February is the month of love - for those lucky enough to have a special Valentine - and the Cape Coral Library is offering love songs through the ages in barbershop harmony, by the award-winning Beach Street Quartet. On Saturday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m., the community will have the opportunity to be entertained and enlightened with barbershop harmony and history. This event is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
American Folk Music is the next musical presentation, Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. A rhythms and rhymes presentation by popular entertainer Ed McDade, this program offers "classic" American songs such as "Froggie Went a-Courtin'" and many other favorites. The concert has plenty of interactive, educational entertainment. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library, it appeals to intergenerational audiences.
If a Long Island mathematics teacher retires to Southwest Florida, what would you expect her to do? Work Sudokus? Try her hand at duplicate bridge? Join a Mensa group? Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m., provides an opportunity to discover how retiree Mary Lou Williams chose to spend her retirement. Her award-winning craft of storytelling includes regaling her audience with St. Patrick tales and a few fractured fairy tales. Her take on folklore and fairy tales promises to leave the audience helplessly laughing. The program is free, sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
And if you missed ROC DAY, Jan. 4, you'll still be able to attend a workshop offered by the Weavers of Char-Lee. One on Weaving is scheduled for Feb. 10, 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. til 4 p.m. A workshop on Sewing Handwoven and Nuno Fabrics is scheduled for Feb. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. til 4 p.m.
Read Down Fines continue in the Library Mondays, Feb. 3 and 17, from 3:304:30 p.m., and Thursdays, Feb. 6 and 27, from 6-7 p.m.
- FAMILY STORYTIME: Tuesdays and Wednesdays,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,10 a.m.
Check Leelibrary.net for other on-going programs.
In the library art gallery
Christina Jarmolinski's paintings will be on display through February. Her art is sometimes edgy, contemporary and conceptional. The emphasis is on figurative paintings, collages and assemblages. She loves experimenting with objects such as coins, wallpaper, gold paper, wood and recycling these into new concepts. Her artwork is shown and collected internationally. Traveling throughout Europe, India and the U.S., she was influenced by many foreign cultures. She studied art with several highly acclaimed artists in Austria and Germany, studied at German universities and has taught classes and workshops for German art students of all ages.
Tom Haydock's photographs will adorn the walls of the gallery. He started in the 1950s with his own darkroom, then pursued photography on and off through the decades until he retired in 2000. He now devotes all his time to photography, working in digital format.
Sarah Kiser's paintings will be shown in the gallery glass cases. A full-time, self-taught artist, Kiser is living her dream of creating art. Her styles and interests are diverse, ranging from realistic portraits to earthy and organic abstract pieces. Her favorite subjects are motherhood, portraits, animals, fairies and mermaids. Some of her inspirations are Matisse, Chagall, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Klimt, and Kahlo. A long-time vegetarian turned vegan and animal rights activist, she encourages donations through her art to Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary which helps end suffering and exploitation of animals.
Cape Library hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon-dayWednesday; 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. 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 de-vices 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 two book sales, mid-April and November, 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. 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 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 239-533-4500; TTY 485-1141.