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General meeting, new art exhibit, Japanese culture, interactive movie, more at Cape Coral Library in July

June 28, 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 invited to Friends general meeting

Everyone is welcome to attend the Friends of the Cape Coral Library General Membership Meeting Saturday, July 20. The morning will begin at 9:30 with some coffee, juice, and light snacks. The business portion of the meeting will start at 10 a.m., followed by one of our most popular programs about books we've recently read and would recommend. Each person in attendance may talk about a couple of books, or more if time permits. Those who are shy may just sit back and enjoy listening to others review their recent reads. The FOCCL Membership Meetings, which take place in the large meeting room of the Cape Coral Library, are free and open to the public.

Artist Irma Backelant's "Face to Face" show

Artist-photographer Irma Backelant has never made an image she can't transform into something more than the obvious. An exhibition of those images, often described as ethereal and mysterious, is titled "Face to Face." The exhibit, with an emphasis on "the face," begins July 2 in the art gallery and continues through Aug. 29. The show will feature photography, resin sculptures, two- and three-dimensional portraits and masks. More of her creations will be on display in the cases and include jewelry fashioned from stones, metal, copper coil and serendipitous pieces into wearable art.

A confirmed abstractionist, Backelant considers herself a digital artist more than a straightforward photographer. She explains, "When I see an object, I make a good photographic image and then I create a new one through my eclectic imagination and digital editing. I do so by following my curiosity and sense of the aesthetic to move the photo beyond the realm of reality to an altered reality, a different or enhanced perception."

She further states that she is intrigued by the human face and all it encompasses.

"A face tells a story, be it of a race, a culture, a feeling or age," she said. "And then I try to have my rendering of it tell the story I see and hopefully to nudge the observer to see in my art their own interpretation -- their own story if you will. That is the open endedness of abstraction."

The end result of her adventure is a juxtaposition of elements of the original photograph to a painterly rendering that expresses her eclectic imagination. Using the original photo or, as she said, her "blank canvas" she uses what she calls filters -- colors, scenes, that create a scrim or a landscape -- that dramatize the final work. Backelant said that she does not draw or paint in the traditional sense, although of late has discovered combining free pouring acrylics with digital photography for what she labels as her "now perfect medium."

Backelant's art has been displayed in several prestigious Denver metro galleries and invitation only exhibits, including one at the Women's Chamber of Commerce in Denver's Lodo. Now residing in Cape Coral, her recent artwork has been exhibited in several galleries here in Southwest Florida.

Changing exhibitions are sponsored by the Friends of Cape Coral Library and are designed to afford local artists the opportunity to share their work in a public forum without fees or commissions. Exhibits may be viewed during regular library business hours. For information contact Monica Rahman, Art Gallery Chairperson, at 239-258-2991 or

Japanese language, culture for adults and teens

Tuesdays at 3 p.m. (July 9, 23) - Japanese: The Language and Its Culture -- Learn basic phrases and writing forms (Hiragana and Katakana) using interactive exercises and games. For ages 11 and up. Advance registration is required to guarantee your spot until the start of the program. Remaining spaces on the day of the event will be available firs-come, first-served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Interactive movie for all ages

Saturday, July 13, at 1 p.m. - Interactive Movie -- Join video game character "Wreck-it Ralph" as he travels to the World Wide Web to help his friend Vanellope save her arcade game. You'll be part of the action as you participate throughout the film in this fun and interactive movie experience. Supplies are limited and first come, first served. Movie is rated PG.

Many programs for adults

Wednesday, July 3 at 1 p.m., and Thursday, July 18, 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. Coloring pages designed especially for adults plus colored pencils will be provided.

Wednesdays in July at 6 p.m. - Employment Workshops -- Presented by Audrey Mayrent, SWFL Job-Link Coordinator for Goodwill Industries. A five-part series.

July 3, Strategy vs. "Velcro" -- Savvy job seekers set a plan.

July 10, PresentingMe! -- Learn to dazzle the interviewers.

July 17, Interview 101 -- Preparation = confidence.

July 24, Resume vs. Application -- Great tools to market yourself.

July 31, I Got the Job - Now What? -- Make the most of your new position.

Fridays at 1:30 p.m. (July 5, 19) - Exploring Arts and Crafts -- Each session will begin with a demonstration followed by an opportunity to create, practice, and explore. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

July 5 - Create Miniature Books

July 19 - Create Greeting Cards - Registration required for this particular session.

Monday, July 8, at 5 p.m. - Game Night -- Monthly drop-in program for all ages. Try your hand at a variety of board games.

Tuesdays at 11 a.m. (July 9, 23) - Download Drop-in -- Receive personalized help to download 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. Please be sure to bring any passwords you may need to download apps. Kindle users will also need an Amazon account and their password for accessing it.

Tuesdays at 3 p.m. (July 9, 23) - Japanese: The Language and Its Culture -- Learn basic phrases and writing forms (Hiragana and Katakana), using interactive exercises and games. For ages 11 and up. Advanced registration is required to guarantee your spot.

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (July 9, 16, 23, 30) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (July 12, 19, 26) - English Caf -- Free, informal conversation sessions for adult ESOL/ESL students.

Saturday, July 13, at 1 p.m. - Interactive Movie -- Join video game character "Wreck-it Ralph" as he travels to the World Wide Web. For all ages. Rated PG

Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m. - Space Bingo -- Kids over preschool age, teens and adults are welcome to play Space Bingo and compete for prizes. (Regular bingo but with space theme.)

Summer Reading: theme is SPACE -

"A Universe of Stories"

There are so many programs for youngsters that there isn't enough room 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. Advanced registration may be required for some teen activities, since space is limited. Visit for details and registration info.

July 1 - 6, Phases of the Moon.

Monday, July 1, at 5 p.m - Writing Club.

July 8-13, And Then? Complete a story.

Monday, July 8, at 5 p.m - Game Night.

Tuesdays at 3:00 PM (July 9, 23) - Japanese Language & Culture -- Registration requested.

Thursday, July 11, at 2 p.m - Galaxy Crafts and Virtual Reality - Registration requested.

Saturday, July 13, at 1 p.m - Interactive PG Movie --"Ralph Breaks the Internet."

July 15-20, Glow Stick Lightsaber.

Thursday, July 18, at 2 p.m - Space Fandom Day -- Registration requested.

Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m. - Space Bingo.

July 22-27, Universal Community Mural.

Thursday, July 25, at 2 p.m - Harry Potter Extravaganza -- Registration requested.

July 29 - Aug. 3, Early Bird or Night Owl.

Fun programs & events for kid

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 information.

July 1-6, Simple Rocket Launcher.

July 8-13, Night Silhouette and Constellation.

Monday, July 8, at 2 p.m. - Out of This World Aliens -- Registration requested.

Monday, July 8 at 5 p.m. - Game Night.

Saturday July 13 at 1 p.m. - Interactive PG Movie - "Ralph Breaks the Internet."

July 15-20, Aliens in Underpants.

Monday, July 15 at 2 p.m. - Outer Space Science. Grades K-5 -- Registration requested.

Saturday, July 20 at 2 p.m. - Space Bingo.

July 22-27, Universal Community Mural.

Monday, July 22 at 2 p.m. - Bats of the World - Grades K-5 -- Registration requested.

July 29 - Aug. 3, Sun and Moon Agamograph.

Monday, July 29 at 2 p.m. - A Universe of Magic: A Harry Potter Celebration -- Registration requested.

Storytimes for children and families

Listed here are the dates, times and descriptions for this month's storytimes. For ongoing storytimes, visit the Lee County Library System website monthly to see schedules of Family Storytime, Preschool Storytime, Toddler Tales, Baby Rhyme Time and Special Needs Storytime at the Cape Coral Library or pick up a flyer at the library. Refer to website or flyer for any registration info.

Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. (July 10, 17, 24) - Baby Rhyme Time -- For ages birth to 18 months. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Wednesdays at 11 a.m. (July 10, 17, 24) - Family Storytime -- This storytime will take place in the meeting room and is open to a larger number of patrons. Registration is strongly suggested and guarantees your seat until the start of the program. A craft or activity will also be included after the storytime. Please dress for mess and plan to assist your child as necessary if you intend to stay for this program extension. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Public Library.

Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m. - Family Storytime -- For ages birth to 5 years. The whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of pre-reading skills. Please pick up a Storytime ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. Space is limited.

Saturday, July 27 at 10 a.m. - Special Needs Storytime -- This storytime emphasizes books, music and sensory experiences designed for children with special needs. The library's welcoming environment will create a positive experience for children. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver, who will be an active participant in the program. Class size is limited to 10 children, plus their parents or caregivers. For children 3 to 12 years-old with special needs. Registration is required.

General information and regular hours

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

To register for programs and 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.

The library will be closed on July 4 for Independence Day.

To donate books for the Friends'

book sale fundraisers

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library's 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 (1 box or less) can be dropped off at the Cape Coral Library circulation desk. Please mention that they are donations for the Friends' book sale. For donations of 2 or 3 boxes, you may be asked to drive around to the back door of the library to drop them off. 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 Publicity Chair & Immediate Past President, Friends of the Cape Coral Library



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