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Huge book sale, master gardeners at general meeting, local artists, more at Cape Coral Library in November

October 26, 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 aren't 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.

Fall book sale fundraiser

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A William Koscher photograph

Soon it will be time for the popular Fall Book Sale fundraiser at the Cape Coral Library. The large meeting room will be filled again with ecstatic shoppers browsing through the thousands and 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, religion, philosophy, sports, children's books and more. CDs and DVDs will also be available for purchase. Our book sales are HUGE, and that's no exaggeration! (Please note that cash and checks are accepted at the sale, but not credit cards. Thank you.)

Dates & times for book sale

Thursday, Nov. 15 - 2-5:30 p.m. - Members Only Preview Sale (Non-members can join at the door for $15 per family.)

Friday, Nov. 16 - 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m - Book Sale Open to the Public

Saturday, Nov. 17 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Book Sale Open to the Public

To donate books

Book sales are organized by volunteers. Book donations can be accepted throughout the year. Small quantities may be left at the Cape Coral Library circulation desk. For larger donations, drive to the back door of the library to drop them off. CDs and DVDs are also accepted. All donations are tax deductible, so ask for a receipt.

Friends of Cape Coral Library donated tables for meeting room

FOCCL has generously donated over $23,000 for the recent delivery and installation of 40 new tables to be used in the Cape Coral Library meeting room. These sturdy, but very portable, units replace the previous heavy and extremely cumbersome tables. The attractive new ones fold for storage, have wheels that make movement easy and lock when in place. County Library Administration, as well as local library management and staff, have expressed their sincere gratitude for the donation. The new furniture should save everyone time, energy and back strain.

All are welcome to Friends general meeting Nov. 24

Hear presentation on Florida-friendly landscaping

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library General Meeting will be Saturday, Nov. 24. The morning will begin at 9:30 with coffee, juice, light snacks, and social time. The business portion of the meeting will start at 10 and will include the presentation. The FOCCL General Meetings, which take place in the large meeting room of the Cape Coral Library at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, are free and open to the public. Presentation will be by the Lee County Master Gardeners on Florida-friendly landscaping, very timely considering the local water problems that have recently affected us. Lee County Master Gardeners will provide information on landscaping that works well with the seasonal changes in rainfall characteristic of this area and cultivation techniques that protect our delicate Southwest Florida environment. The Master Gardeners will be available to answer any gardening questions before and after the meeting. Please be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday morning November 24 and join us for this special program. (And feel free to bring a guest or two.)

Cape Coral Art League artists showing at library Nov. 6 through Dec. 26

Exhibitions are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library and are designed to afford local artists the opportunity to share their work in a public forum without fees or commissions. Library visitors of all ages also benefit from this visual cultural experience. For more information contact Monica Rahman, Art Gallery Chairperson, at 239-258-2991 or

An eclectic array of photography, paintings, miniature rooms and decorated eggs will be featured in the Cape Coral Library Gallery from Nov. 6 through Dec. 26. All of the artists in the current exhibit happen to be Cape Coral Art League members.

William Koscher's photographs on aluminum will be displayed in the alcove area of the gallery. A retired high school history teacher from Massachusetts, Koscher has been an avid photographer since his teens. As a Coast Guard Academy cadet he sailed with the Barque Eagle across the Atlantic, sparking an early interest in travel and photography. With his landscapes, travel, wildlife, architecture and florals, he seeks to "evoke wonder, curiosity, mood and emotion." Printing on aluminum, he said, creates especially vibrant prints. He has garnered many awards for his work both in Massachusetts and Southwest Florida.

Betsy Koscher, William's wife, will be exhibiting her paintings and chalk pastels with his photographs. She is an accomplished artist/teacher who studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her husband also credits her with providing a critical eye for his work. She teaches a children's art class at the Cape Coral Art League.

The gallery is pleased to welcome back Judy Usavage, who first exhibited in 2016. Her series of "cloud paintings" will be on view in the hallway area of the gallery. Originally from Illinois, she has lived in Florida for many years and is convinced that "Florida has the best sky scenes, unmatched anywhere in the United States." In addition to the Cape Coral Art League, she is a member of the Lee and Peace River Painters, plein air groups that capture area scenes year-round. Her dramatic, ethereal paintings reflect influences of Turner, Sargent and Monet. She believes that "art adds a deeper dimension to one's life because it is an expression of one's reaction to the environment around us and our inner feelings." Along with Judy's paintings, her husband, adventure author James P. Usavage, will have his four novels displayed in the gallery's glass case. The books include "A.C.E. Vanguard," "Miocene II," "Waltzing With the Wind" and "Footsteps in the Attic." The case will also feature his poetry and some photographs of the couple's recent western road trip.

Multi-talented artist Judith MacLaren is familiar to gallery-goers for her work in the recent Decorative Artists of Southwest Florida exhibition. She is also a miniaturist and is showing a group of exquisite, tiny rooms she made by hand for a 17-room house in 1982. Although she no longer has the house, photographs reveal an extraordinary bit of architecture that she created. It is a step back in time when "doll" houses were popular and reflected a dedication to authentic representation.

KiKi Brewsaugh will be exhibiting her hand-painted eggs along with "cracked egg art" in the gallery's glass case. She has perfected this delicate art form requiring patience and imagination for which she calls upon "spirit of the universe." Themes vary from divers under water to Christmas figures and "steampunk that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th century steam-powered machinery." She also creates small mosaic-like paintings from eggshells that have been crushed and re-assembled on canvas. She maintains KiKi's Art Studio in Lehigh Acres.

Carnival of games program for all ages

Saturday, Nov. 10, from noon to 4 p.m. - Carnival of Games: Celebrate International Games Week with this all-ages event. There will be board and card games available for open play. No registration is required for this drop-in program.

Book discussion for adults

Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. - Book Discussion on "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" by David Grann. In the 1920s, members of the Osage Indian Nation struck it rich when oil was discovered under their Oklahoma land. Then the mysterious deaths began. Over 24 Osage were murdered. A young J. Edgar Hoover, heading up the newly created and struggling FBI, enlisted a former Texas Ranger to help crack the case. Infiltrating the area, Ranger Tom White's undercover team along with the Osage themselves would eventually bring to light a terrible and murderous conspiracy.

More programs for adults

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (Nov. 6, 13, 27) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (Nov. 2, 9 16, 30) - English Caf - Free, informal conversation sessions for adult ESOL/ESL students.

Tuesdays at 11 a.m. (Nov. 6, 20) - Download Drop-in - Receive personalized help downloading e-books, movies, music, and more from the library's online collection. Bring your charged-up 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.

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (Nov. 13, 27) - Chess Anyone? Rise to the challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. (Teens are also welcome to participate in this program.)

Thursday, Nov. 15, 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.

Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 1:30 p.m. - Exploring Arts & Crafts Program for Adults - Craft this Session: Paper Quilling - Explore arts and crafts through demonstrations and hands-on practice. Session will begin with a demo followed by an opportunity to create, practice and experiment. All supplies will be provided, but everyone is also welcome to bring their own carpet-friendly arts and crafts supplies and to work on their own projects.

Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m. - NaNoWriMo Writing Session - November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo!). Come for a writing session and the opportunity to share ideas with fellow attendees. Bring your laptop, or borrow one of the library's for use during the session. If you prefer notebook and pen, bring those along instead. The library will also have notebooks available. Flash drives may be purchased for $5. Space for this program is limited, so please arrive early.

Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. - Knowledge Nuggets for Senior Care - This Month's Topic: "Hospice Care." Learn the benefits of hospice and how it serves your loved one's needs.

Lots of great programs for teens and kids

There are so many programs for youngsters that there isn't enough space here to describe all of them here! Visit the Lee County Library System website at, click on "Programs & Events", then "Cape Coral" for monthly calendar with descriptions and for registration information. (Or pick up a flyer at the Youth Services desk at the library.) Listed below are the dates and times for programs and events broken down by age group.

Exciting programs and events for teens

Teen Programs are open to ages 11 to 18. No registration is required for the free teen activities, but space is limited. Please arrive early to reserve your spot. Visit for details.

Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 4:30 PM - Fandom Therapy: Star Wars.

Thursday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 PM - Teen Game Night.

Saturday, Nov. 10, from noon to 4 p.m. - Carnival of Games.

Tuesday Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m. - Anime Club.

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (Nov. 13, 27) - Chess Anyone?

Thursday, Nov. 15, at 4:30 p.m. - Teen Book Club: "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli.

Monday, Nov. 19 ,at 4:30 p.m. - Teen Advisory Group.

Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m. - NaNoWriMo Writing Session.

Fun programs and events for kids

All of the programs for kids are free, but registration is usually required. Please be sure to visit or the library for details and registration info.

Monday, Nov. 5, at 3:30 p.m. - Live Action Coding (for Grades K-5).

Saturday, Nov. 10, from noon to 4 p.m. - Carnival of Games (for all ages).

Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 11:30 a.m. - Homeschool Connection: Read Through Time and Space (for Grades K-5).

Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 3:30 p.m. - Kids Book Club: "Refugee" by Alan Gratz.

Monday, Nov. 26, at 3:30 p.m. - Star Wars Spectacular: That's No Moon!

Ongoing storytimes 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 for dates and times of Kids Read Down Fines.

Library General Information and Regular Hours

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.

Holiday Schedule

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

Closed for Veterans Day on Nov. 12

Closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 22 and 23

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



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