Sunday, August 7, 2011

Odds and Book Ends (Aug. 8-14)

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

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

Jumpstart Your Job Search, presented by Lake1Stop, will be 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 9 at Eastlake Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd. Attend the session to learn about free workshops and job search assistance available through Lake1Stop. Register with the library at 440-942-7880.

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

Coming up

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.

An overview of the CLEVNET databases will be 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 at Perry Library, 3753 Main St. Learn how to find product reviews using Comsumer Reports online, do genealogy research using Ancestry Library Edition, look up car repairs using Chilton Library and more. Registration is required: 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

Resume Development will be presented by Lake1Stop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Eastlake Library, 36706 Lake Shore Blvd. The session will cover resume content and selection of the best resume format. Learn how to highlight your accomplishments and get tips on deciding what to include and what to leave out. Register at 440-942-7880.

Homeschooling: Adding Variety to the Day will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 in the James R. Garfield Room of Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Learn tips to add variety and creativity to the learning process, with field trips, unit studies, service opportunities and more. Register at 440-255-8811 or

Friends of the Wickliffe Library will have its annual book sale Aug. 17-20. The Friends' members-only preview is 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17. The public is welcome 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 18; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 19, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 20 for Bag Day. Those interested can by a Friends of the Library green bag and fill it with books for only $5 that day. Details: 440-944-6010. The library is at 1713 Lincoln Road.

Getting Started with Gmail will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 18, and 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 22, at Perry Library, 3753 Main St. Learn basic email technology, concepts and features. By the end of the class, participants will have a Google mail account. Details and registration: 440-259-3300.

Madison Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at Madison Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road. Guest speaker will be Barbara Widden of the Lake County Historical Society. She will present "The Underground Railroad and historical paths." Guests are welcome and refreshments will be served. Details: 440-298-3570.

Pop City, a father-child program, will be 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 20 at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Attendees will learn how to play football, make a comet ball and watch a karate demonstration. Kids 6 years old and older and their dads (or other adult male role model) are welcome. Register at 440-255-8811.

Managing Digital Pictures will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Perry Library, 3753 Main St. Attendees will learn how to retrieve photos from their digital cameras, and what to do with the photos when they are on the computer. Basic computer skills are required. Bring your digital camera and all necessary equipment with you if possible. Register at 440-259-3300.

Ongoing events

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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