Sunday, October 16, 2011

Odds and Book Ends (Oct. 17-23)

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.

Medicare Check Up will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville. The program will review Medicare and provide information regarding open enrollment and the changes that beneficiaries are able to make during this time. It is appropriate for individuals currently receiving Medicare, as well as those approaching age 65. For more information, call 440-352-3383 and ask for the Adult Reference Department.

Resume Development will be at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. In a classroom setting, we 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 for the free program: 440-943-4151.

Friends of the Cleveland Public Library will have a fall used book sale from Oct. 18 through Oct. 21 at Cleveland Library, 525 E. Superior Ave.. Books, DVDs and CDs will be part of the sale. A members-only preview will be 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 18, and members should bring their cards for admittance. Those who are not Friends may join at the door. The sale will be open to the public noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 18, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 20. On Oct. 21, a bag of books will be offered for $5 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Details: 216-623-2821.

Medicare Check Up will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at Madison Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road. The presentation is for those already enrolled in Medicare. Register: 440-428-2189.

Joe the Coupon Guy will give a class at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Kirtland Library, 9267 Chillicothe Road. Register: 440-256-7323.

Real Murders Book Discussion group meets at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square. This month's book is "The Killer of Little Shepherds" by Douglass Starr. Register for the free program: 440-942-3200.

Have coffee with the director of Madison Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road, at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the library. Ask questions, make suggestions and tell us how the library is working for you. Details: 440-482-2189.

Prevent Blindness Ohio and Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave., are hosting a special children's reading hour led by local celebrities at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Main Library Children's Theater. Following the presentations by guest readers, families can explore the Wild About Eyes interactive exhibit, which is designed to educate and enlighten about eye health and safety. The kiosk will be on display at the library from Oct. 20 through Nov. 22. Details, or call 440-255-8811, ext. 221.

Friends of the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library will have a book/AV sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21, 22 and 24, and 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. The Friends will also raffle baskets filled with books and gifts. Tickets for the raffle are 50 cents each and can be purchased during library hours beginning Oct. 14. Details: 440-943-4151.

The Upstage Players, under the direction of Carrie Walsh, will present "Murder on the Oriental Rug" at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Wickliffe Library, 1713 Lincoln Road. This is an audience participation murder mystery-comedy; the audience can help solve the mystery, enjoy refreshments and win prizes. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase at the library. Attendees must be 18 or older. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Details: 440-944-6010.

Tess Gerritsen, author of medical and crime thrillers, will discuss her latest Rizzoli & Isles book, "The Silent Girl", at 7:45 p.m. Oct. 22 at Notre Dame Education Center Auditorium, 13000 Auburn Road, Munson Township. The program is being put on by the Geauga County Library Foundation and the combined Friends of the Libraries. A reception with the author takes place at 7 p.m. at a cost for $25 per individual or couple. General admission tickets - at $5 - may be purchased at the door. Tickets to the author reception must be purchased by Oct. 17. Book will be available for purchase at Fireside Bookshop of Chagrin Falls. Gerritsen will be available to autograph books before and after her presentation. Tickets can be purchased at any Geauga County Library or by mail to the Geauga County Library Foundation, 12701 Ravenwood Drive, Chardon, OH 44024. Details from the Geauga County Library Foundation.

Halloween Video Scavenger Hunt will be 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at Madison Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road. The list of items you need to either take pictures or video of will be available at the Adult Reference Desk beginning Oct. 22. Do the hunt by yourself or with friends. Teams will have one week to film the items on their list. The library will show all the videos and pictures taken on Oct. 29 and award prizes then. Details: 440-428-2189, or come in to the library.

Coming up

A presentation by author John B. Kachuba - Ghosthunting Ohio: On the Road Again - will be 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville. No registration required. Details: 440-352-3383.

Meet Katie Spotz, a Mentor resident who set the world record for the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic, at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in the James R. Garfield Room at Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave. Register: 440-255-8811 or More details.

Friends of the Euclid Library, 631 E. 222nd St., will have a book sale from Oct. 28 through Oct. 30. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 will be a special preview for members only. The general public can attend the sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29, and 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 30. The last day will be bag day, when you can fill a bag for $2. Only Friends-issued bags will be allowed in all of the sale rooms; no outside bags will be permitted. Details: 216-261-5300.

Geauga Humane Society's Rescue Village will have preschool story time sessions at 11 a.m. Fridays, Oct. 28 through Dec. 9. (No session Nov. 25.) The cost is $6 for a six-week session. A special story time will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 12. Families are encouraged to bring a can of Purina dog food or cat food to donate to the shelter. Families can meet one of the Rescue Village's dog ambassadors, and there will be a special craft to take home. Details: Call the Humane Education Coordinator at 440-338-4819, ext. 20, or email Rescue Village is at 15463 Chillicothe Road, Russell Township.

Sign up begins Oct. 24 for Halloween After Dark events at Madison Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road. Boos and Ghouls will be 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Tween Zombie Halloween - for third- through eighth-graders - will be Oct. 29 and is not for the faint of heart. Details: 440-428-2189.

"Are You Experiencing Sibling Conflict While Caring For an Aging Parent?" will be at noon Oct. 29 at Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with the library for the program that offers strategies for overcoming sibling differences to help families provide the best care for elderly parents. Lunch will be provided. Register: 440-943-4151.

Writings from the Heretics: Anabaptist Literature, its origins and significance today will be at 7 p.m. 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.

Ongoing events

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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