Sunday, July 31, 2011

Odds and Book Ends (Aug. 1-7)

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 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. Aug. 1 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.

Lupus Foundation of America Willougby Area Support Group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square. Details: 440-717-0183 or

The annual summer book sale sponsored by the West Geauga Friends of the Library begins Aug. 3 with a members' preview from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by the open public sale from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The sale will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Bag day - when a bag will be $3 - will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 7. Funds raised from the book sale benefit the adult and children programs, and purchases at the Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road.

Preschoolers Down Under will be 6:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 3 in the Children's Theater at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Preschoolers will enjoy a program full of stories, activities and crafts related to Australia. Register at 440-255-8811 or

Mentor Library's end-of-summer party will be 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at Read House, next to the Main Branch, 8215 Mentor Ave. Bring the family and celebrate the end of a the summer reading program. Features include putt-putt, ice cream and a steel drum band.

The Chardon Friends of the Library will have its annual Arts Festival Book Sale in the library's Bostwick Room from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6, and 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 7. The members' only preview will be 9 to 10 a.m. Aug. 6; you can join the Friends or renew membership at the door. Details: 440-285-7601. The library is located on Chardon Square.

The Friends of Kirtland Library has planned a Community Yard and Bake Sale for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6 at the library, 9267 Chillicothe Road. Rent a space on the library lawn to sell your treasures. A 12-foot-by-12-foot space is $20, and a corner space is $25. Details: 440-256-7323.

A UFO talk with Thomas Wertman, chief field investigator with the Mutual UFO Network of Ohio, will be 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 6 at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. He will speak about his involvement with UFO investigations and sightings in and around Ohio. Register at 440-255-8811 or

The Mayfield Drive-In Theater and Geauga County Public Library will present Library Night at the Drive-In on Aug. 7. The movies to be shown are "The Smurfs" (rated PG) at 8:45 p.m. and "Zookeeper" (rated PG) at 10:25 p.m. The box office opens at 7 p.m. Sound will be broadcast over an FM radio channel. Admission fee will be $15 per carload for the event. If outside food or beverage is being brought into the theater, a $5 permit must be purchased at the box office in addition to the admission fee. Special events include appearances by the Geauga County Public Library Bookmobile, so it is suggested that patrons bring their library card. The Geauga County Sheriff's Department K-9 Unit, Munson Township Fire Department and rescue squads, University Hospital's Life Flight helicopter, Captain Jack Sparrow and Herbie the Love Bug are scheduled to be present. The theater is at 12091 Mayfield Road in Chardon.

Coming up

Learn how to operate Microsoft Publisher basics at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. The August computer classes will be 6 p.m. Aug. 8 or 11 a.m. Aug. 9. Seating is limited to 10 people. To register, call 440-255-8811 ext. 215.

Beginning Homeschooling with tips to decide if homeschooling is right for your family and what you need to think about to get started homeschooling will be 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 in the James R. Garfield Room of the Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Register at 440-255-8811 or

A three-part Basic Computer Training class will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 9, 16 and 23 at Perry Library, 3753 Main St. Learn the basics of the computer, Internet, email and word processing. The free classes are funded by a grant though Everyone Connect Ohio. Find more information or register at 440-259-330 or

Reel Talk-Book and movie Discussion Group, meets at 2:45 p.m. the second Monday of every month in Meeting Room B of Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., with the next meeting planned for Aug. 9. Books and DVDs are available at the check-out desk on the main floor. Details: 440-352-3383 or

Karate for Kids will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Curious about karate or want to learn more about martial arts? Visit the library for a karate demonstration presented by Mentor Karate. No registration is necessary. Details: 440-255-8811 or

The Prisoners will perform a concert from 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. The Prisoners will perform on the Read House Grounds for an end-of-summer band concert. Details: 440-255-8811 or

The Friends of the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library will have a book/AV sale at Eastlake Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12, 13 and 15. Details: 440-942-7880 or

Burton Library's annual Community Appreciation Night is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the library, 14588 W. Park St. The Little Brothers (early blues from the deep South) and the Dust Busters (old-time string band) will perform. Weather permitting, the event will be in the Reading Garden. Refreshments will be served, and the library will remain open until 9 p.m. Details: 440-834-4466 or

Dick Goddard will speak about his new book, "Six Inches of Partly Cloudy," at 2 p.m. Aug. 13 at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Goddard will talk about his book and tell some of his favorite stories from 50 years in television. Details: 440-255-8811 or

An Intro to Digital Photography will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Frances Cleveland Room of the Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. This class is designed to introduce attendees to the basics of digital photography. The instructors will talk about different types of cameras, basic exposure techniques and tips on how to improve photographs. Guests are welcome to bring their camera and manual. Details: 440-255-8811 or visit

The computer class Mousing 101 will be offered 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 15 and 29 at Perry Library, 3753 Main St. The class will teach you how to use the computer mouse, as well as other basic components of the computer. For more information or to register, call 440-259-3300.

A Book Club for Men will discuss books of interest along with librarian Steve Haas at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Frances Cleveland Room of Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Join male readers to discuss "Garbage Land: on the Secret Trail of Trash" by Elizabeth Royte. Light refreshments will be served. For a copy of the book, please go to the Information Services desk or for more information call the library at 440-255-8811 or visit

Ongoing events

A Nook e-reader will be raffled to kick off the availability of e-books at Henderson Library. Tickets are $5 each and on sale through Aug. 4. A winner will be drawn that day at the summer reading finale party. Tickets are available at the front desk of the library, 54 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson. All money raised will be used to purchase more e-books. Visit to check out e-books.

Works of art for the sixth annual juried art show hosted by the Geauga Council for Arts & Culture will be accepted from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester Township. Categories in the show include oil or acrylic, watercolor, photography and other media. Artists in Northeast Ohio, professional or amateur, who are at least 16 years of age are eligible to enter. Cash awards will be given for Best of Show and first and second places in each category. Awards will be presented at a reception Aug. 10. Entry forms are available at the Geauga West Library and online at For details, call 440-286-9549 or 440-537-3344 or email

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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