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Author and historian to speak at next Friends of the Library meeting Jan. 12

January 3, 2012
By JOYCE LYONS - Friends of the Cape Coral-Lee County Library , Cape Coral Daily Breeze


Special to The Breeze

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library invite the public to become a member of the group. It meets bi-monthly in the Cape Coral Library meeting room at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays for a social hour, a short business meeting and an interesting program. Come and meet friendly people with shared interests.

All of the money the Friends accumulate through book sales, dues and other fund-raising campaigns are used to purchase materials, furniture and many other items that cannot be included in the county library budget.

Friends meeting Jan. 12

Author and historian Richard A. Georgion will be the guest speaker. He discovered late in life that his grandfather, Alexis, worked as a "Russian Cossack" in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. His grandfather wasn't alone. Cossacks, from the Russian Revolution, came to the U.S. to build a life as trick riders for Buffalo BIll. As a result of his family's discovery, Gregorian has become a leading expert on Russian Cossacks in America's tent shows. He is a world traveler, living in India, Vietnam, Australia, Bahrain, Italy and Puerto Rico. He was a radioman in the U.S. Navy. His presentation will be compelling as he discusses his "Aha!" moment in life - his grandfather's legacy, which he spent years researching and now generously shares with others. He will also discuss how a historian uses libraries to research, and will encourage questions and answers about his book.

Cape Coral Library hours

The Cape Coral Library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. If you don't have a library card, getting one is free and easy. Just visit to apply online, or stop by your local library.

All Lee County Library System programs are free and open to the public. A sign language interpreter is available with 48 hours notice. Call the Deaf Service Center at 461-0334 (voice) or 461-4348 (TTY). Assisted living devices are available. The Lee County Library System also offers free access to books, DVDs, videos, books on CD, electronic resources and other items from a vast collection.

Holiday library closings

The Cape Coral Library will be closed today, Saturday, Dec. 31, and Monday, Jan. 2.

January exhibit in the art gallery

This month the gallery features the Weavers of Char-Lee and its Roc Day Celebration, and "Art and Fashions - From the Hands That Weave." There will be an opening reception Saturday, Jan. 7, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The Weavers of Char-Lee will exhibit wall art, handwoven clothing, accessories, weaving and spinning implements at the library's month-long gallery exhibition. The annual Roc Day, Jan. 7, will showcase members' weaving, spinning and hand hands-on demos: 1-5 p.m.

"Roc Day or Distaff Day is the traditional worldwide day when weavers and spinners bring their looms and wheels out of storage after the 12 days of Christmas to resume their craft. The "roc" is the distaff on a spinning wheel which holds the wool or flax for spinning. Many rhymes refer to this roc, rok, rock or rucken. Before the modern day spinning wheel, the roc was a separate stool with a staff to hold the fibers while several spinners spun from it. Spinning on the roc is mentioned in the Bible and early literature.

Roc Day is celebrated worldwide; here in Lee County, the library honors the day with hands-on weaving and spinning demonstrations on Jan. 7 Everyone is invited to bring a loom, spinning wheel or project to work on for this get-together. Sit down at a loom and weave, try out a spinning wheel or a drop spindle, work on a fiber art project, come and enjoy the celebration of weaving and spinning.

The ancient English holiday of Roc Day followed 12th night (12 days after Christmas or Jan. 7 - Distaff Day), which marked the end of Christmas merrymaking. On this day, the maids were expected to resume their constant chore of spinning. The ploughmen, however, were free until Plough Day, the first Monday following the 12th night. In the meantime, they amused themselves by playing pranks on the spinning maids. It takes seven to 10 spinners to keep one good weaver busy."

- Roc Day from "The Joy of Spinning"

by Marily Kluger

The ninth annual celebration of Roc Day is part of the Weavers of Char-Lee sharing expertise and love of fiber arts with the public. The group invited the public to join the guild, learn to weave and spin, create and hone textile art skills.

January programs

at the Cape Coral Library

Chess Anyone? Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. Rise to the chess challenge and join the fun. Everyone is welcome. Bring a personalized chess set, if preferred. Registration is requested. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Bagels, Books and Banter. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 9:30 a.m. Romantic suspense ... what could be more exciting? Learn about new authors in this extremely popular genre. Join other book lovers and come prepared to talk about a recent book that you've read. Relax over coffee and bagels with old and new friends. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Weaving Workshop. 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17; 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18; and 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 19. The Weavers of Char-Lee will present a three-day workshop on weaving techniques. This program is open to the public. Visitors are always welcome to observe and ask questions.

Kids Read Down Fines. Mondays from 6-7 p.m., Jan. 9 and 23; 3:30-4:30 p.m., Thursdays, Jan. 5 and 19. Children and teens with fines on their library card can read down their fines, earning $2 for every 15 minutes they read. Patrons age 18 and under. Please bring your library card.

Craft Corner. Knitting and crocheting, Mondays, Jan. 9, 23 and 30, at 3:30 p.m. Bring your ideas to light and make a handmade treasure. Materials will be provided, or bring your own project to work on. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Storytime schedule for January

Family Story Time. Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m., and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m

Preschool Story Time. (ages 3,4 and 5), Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.

Baby-Parent Rhyme Time. (birth to 24 months with an adult), Thursdays, 10:15 a.m.

Registration is required for these programs.

Book Discussion. 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11. Local author Robert Macomber's "At the Edge of Honor." Capt. Peter Wake commands the Union sloop Rosalie as he hunts for Confederate blockade runners off the coast of Florida. He risks his career when he falls in love with the daughter of a Confederate sympathizer in Key West. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

From Page to Stage. 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26. The Lee County Library System will host the Florida Repertory Theater group as it presents an excerpt from the play, "The Year of Magical Thinking." This powerful play chronicles one women's sudden and unexpected loss. Join the discussion, watch the excerpt from the play and have your questions answered by the actors and cast members.

The Decisive Moment. 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21. Join award-winning photojournalist Stephen Hayford as he teaches a short class on how to recognize and capture the decisive moment in a photograph. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Poetry Reading by Dr. David Jaffin. 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25. Dr. Jaffin, poet and author, reads from his latest book of poetry, "Light Paths." He and Warren Fulton, co-authors of "Poemed on a Beach," will discuss poetry. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tween and Teen Artist Trading Cards. 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25. What are Artist Trading Cards? Known as ATCs, they are miniature works of art that are the size of a baseball card. Create your own masterpiece using scrapbooking papers, markers, stickers, magazine pictures of your favorite celebs, colored pencils, fabric, etc. Anything goes. The only limitation is the size. Trade your mimi-masterpieces with fellow artists if you like. Space is limited to 60. Register online or pick up tickets at the Youth Services desk in the library.

Fitness on the Go. Available during normal library operating hours, this is a multi-generatonal initiative to help you get healthy and discover the library resources. Did you make a New Year's resolution to get fit? The library is here to help. Pick up a "fitness log" and fill in 20 spots (20 fitness activities plus 10 library resources) by Feb. 11 and be entered into a prize drawing.

English Cafe. 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31; and 10 a.m., Fridays, Jan. 13, 20 and 27. Practice your English, a free conversational session for adult ESOL and ESL students. Each 90-minute session provides adult learners an opportunity to practice speaking English with native speakers. Participants may start at any time, and advance registration is not necessary. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Joyce Lyons is a member of the Friends of the Cape Coral Lee County Library. The library is located at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace. For information, call 239-533-4500 *TTY 485-1141.



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