The New Year begins with a bang at the Cape Coral Library. Book Bingo is a favorite for families as their kids (from tykes to tweens) fill their book titled cards with chips to reap the rewards.
Some children have been known to take home up to eight prizes; neat stuff like jelly bracelets, Princess pencil sharpeners, smiley face erasers, note tablets with favorite character pictures, pencils that proclaim: "Dream Big; Read" - to mention but a few. This kick-off the New Year program takes place Friday, Jan. 3, at 2 p.m. Participants should be readers or bring a parent or sibling to help.
And adults will not want to miss ROC DAY, Saturday, Jan. 4, from 14:30 p.m. That's when the library will be swarming with weavers and spinners at their looms. Held each year on St. Distaff Day, a "roc" is the distaff on a spinning wheel that holds the wood or flax for spinning. The Weavers of Char-Lee will spend the afternoon demonstrating weaving, spinning, dyeing and felting. Everyone is invited to bring yarns and needles, wheels and looms, hoops and hooks to join in this celebration of fiber arts.
Literal thinking is needed for Mind Bogglers:?Fitness For the Brain, which will take place both Friday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m., and again Thursday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. Each word-picture puzzle represents a famous phrase, song, person, place, title or movie. The challenge is on!
An important beginning for the New Year is looking at yards and gardens for improvement. Much information will be provided in the workshop Florida Friendly Landscaping, Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m.
Master Gardener Donna Cressman provides a Butterfly Gardening in Florida program Thursday, Jan. 16, at 4 p.m. The workshop will include a trip through our library's own butterfly garden.
On Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m., Rosemarie Jaffin will discuss Dr. Victor Frankl's Logotherapy. This is an opportunity to hear Frankl's treatment of pain, guilt and death.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 930 a.m., join other book lovers for Books & Banter. Participants discuss favorite books and authors.
On Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m., Dr. David Jaffin will read his poetry from his book, "Labyrinth."
To step briefly into February - Saturday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m., the month begins with Love Songs by the Beach Street Quartet. The award-winning quartet will do a medley of love songs through the ages - along with a history of barbershop.
Read Down Fines continue in the Library Mondays, Jan. 6, 13 and 27, at 67 p.m., and Thursdays, Jan. 16 and 23, 3:304:30 p.m.
Storytimes resume Jan. 14
FAMILY STORYTIME: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME (ages 3, 4 & 5): Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
BABY-PARENT RHYME TIME (birth to 24 months with an adult): Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Check Leelibrary.net for other on-going programs.
In the Library Art Gallery through January
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 5 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, she especially enjoys depicting nautical scenes.
Nancy Koucky's jewelry will be on display in the glass cases. 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, Chuck 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 library.lee-county.com to apply online or stop by your library. The library will be closed Jan. 1.
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 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.