Sunday, September 18, 2011

Odd and Book Ends (Sept. 19-25)

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

Computer classes are scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 19 and 11 a.m. Sept. 20 at Mentor Library's Frances Cleveland Room, 8215 Mentor Ave. Learn how to operate Yahoo basic email. Minimum typing and computer-mouse skills are required. Seating is limited to 10 people. Register at 440-255-8811, ext. 215.

Mentor Library's Book Club for Men meets at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the library, 8215 Mentor Ave. This month's selection is "Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void" by Mary Roach. Light refreshments will be served. For a copy of the book, go to the Information Services desk. Details: 440-255-8811, ext. 215.

Jump-Start Your Job Search will be 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at Willoughby Hills Library, 35400 Chardon Road. Attend this session to learn about free workshops and job search assistance available to you through Lake1Stop. Receive a Job Search Planning Tool Kit to guide you through an effective job search. Register for the free program at 440-942-3362.

Partnering with your Doctor will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Middlefield Library, 16167 E. High St. Maureen Ordman-Fike of the Alzheimer's Association will provide practical advice, tools and handouts to develop a successful relationship with your health care provider. Register: 440-632-1961.

Author Les Roberts will visit the James R. Garfield Room of the Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Copies of his book "The Cleveland Creep" will be available for purchase and signing. Register: 440-255-8811.

The Friends of the Burton Library will have a book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 in the library basement, 14588 W. Park St. Enter the sale through the white doors in the back of the building.

Thomas Werman, chief field investigator from Mutual UFO Network Ohio, will give a program on UFO sightings in Ohio from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville. Learn how to report a sighting and what is involved in being a field investigator. Details: 440-352-3383 or

Three Cleveland authors honor the history of the region on Sept. 24 at the Western Reserve Historical Society History Center, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland. "Cuyahoga County: The First 200 Years" author Judy Cetina, "Erie Street Cemetery" author John Cimperman, and "Cleveland's Buckeye Neighborhood" author John Sabol will speak on their respective publications beginning at 2 p.m. A book signing will follow; books are avilable at the History Center Museum Store. The program is free with paid general admission ($8.50 for adults, $7.50 for senior, $5 for children ages 3 to 17, and free for WRHS members and children 2 and younger). Details: 216-721-5722 or

Coming up

The 20s/30s Readers meets at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Frances Cleveland Room of Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. This month's selection is "Final Exam" by P.F. Kluge. For more information and to get a copy of the book, call 440-255-8811, ext. 215.

Writings from the Heretics: Anabaptist Literature, its origins and significance today will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6 at Middlefield Library, 16167 E. High St. The three-part program by John Gingerich will examine forbidden Anabaptist Bibles and Testaments; Anabaptist Hymnals and Prayer Books; and Martyrologies, Histories and Confessions of Faith. Books significant to Amish - Mennonite - Anabaptist history, dating back to the 1500s, will be on display. Gingerich recently finished translating History of the Bernese Anabaptists, which will be available to purchase at the programs. Come to one or all of the programs. Also bring in your own pre-1900 German Bibles, hymnals, prayer books and other old German documents for a Show-and-Tell after the programs. Register: 440-632-1961.

Book and Brush Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave., to discuss this month's selection, "The Forgery of Venus" by Michael Gruber. Refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Mentor Public Library. For more information on exploring the fine arts through literature, call librarian Barbara Hauer at 440-255-8811, ext. 210.

Who (and What) Built Cleveland's Millionaires Row will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Willoughby Hills Library, 65400 Chardon Road. The illustrated talk will focus on the individuals who built the mansions that once lined Euclid Avenue. The program is co-sponsored by the Willoughby Historical Society, Willoughby Hills Historical Society and Willoughby Hills Public Library. Call 440-942-3362 to register for the free program.

Anime Club meets at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Madison Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road. The club - for ninth-graders and older - will meet the last Thursday of each month to watch movies and discuss anime and manga. Details: 440-428-2189.

Profiles Crime Time Book Club will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the basement Garfield Room at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. This month the club will read "The Bone Collector" by Jeffery Deaver. New members are welcome to attend. Details: 440-255-8811, ext. 215.

A six-session course of education and support for parents of children and teens with a mental or emotional illness will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 3 at the Middlefield Library, 16167 High St. in Middlefield. A 12-session course for education and support for family and friends of those diagnosed with a mental illness will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 1 at the Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services, 13244 Ravenna Road, Chardon. To register for either course, email Linda Reed at or call 440-285-3945. For details, visit

Mentor Library will host an Edible Banned Book Contest from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at the main library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. There will be three categories: professional, amateur, and children ages 8 to 17. Entries must be made of food and must reflect your chosen title in some manner (plays on words are acceptable). You must choose a title from a book that has been banned or challenged (list of banned/challenged books). Details: Pam Rose, community outreach coordinator, at 440-255-8811, ext. 204.

The Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village is offering six-week themed preschool story time for children ages 5 and younger and their parents. The Rescue Village Little Ambassadors will discover, explore and learn about the pets at Rescue Village through stories, songs, dance, games and crafts. They will learn how to properly care for and interact with pets. Subjects covered include colors, counting, number and letter identification, and patterns. Small and large motor skills will be practiced. The second session runs Oct. 24 through Dec. 8. The fee is $30 per six-week session, and sessions are limited to 10 participants. To register, contact Linda Hernandez at 440-596-1743 or

Ongoing events

Mentor Library is introducing a new series of programs Sept. 12 called Monday University at the Library. The sessions will be the second Monday night of each month. Click here for further details.

Bring your chess board to Madison Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road, the third Saturday of every month at noon and join others who like to play. All ages and skill levels welcome.

-- Cheryl Sadler | | @nhcheryl

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