Sunday, September 25, 2011

Odd and Book Ends (Sept. 26-Oct. 2)

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 library story time program for children 24 months and younger runs Mondays from the week of Sept. 26 through Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. Caregivers attend with children for all story times. Register: 440-943-4151.

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, 35400 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.

Joe the Coupon Guy will present a class at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville. Learn how to save 70 percent and more grocery shopping and over 90 percent toiletry shopping. Also find out how to save money on restaurants, utility bills, cellphones, travel, gas and more.

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 E. High St. 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, 8215 Mentor Ave., will host an Edible Banned Book Contest from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 2. 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.

Coming up

Learn the differences between the ACT and the SAT and how best to prepare for each of them during a presentation from Huntington Learning Center, set for 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 8 at Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville.

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, 8215 Mentor Ave. 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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