Special to The Breeze
A record number of teens have signed up for summer programs at the Cape Coral Library. This probably shouldn't come as a surprise as there are a number of intriguing offerings. Yet, every year, there are interesting programs - but this year has brought in a larger-than-ever teen presence. Here is a sample of the events they have registered for:
July 9 (Tuesday) at 2 p.m.: A Fandagumbo celebration invites participants to sing along. With moves, of course. (What is a Fandagumbo without moves!) Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library, Fundagumbo is free though registration is required.
July 11 (Thursday) at 3 p.m.:?It's is a great time to learn the moves of the Gangnam-style dance. Originated by the Korean artist PSY, the event is free though registration is required.
July 17 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m.: "Pirate Tales" takes the stage in the meeting room. Every red-blooded Floridian knows our coasts once crawled with pirates - and most RBFs are more than a little curious - some are completely fascinated by the myths and legends surrounding the rascally characters. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library, Katie Adams brings these pirate stories to life in colorful pirate garb, a chest full of props and costumes - and full audience participation. (Registration required.)
If that doesn't keep the kids awake all night:
July 18 (Thursday) at 3 p.m.: Kids will have the opportunity to make their parents say "yes" to the adoption of the perfect pet. What could be more parent-friendly than a pet rock. Materials (as well as rocks) will be supplied - although if there's a favorite rock in your environment, bring it along and give it some personality. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library, the event is free but registration is required.
July 20 (Saturday) at 2 p.m.: "End of Summer" Party. If the game board has been followed and teen bucks earned, there'll be plenty of treasures to bid for at the auction in this summer party strictly for teens. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library, the only requirement for entrance to the fun is your "teen bucks," earned by following the game board.
Also around the Cape Coral Library:
n July 10 and 17 (Wednesdays) at 10 a.m., baby-parent rhyme time: this program is for birth through 24 month-olds, with an adult.
n July 11 and 18 (Thursdays) at 10 a.m., family storytime: for the prior to school age youngsters
n And finally, Kids Read Down Fines take place Mondays, July 8, July 15 and July 29, from 6 7 p.m. and Wednesdays, July 10, July 17 and July 24, at 3:30 4:30 p.m.
n ENGLISH CAF: Tuesdays at 6 p.m., and Fridays at 10 a.m.: These 90-minute sessions provide adults a venue to practice English with the natives. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
n Mondays at 3:30 p.m., the CRAFT CORNER hosts a knitting and crocheting opportunity. Mater-ials are provided or - bring your own if you have a project in progress. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
In the Art Gallery
(Through July 31)
Florence Keen Sansom. Born on the Edison Estate where her father was the grounds-keeper, Sansom attended Beauty College in Lakeland, Fla., and worked as a cosmetologist for many years before turning to painting, in 1950. Her artwork has been featured locally throughout the years. Her life story and reproductions of her award-winning art are included in "Edisonia Native Girl," by Denege Patterson.
Pamela Cupp: Raised in Dayton, Ohio, before moving to California and working in television advertising, Cupp retired from all the excitement before beginning her oil painting career. Favorite subjects are trees, animals and beach scenes, images she spreads across large canvases with bright colors. She has recently begun painting whimsical animal faces on palm fronds which has created a great deal of interest.
Alex Chung: A local clay artist whose work will be displayed in the gallery cases, Chung's background is engineering. Nevertheless, he most enjoyed working with his hands. The beautiful teapots, cups, jars, candleholders and other functional art includes strictly decorative pieces utilizing a variety of techniques.
9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday 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. (Closed July 4th).
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. Books, CDs, DVDs, etc. are accepted throughout the year for the book sales, the major fundraisers. (Next one beginning Nov. 21) Small quantities can be delivered to the library circulation desk. Books can also be picked up at your home if you have a large donation which is tax deductable. (A receipt can be provided.) Leave a message on hotline: 349-2572 or e-mail capefriends.org.
Patty Duncan for the Friends of the Cape Coral Lee County Library; 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 239-533-4500; TTY 485-1141.