Exotic Animal Show, Local Authors Coming to Library

Strongsville Branch will also have a book sale and a huge array of other special events in March


The Strongsville Library has a number of special events scheduled in March.

Registration is required for most events. Please call (440) 238-5530 to register or for more information. All events sponsored by the Friends of Strongsville Branch Library. Customers may also visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org to register and to see more library event information. 

All branches of Cuyahoga County Public Library and the administrative offices will be closed on Sunday, March 31 in observance of Easter. Normal hours will resume Monday, April 1.

Year-Round Story Times!
Cuyahoga County Public Library offers story time sessions year-round for children Birth to Grade 2.  Our current story time sessions are in full swing!  Please call the library for more information.

Spring Career Workshop Series.  Thursdays, Feb. 28 – March 28 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Join a member of our Career Center staff as they share valuable information in this series of workshops.  Please register for each workshop separately.

February 28 – LinkedIn for Jobseekers

March 7 – Developing a Career Action Plan

March 14 – Behavior Based Interviewing

March 21 – Resume Tips & Trends

March 28 – Utilizing LinkedIn

Young at Heart Book Discussion with Special Guest Author Cinda Chima.  Saturday, March 2 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. 

Join us for a special Young at Heart book discussion/author event with Cinda Chima, author of the acclaimed Seven Realms fantasy series. We will be discussing The Crimson Crown, the final book in the series, from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. The author will join us from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. to talk about her work and answer questions. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing during the program. Teens in grades 5-12 and interested adults are also invited to attend. Registration is requested.

Discover Your Passion: A Writing Workshop for Teens.  Grades 6 – 12.  Monday, March 4 from 7 – 8 p.m.  
You love to write and hope to be published one day — but where do you begin? Believe it or not, even your most ordinary experiences can be turned into a story. Author Jeannine Garsee will discuss ways to delve deep into your imagination and how to jump-start your stories, plus share her own journey toward publication.

Shade Gardening.  Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m.

Garrett Ormiston, GIS and Stewardship Specialist with the Natural Areas Division of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and professional landscaper, will teach you how to utilize the shady areas of your yard to their highest potential by incorporating native species and landscaping in a more natural fashion. A special emphasis will be placed on gardening in a deer-dominated landscape.

Friends of Strongsville Branch Library Spring Book Sale.  Saturday, March 9 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Friends member preview will be from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Friends memberships will be available for $8.00 at the door and are good for one year.   The book sale will then open to the public from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Lots of books for sale - for all ages! Fiction, non-fiction, audio visual materials, magazines and more!

Spring Bag of Books Sale.  Sunday, March 10 from 1 – 4 p.m. Bring your own Re-usable shopping bag that is no larger than 15x15 inches and fill it for only $2 dollars.  Our plastic bags will be available at the sale if needed.  The Bag of Books sale will conclude on Monday, March 11 from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Come on Monday to fill a Friends’ provided bag with books for only $1 dollar! 

Hawaiian Luau.  Grades K – 3. Saturday, March 9 from 2 – 3 p.m. 

Don your grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts for our Hawaiian luau. Shake off those winter blues and learn all about the Polynesian culture through stories, food, games, and a craft. Registration begins on Friday, March 22.

Tax Benefits of Education.  Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m.

The federal government provides several tax incentives for college students and their parents. Join us as Kenn Oerkfitz from H&R Block shares with us some valuable resources. He will talk about what savings options are available, what tax benefits are available, and also what supporting documents are necessary to obtain these benefits.

House of Horrors Author Event.  Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

Join us as local author, Robert Sberna, shares this presentation on his new book House of Horrors: the Shocking True Story of Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland Strangler. Following the presentation, books will be available for sale and a signing will be held.   Robert Sberna is an investigative journalist who contributes to several national publications. He began his career covering the police and court beats for newspapers in the Midwest. In recent years, his writing has appeared in the Washington Examiner, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Neoconomist, Crain's, and Ohio Magazine. He is a graduate of Ohio University and a resident of Strongsville. House of Horrors is his first book.

Outback Ray’s Amazing Animal Show.  All Ages! Tuesday, March 19  7– 7:45 p.m.

Outback Ray brings a variety of exotic reptiles, mammals, birds and bugs to this hands on show. He shares his love and passion with the audience in a fun and exciting way so you can have an experience of a lifetime!!  Registration begins on Friday, March 8th.

Managing Stress: Good Morning, Strongsville Speaker Series.  Wednesday, March 20 10-11 a.m.

Our bi-monthly Good Morning, Strongsville Speaker Series speaker for this month will be on Stress Management. The stresses that we face today come from many sources, including volunteer work, workplace situations, and social settings. Over time, stress build-up will eventually undermine us. Resiliency techniques can help manage stress levels. Tri-C Continuing Education instructor, Cheryl Kosek will be here to share some valuable information on how to be personally effective under pressure.

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion.  Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  

 New members welcome. Our next discussion will be on Wednesday, March 20th.  The book this month is The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.  Please pick-up a copy of this book at the circulation desk, and join us for great conversation! 

Baby…Maybe?  Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m.

Decisions to make. Classes to take. Questions to be answered! Let Southwest General Health Center's Sondra Martin, Family Life Instructor, help you as you prepare for your journey into parenthood. She will give an informational talk and answer your questions regarding starting or adding to your family. Sondra will discuss all the programs Southwest General Health Center has to offer before, during, and after pregnancy.

Just for You: Student Friends.  Ages 10 – 18.  Saturday, March 23 from 2 – 3 p.m.

Join us as we volunteer on projects to help the library and our community.  Contact Jan Chapman, Teen Librarian, to join or pick up a membership application at the Teen Desk.

Monday Afternoon Book Discussion.  Meets the 4th Mondays of each month at 2:30 p.m.  

New members welcome. Our next discussion will be on Monday, March 25.  The book this month is The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  Please pick-up a copy of this book at the circulation desk, and join us for great conversation! 

Strongsville Saves Coupon Club.  Meets the 4th Monday of each month from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Our next meeting is on Monday, March 25. 

Join us for our coupon swap club and share your passion for saving with other like-minded shoppers!  Bring your scissors, and your stockpile of manufacturer coupons to share.  Share what you don't want and hopefully leave with more coupons that you really need!  This is the place to trade coupons, spend time with other coupon lovers, and share stories of great deals!  See how others organize and share tips.

Behind the Scenes with Cleveland Play House: “Good People, Great Theatre”  Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m.

Learn how to think like a director with Cleveland Play House as we take a tour of Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo...and a few rounds of beer. Where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from her dollar store job. Put on your director's cap, and join us for a unique exploration of David Lindsay-Abaire's fierce and funny, Good People, nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for best play.

Rock-n-Roll Over DEAD Mystery for Teens.  Grades 6 – 9.  Wednesday, March 27 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. 

“The music librarian has been found dead. Can the Battle of the Bands go on without her? Join us for an afternoon of crime-solving fun!”

Family Stability Initiative.  Thursday, March 28 from 7 – 8 p.m.

The Family Stability Initiative is an innovative program designed to assist Cuyahoga County homeowners with school-aged children who are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure. Join us as a representative from the Community Housing Solutions will discuss services available such as housing counseling, advocacy and negotiation with lenders, financial education , and utilization of community resources. The goal of this initiative is to enable families to keep their houses and therefore keep the children in their current schools.


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