By JOYCE LYONS
Special to The Breeze
The Friend's of the Cape Coral Library invite residents to become a member of the group. The group 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.
The Friends of the Cape Coral Library will hold its Annual Spring Luncheon Saturday, May 12, at The Joint. Call Patty Duncan, email@example.com for more information
This will be my last Friends of the Library Column. After almost 10 years, I think it is time for someone else to take over. Patty Duncan, fellow author and writer, and Friend of the Cape Coral Library, will take over with the June news column. I have enjoyed writing about the Friends, and, of course, will continue to support and work for the good of our wonderful library.
Cape Coral Library hours
The library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 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 library.lee-county.com to apply online or stop by your 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
May exhibit in the
library Art Gallery
n Carmen Sprague, photographer, a transplant from Michigan where she worked for General Motors Parts Division as senior editor and chief photographer for the "Warehouse News" and the "Communicator" for 24 years. She relocated to Florida in 1999. She is a member of the Cape Coral Art League and chairperson of the Student Scholarship Committee, and teaches digital and photography classes.
n Dee Fehlberg, photographer, is from Minneapolis., where she had her own ceramics business as well as presenting workshops in the Twin Cities area teaching "Fantasy Painting" and jewelry-making. Since moving to the wonderland that is Cape Coral, she has learned to do calligraphy, makes hand-pulled copperplate etchings and learned to fuse glass and make glass beads and raku. Best of all has been the joy of the camera lens.
Her photography has been a conduit to capture the beauty of flora and fauna as well as the vistas.
n Beverly Fox, jewelry artist, enrolled in Maine College of Art about 25 years ago and walked out an artist. Fox creates sterling silver pieces with semiprecious stones. No two pieces are identical. Fox sometimes uses fossils in her work, selects geodes which are rocks that have cavities inside lined with crystals. Fox teaches others how to fashion metal into art at the Cape Coral Art Studio.
SUMMER READING PROGRAM: Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Linda Riczo, Senior Library for Youth Services, is more than ready for summer and lots of "stuff' for the kids out of school. She tells us "soon the Summer Reading Program will be upon us and registration begins on June 4. The Program ends on July 28th."
The theme for this year's pre-K and elementary school students is "Dream Big Read!" The teen theme is "Own The Night."
The programs have been expanded this year and we have changed the format and materials to add some spice and simplify the process.
This year there is a program contingent for infants, preschoolers, elementary school age children and middle schoolers and teens.
Programs will be a combination of staff created and performed events, and professional performers. There will be some familiar names like storyteller Katie Adams and award-winning singers and composers the Battersby Duo. There will also be new faces like puppeteer Jack Manna.
It wouldn't be summer without reading logs, contest worksheets and prizes. All in all, it promises to be another busy, fun filled summer!!
If there are any friends of volunteers who would like to work with the staff on the Summer Reading Program desk, please relay your intentions to Linda Dziuk at the library.
"COLORING THE EARTH'
The theme for the Seventh Annual Art Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library was all about Southwest Florida seashells.
Winners are selected from three age categories, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Prizes will be awarded on Wednesday, May 2, at 6 p.m., at the Cape Coral Library. There will be five awards for each age group with ribbons for first, second, and third place, as well as two honorable mentions. The winning works of art will be exhibited in the Art Gallery at the library. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library
Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Rise to the chess challenge and join the fun. Everyone is welcome. Bring a personal chess set, if preferred.
Registration requested. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library
BAGELS, BOOKS AND BANTER Tuesday, May 29, 9:30 a.m.
Bring a favorite book or author to share. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library
KIDS READ DOWN FINES
Mondays, April 9, 16, 23, from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursdays, April 5, 12, 26,
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Children and teens with fines on their library card and read down their fines earning $2 for every 15 minutes they read. Patrons age 18 and under. Please bring your library card.
STORY TIME SCHEDULE FOR MAY
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
Registration is required for these programs.
THE CUPCAKE CONCERT
Sponsored by Southwest
The family series are specially designed to introduce children and their parents to the wonders of live symphony music. Part performance, part family outing. The concerts are designed to be educational and engaging. You can even try an instrument at the Instrument Petting Zoo, Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m., features String Quartet. Admission free
BOOKS GO TO WAR.
Wednesday, May 9, 2 p.m.
War is a theme that has been woven through our literature, both oral and written, since man has been telling stories. With this series, we hope to look at the theme of war from many angles, from different time periods, from the soldiers' point of view, and from the civilian's point of view.
"WAR" by Sebestian Junger Junger, author of "The Perfect Storm," turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat in this on-the-ground account that follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.
CRAFT CORNER; KNITTING
Mondays, May 7, 14, 21, 3:30 p.m.
Bring your ideas to light and make a handmade treasure. Materials will be provided for newcomers, or bring your own project to work on. Join and make new friends who share their expertise. Registration is not required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Public Library
Tuesdays, 6 p.m., May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Fridays, 10 a.m., May 4, 11, 18, 25.
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 Friends of the Library
MAY FAMILY PROGRAM
El Dia delos Ninos/El Dis de los Libros
(Children's Day/Book Day ) 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 2, and Thursday, May 3
Please join us for a very special storytime! Celebrate el dia de los ninos/el dia de los libros with stories, music, and rhymes in English and Spanish. This program is for the whole family! Registration required.
The Lee County Library System makes it possible for people who ordinarily couldn't visit the library to enjoy reading through the Bookmobile, Books-by-Mail, Talking Books and Literacy programs.
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. Call (239) 533-4500; *TTY 485-1141.