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Children’s art awards ceremony, youth art exhibit, programs for all ages at Cape Coral Library in May

April 26, 2019
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 for adults, teens and children 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.

All are welcome - learn about bees

at art awards May 1, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 11, at 6 p.m. - Annual "Coloring the Earth" Kid's Art Contest Awards Ceremony: Everyone is invited to attend the awards ceremony for the environmental art contest for children ages 7 to 12. The ceremony will be held in the large Meeting Room at the Cape Coral Library. This year's theme is "Let's Save the Bees," and young artists were asked to create an original painting or drawing that shows how we can protect this precious species from bee-killing pesticides, habitat loss, air pollution and other main threats. The public is encouraged to join youngsters, parents, teachers and prominent members of the community at this popular yearly event and enjoy some refreshments. Applaud the children as the winners accept their awards. Hear a fascinating presentation by keynote speaker Keith Councell, owner of Councell Farms, as a professional beekeeper and a former president of the Beekeepers Association of Southwest Florida (2008-09). Winning entries will be displayed in the library's art gallery from May 8 through June 28. The contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library and the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library. For more information, contact contest organizer Alessia Leathers at

Children's artwork on exhibit in the gallery

May 8 to June 28

Changing exhibits are featured in the spacious art gallery of the Cape Coral Public Library. For information, contact me, Art Gallery Chairperson Monica Rahman, at (239) 258-2991 or

A new tradition was established a few years ago, and it is one that we hope to continue in the future. This time of the year has been dedicated to exhibiting the work of young local artists.

n Winning entries from the "Coloring the Earth" Contest will be displayed on the alcove walls. The annual environmental art contest for local children ages 7 to 12 is organized by Alessia Leathers and is now in its 14th year. The theme this time is "Let's Save the Bees." The Friends of the Cape Coral Library have provided frames so that the children's artwork can be displayed professionally in a gallery setting.

n Kindergarten through Second Grade Fine Arts Teacher Elizabeth Olancin from Gulf Elementary School in Cape Coral will exhibit her students' creations on the walls and in the cases in the library's gallery. Young though they may be, Mrs. Olancin's students already have previous experience exhibiting their artwork: at the Estero Art Show, Cape Art on the Parkway, Lee County Fair, the Lee County School Board and Alliance for the Arts, to name a few. A large collaborative painting created by the students was on display at RSW Airport in Fort Myers for an entire year. Olancin encourages the youngsters to give back to the community; 18 of them gather twice a week before school to create paintings on rocks for the Relay for Life event. Being an author and artist herself, Olancin has taught adults as well as children, has served as a judicator at local galleries and was a presenter at the 2016 LAEA Art Conference held in Naples. Among the five books she has published, three of them are children's books, written and illustrated by Elizabeth: "One Inch at a Time," "The Beginning Adventures of Popeye & Biscuit" and "Along Came Dixie Lou."

n Also featured on the walls will be work created by students who attend the Sunday Children's Art Class held at the Cape Coral Art League. The classes, held in the afternoon, are taught by a rotation of teachers and cover projects in different media. Some of the students are regulars to the class, while others drop in from time to time. The young artists are of various ages. Students range from those who attend school in Cape Coral and North Fort Myers to youngsters who are home-schooled. So the creations displayed in this library exhibit are assured to be varied and interesting! Visit and click on the "Children and Youth Art" tab for more information about the classes.

Movie for teens and adults

Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. - Movie: In a period of great conflict, a group of unlikely heroes led by Jyn Erso, a daring fugitive, and Cassian Andor, a rebel spy, band together on a desperate mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is rated PG-13.

Citizen Science: A NASA Pilot Program

for all ages 5 and Up

Wednesday, May 8, at 11:30 a.m. - Citizen Science: A NASA Pilot Program - Registration is required. The Lee County Library System is one of only four locations in the United States approved for the Citizen Science Pilot Program. This hands-on interactive program will teach you how to become a citizen scientist for NASA. You'll learn how to use the GLOBE app to record and submit your observations to NASA, as well as demonstrate some of the conditions you might encounter in your own backyards. Tablets will be provided to teams on a first-come, first-served basis.You are encouraged to get a jumpstart on things by downloading the GLOBE app from the link below. GLOBE Observer is an international network of citizen scientists and scientists working together to learn more about our shared environment and changing climate. Since GLOBE Observer is part of the GLOBE Program, citizen scientists are also providing data for student research, strengthening science education. You can learn more about NASA and the GLOBE Program here:

Inmigracin 101 (Immigration 101)

for Adults Presented in Spanish

Wednesday, May 8, at 6 p.m. - Inmigracin 101: Un funcionario de los Servicios de Ciudadana e Inmigracin (USCIS) proporcionar una descripcin general del sistema de inmigracin y las leyes de los Estados Unidos. Los temas cubiertos incluyen el papel del USCIS, el proceso de visa, la residencia permanente ("tarjetas verdes"), la naturalizacin y cmo evitar el fraude de inmigracin. Una sesin de preguntas y respuestas seguir a la presentacin. Presentado por U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Distrito de Tampa.

Immigration 101 - (Program will be presented in Spanish) - A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer will provide a general overview of the immigration system and laws in the United States. Topics covered will include the role of the USCIS, the visa process, permanent residence ("green cards"), naturalization and how to avoid immigration fraud. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Presented by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Tampa District.

Naturalizacin (Naturalization)

for Adults Presented in Spanish

Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. - Naturalizacin: Un funcionario de los Servicios de Ciudadana e Inmigracin de los Estados Unidos (USCIS, por sus siglas en ingls) explicar el proceso de naturalizacin. La presentacin incluir una explicacin de los requisitos de elegibilidad para la naturalizacin, cmo presentar una solicitud, qu esperar en la entrevista y cmo prepararse para el examen de ciudadana. Se proporcionarn materiales de estudio y recursos gratuitos y se realizar una sesin de preguntas y respuestas. Presentado por U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Distrito de Tampa.

Naturalization - (Program will be presented in Spanish.) - A US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer will explain the process of naturalization. The presentation will include an explanation of the eligibility requirements for naturalization, how to apply, what to expect at the interview and how to prepare for the citizenship exam. Free study materials and resources will be provided and a question and answer session will follow. Presented by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Tampa District.

Other programs for adults

at Cape Coral Library

n Wednesday, May 1, at 1p.m., and Thursday, May 16 at 10 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.

n Tuesdays at 11 a.m. (May 14, 28) - Download Drop-in: Receive personalized help downloading e-books, movies, music, and more from two of the library system's largest online content providers Overdrive and Hoopla. Bring your fully charged tablets, phones, e-readers, and other digital devices for a hands-on help session. Important: please be sure to bring any passwords you may need for downloading apps. Kindle users will also need an Amazon account and their password for accessing it.

n Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (May 14, 28) - Chess Anyone? Rise to the challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. (Also open to teens and kids.)

n Monday, May 20, at 5 p.m. - Game Night: Monthly drop-in program for all ages. Try your hand at a variety of board and card games.

Lots of great programs for teens and kids

There are so many programs for youngsters that there isn't enough space to fully 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 (unless specified) but space is limited. Please arrive early to reserve your spot. Visit for details.

n Thursday, May 2, at 4:30 p.m. - Teen Book Social

n Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. - Movie - "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." Rated PG-13.

n Monday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m. - Teen Advisory Group.

n Tuesday May 7, at 4:30 p.m. - Anime Club.

n Wednesday, May 8, at 11:30 p.m. - Citizen Science: A NASA Pilot Program - Registration Required.

n Thursday, May 9, at 4:30 p.m. - Fandom Therapy: Musicals.

n Monday, May 13, at 5 p.m. - Writing Club.

n Monday, May 20, at 5 p.m. - Game Night.

Fun programs & events for kids

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

n Wednesday, May 1, at 3:30 p.m. - Kids Book Club: "Ghosts" by Raina Telgemeier.

n Tuesday, May 7, at 10 p.m. - Symphony Storytime.

n Wednesday, May 8, at 11:30 p.m. - Citizen Science: A NASA Pilot Program - Age 5 and Up, Registration Required.

n Saturday, May 11, at 10 p.m. - Special Needs Storytime - Registration required.

n Monday, May 20, at 5 p.m. - Game Night.

n Tuesday, May 28, at 10 p.m. - Bubble Disco

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 please refer to website or flyer for any registration or ticket requirements.

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 a.m.

Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 a.m.

The library will be closed

on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library is a non-profit, volunteer organization. The book sales, which raise funds to support library programs, are held each April and November. 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 the Friends' hotline at 239-349-2572 and leaving a clear message with your phone number, so someone can call you back.

Monica Rahman is the Publicity Chair & Past President Advisor, Friends of the Cape Coral Library



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