Short Story Discussion Group


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Mondays:  March 9, April 6, May 11, 11 am-12 pm

In a hurry?  No time to read a full-length book?  Join us in reading and discussing a short story each month.  You can pick up a copy of the short story of the month or it can be emailed to you at least two weeks before the discussion date.

March 9                    AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE by Ambrose Bierce

April 6                       THE ICE PALACE by F. Scott Fitzgerald

May 11                     CELEBRATION IN CHARLESTON by William Howard Russell

Please register in advance.


Happy Birthday Ohio!



On this day 212 years ago the state of Ohio also known as the “Buckeye State” was admitted into the Union as the 17th state of America.Below are a few fun facts related to our state’s history. Included are materials related to each subject from our online catalog. Click any image to view/ reserve the title in our online catalog.

  • Ohio is an Iroquois word that means “great river”.
  • Ohio is called the “mother of modern presidents” because seven U.S. presidents were born here: Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, McKinley, Taft, and Harding.

The Man Who Saved the Union by H W Brands The Election of 1896 and the Administration of William McKinley by Arthur Schlesinger President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett

  • Glaciers covered much of Ohio thousands of years ago. These glaciers left behind rich soil making Ohio part of the fertile area of farmland known as the Corn Belt.
  • Ohio’s total area is 44,828 square miles making it the 34th largest state.
  • Corn and soybeans are Ohio’s two major crops.
  • More than half of the U.S. population lives within 500 miles of Ohio.
  • In 1851, Ohio’s constitution was written and ratified.
  • The Wright Brothers from Dayton, Ohio invented powered flight in 1903.

The Wright Brothers by Wendie Old Who were the Wright Brothers by James Buckley Jr. The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age by Tom Crouch

  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in Cleveland in 1995.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Rock Facts Rock Classics

  • Famous People from Ohio

Halle Berry (Cleveland, OH)

Frankie and Alice Extant The Call

Toni Morrison (Lorain, OH)

Please Louise by Toni Morrison Home by Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Steven Spielberg (Cincinnati, OH)

The Hundred Foot Journey Lincoln Directed by Steven Spielberg by Warren Buckland

  • Ohio’s state beverage is tomato juice.
  • The ladybug is the insect that symbolizes the state of Ohio.
  • Ohio’s rock song is “Hang on Sloopy.” (Click here to listen)

Find more interesting Ohio facts click here.


Email Account Mini-Clinic


picture of a computer.

Learn how to set up an email account. A half-hour appointment can be made for one-on-one assistance in setting up an email account that will allow you to communicate quickly. Learn how to create an email account and send an email.

Call the Odom Branch Library at 33-434-8726 for further information.


New Book Titles at Odom Branch This Week


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A Real Prince by Debbie Macomber The Calhoun Women by Nora Roberts Disgruntled by Asali Solomon

Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Unrequited by Lisa Phillips In Plain Sight by Fern Michaels Bono vs Bono by Frances Erickson

The Day I was Crucified by Gene Edwards All Hail the Queen by Meesha Mink The Power of Positive Praying by John Bisagno

Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer I'd Kill for You by William Phelps Pretty and Organized by Jane Hughes

Goddesses Never Age by Christiane Northrup Medical Terminology for Dummies by Beverley Henderson Between the Sheets by Cairo

The Banks Sisters by Nikki Turner Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr Obsession 3 by Treasure Hernandez






African Textiles


African Textiles


Friday, February 27, 3:30-4:30 pm 

Learn about and discuss colorful African textiles. We will be making a small craft using prefabricated African textile material. Be prepared to do some beginning hand sewing or weaving.

Please register in advance for this program.


Movie Review – The Interview

The Interview

Find The Interview in our online catalog by clicking the image above.

It is possible to see why North Korea would possibly take offense to this crazy, out of control, mind boggling movie.

The Interview is an action comedy about a TV show host, Dave Skylark and his producer, Aaron Rapoport traveling to North Korea to interview their supreme leader, Kim Jong-Un, for their celebrity tabloid show “SkylarkTonight.” This mission is soon brought to a halt as the CIA assigns the duo to instead assassinate the North Korean dictator.

While only some of the humor and craziness appealed to me, you can see there are attempts to make you laugh out loud at every turn. The Interview may seem like a typical comedy that you may try to predict what will happen, but there are a few small twists and turns that may throw off your predictions.

One amazing thing about the movie is the actor they cast to play the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un. He is played by Randall Park, and if you watch the movie and then look at an actual picture of Kim Jong-Un you will see why this casting was spot on. (Click here for a picture)

Overall, The Interview is entertaining and should be added to your list of movies to watch.

Find more information on The Interview by clicking here.


This Day in History



February 23 has been a momentous day in history. Below are a few memorable events that happened on this day and have impacted  the world years after. With each event are materials from our online catalog that relate to the occasion. Click any image to view/ reserve the item in our online catalog.

February 23, 1861

President elect, Abraham Lincoln, arrives in Washington.

A Self Made Man by Sidney Blumenthal Abe Lincoln His Wit and Wisdom from A to Z by Alan Schroeder Lincoln An Intimate Portrait

February 23, 1868

Author, W.E.B. DuBois was born.

W.E.B. Dubois by David Lewis The Quest of the Silver Fleece by W.E.B. DuBois The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois

February 23, 1940 

Walt Disney’s “Pinocchio” released.

Pinocchio by Kate McMullan Pinocchio the Vampire Slayer by Van Jensen  Pinocchio

NBC TV show “Schindler’s List” shown on TV uncensored.

Schindlers List Schindlers List Piano Solos by John Williams Schindlers List by Thomas Keneally

February 23, 1954 

Children received the first polio vaccine.

The Polio Crusade Polio by Daniel Wilson Polio an American Story by David Oshinsky

February 23, 1978

Barbara Streisand’s “Love Theme From a Star is Born (Evergreen)” and Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life” were both awarded the Best Song Grammy – the first and only tie in that category in Grammy history.

Back to Brooklyn by Barbara Streisand Bedtime Hugs for Little Ones by Debby Boone Inspirational Ballads

Find out what else happened on February 23 by clicking here.


New Books at Odom This Week


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Secrets of a Side Bitch 2 by Jessica Watkins Airtight Willie and Me by Iceberg Slim Secrets of a Side Bitch 3 by Jessica Watkins

The Simone Campbell Story by Jessica Watkins Blood Infernal by James Rollins Models of Influence by Nigel Barker

Night Chills by Dean Koontz The Forgetting Place by John Burley The Swimmer by Joakim Zander

Lies that Bind by Maggie Barbieri Beyond Willpower by Alex Loyd Crocheted Pillows by Susie Johns

Urban Sketching Handbook by Gabriel Campanario Cook Your Butt Off by Rocco DiSpirito The Master by Kresley Cole

Party Like a President by Brian Abrams Criminal Confections by Colette London Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Fisher




Natural Hair Care Program

Thank God I'm Natural by Chris Tia Donaldson

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Saturday, February 21, 1-2 pm 

Thinking about going to a natural style, transitioning, or have been natural for years? Beautician Alrae Green will be here to present information on how to style and maintain your natural hair and best products to use.

Please register in advance for this program.




Bracelets of different colors. On the bracelets are hearts and the word Zumba. The bracelets are stacked on top of each other.


 February 21

10:30 – 11:30 pm

Kick start your energy after the holidays and get an early start on New Year’s healthy resolutions and try Zumba. This Latin-inspired exercise is endless fun. Join certified instructor Aundrey Sommerville for a fun and energy-packed morning.

Please register in advance for this program.