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Huge book sale, membership meeting, art class and more at Cape Coral Library in November

November 3, 2017
By MONICA RAHMAN - Friends of the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library (Special to The Breeze) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Over 11,000 used books for sale

It's November and time again for the popular Fall Book Sale fundraiser at the Cape Coral Library. This fall we have more books than ever! The large meeting room will soon be filled with ecstatic shoppers browsing through the thousands of quality used books, most priced at $2 and under. Book lovers will find a large selection of fiction. Non-fiction books are organized by category: history, military, art, crafts, cooking, home & garden, self help, children's books and more. (Sorry; no credit cards can be accepted.)

n Thursday, Nov. 16, 2-5:30 p.m. - members only preview sale

(Non-members can join at the door for $15 per family.)

n Friday, Nov. 17 , 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - book sale open to public

n Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - book sale open to public

The book sale fundraisers are held each April and November and organized by volunteers. Donations of books, CDs and DVDs 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 (Request a receipt, since they're tax deductible.) you can have books picked up at your home by calling (239) 349-2572.

All are welcome to Friends of Library

general meeting Nov. 25

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library General Meeting will be held Saturday, Nov. 25. The morning begins at 9:30 with some coffee, juice, light snacks and social time. The business portion of the meeting will start at 10 a.m., followed by this month's presentation about how funds raised by our organization directly support the library and its programs. The FOCCL General Membership Meetings, which take place in the large meeting room of the Cape Coral Library, are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

4-session art class for adults

on creating a visual journal

Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20) - Local artist Linda Benson returns to teach basic art techniques in this four-part series. Program participants will produce a creative, fun, and unique Visual Journal using different textures, designs, and various artistic techniques with pen and ink. Anyone can keep a journal: photographers, writers, gardeners, artists, and anyone who enjoys documenting creative ideas. Participants will keep the 30+ page Visual Journal and double-sided artist pen. Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. Registration is required and restricted to 20 participants, so be sure to register early.

On exhibit in the library art gallery

Nov. 15 until Dec. 29

Changing exhibits are featured in the spacious art gallery of the Cape Coral Public Library. Following a brief hiatus while the gallery is being repainted, the latest show will be available for viewing during library business hours from Nov. 15 until Dec. 29. The exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. For more information, contact Art Gallery Chairperson Monica Rahman at 239-258-2991 or Artwork by Martha Stevenson will be featured on the walls of the gallery. She has painted and experimented with different media since childhood. It was her fondness for painting on a wide variety of surfaces that lead her to join the Decorative Artists of Southwest Florida for which she served as a past president and continues as a member. While working in the controlled style associated with decorative art, Martha discovered that painting loosely in acrylics on canvas allowed her to be more expressive. Her current signature style is very textured with bright colors and, as she describes it, "a little bit of funk added."

Artwork by Debbie LaCavera, who is also a member of the Decorative Artists of Southwest Florida, will be featured on the walls of the library's gallery. The art world was opened up to Deb a few years ago after retirement, and she's picked up a paint brush just about every day since. At this point, she describes her style as anything that happens to catch her eye. Through the world of teachers and painting mates, she's experimented in acrylics, watercolor, multi media work, hand painted scarves, up-cycled yard art and batiks.

Unique sculpture created by married couple Jeff and Dale Ocasio will be featured in the gallery cases. The Ocasios are award-winning, local artists, who work collaboratively to create sculpted art expressing an imaginative, storybook spirit. Sculpting with paper masking tape over wire and reclaimed objects is where their artwork begins. It's a unique medium that the Ocasios find extremely liberating. Each sculpture is encased with layers of acid?free glue, color is added with more layers of acrylics, and then it's protected with matte varnish. As the Ocasios describe their own artwork: "People tell us that they've never seen anything like our art. Words used to describe it have ranged from 'happy' to 'charmingly disturbing.' We like that, and embrace our originality." Don't miss the exhibit of their truly unique work at the Cape Coral Library.

Ongoing Programs for Adults

n Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (Nov. 7, 14, 28) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (Nov. 3, 17) - English Cafe: free, informal conversation for adult ESOL/ESL students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

More free program for adults and also open to teens

n Mondays at 2 p.m. (Nov. 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.

n Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (Nov. 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.

Free movie for teens

n Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. - Set to an all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the series continues the team's adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. ?PG-13, for ages 13 and older. Movie showings are subject to change without notice. Seating is limited. First come, first served. Visit or see flyers at the library for title of movie.

Free program for kids

n Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. - Homeschool Connections: Multiculturalism- Europe. Share a book, play a game from another country, and learn about all the resources your library has to offer. Visit the Cape Coral Library for suggested reading for this special program! Registration is requested as space is limited for this program. For children ages 5-12.

Ongoing free programs for children

Visit the Lee County Library System website at for 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.

Regular Library Hours and General Information

The Cape Coral Library is open:

Monday through Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday Schedule

The library will be closed for the following holidays in November:

Veterans Day on Nov. 11

Thanksgiving from 5 p.m. on Nov. 22 until 9 a.m. on Nov. 25

The library is located at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace in Cape Coral. Visit the Lee County Library System website at 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. Visit for more information about the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Monica Rahman is president of the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.



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