While some Cape Coral parents are anxiously wondering what to do with the kids over the summer, libraries are revving up their countless "sunless" fun engines. Registration for everyone began May 27, with Bingo Game Cards for all ages, resulting in book prices for "BINGO."
"Fizz, Boom, Read" runs through Aug. 2 with puppets, magic, juggling and crafts shows and programs for kids in grades K-5.
"Read it! Watch it! Win it!" is the teen summer reading program, through Aug. 2. Teens win TEEN BUCKS for completing bingo squares and FREE BUCKS for signing up.
The Summer Reading Kick-off party is Tuesday, June 3, from 11 a.m. 'til 3 p.m. Way Too Tall Torrie makes her "stilted" appearance from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Children and teens can drop in and make a craft, register and collect free tickets for the first summer program, "Karen Climer's Crazy Balloon Show." She actually gets inside a balloon!)
Other summer shows include a ventriloquist, the return of 9th period for its show, "Pop, Bang, Wow," "Cowboy Science" and another thriller called "Mad Science."
Juggling, a light show and, of course, slithery creatures are included in the excitement for all ages this summer.
The first summer program is a magic workshop which takes place Thursday, June 26, at 3 p.m. Spark a reaction with the science of magic. Learn the cut and restored newspaper trick, how to make things disappear, read someone's mind, and perform magic with rubber bands.
And there is Story Time, a library program of picture book sharing, finger plays, songs and other fun activities. Story Time helps children increase listening and group cooperative skills while they hear age-appropriate stories. Group size is limited for most story times.
At the Cape Coral Library, Wednesday, June 25, at 10 a.m., Baby-Parent Rhyme Time (birth to 24 months with an adult) features baby action rhymes for parent and baby. It lasts about 20 minutes. Thursday, June 26, at 10 a.m., is Family Story Times. This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes.
Read Down Fines times are offered Mondays, June 2, 16 and 30, from 6-7 p.m., and Thursdays, June 5 and 19, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. This time is when library fines can disappear just by reading. Children and teens can earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes of reading during the designated times at the Cape Coral Library.
Check Leelibrary.net for on-going programs including English caf, Chess anyone? and craft corner. (Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.)
In the Art Gallery
(Sponsored by the Friends
of the Cape Coral Library):
Arts and crafts created by the talented members of the Lee County Library System staff are on display in the hallway of the gallery and in two glass cases. The exhibit includes photography, paintings, origami creations, pottery and more.
Ralph Del Coro's egg art is on display in one of the cases, having been held over by popular request. So there is still time (mid-June) to view the amazing miniature scenes he has created with egg shells from a variety of birds including duck, emu and ostrich.
More than 20 oil paintings by local artist Sharon Shaw are exhibited in the alcove area of the gallery. Shaw has used pencil and pen and ink mediums with oils being her medium of choice. Mostly self-taught, she has recently enjoyed instruction from Patty Sole, Terry Halek and Betty Wedeles. In February, she had her painting juried into the prestigious National Art Exhibition, Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda.
Beginning June 16, cross stitch art by Lynn Reeves and paintings by Kathi Smith will be on display. Patricia Vilela will exhibit her jewelry creations in the glass cases.
Cape Coral Library Hours
9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; and 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.
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 which are 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, 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 deductible. (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.