Sunday, May 22, 2011

Odds and Book Ends (May 23-29)

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

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.

The Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library will host a free Women and Strength Training class — presented by Fitworks — at 7 p.m. May 26 at the Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. To register, call the library at 440-943-4151.

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.

Coming up

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.

Perry Library, 3753 Main St., will present a program on Victorian Weddings at 7 p.m. June 2. Allison Powell of the National Park Service will talk about attire, flowers, menu, music, favors and the distinctively formal flavor and style of the era. Registration required: 440-259-3300.

An experienced geocacher will introduce geocaching to those interested at 2 p.m. June 4 at Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville. The geocacher will lead attendees in uncovering several local caches.

The Monday Night Book Discussion meets the first Monday of each month from October through June, with the next meeting slated for 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 6 at Mentor 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.

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.

Bainbridge Library, 17222 Snyder Road, Chagrin Falls, will host the traveling exhibit "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs 1910-1965" through July 1. Only 55 libraries across the U.S. were selected to host the exhibit, which is composed of eight colorful double-sided panels filled with text and photographs highlighting the spirit of the musical era. The Bainbridge Library is offering a variety of free programs to enhance the exhibit experience. On June 3, Bill Rudman will present the grand opening for the exhibit with "Jewish Songwriters United: Their Impact on the American Musical" as an after-hours special event at 7:30 p.m. Larry Sheir, cantor at the Westside Temple Beth Israel, will present the grand finale "From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway" at 7 p.m. June 28. Also, the library will show movie musicals that showcase the songwriters included in the exhibit at 2 p.m. on Fridays in June. For more information on the event, call 440-543-5611.

Morley Library has expanded its services with e-books, and more audiobooks available to download from the Morley website. Library cardholders can check out and download digital media to their home computers, and transfer to enjoy on mp3 players and e-readers such as the iPod, Sony Reader and Nook. Patrons can browse the Morley digital collection and check out 24/7. Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are no late fees. This new service is available to patrons with their Morley Library card. To get started downloading audiobooks and e-books, visit

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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