Donald Miller will be signing his new book Power and Passion: An Epic Novel of the 1960's on Saturday, October 12th.
Diane Howard holds a strange secret that not even she understands. As the great-great granddaughter of abolitionist general Oliver Otis Howard, the contemporary student believes it is her calling to address the unresolved issues of Jim Crow left over from her ancestor's time. Though African-American progress has been in hibernation for a century she witnesses its resurgence in her time. But even more intriguing, whenever her father tells stories of the Civil War, she feels a blinding, sometimes painful sense of déjà vu. Like she was not only tethered to that age of black carriages and hoop skirts... but played an integral role!
Days after president Kennedy's death, Diane meets Cleveland high school student Erich Metzger as the result of a car accident. Their quirky not exactly traditional boy meets girl moment establishes a life affirming counterpoint to the tragedy that has gripped the nation. Drawn into the 1960s like matter to a black hole, a road map has been drawn for the most incredible adventure of their lives. Yet as her boyfriend is stubbornly skeptical of her belief in a past life. He realizes that as his coming of age grows out of the golden era of rock ‘n' roll her transformation seems to have begun much earlier, exactly one century earlier.
Zac Jackson will be signing and discussing his new book, 100 Things Browns Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die on Wednesday, October 23rd, 6-9 PM at Township Hall (83 N. Main St.) Zac will be speaking at 7:00 p.m.
Zac Jackson is a Browns writer for The Athletic Cleveland. He is also the host of the A to Z podcast alongside Andre Knott. Previously, Zac covered the Browns for Fox Sports Ohio and worked for Pro Football Talk and the Cleveland Browns.
Sponsored by Lyndall Insurance and Fireside Book Shop
Sunday, October 17th join us for a Tea Party with the author of ROUND from 1-3pm. Children should come dressed for tea. There will be a fun craft as well. Appropriate for boys AND girls. Anti-bullying message.
Her name is Olivia Catherine Amanda Mae Brown, but her teasing classmates call her "Round." What Olivia really wants is to be a butterfly and dance in the play, The Backyard Ballet. But some mean girls in her class have bullied her into believing that she's too fat to be floating gracefully in the air. Before she can forget their taunts and truly believe in herself, she'll need to learn valuable lessons in grandma's garden and go on a fantastic midnight adventure. Will she learn that like the butterfly beauty comes in all shapes and sizes? And can she learn to trust herself in time to take the stage for the big performance?
Although "ROUND" ( inspired by the author's daughter) has an anti-bullying message, it is much more than that. It's an imaginative story told in bouncy rhyme that encourages children to embrace their individuality and believe in themselves from the inside out. ROUND's targeted audience are children 0 to 10 years-old and beyond. Teens, parents, grandparents, teachers and librarians that read ROUND pause --remembering the sometimes shy little dreamer inside of them. Similar books: "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andrea/ "Flora and the Flamingo" by Molly Idle/ "Angelina Ballerina" by Katharine Holabird.
Zoe Fishman will be signing her newest book Invisible as Air in Fireside's back room on Saturday, November 2nd 3-5pm. Watch for details on Zoe's presentation.
A provocative and timely new novel by the author of Inheriting Edith, one that will haunt you long after the final page is turned…
Sylvie Snow knows the pressures of expectations: a woman is supposed to work hard, but never be tired; age gracefully, but always be beautiful; fix the family problems, but always be carefree. Sylvie does the grocery shopping, the laundry, the scheduling, the schlepping and the PTA-ing, while planning her son’s Bar Mitzvah and cheerfully tending her husband, Paul, who’s been lying on the sofa with a broken ankle. She’s also secretly addicted to the Oxycontin intended for her husband.
For three years, Sylvie has repressed her grief about the heartbreaking stillbirth of her newborn daughter, Delilah. On the morning of the anniversary of her death, when she just can’t face doing one…more…thing: she takes one—just one—of her husband’s discarded pain pills. And suddenly she feels patient, kinder, and miraculously relaxed. She tells herself that the pills are temporary, just a gift, and that when the supply runs out she’ll go back to her regularly scheduled programming.
But days turn into weeks, and Sylvie slips slowly into a nightmare. At first, Paul and Teddy are completely unaware, but this changes quickly as her desperate choices reveal her desperate state. As the Bar Mitzvah nears, all three of them must face the void within themselves, both alone and together.
1:00-3:00 at Township Hall
83 N. Main Street
The event is free but please let us know if you are coming so we can have a head count.
Call the store at (440) 247-4050 to sign up.
1:00-2:00: Mini Educators Workshop
2:00-2:30 Family Yoga class (for kids 2-99)
2:30-3:00 Talk and book signing
Books will be on sale at Town Hall anytime between 1-3. They are also available at Fireside any time!
James Butler, M.Ed.
Founder and Author of Mindful Classrooms
2014 Austin ISD Teacher of the Year
I have been teaching since 2002, mostly in Austin, TX in Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. I have my BS in Education and Early Childhood from Manchester University (IN) and MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University (AZ). In 2014, I was honored to be named Austin ISD Teacher of the Year.
In 2009, I volunteered as a HS English and Math Teacher in Namibia (southern Africa). In Namibia, I began occasional usage of Mindfulness in my classroom as a means to cope with the overwhelming need of my students. When I returned to Austin to teach in AISD again, I started implementing Mindfulness as part of our daily schedule. The routine and consistency of breathing daily was incredibly helpful for my kindergarten students at a Title I school. It also helped me as a person and as a teacher as I was faced with personal struggles of my own. I then brought the daily practice to a Pre-K classroom in a non-Title 1 school. The impact on the students was just as great.
In 2015-2016, Mindful Classrooms was piloted in one of the largest urban school districts in the state of TX, and in a few other districts as well. It was used in 50 classrooms (Pre-K to 5th grade) across Austin and in Pflugerville, TX and Wilmington, DE. The 900+ students practicing daily mindfulness have been responding well, even utilizing some of the skills at home during stressful situations. The teachers participating in the pilot have even noticed a difference in their own self-awareness. I truly believe incorporating mindfulness into the daily schedule of a classroom has the power to change students' lives and enable them to learn to their fullest potential.
As a result of my work, I am now the SEL (Social & Emotional Learning) Mindfulness Specialist for the Austin Independent School District working with teachers, staff, administration, parents and PreK-12th grade students. During the 2016-2017 school year, I helped mindfulness get established in one way or another in all 130 AISD campuses.