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JOE THE COUPON GUY at BURTON PUBLIC LIBRARY In these thrifty times, it pays to be a smart shopper. Joe Daugirdas, also known as the “Coupon Guy,” can help you do just that. Joe has been couponing in northeast Ohio for many years, and he teaches a class called “The Savvy Shopper” at Lakeland Community College. He has been featured on CBS, ABC, Fox and NBC news and can also be heard on WELW 1330 AM each Wednesday morning at 7:18 a.m. Joe has helped many people save money through the art of couponing. Joe Daugirdas will present a couponing workshop on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Burton Public Library. Admission is free. Call the library to register: 440-834-4466. Learn how you too can save money through this inspiring class with Joe.

Eastern Bluebird Program At Reed Memorial Come join us at Reed Memorial Library for a program about the Eastern Bluebird on March 31, 2012 at 10:00AM. According to the Ohio Bluebird Society, bluebirds were once a common sight in rural Ohio, but due to severe winters and human imprudent activities, the bluebirds’ population had declined by as much as 90%. Recently through conservation efforts, the bluebird is making a comeback in Ohio. Janice Petco, a member of the Ohio Bluebird Society and the American Bluebird Society, will present an educational program about bluebirds and their habitat. Ms. Petco, a retired pharmacist and resident of Canton Ohio, has been interested in bluebirds since 1986 and has monitored her own bluebird trail at the Algonquin Mill Complex in Carroll County since 1994. She is an avid photographer, world traveler, and birder and will include slides of her own photographs of bluebirds during the program. This free event is open to the public with no reservations required. For more information call (330) 296-2827 ext.200.

Award-winning author to visit library Award-winning local author Thrity Umrigar will be speaking and signing copies of her new novel, The World We Found, on Saturday, April 28, at 1:30 p.m. at the Aurora Memorial Library. Originally from Bombay, India, Umrigar is known for creating unforgettable characters who struggle amid class and religious distinctions in modern-day India. In this, her fourth novel, she explores the relationships between college friends who are reunited after one of them is stricken with a terminal illness. Umrigar moved to the U.S. in her early 20’s to study journalism at The Ohio State University. She began her writing career as a newspaper reporter, and has worked for the Akron Beacon Journal and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She is a recipient of the prestigious Neiman Fellowship at Harvard University, and her work has appeared in the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. She currently serves as an associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. There is no charge for this author visit, but pre-registration is requested via the library’s website at www.portagelibrary.org. Books for purchase will be provided by the Learned Owl Book Shop of Hudson. For more information on this or any other library program, visit the website or call 330-562-6502. The Aurora Memorial Library, located at 115 E. Pioneer Trail, is open Mondays and Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The library is closed on Thursdays and Sundays.