Sunday, May 8, 2011

Odds and Book Ends (May 9-15)

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

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 ..."

Learn Internet basics at computer classes this month at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Internet Basics will be 4 p.m. May 9 and 10 a.m. May 10. Email Basics will be 4 p.m. May 23 and 10 a.m. May 24. A librarian will help set up a Yahoo email account and teach participants how to use it. Seating is limited to 10 people. Details: 440-255-8811 or

Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville, has planned basic computer classes. Seating is limited on a first come, first served basis. Computer Basics will be at 10 a.m. every Monday; the class will explore how computers work and advance to using the Internet. Microsoft Word 2010 will be at 3 p.m. every Thursday; the class will look at what is new in the 2010 version and the basics of Word. Classes are in the classroom on the lower level. Details: 440-352-3383 or

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 Tweens 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.

"A History of the National Park Service" will be at 7 p.m. May 12 at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Learn the history of the National Park Service, and discover the volunteer opportunities a person can partake at the James A. Garfield Historic Site. The program will be presented at the library by members of the James A. Garfield Historic Site. This program is free and open to the public. Register at 440-255-9911 or

The Friends of the Willoughby-Eastlake Library will have a book/audio-visual sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13, 14 and 16 at the Eastlake Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd. The Friends will raffle baskets filled with books and gifts. Tickets for the raffle are 50 cents each and can be purchased during library hours. Details: 440-942-7880.

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.

Coming up

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

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.

Ongoing events

Special story times 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 story times 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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