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Art exhibit, arts & crafts, PG movie, book discussion, storytimes, more at Cape Coral Library in August

July 26, 2019
By MONICA RAHMAN - Special to The Breeze , 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.

Backelant's show "Face to Face" in gallery through Aug. 29

If you haven't had a chance yet to see this exhibit that has been garnering a great deal of attention, you still have time to view it. 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," is in the art gallery through Aug. 29. The show features photography, resin sculptures, two and three dimensional portraits and masks. More of her creations are on display in the cases and include jewelry fashioned from stones, metal, copper coil, and serendipitous pieces into wearable art.

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 me, the Art Gallery chairperson, at 239-258-2991 or

Three arts & crafts sessions for adults

Exploring Arts and Crafts - Fridays, 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 2, 16, 30)

Explore arts and crafts though demonstrations and hands-on practice. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Aug. 2 - Create Paper Flowers

Aug. 16 - Flat Wool Needle Felting - Participants will learn to combine layers of colorful wool roving to create an image on a felt canvas by using a special needle. They say it's like painting with wool.

Aug. 30 - Paper Quilling - Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs.

Movie for teens and adults

Saturday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m.

- Movie "A Dogs Purpose"

Join us for this popular movie. A devoted dog is reincarnated as different breeds belonging to various owners. Over the course of his lifetimes, he finds the meaning of his own existence as he teaches his humans to laugh and love. Movie is rated PG.

Book discussion for adults

Saturday, Aug. 17, 2 p.m.

Book Discussion on "All We Ever Wanted" by Emily Giffin

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville's elite society. Her husband's business is booming, and her son is bound for Princeton. Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs. Although his daughter attends Nashville's most prestigious private school on a scholarship, she doesn't always fit in despite otherwise being a typical happy teenager. Then, a devastating photo changes everything.

Many programs for adults

Fridays at 10 a.m. (Aug. 2, 16, 23, 30) and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (Aug. 13, 20, 27) - English Caf - Free, informal conversation sessions for adult ESOL/ESL students.

Tuesdays at 11 a.m. (Aug. 6, 20) - 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 5:30 p.m. (Aug. 6, 20) - Chess Anyone? Rise to the challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. (Also open to teens.) Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Public Library.

Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 15, 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.

Saturday, Aug. 17, at 2 p.m. - Book Discussion - "All We Ever Wanted" by Emily Giffin.

Monday, Aug. 19, at 5 p.m. - Writing Club - Join other interested writers of fanfiction, poetry, short stories, novels or essays for a writing session followed by a chance to share your work for feedback. (Sharing your work is optional.) You are encouraged to bring your own supplies, since the library has a limited number of laptops and notebooks available. For ages 11 and up.

Lots of great programs for teens

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.

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.

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (Aug. 6, 20) Chess Anyone?

Aug. 5-10, Starry Night Hanging Decor.

Monday, Aug. 19, at 5 p.m. - Writing Club.

Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 4:30 p.m. - Anime Club.

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 information.

Thursday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. - Family Storytime of Interest: Going Batty! See description below under "Storytimes." Registration required.

Aug. 5-10, Starry Night Hanging Decor.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m. - Wimpy Kid Whimsy: Back to School Crafts. Registration required.

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.

Thursday, Aug. 1, at 10 p.m. - Family Storytime - Going Batty! We're going batty at the library! Join us for a special bat-themed Family Storytime with our special guest, author Wendy Beichler. Ms. Beichler will talk to the audience about bats and will read her children's book Bert the Brazen Bat. A short craft will follow. Registration is required.

Saturday, Aug. 3, 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.

Saturdays (Aug. 24, 27) 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. Please model proper Storytime behavior by participating and staying in the room during this program.

Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. - Preschool Storytime - For ages 3 to 5 years. Children attend this program independently while the caregiver waits nearby. Children who start kindergarten with pre-reading skills have an advantage. They are ready to learn to read. Your preschooler will continue to build relationships with other kids, books, and the library in a storytime designed specifically for them. The stories and activities are more complex, but just as fun!

Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. - Toddler Tales - For ages 18 to 36 months. Toddlers love activity and the chance to practice their growing language skills. This interactive and active time for toddlers and their favorite caregiver is designed to advance pre-reading and social skills. They'll experience storytelling, wordplay, felt board stories, fingerplays, puppets, singing, music-making, socializing, dancing and, of course, books. First come, first served. Please pick up a Storytime ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. Please model proper Storytime behavior by participating and staying in the room during this program.

Thursday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. - Baby Rhyme Time - For ages birth to 18 months. Reading to babies right from birth stimulates their minds, develops language skills, and lays the foundation for later reading success. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance! It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and babies in the neighborhood. Caregivers are encouraged to model proper storytime etiquette by remaining in the room and participating with baby during this program. First come, first served. Please pick up a Storytime ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program.

Library General Information and Regular Hours

The phone number for Cape Coral Library is (239) 533-4500. To register for programs & for information, visit

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.

To donate books for the Friends' book sale fundraisers

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library 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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