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Decorative Artists, astronomy, crafts, women in military, many youth programs at Cape Coral Library in October

September 21, 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.

Decorative Artists exhibit

in Cape Coral Library gallery

The latest exhibit will run from Oct. 1-30. For more in-formation, please contact me, Art Gallery chairperson, at 239-258-2991 or

The gallery welcomes back to the Decorative Artists of Southwest Florida, whose display at the Cape Coral Library has been eagerly anticipated each October in honor of "Learn to Paint Month." This will be the fourth year the group is exhibiting in the library gallery.

These prolific artists, who annually create a brand new supply of exciting work to show on the walls and in the cases, are local members of the international Society of Decorative Painters. Their objective is to promote the art of painting for those desiring to work in a variety of media. They welcome all ages and all levels of ability from newcomers with no experience to the accomplished artist.

Anyone interested may attend a general meeting or two as a guest before officially joining the chapter. DASF meetings are usually held the second Saturday of every month starting at 9 a.m., and visitors are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and then stay for a great painting project by one of the talented DASF instructors. For more information about DASF, the meeting schedules and locations, photos of projects, and seminars visit their website:

Observing the night sky program

for all ages

Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m.

Observing the Night Sky in Southwest Florida - In honor of World Space Week, the president of the SWFL Astronomical Society will bring our skies to life with information on the celestial objects available for viewing in this area. He'll also discuss finding and purchasing the right telescope for your needs.

Exploring arts & crafts for adults

Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 1:30 p.m.

Quilled Greeting Cards - Create whimsical greeting cards with colorful strips of paper using a technique called paper quilling.

Thursday, Oct. 18, at 1:30 p.m.

Wool Felting - Learn how to felt wool and create a piece of art to keep. Registration is required for this program.

Women in the military program

for adults

Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m.

Women in the Military - The director of the Southwest Florida Military Museum will describe the history of women in the military, a role less well known than it should be. She will also discuss the history of the museum and bring along some artifacts.

The Southwest Florida Military Museum, which is a nonprofit 501(c)3 institution that assists in educating and enhancing cultural heritage awareness within the community, is located on Leonard Street in Cape Coral. The museum's mission is to collect, exhibit, preserve, interpret, and archive United States military history from the 18th through the 21st century.

More programs for adults

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (Oct. 2, 19 16, 30)

and Fridays at 10 a.m. (Oct. 5, 12, 19)

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

Tuesdays at 11 a.m. (Oct. 9, 23)

Download Drop-in - Receive personalized help downloading e-books, movies, music and more from the library's online collection. Bring your tablets, phones, e-readers and other digital devices for a hands-on help session. Please be sure to bring any passwords you may need for downloading apps.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m.

Knowledge Nuggets for Senior Care - This month's topic: "Get Your Ducks in a Row." Learn how to securely gather and organize important information.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 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.

Program for adults and teens

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (Oct. 2, 16, 30)

Chess Anyone? - Rise to the challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. (See more programs for teens below.)

Employment workshops

for adults and teens

Wednesdays in October at 6 p.m.

Employment Workshops - Presented by Audrey Mayrent, SWFL Job-Link Coordinator for Goodwill Industries.

n Oct. 3 - Strategy vs.Velcro

n Oct. 10 - PresentingMe!

n Oct. 24 - Resume vs. Application

n Oct. 31 - I Got the Job - Now What?

Programs and events for teens

Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m.

Homeschool Program: Sphero Mini Golf - Create your own mini golf course and use basic block coding to program a Sphero robot to navigate a hole-in-one. For teens ages 11-18.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 4:30 p.m.

Fandom Therapy: "Stranger Things" - Celebrate your favorite TV show by making your own demogorgon, inspired by Dart! All materials provided. For teens ages 11-18.

Tuesday, Oct. 16 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 ages 11-18.

Monday, Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m.

Teen Advisory Group - Learn about issues that affect our community and inspire change though different monthly community service projects at the library. All materials provided. No registration required. For teens ages 11-18.

Monday, Oct. 29 at 4:30 p.m.

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Program - Make paracord bracelets and practice shooting zombies with Nerf bows and arrows. For teens ages 11-18.

Programs and events

for teens and kids

Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.

Interactive Movie - There will be audience participation. Food will be provided. This popular recent movie is a tale of an ancient Polynesian girl called by the Ocean to save her island from a terrible curse. Visit or see flyers at the library for title of movie.

Programs and events for kids

Monday, Oct. 8 at 3:30 p.m.

Spooky STEM - Test your skills with magically spooky science experiments. Registration required.

Monday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.

Magical Me: A Harry Potter Extravaganza - Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter in the U.S. Enjoy a cauldron full of magical activities including Quidditch, sorting and crafts.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 3:30 p.m.

Kid's Book Club: "From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Kongisburg - Escape the mundane with Claudia and Jamie Kincaid as they move into New York's Metropolitan Museum, dodge security and try to solve an art mystery. Come prepared by reading the selected book of the month. Meet other readers and be prepared to discuss plot, characters, and more.

Next month's selection ("Refugee" by Alan Gratz) will be available at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. Registration is required, and begins Sept. 24.

Fun program for preschool children

Monday, Oct. 1, at 10 p.m.

Spooktacular Preschool Halloween STEM Fun - Some not-so-scary activities to capture interest, imagination and the fun of Halloween. For ages 3-5. Dress for mess. Registration required.

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. 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 SW 39th Terrace

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

To register for programs

& for 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.

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



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