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Art exhibits, employment workshops, book discussion, more free programs at Cape Coral Library in August

July 27, 2018
By MONICA RAHMAN - Friends of the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library is located at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace. 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 Friends sponsor the art gallery and the butterfly garden in addition to many of the programs and activities that are offered to the public free of charge and are listed below.

Visit for more information about the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

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One of Martha Grattan’s creations.

Artists on exhibit in Cape Coral Library gallery through Aug. 27

We are honored to exhibit large scale landscapes by Ehren Fritz Gerhard in the alcove area of the library's art gallery. The artist, who resides in Cape Coral, has a master of fine arts degree from Arizona State University. He is currently adjunct professor of art at Florida Gulf Coast University, art exhibitions director for the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs and director of the Bonita Springs National Art Festivals. Visitors to the library will welcome the opportunity to view these impressive works.

Portraits in oil by Fred Maurer will be displayed on the walls of the gallery hall. The artist was born and raised in Bayonne, N.J., and has enjoyed painting for over five decades. Maurer does portraits of Native Americans, children, explorers, frontiersman He's excited to be able to share his artwork, and gallery visitors will no doubt enjoy seeing the selection of his unique and colorful canvases.

Creations by Martha Grattan will be featured in the gallery's three display cases. Visitors may recall Martha's distinctive artwork in clay that was on exhibit several years ago at the library. She has now expanded her repertoire to include jewelry and T-shirt designs, and these will also be part of the exhibit. As a young adult she studied fine art at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. Later she transferred to Arizona State University to study communications and graphic design. She is currently teaching classes in clay concepts, pottery, polymer clay and wheel throwing at the Cape Coral Arts Studio located at 4533 Coronado Parkway.

For information about the library's gallery, contact Art Gallery Chairperson Monica Rahman at 239-258-2991 or

Employment workshops for adults and teens at Cape Coral Library

Wednesdays in August at 6 p.m. - Employment Workshops - Presented by Audrey Mayrent, SWFL Job- Link Coordinator for Goodwill Industries.

Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. - Strategy vs. "Velcro

Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. - PresentingMe!

Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. - Interview 101

Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. - Resume vs. Application

Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. - I Got the Job- Now What?

Ongoing program for adults and teens at Cape Coral Library

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., (August 7, 21) Chess Anyone?

Rise to the challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. (See more programs for teens later in this article.)

Book discussion for adults at Cape Coral Library

Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. - Book Discussion: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

A poor Southern farmer, Henrietta Lacks, was never famous, but her cells have certainly become so. Essential in the development of the polio vaccine, cloning and genetic mapping, these cells have been bought and sold for millions of dollars. However, Ms. Lacks' family never saw a dime from their sale. In her New York Times bestseller, author Rebecca Skloot recounts this tale of medical ethics and racial politics in vivid and lucid detail.

Ongoing programs for adults at Cape Coral Library

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31)

English Caf - Free, informal conversation for adult ESOL/ESL students.

Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 1:30 p.m. - Exploring Arts & Crafts Programs for Adults: Open Session

Open crafting with one-on-one demonstrations of any previous topic. Supplies provided for greeting cards, miniature books, paper flowers, sheet candles (as available), and paper quilling.

Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m. - Knowledge Nuggets for Senior Care

Learn helpful tips to improve health and maintain independence. A new topic important to seniors will be covered each month.

Thursday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. - Coloring for Grown-ups

Coloring books aren't just for kids anymore. Adults have found this childhood activity to be a refreshing way to release creativity, relieve stress and meet other participants. Materials provided.

Cool programs for teens at Cape Coral Library

Monday, Aug. 13, at 4:30 p.m. - Cigar Box Craft

Turn an old cigar box into a unique work of art perfect for school supplies. For grades 6-12.

Monday, Aug. 21, at 4:30 p.m. - Anime Club

For teens and tweens interested in anime, manga and Japanese culture. Watch anime together and make themed crafts. For grades 6-12.

Monday, Aug. 28, at 4:30 p.m. - Perler Beading

Arrange peg beads into any pattern of choice and then iron them together to make key chains or magnets. For grades 6-12.

Fun program for preschool children at Cape Coral Library

Monday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. - Preschool Children's Film Festival: Part 3 of 7

Dress up and view some of the best films of children's picture books. Children will get to watch five short picture book films and cast their ballots for the best film, leading up to the awarding of the Cape Coral Public Library's first Golden Book Award in December. Registration is required as space is limed to 15 children accompanied by a caregiver. Once registered, collect movie ticket at the Children's desk on the day of the program.

Ongoing free programs for children at Cape Coral Library

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. Also see website also for dates and times of Kid's Read Down Fines.

Library General Information and Hours

Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library

Address: 921 S.W. 39th Terrace

Phone number for Cape Coral Library: 239-533-4500

To register for programs & for information:

The Cape Coral Library is open:

Monday-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.

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



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