The Cape Coral Library is a hub of activity for the community, and March will be as busy as ever. Here's a sampling of the free events, programs and exhibits scheduled for this month. Most are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
Free Art Programs Offered This Month
* Mondays at 1 p.m. (March 6, 13, 20, 27 & April 3) - Join local artist and art enthusiast Hal Klingler for this five-part humanities series "Art through the Ages: An Introduction to Art Appreciation." There will be many examples of art to view, study and enjoy on a big screen. While Klingler suggests that you attend all sessions to get the most out of the program, each is stand-alone. You'll still pick up a good deal of interesting and worthwhile information, even if you can only come on some of the days. The program is open to the public, is offered free of charge and requires no pre-registration.
* Friday, March 17, at 11 a.m. - Coloring for Grown-ups: Coloring books are not just for kids anymore. The repetitive motion involved in coloring has a calming effect. Adults have found this childhood activity to be a refreshing way to release creativity, relieve stress and meet other participants. Materials provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
* Tuesday, March 21, 2-3 p.m. - Watch a painting demonstration by local artist Linda Benson in the Meeting Room. The event is free of charge.
* Tuesday, March 28, 1-3 p.m. - Join Linda Benson for a free "Make-it &Take-it" painting program for adults in the Meeting Room. Learn color theory and technique. Art supplies will be provided. Participants will be able to finish a painting to take home and display. Class size is limited, and registration is required. Call the library at (239) 533-4500 or visit www.leelibrary.net to register. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
Gallery Exhibits: Photojournalism and Glass Art
Changing exhibits of work by local artists, photographers and artisans are featured in the spacious art gallery of the Cape Coral Public Library. The current show will be available for viewing during library business hours from March 3-30.
Images captured by News-Press photographers will on be exhibit on the walls of the gallery. Subjects of the documentary photography include human interest, mental illness, hunger, homelessness, disaster relief and other stories. Photo-graphs by Amanda Inscore, Andrea Melendez, Kinfay Moroti, Ricardo Rolon and Andrew West will be featured.
The fused glass display of creations by Lois Johnston has been held over in the cases from the previous month due to popular demand. Johnston is known as an award winning kiln-formed glass artisan. Her creations are shown in galleries throughout the Southwest Florida area and can be found in homes across the United States as well as internationally. She currently instructs students in the techniques of glass fusing at the Cape Coral Arts Studio.
Friends of the Library meeting, presentation, tour
Join The Friends of the Cape Coral Library for its General Meeting Saturday, March 25, which starts at 9:30 a.m. with coffee, juice and snacks.
The meeting begins at 10 a.m. Following the meeting, a presentation will focus on the history of the Cape Coral Library and the Friends of the Library, followed by a video and a personal tour with a librarian.
New residents and visitors are welcome to attend the meeting to learn more about the first library in Cape Coral, which was founded 57 years ago, and how it has evolved into the well-organized and spacious venue it is today.
The public is welcome, and there is no admission charge.
Programs for Adults
* Friday, March 3, 1 p.m. - Heritage Monitoring Scouts: Florida Public Archaeology Network presents its citizen-science program to monitor cultural resources that are threatened by sea level rise. Learn how you can help preserve Florida's cultural resources. Registration is required.
* Mondays at 3 p.m. (March 6, 13, 20, 27) - Craft Corner: Knitting & Crocheting: A casual self-guided group of knitters and crocheters share ideas, techniques and patterns. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
* Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (March 7, 14, 21, 28) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (March 10, 17, 24, 31) - English Caf: free, informal conversation for adult ESOL/ESL students.
* Wednesday, March 8, at 2 p.m. - Book Discussion on "Where We Belong" by Emily Griffin: Unforgettable story of two women; the families that make them who they are; and the longing, loyalty and love that binds them together.
* Saturday, March 11, at 1 p.m. - Movie: Tom Hanks stars in this portrait of airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger and his successful emergency landing of a plane on the Hudson river in January, 2009. Rated PG-13. Seating is limited: first-come, first-served.
* Tuesday, March 14, at 1 p.m. - Exercise Your Mental Muscle: Have fun with mind bending puzzles and games designed to increase attention span, short and long-term memory and more.
* Saturday, March 25, at 2 p.m. Life! Love! Laughter! Sandi Sylver will share her storytelling, music and ventriloquistic talents in a warm and funny show for adult patrons.
Additional Program for Adults
(Teens are Welcome!)
* Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (March 7, 14, 21, 28) - Chess Anyone? Rise to the challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
Program for Kids
* Friday, March 17, at 2 p.m. - St. Patrick's Day Craft: Join the fun making an Irish-themed craft. All materials provided by the library. Please register online or get a ticket at the desk.
Ongoing Programs for Children
Visit the Lee County Library System website at www.leelibrary.net for February dates and times of Family Storytime, Preschool Storytime, Toddler Tales and Baby Rhyme Time at the Cape Coral Library or pick up a flyer at the library.
Library Hours and General Information
The Cape Coral Library is open:
Monday through Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The library is located at 921 SW 39th Terrace in Cape Coral. Visit the Lee County Library System website at www.leelibrary.net for more information about programs or call the Cape Coral Library at 239-533-4500 to register for one being held at this location.
A sign language interpreter is available with 5 days notice to library staff.
About the Friends of the Cape Coral Library
The Friends of the Cape Coral Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer organization that raises funds through book sales, membership dues, etc. to purchase goods and services that cannot be included in the County Library budget and to provide enhancements to the library experience. The book sales are major fundraisers and are held each April and November. Donations of books, CD's and DVD's for the sales are accepted all year round. Small quantities can be dropped off at the Cape Coral Library circulation desk. Please mention that they are donations for the Friends book sale. For large donations (Re-quest a receipt, since they're tax deductible.) you can have books picked up at your home by calling (239) 349-2572. Visit www.capefriends.org for more information about the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
Monica Rahman is president of the Friends of the Cape Coral Library