Sunday, November 6, 2011

Odds and Book Ends (Nov. 7-13)

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.

Willowick Library, 263 E. 305th St. will present a free three-part series of computer classes offered through a Connect Ohio Grant. Classes will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on the following days: Basic Computers, Nov. 7 and 19; Basic Internet, Nov. 14 and 26; and Using Email, Nov. 21 and Dec. 17. Register: 440-943-4151.

West Geauga Friends of the Library's fall book sale begins Nov. 9 with a members' preview from 4 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the open public sale from 6:30 to 8:30. Memberships will be available at the door. Hours for the sale - at Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road, Chester Township - are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12, which will be $3 bag day. A variety of of materials will be available, including fiction, nonfiction, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, games and more. Books range in price from 25 cents to $1. Special books, such as collector books, first editions and recent best sellers are priced individually. Donations will be accepted until Nov. 1 during regular hours, and collections resume after the sale Nov. 14. Funds raised from the book sale benefit the adult and children programs and purchases at the Geauga West Library. Details: 440-729-4250.

Madison Library, 6111 Middle Ridge Road, will celebrate National Gaming Day 2011 by playing a live Pac-Man game from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Nov. 12 (before the library opens for library patrons). The game is for youths in third grade and older, who are invited to try their luck or skill at being the famous yellow character. Plan to wear comfortable shoes. Prizes will be awarded to the top Pac-Man players. Register: 440-428-2189 or

Coming up

Joe the Coupon Guy will present a class at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Bainbridge Library, 17222 Snyder Road, Chagrin Falls. Details: Bainbridge Library website.

Euclid resident and author Bruce Double'u will be signing his novel "Euclid's Boys League All Stars" from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at Euclid's Beach Club Bistro, 21939 Lake Shore Blvd. The book is based on the actual achievement of youth baseball team that concluded an undefeated, five-tournament run in 1979.

Real Murders Book Discussion meets at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Willoughby Library, 30 Public Square. November's featured book is "Murder in Amsterdam" by Ian Buruma. Register: 440-942-3200.

Friends of the Geneva Library, 860 Sherman St., will have a used book sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19. Money raised at this final sale of the year will benefit the library. The sale will include hard cover, paperbacks, DVDs, magazines and more. Geneva Library book bags will be available for $2. Details: 440-466-4521.

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

The Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library is seeking to fill a vacancy on its board of trustees. Potential candidates must be registered voters and residents of Willoughby Hills. Information and application forms are available at the circulation desk at each of the Willoughby-Eastlake libraries. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 14. For details, call 440-944-6900, ext. 113.

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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