is "To Kill the Irishman" by Rick Porrello. Details: 440-255-8811.

Welcome to Medicare will be 2 to 3 p.m. April 19 at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. The introduction to Medicare for individuals who are new to Medicare are approaching Medicare age will be presented by Alyea Barajas of the Lake County Council on Aging. Details: 440-255-8811, ext. 215, or

Dan Coughlin, author of "Crazy, With the Papers to Prove It," will be in the area at the following times, dates and locations:
  • 7 to 8 p.m. April 20, Euclid Public Library, 631 E. 222nd St. Details: 216-261-5300.
  • 2 to 3 p.m. May 15, Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St. Details: 440-247-3556.

Re-enactors representing James and Lucretia Garfield will visit Dudley Fieldhouse, 31500 Willowick Drive, at 7 p.m. April 21. The Garfields will discuss how they crossed paths before their marriage, the pitfalls of their "Dark Years," and how their relationship -- and their family -- blossomed. The program is co-sponsored by the Willoughby Historical Society. To register for the free program, call Willowick Library at 440-943-4151.

Friends of the Mentor Library will have a book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 at the main library, 8215 Mentor Ave. All proceeds benefit the library. Details: 440-255-8811, ext. 236.

Coming up

The Twentysomething Readers Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 25 at Panera, 9587 Mentor Ave., Mentor, to discuss this month's selection "The Gargoyle" by Andrew Davidson. Discussion is with Mentor Library librarian Steve Haas.

Author Regina Brett will visit Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave., at 7 p.m. April 26. She will be signing copies of her book, "God Never Blinks," which will be available for purchase. Call the library to register: 440-255-8811, ext. 215.

Joe the Coupon Guy will present a class at 7 p.m. April 26 at Perry Library, 3753 Main St. Learn how to save money on grocery shopping, restaurants, utility bills, cellphones, vacations, gas and more. Details:

Claire Zurbuch, a resident of Hambden Township for nearly four decades, is the season’s featured artist at “Art in the Mart” at the Middlefield Library, 16167 E. High St. Zurbuch is a photographer who specializes in film. His work features nature, landscapes and photos from a recent trip to Italy with his wife, Kay. Zurbuch will present “Photographing Italy” at 7 p.m. April 28. More than a travelogue, the free program will include tips on how to photograph a vacation. “Art in the Mart” is sponsored by the Geauga Council for Arts & Culture, whose mission is to bring art and people together. All of the items are for sale and the proceeds benefit the artist, the council and the Middlefield Library. Other Art in the Mart locations include the New York Deli, the Geauga YMCA and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. Those interested in purchasing a piece, can email or call 440-537-3344.

Friends of the Euclid Library will have a book sale during the following times:
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 29 (special members' only preview)
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30
  • 1 to 4 p.m. May 1 (buy a bag for $2 and will it with the book sale materials
The sale will be at Euclid Library, 631 E. 222nd St. Details: 216-261-5300.

Drumplay, a percussion group from Cleveland, will perform at 1 p.m. April 30 at Perry Library, 3753 Main St. The event is intended to be interactive and fun for the entire family. Children will make a drum craft to take home. Drumplay's sound is described as "rhythmprovisation": world/jazz percussion inspired by Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and West African rhythms as well as Middle Eastern motifs. Registration is appreciated but not required: or 440-259-3300.

The Friends of the Burton Public Library will host its annual meeting and volunteer recognition at 2 p.m. May 1 at the library, 14588 W. Park St. The public is invited, and entertainment will include a portrayal of legendary Cleveland journalist Dorothy Fuldheim by local writer, actor and producer Carol Starre-Kmiecik. Refreshments will be served. Details: 440-834-4466.

Mentor Library's Monday Night Book Discussion meets the first Monday of each month from October through June, with the next meeting slated for May 2. 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.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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