Sunday, April 24, 2011

Odds and Book Ends (April 25-May 1)

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 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:

The Chardon Friends of the Library will host its annual Maple Festival book sale in Chardon Library's Bostwick Room April 28 through May 1. On April 28 will be a Friends-only preview from 9 to 10 a.m.; you may join the Friends or renew membership at the door. General sale hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28, 29 and 30, and from 1 to 5 p.m. May 1. May 1 is bag day, when books will be prices at $3 per bag.

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.

The Force will be with you from 11 a.m. to noon April 30 at Madison Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road. Padawans ages 3 to 7 and their Masters can come for a morning of "Star Wars" fun. Making light sabers and practicing dueling are just two of the many activities going on. Coming in costume is encouraged. Register at 440-482-2189 or

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.

Coming up

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.

At the upcoming regular meeting of the East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society, Tom Neel, Ohio Genealogical Society Library director, will present a program on doing research in Ohio county courthouses. In addition, he will give an update on the new Ohio Genealogical Society Library, located in Bellville.
The presentation will be at 7 p.m. May 2 at the Ross C. DeJohn Community Center, 6306 Marsol Road, Mayfield Heights. Guests are welcome to attend for a $3 visitor fee that may be applied to membership. The facility is handicap accessible. Details: Stacie at 216-379-0749 (evenings or weekends) or Mac at

A free Medicare information program will be at 7 p.m. May 4 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. If you are approaching age 65 or going on Medicare for the first time, this is an opportunity to gain a basic understanding of how Medicare works. Speaker Laura Mutsko designed the class to make the Medicare system easy to navigate and understand. Mutsko is the owner of Mutsko Insurance LLC and has been a license insurance agent since 1997. She has extensive experience in the insurance industry, much of it in the field of elder insurance products and services. To register, call the library at 440-943-4151.

Comics and Friends presents Archie Comics writer Craig Boldman as part of Free Comic Book Day, May 7 at the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor. Visit

Larry Morrow, author of "This is Larry Morrow ...," will be at the South Euclid Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 4645 Mayfield Road, from 7 to 8 p.m. May 9 Details: 216-382-4880. Click here to read an excerpt from "This is Larry Morrow ..."

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 May 9. Books and DVDs are available at the check-out desk on the main floor. The library is located at 184 Phelps St., Painesville. Details: 440-352-3383 or

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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