By "Bridge to Oblivion." Local author Henry Hoffman. The Tampa Bay Sunshine Skyway Bridge collapse of 1980. Writers. Topics. Conversation.
On the agenda of the library and, of course, the Friends of the Cape Coral Library - which meets Nov. 10 at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited - no, encouraged - to join us for coffee and treats, then our featured speaker, Hoffman, present prolific writer and former Lee County librarian.
Not just for the day (and our excellent program) but we invite you to truly join us, to participate in all of our programs. This one includes a question-and-answer session following Hoffman's discussion of the writing process and the book he wrote with the backdrop of the out-of-control freighter which caused the collapse of the Tampa Bay Sunshine Skyway in 1980.
The Cape Coral Library is also hosting another local author, Jeannette Batko, whose "Cow Path to Heaven" includes whimsical stories regarding human nature. This will take place Nov. 3, at 2 p.m., in the main library conference room.
And authors - galore! - will be on display (and for sale at cut-rate prices) at our biannual book sale, starting Nov. 15 (for members) and to the public Nov. 16, 17 and 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. How-to books, cookbooks, gardening books, romance, CDs, DVDs, whodunits and the forever popular with the "Shades of Grey" matter crowd - classics, psychology, philosophy, religion, history, etc.
The book sales (two a year) are the very foundation of the Friends' fund-raising activities. Join us (in other words, sign-up) Nov. 15 and take advantage of selecting the best of the best - first.
Mondays through November, at 3:30 p.m., the Friends of the Cape Coral Library sponsor the Craft Corner, where we tend to our own knitting (and yours) and crocheting. Materials are provided or - bring your own materials if you have a project in progress.
And a reminder from the library for children and teens with fines on their card: read down those fines in November: Mondays, Nov. 5 and 26, 67 p.m.; Thursdays, Nov. 1, 15 and 29, 3:304:30 p.m. Bring your library card!
ENGLISH CAF continues this month at 10 a.m., Fridays Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30; and 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27. These 90-minute sessions provide adults a venue to practice English with the natives who promise only that you'll learn the meaning of "welcome."
OUR LIBRARY ART GALLERY has three exceptional artists in November, artists sponsored and organized by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library:
n Lynne Kemper: Carved birds and feathers. Lynne was introduced to bird carving in the 1990s by her late father-in-law, Claude Kemper, a West Virginia bird carver well known for his "Birds of my Hollow" series. Lynne continues the series while working on her own with wooden feather carvings called "Birds of a Feather." Many of the birds she includes are those at risk of losing their habitats and becoming endangered species. She hopes, through her art, others will not only appreciate the form of these feathery friends but will recognize the need to provide and protect environments for their survival.
n Ronald Kemper: Underwater photography operations. His underwater photography will show his avid interest in preserving fragile environments. Since 1970, his diving excursions have taken him to some of the best diving sites throughout the world, including Micronesia, the Caroline Islands, the Caribbean Sea, Cambodia and Mexico. A diving instructor and photographer, Ron has presented multimedia programs throughout the country. His photos are seen via the web throughout the world.
n Randy Clay: Not that his name has anything to do with it but - these ceramic pieces use earth tones mingled with shades of heaven (blue). His application of layers of glaze create a gradient effect of cool and warm in a beautiful, and functional, presentation.
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.
But REMEMBER: LIBRARY IS CLOSED at 5 p.m., Nov. 21, all day Nov. 22 and all day Nov. 23.
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.
All of the money the Friends of the Cape Coral Library raise is through book sales, dues and other events used to purchase materials, furniture and other items that can not be included in the County library budget. We are always accepting books, CDs, DVDs, etc. for the book sale, our major fund-raiser. Small quantities can be delivered to the library circulation desk. We will also pick up books at your home if you have a large donation which is tax deductible. (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; call 239-533-4500; TTY 485-1141.