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Successful book sale ensures new programs, future upgrades for Cape Library

November 29, 2013
By PATTY DUNCAN - Friends of the Cape Coral - Lee County Library , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Readers and book-lovers stood in line in the hallway of the Cape Coral Library for opening day of the Winter Book Sale. Coordinator Bob Novander said there were approximately 10,000 donated books which netted about $8,000 for future library programs and upgrades. Also available at the book sale were wisdom-filled 2014 calendars, a popular holiday gift at $7, which can still be purchased at the check-out counter at the Cape Coral Library. The next(Spring) book sale is scheduled for April 24 (members only), April 25 and April 26.

Some of the library programs these book sales underwrite are:

- Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m., for teens: "Create a Holiday Card" for a special friend of family member. Just "drop in", no registration required.

- Thursday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m., for families children, tweens and teens: a Holiday Craft Program. Enjoy a story while creating a craft. (Yes, there will be glitter.) Registration is required to ensure enough craft materials are on hand.

- Mondays, Dec. 2 and 9, from 6-7 p.m., and Thursdays, Dec. 12 and 26, from 3:304:30 p.m.: Read Down Fines continue.

- Tuesdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, at 5:30 p.m.: Chess anyone? Sets are available (as well as instruction) or bring a personal chess set. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library, these challenges are free.

- Mondays, 3:30 p.m., Craft Corner is open for knitting and crocheting projects. Materials are provided or bring projects in progress. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library, registration is required.

The Cape Coral Library will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31. Enjoy the Season!

Check for other on-going programs.

In the library art gallery through December:

The art gallery this month is a showcase of paintings, jewelry and pottery.

Marianne Bell's paintings will be on exhibit in the alcove of the gallery. She began her journey into the world of fine art after devoting a career to ballet, being trained at Julliard, performing with Ballet Trianon and on Broadway, and owning a successful ballet school for 28 years. At the age of 64, she entered the Schuler School of Fine Art as a full-time student, graduating after four years. Her work is in private collections in California, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and Florida.

MB Wendt's watercolors will be on exhibit in the hallway of the art gallery. Originally from Michigan, Wendt has lived in many areas, including California, Rhode Island and Tennessee. She moved to Florida in 1981, living on a 40-foot sailboat for eight years before dropping anchor in Key West, later settling in Cape Coral. Her artistic training began at age five with classical piano and, for many years, she was a performing artist and piano and guitar teacher before she discovered a passion for the visual arts. Having lived on or near water all her life, MB especially enjoys depicting nautical scenes.

Nancy Koucky's jewelry will be on display in the glass cases at the library. She received her BA in art history from the College of Wooster in Ohio. After marrying potter Chuck Koucky in 1978, she began a career in art as a weaver but has been creating her unique jewelry for the past ten years.

Chuck Koucky's pottery will be displayed in the glass cases as well. He began making pottery at Albion College, Mich., in 1971. He received his BA in fine art with a concentration in pottery and printmaking. Today, he owns Koucky Studios on Pine Island, a working pottery studio that also offers classes in clay. When not busy with artistic endeavors, Koucky is a licensed boat captain and sailing instructor.

CAPE CORAL LIBRARY HOURS: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., MondayWednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Getting a library card is free and easy. Just visit 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.

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. 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

Patty Duncan for the Friends of the Cape Coral Lee County Library; 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 239-533-4500; TTY 485-1141.



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