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Author Douglas Westerbeke

2024-07-24 19:00:00 2024-07-24 20:00:00 America/New_York Author Douglas Westerbeke Join us when author Douglas Westerbeke visits to discuss his debut novel, <i>A Short Walk Through a Wide World</i>. Middleburg Heights Branch - Meeting Room A/B (120)

Wednesday, July 24
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2024-07-24 19:00:00 2024-07-24 20:00:00 America/New_York Author Douglas Westerbeke Join us when author Douglas Westerbeke visits to discuss his debut novel, <i>A Short Walk Through a Wide World</i>. Middleburg Heights Branch - Meeting Room A/B (120)

Middleburg Heights Branch

Meeting Room A/B (120)

Join us when author Douglas Westerbeke visits to discuss his debut novel, A Short Walk Through a Wide World.

About the author:

Douglas Westerbeke is a librarian who lives in Ohio and works at one of the largest libraries in the US. He has spent the last decade on the local panel of the International Dublin Literary Award, which inspired him to write his own book.

A Short Walk Through a Wide World begins in Paris, 1885: Aubry Tourvel, a spoiled and stubborn nine-year-old girl, comes across a wooden puzzle ball on her walk home from school. She tosses it over the fence, only to find it in her backpack that evening. Days later, at the family dinner table, she starts to bleed to death.

When medical treatment only makes her worse, she flees to the outskirts of the city, where she realizes that it is this very act of movement that keeps her alive. So begins her lifelong journey on the run from her condition, which won’t allow her to stay anywhere for longer than a few days nor return to a place where she’s already been.

From the scorched dunes of the Calashino Sand Sea to the snow-packed peaks of the Himalayas; from a bottomless well in a Parisian courtyard, to the shelves of an infinite underground library, we follow Aubry as she learns what it takes to survive and ultimately, to truly live. But the longer Aubry wanders and the more desperate she is to share her life with others, the clearer it becomes that the world she travels through may not be quite the same as everyone else’s.


Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Mac's Backs - Books on Coventry.

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Middleburg Heights Branch

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Phone: 440.234.3600
Fax: 440.234.0849
Branch manager
Ronald Block

Hours
Mon, Jul 15 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Jul 16 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Wed, Jul 17 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Thu, Jul 18 9:00AM to 9:00PM
Fri, Jul 19 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sat, Jul 20 9:00AM to 5:30PM
Sun, Jul 21 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the branch

First opened in 1969, the Middleburg Heights Branch moved into a new building in 2018, which features public meeting rooms, a special sensory friendly children’s area, quiet study rooms and a full-service drive-up window.

Upcoming events

Fri, Jul 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Fri, Jul 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.
Registration is now closed

Sat, Jul 20, 10:30am - 11:30am
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Bring your young artists to create and experience process art. Dress to get messy!

Mon, Jul 22, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Children's Activity Room (12)
Join us for a STEAM storytime and activities!

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Children's Activity Room (12)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Rescheduled
Tue, Jul 23, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
New date Tuesday, July 30, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Swifties unite! Play "How Well Do You Know Taylor?" trivia and make Taylor-themed bracelets while listening to her music. Prizes and giveaways. Click on program title for release form information.

Wed, Jul 24, 10:00am - 10:25am
Children's Activity Room (12)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Wed, Jul 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Activity Room (12)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Wed, Jul 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Join us when author Douglas Westerbeke visits to discuss his debut novel, A Short Walk Through a Wide World.

Wed, Jul 24, 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Children's Activity Room (12)
Join us for stories, songs, and more in this storytime presented in Ukrainian and English!

Thu, Jul 25, 6:30pm - 6:50pm
Children's Activity Room (12)
Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

Fri, Jul 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Drop in for reading, art, science, technology, engineering and math challenges. No registration required.

Tue, Jul 30, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Swifties unite! Play "How Well Do You Know Taylor?" trivia and make Taylor-themed bracelets while listening to her music. Prizes and giveaways. Click on program title for release form information.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 31, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Join us for an interactive introduction into the benefits of Pilates. Certified Pilates instructor, Monica Ferrari will show you how to restore balance to your life and why pilates is for everyone!
This event is full

Thu, Aug 01, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Children's Activity Room (12)
Join us for a 5-week series for caregivers and children ages 1 to 3. Connect with your kids, community experts and other families, plus get information about your growing child.

Fri, Aug 02, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
For this special lecture-demonstration, acclaimed violinist-educator-composer Steven Greenman will discuss and perform instrumental folk music known as “klezmer music.”

Mon, Aug 05, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

Mon, Aug 05, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Join us for a demonstration and samples made from tomatoes, the delicious summer staple! Registration required.
This event is full

Tue, Aug 06, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Create a one-of-a-kind smash book to preserve memories or use as a journal! All book supplies provided, but please bring any photos and/or small mementos you might want to include.
This event is full

Wed, Aug 07, 10:00am - 11:00am
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Meet new friends and test drive toys from the Library’s collection.  

Thu, Aug 08, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Children's Activity Room (12)
Join us for a 5-week series for caregivers and children ages 1 to 3. Connect with your kids, community experts and other families, plus get information about your growing child.

Fri, Aug 09, 10:30am - 11:30am
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Calling all young paleontologists for dino-riffic crafts, games, and activities.

Sat, Aug 10, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
Play games, tinker, make art, and just hang out at our inclusive monthly meet-up. Sponsored by The Friends of the Middleburg Heights Branch Library.

Wed, Aug 14, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
The Library offers FREE tech training classes that cover digital literacy basics, Windows, Microsoft Office programs, digital imaging and cloud computing.

Thu, Aug 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Children's Activity Room (12)
Join us for a 5-week series for caregivers and children ages 1 to 3. Connect with your kids, community experts and other families, plus get information about your growing child.

Thu, Aug 15, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting Room A/B (120)
British born Julie Koenig shares her insight into recent topics of scandal within the British Royal family. Registration is requested. Sponsored by the Friends of the Middleburg Heights Library.