Sunday, May 1, 2011

Odds and Book Ends (May 2-8)

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

Make a craft all day at the Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave., in the Children's Department. Children can come in any time during the day to make a balancing butterfly craft. Stop by the children's desk for details. Supplies are limited. Details: 440-255-8811.

The Willoughby Area Support Group of the Lupus Foundation of America Inc. Greater Cleveland Chapter will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 2 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square.

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.

Perry Library will belatedly celebrate Earth Day at 7 p.m. May 5 at the library (3753 Main St.) when Lakeland Community College professor Lisa Lewins discusses the "greening" of that institution. For more details on the program, click here. To register for the free program, call 440-259-3300 or visit

Children ages 3 and older are invited to a Mad Hatter Tea Party from noon to 2 p.m. May 6 at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Take a trip down the rabbit hole with activities, crafts, stories and refreshments. Please bring a teacup. Details and registration: 440-255-8811.

Mentor Library's Headlands Branch, 4669 Corduroy Road, is hosting a Mother's Day Appreciation for children 3 to 10 years old at 3:45 p.m. May 6. Make a special gift and card for Mom. Details and registration: 440-257-2000.

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

Friends of the Kirtland Public Library will host a book sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7. The library is at 9267 Chillicothe Road.

Coming up

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

Bo Peep's lost sheep will visit the Children's Theater at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave., at 11 a.m. May 11. One of Little Bo Peep's real live sheep will be at the library. Children will have a chance to get close to one of the library staff's favorite farm animals and hear some stories about his sheep friends. All ages with an adult may register. Details and registration: 440-255-8811.

Chardon Lupus Chat (Medications & You) will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 11 at Chardon Library, 110 E. Park St. The program is presented by the Lupus Foundation of America Inc. Greater Cleveland Chapter. RSVP at 440-717-0183 or

Scrapbooking for Tweems will be 7 to 8 p.m. May 11 at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. The event for children ages 8 to 12 years old will be in the Children's Theater. Tweens can bring some favorite photos and use decorative paper and supplies to create a unique scrapbook page. Supplies will be provided. Registration begins May 2. Details and registration: 440-255-8811.

Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village will present a book reading and signing of "WOOF!" by author Neil Markey and illustrator Pam Spremulli from 5 to 8 p.m. May 12 at 15463 Chillicothe Road in Russell Township. Signed books will be available and Rescue Village will receive 25 percent of the proceeds from book sales at the event. The Golden Barkery ( will co-sponsor the event. Spremulli is best known for her award-winning children's book "Letter Birds." Spremulli and Markey live in Chagrin Falls.

Mentor Library's Headlands Branch, 4669 Corduroy Road, will have a Friday the 13th event from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. May 13. Those ages 3 1/2 to 10 will hear lore and tales of superstition and origin of "Friday the 13th." Details and registration: 440-257-2000.

Dan Coughlin, author of "Crazy, With the Papers to Prove It," will be at the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., from 2 to 3 p.m. May 15. Details: 440-247-3556.

Registration begins May 9 for Paws to Read at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Children ages 6 to 12 who can read independently can sign up for a 30-minute session May 18. They will be paired with a gentle dog, licensed and trained to be a good listener. Details: 440-255-8811.

Ongoing events

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.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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