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Published: February 19, 2017 12:00 AM

The following events will be happening at The Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N Main St., Hudson.

Cleveland author Erika Gifford to The Learned Owl Book Shop on Feb. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. Please join us for this enchanting young author, who will be here to sign copies of her fantasy book "Some Girls Like Dragons."

Gifford is a promising 17-year-old author who combines an active imagination with her enthusiasm for outdoor adventures. The result are worlds of fantasy that are quite compelling. Her energy and love for reading and writing make her a delightful guest for readers!

The book is about Princess Scarlet Elwen, 15 years old and the lone survivor of the royal family after her family is murdered and invaders overrun the kingdom. She goes into hiding in plain sight, calling herself Newle, and works as the cook's scullery maid.

While plotting to regain her family's throne, she is discovered and must flee to preserve her life.

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Story time on Feb. 26 will feature author Michael Samulak and his books "A Wonderful Day," about a family trip to the zoo, and "A is for Africa," a reference and coloring book.

Children from 4 to 8 are invited to join us as we learn about Africa and its culture, do some coloring and read a couple of stories about the African American experience in our country.

There is no cost to this program, but we ask that you call to sign up so we know how many to expect.

The Learned Owl Book Shop and Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland announce a special event for children of all ages on March 7. Come to the Gallery at 334 E. Hines Hill Road at either 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. for an interactive storytelling and musical experience. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to enjoy the magic of Spirio, the world's finest high resolution player piano. "Melody's Mostly Musical Day" is a charming story set to classical music recorded by Steinway artist Jenny Lin. The book is written by Ben Finane, editor-in-chief of Steinway's print quarterly, and illustrated by Mikela Provost.

In addition to the Steinway book, which each family in attendance will receive as a gift from Steinway, there will be other music-themed books available to purchase, courtesy of The Learned Owl.

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Since 1945, Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland has served the Ohio market and has been one of the most successful Steinway retail operations in America. The founding corporation was purchased by Ted Good in 1978 and is today owned and operated by Ted and his daughter, Catherine Good Brulport. The Gallery hosts a wide range of musical performances and events and houses the church organ showroom of the T. S. Good Church Organ Company.

Admission is free to this event, but seating is limited and attendees should RSVP early. For more information or to RSVP, visit Steinway Piano Gallery at www.steinway-ohio.com or call 800-356-0437.

A special story time on March 12 at 2 p.m. will involve reading two stories suitable for 3- to 8-year-olds that focus on the importance of kindness.

"Each Kindess" was written by Jacqueline Woodson. It reminds us of how even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference in someone's life. Ms. Woodson has won the Newbery Honor Award, the Coretta Scott King Award and the National Book Award, and the book is also beautifully illustrated by E. B. Lewis.

"Because Amelia Smiled" was written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein, the creator of many award-winning picture books, including "Interrupting Chicken" and "Leaves," among others. Amelia's kindness ripples through her community and beyond in interesting and unexpected ways.

There is no fee for this event, but we ask that you call to reserve a spot. There will be an activity or two and a snack as well and want to have plenty of supplies available.

Children's author Lindsay Ward will visit April 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. Come to meet the author and get your own signed copy of her new book, "Brobarians."

This is the tale of two warriors, once at peace, now at odds. Iggy the Brobrarian has taken over the land. Can Otto the Big Brobarian win it back? Or maybe, with a little helpf, the two brothers can find peace again.

This is an epic - and adorable - story of sibling rivalry and resolution.

Local author Cinda Williams Chima will visit April 4 at 6 p.m. to introduce her new book, "Shadowcaster," the second book in the Shattered Realms series. The story is set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later.

The first book in the series, "Flamecaster," is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.

"Shadowcaster," the second in the four-part series, tells of the unfathomable costs of war, the allure of dark magic and conflicted characters drawn together despite everything they are putting at risk.

For more information on any event, go to www.learnedowl.com or call 330-653-2252.

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