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Huge book sale, Friends general meeting, Fine Craft Guild exhibit, more at Cape Coral Library in November

October 18, 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 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

Soon it will be time for the popular Fall Book Sale fundraiser at the library. The large meeting room will be filled again with shoppers browsing through the 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 & some new times for book sale

* Thursday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Members Only Preview Sale. (Non-members can join at the door for $15 per family.)

* Friday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Book Sale open to the public

* Saturday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Book Sale open to the public

To donate books

The book sales, which raise funds to support library programs, are held each April and November. Donations of books, CDs and DVDs can be 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.

Friends general meeting Nov. 23

to feature Cape Friends of Wildlife

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library General meeting will be Saturday, Nov. 23. 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 a.m. and will include the presentation. The FOCCL general meetings, which take place in the large meeting room of the Cape Coral Library, are free and open to the public.

The November presentation will be by a representative from the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife, a volunteer organization whose purpose is to preserve and enhance the habitats of protected species and to educate the community about Cape Coral's wildlife resources. Those in attendance will learn about how burrowing owls landed in the Cape and so much more!

SWFL Fine Craft Guild showing

at library Nov. 2-Dec. 30

"Hand in Hand Art," an exhibition showcasing original handmade art pieces created by members of the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild, will be featured in the gallery of Cape Coral Library. The gallery, sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library, is designed to give local artists the opportunity to share their work in a public forum without fees or commissions.

The SWFFCG is the only 3D art guild and has been encouraging high standards of performance and accomplishment in fine crafts since 1971, according to Christine Vogensen, the guild's president who is a mixed media artist. Members create art employing metal, glass, wood, stone, fiber, clay, mixed media and photography. Currently there are more than 70 active members of the guild. Within the art community they provide teaching demonstrations, art scholarships and local exhibitions. Guild meetings are held monthly at the Cape Coral Art Studio on Coronado Parkway.

"Each work in the exhibition represents an artist's feelings, thoughts and imagination which they use to manipulate an art medium or mediums to craft a handmade art piece," Vogensen explained. "Some pieces are individually created while others may be a collaboration of two or more artists. The results are unique art objects crafted by creative hands and minds."

All work in the Guild's exhibition is strictly juried and must be original, she emphasized. Pieces made from kits, commercial patterns, molds, decals or patterns that are the dominant design are not acceptable. No giclees or reproductions are permitted in Guild member shows.

Bimonthly exhibitions at the Library may be viewed during its regular business hours. For more information about the Library Gallery, contact Monica Rahman, Art Gallery Chairperson at

Some programs of note

for adults in November

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 Circulation Desk at the library.)

* Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. -- Water Quality and The History of the Caloosahatchee - Also of interest to teens.

* Thursdays, Nov. 7 & 21, at 1:30 p.m. -- Exploring Arts & Crafts - Create Greeting Cards. Registration required.

* Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. - Seniors Eating Well: Heart Healthy Meals

Many ongoing programs for adults

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 Circulation Desk at the library.) Programs include Download Drop-in, English Caf, Writing Club, Coloring for Grownups and Chess Anyone?

Lots of great programs for teens and kids

There are so many programs for youngsters that there isn't enough room to list 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.)

Storytimes for children and families

For ongoing storytimes, visit the Lee County Library System website monthly to see schedules of Family Story-time, 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.

Library General Information

Phone number:

(239) 533-4500

To register for programs and for more information:


Monday through Wed-nesday, 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 for the following holidays in November:

* Veterans Day, Nov. 11

* Thanksgiving, Nov. 28 and 29

Monica Rahman, is publicity chair and Past President of the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.



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