By Patty Duncan
As the temperatures outside heat up, the coolest place for kids this summer is the Cape Coral Library. (And the programs are free, which makes it a cool place for moms, too.)
AT THE CAPE CORAL LIBRARY
With the theme "Dream Big; READ!", there's a special Summer Reading BINGO program for every age. Parents can register June 4 and play along with "Baby Bingo." Prizes will be given for activities listed on Baby Bingo cards with creative activities to be performed with the baby. For ages 3, 4 and 5, there are bingo cards with tasks to complete and weekly prizes for the Lucky Card Numbers. Grades K-5 have their own Bingo cards to complete with such fun activities as "Learn about the Big Dipper from a book or e-Resource, then locate it in the night sky."
Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library, there are also special programs for ages 5 12:
n Tuesday, June 12, at 2 p.m., will be "The Loose Caboose Adventure" performed by Showtime for Kids.
n Wednesday, June 13, at 6 p.m., 9th Period Shows will present "Storybook of Dreams."
n Tuesday, June 19, at 2 p.m., the Battersby Duo presents "Sunny Days".
n Wednesday, June 20, at 6 p.m., Jackie Manna will present "Dare to Dream."
n Tuesday, June 26, at 2 p.m., Robbie the Ringmaster entertains with "Sleepy Time Magic Show".
Teen programs are scheduled for Thursdays at 2 p.m.:
n Beginning June 14, the program is on fencing, the combat sport with bladed weapons.
n June 21 will be a performance of Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance.
n June 28 with be a presentation of martial arts.
There is a Teen Summer Reading Program which runs June 4 through July 28, entitled: "Own the Night." For every "Read It! Watch It! Win It!" activity, Teen Bucks can be earned. For instance, find the Secret Word on the teen pages of the website, tell your librarian and you'll earn two Teen Bucks. A new word is hidden each week.
For every book review submitted, teens will earn three Teen Bucks. (There will be a limit of 21 per week.) At the program's end, Teen Bucks are a must for the End of Summer Party. There, the Teen Bucks can be used to enter raffles or auctions. Left over Teen Bucks can be used to pay down library fines through Aug. 31.
Library fines? Children and teens can earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes of reading during the allotted time in the designated area of the library. Those times are from 3:304:30 p.m., Tuesdays: June 12, 19 and 26; and from 67 p.m., June 11, 18 and 25.
BAGELS, BOOKS AND BANTER: Tuesday, June 26, at 9:30 a.m.
The theme is "books into movies". Come and discuss current books being made into movies or some of your favorite classics. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
Knitting and Crocheting: Mondays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 3:30 p.m.
Come and share your expertise. For novices, materials will be provided. You can bring your own project to work on or gain ideas from the experts. Registration is not required. This program is also sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
and Fridays at 10 a.m.
These 90-minute sessions enable adult learners to practice their English with "the natives". Topics include everyday situations, current events and cultural ideas. Participation can take place at any time. Registration is not required. This program is also sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
JUNE EXHIBITS IN OUR LIBRARY
Dee Cooper is a jewelry artist who creates beautiful pieces in glass.
Lois Johnson is an award-winning, kiln-formed glass artisan, her creations now shown in many local art galleries. Prior to relocating in Florida, she worked as a commissioned artist, known for her portraits, botanicals and stained glass. While in New Jersey, she taught classes in various arts, including weaving and use of the spinning wheel.
Patty Sole has sold paintings to collectors in Germany, London, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Portugal and all across the U.S. Working in acrylics and oil, Sole currently teaches at the Cape Coral Art League and Pine Island Art Association as well as the Landings community.
CAPE CORAL LIBRARY HOURS: 9 a.m. 8 p.m., Monday Wednesday; 9 a.m. 6 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m. 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.
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.
The Friends of the Cape Coral Library invite you to join us. We meet bi-monthly in the Cape Coral Library Meeting Room at 9:30 a.m. although we will be taking the summer off. But we invite you to attend our meetings come Fall. All of the money the Friends raise through book sales, dues and other events are used to purchase materials, furniture and other items that can not be included in the County library budget. We are always looking for book donations, our major fundraiser. These books can be brought to the library. If you have a couple of boxes, let the librarians know and they will direct you to a back loading dock. We will also pick up books at your home if you have a large donation which, by the way, is tax deductable. We'll be glad to provide a receipt. Leave a message on our hotline at 349-2572 or send an e-mail to capefriends.org.
Patty Duncan for the Friends of the Cape Coral Lee County Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral; 239-533-4500, TTY 485-1141.