Sunday, May 15, 2011

Odds and Book Ends (May 16-22)

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 Book Club for Men will meet at 7 p.m. May 16 at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. The group will discuss the book "Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation" by Charles Glass. Light refreshments will be served. For a copy of the book, go to the information services desk, or for more information contact the library at 440-255-8811, ext. 215. Book Club for Men is free and open to the public.

"10 Steps to Living with Lupus" from the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America Inc. will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. beginning May 17 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square. Reservations are required for each step at 440-717-0183 or

The Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Northeast Ohio will present "Rollercoaster: Parenting someone living with a psychiatric health condition" from 6 to 8 p.m. May 19 at Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville. Mary Ann Jones, a former NAMI family-to-family facilitator and toastmaster, will share the highs and lows of a parent whose son lives with a psychiatric health condition. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. The program is designed for anyone whose life has been affected by behavioral, emotional or substance-related health issues, including mental health care professionals, clergy and first-responders. The presentation also is available to organizations, businesses and churches upon request. Free information and resource materials will be available. A special dedication ceremony announcing DSBA NEO’s new lending library also will be conducted. The event is free and open to the public. Details: 440-749-6587, 440-344-3951 or

The "Get Ready for Summer Reading Book Sale" at Madison Public Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road, will be May 19 through 21. Hundreds of books for kids, teens, and adults will be for sale for $1 or less. Magazines, CDs, DVDs, and videos will be on sale, too. The sale will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 19 and 20, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21. Friends of the Madison Library Preview Night is Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. Memberships may be purchased at the door. New this year is a silent auction, which will run through May 27. Three books will be displayed and open for bids: "Tapestry of Life" by Howard Buffett; a unique fold-out book, "A Flight of Butterflies," from the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and "God’s Man: A Novel in Woodcuts" by Lund Ward. Details: 440-428-2189.

Pop City will be 11 a.m. to noon May 21 in the Mentor Library Children's Theater, 8215 Mentor Ave. Special father/child program will feature how to make and break a code, doodle in the dark and make a fossil. Kids ages 6 years old and older and their dads or other adult male-role model are welcome. Details and registration: 440-255-8811.

The East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society is sponsoring a free program commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. This event is open to the public and will feature three speakers who will address different aspects of the historic conflict:
  • Harold George, lecturer, author and Civil War re-enactor will appear in uniform and present "One Man's Hunt for Civil War Gravesites."
  • Marjorie Wilson, a retired teacher, member of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable and a guide at Lakeview Cemetery will discuss Civil War Gen. Mortimer D. Leggett's experiences based on his diaries and letters to his wife.
  • A historian and author, John Vacha, will focus on "Behind Bayonets: The Civil War in Northern Ohio" which is based on the book he co-authored with the late David Van Tassel and feature interesting local details.
The program will be noon to 5 p.m. May 21 at the Euclid Library, 631 E. 222nd St. Details: Stacie at 216-379-0749 (evenings or weekends) or Mac at

The monthly meeting of the Kids at Work-A Lego Brick Building Club will be 3 to 4:30 p.m. May 21 in the James R. Garfield Room at the Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents are welcome to attend with their child. No registration is necessary. Details: 440-255-8811.

Author Barbara Smith will be at Barnes & Noble, 7900 Mentor Ave., Mentor, from 1 to 4 p.m. May 22 for a book signing. Details:

Coming up

Book and Brush Club will meet to discuss "The Wayward Muse" by Elizabeth Hickey at 7 p.m. May 25 at the Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Light refreshments will be served. For details on how to explore the fine arts through literature, call the library at 440-255-8811 ext. 210.

Profilers Crime Time will meet at 7 p.m. May 26 at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Members will discuss "The High Window" by Raymond Chandler. Light refreshments will be served. For a copy of the book, please go to the Information Services desk. Details: 440-255-8811, ext. 214.

The Friends of the Burton Public Library will have a book sale in the library basement from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 28. Items available include books, magazines, vintage materials, maps, records, CDs, tapes, movies and puzzles. Please enter the sale through the white door located at the back of the building, 14588 W. Park St.

Twenty Something Readers will meet at Panera, 9587 Mentor Ave., Mentor, at 6:30 p.m. May 31. The group will discuss April's selection of "The Nation" by Terry Pratchett. Refreshments will be served. For more information and to get a copy of the book, contact Mentor Library at 440-255-8811.

Ongoing events

Special storytimes with Mr. Dennis begin May 16 as the Mentor Library children's department gears up for its summer reading program. Mr. Dennis will be providing special storytimes for two weeks between May 16 and May 27. Details: 440-255-8811.

National Candy Month Contest at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave., will be May 16 through June 16. June is Candy Month. Check out books from the children's area and receive one chance at guessing how many candies are in the jar. The person with the closest answer wins the jar. One guess per child, per day. The winner will be announced June 17. Details: 440-255-8811.

Tours of the Penfield House, a local home designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, will take place at 3, 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m. June 9. Because of the popularity of this fundraiser for the 2011 Summer Reading Program, registration will be done by a random lottery. To be entered into the lottery, call the Willowick Library at 440-943-4151, ext. 3. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. May 21. Be ready to rank in order a preference of tour times. Cost of the tour is $25 per person. Transportation will depart from the Willoughby Hills Library, 35400 Chardon Road in Willoughby Hills.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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