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Exhibits, history, favorite old songs, book discussion, local author at the Cape Coral Library in February

January 31, 2020
By MONICA RAHMAN - Friends of the Cape Coral - Lee County Public Library (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 and grants 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.

Current exhibits in library art gallery

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. Library visitors of all ages benefit from this visual cultural experience. The current exhibition may be viewed during regular library business hours from through Feb. 27. For information, contact Monica Rahman, Art Gallery Chairperson, at 239-258-2991 or

An exhibition of extraordinary new work by the four French Connection Photographers is featured on the gallery walls of the library. The show marks a return engagement of the talented group who are French-Canadian snowbirds spending each winter in Cape Coral. This time their library exhibit, which has become a highly anticipated annual event, includes exquisite photographs of flowers as well as images from recent travels. The award-winning French Connection photographers are Claude Chalut, Estelle Chartrand, Marie Elise Mathieu and Andre Morin.

Pottery by Rick Aliperti is featured in the two large cases in the gallery. Aliperti hails from Long Island, New York, but moved to Cape Coral in 2005. Today Rick and his wife Margaret run The Pottery Court from their house located adjacent to MaryJane's Preserve, a gopher tortoise preserve they own in the Southwest Cape. Rick's work spans a wide range of clay ware, from burnished pit fired blackware, sculptured whistles, tiles, specialty plates and wheel thrown pots. They run small personalized classes focused on pottery slabs creating platters and pots along with clay whistles. The Pottery Court supports local craft fairs and can be followed on Facebook.

Another case in the gallery features butterfly artwork created by children as part of the "Butterflies of Hope & Remembrance" project of the Jewish Federation of Lee & Charlotte Counties. This year marks the anniversary of some very significant historical events, such as the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. The Butterflies of Hope project, a year-long initiative in Southwest Florida, is not just a history lesson, but is also dedicated to Holocaust education and teaching individuals that "prejudice, exclusion, lack of tolerance, and stereotyping have terrible consequences."

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Visit our booth at the Burrowing Owl Festival in Rotary Park

Look for the Friends of the Cape Coral Library booth if you come to the annual Burrowing Owl Festival on Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Rotary Park, 5505 Rose Garden Road in Cape Coral. We'll have a table in one of the tents at this popular family-friendly event, and our volunteers will have art supplies available for kids age 5-12 to create entries to the Coloring the Earth environmental art contest sponsored by our organization and the Lee County Public Library System. Theme for this year's art contest is "Let's Save the Monarch Butterfly!" Entry forms will be available at our booth, in the Cape Coral Library Children's section and on

Some noteworthy programs

for adults in February

Visit the Lee County Library System website at, click on "Programs & Events," then "Cape Coral" for monthly calendar with descriptions and for registration information. If you would like to receive an email each month with the library's new Events & Programs Newsletter, visit (Or pick up a flyer at the Circulation Desk at the library.)

n Saturday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. - Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement -- Come to the library to hear a lecture and flute performance by Galen Abdur-Razzaq. He's a riveting speaker with encyclopedic knowledge of the history of jazz and the Civil Rights Movement. The sound is big, like the rich powerful sound of a saxophone: smooth, melodic, passionate, and sensational.

n Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. - Apollo 11: Man on the Moon -- Just over 50 years ago, Apollo 11 landed the first two people on the moon. Come to the library to hear the riveting tale of this monumentally significant effort to send humankind to the lunar surface and return them safely to Earth. Presenter Steven Valdespino will use audiovisuals to bring this key era in US history to life. Intellectual stimulation has never been such fun!

n Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. - David Kilbride Sings Old favorites -- Enjoy some music with popular guitarist and vocalist David Kilbride, as he plays and sings favorites from the '50s, '60s and '70s.

n Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 5 p.m. - Book Discussion on "The Stranger Inside" by Lisa Unger -- "Even good people are drawn to do evil things Twelve-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escaped an abduction while walking to a friend's house. Her two best friends, Tess and Hank, were not as lucky. Tess never came home, and Hank was held in captivity before managing to escape. Their abductor was sent to prison, but years later was released. Then someone delivered real justice - -and killed him in cold blood. Now Rain is living the perfect suburban life, her dark childhood buried deep. She spends her days as a stay-at-home mom, having put aside her career as a hard-hitting journalist to care for her infant daughter. But when another brutal murderer who escaped justice is found dead, Rain is unexpectedly drawn into the case. Eerie similarities to the murder of her friends' abductor force Rain to revisit memories she's worked hard to leave behind" -- Notes from the publisher.

n Saturday, Feb. 29, at 3 p.m. - Meet Local Author Carol Freeman -- The Cape Coral Series features two cozy mysteries by Carol Freeman. The titles are "The Cape Coral Caper: Murder on the Caloosahatch-ee" and "The Cape Coral Casanova: Murder on Crimson Court." Come meet the author, hear some of the hilarious behind-the-scenes stories and enjoy a sneak preview of her newest book. Carol and her husband Bill look forward to answering your questions. After the presentation, they will sell and sign books. For the last five years, Carol and Bill have been delighted to call Cape Coral their winter home. The two cozy mysteries send the reader on a wild and witty tour of favorite local restaurants and points of interest as these seventy-one-year-old snowbirds work to solve a murder.

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. If you would like to receive an email each month with the library's new Events & Programs Newsletter, visit (Or pick up a flyer at the Circulation Desk at the library.) Ongoing programs include Download Drop-in, English Caf, Writing Club, Coloring for Grownups, Exploring Arts & Crafts and Chess Anyone?

Many programs for teens and kids

Refer to library website, the library's new Program and Events Newsletter (Subscribe via library website.) or flyer at the Youth Services desk for complete list of teen and children's programs and registration info.

Storytimes for children and families

Ongoing storytimes include Family Storytime, Preschool Storytime, Toddler Tales, Baby Rhyme Time and Special Needs Storytime. Refer to library website, the library's new Program and Events Newsletter (Subscribe via library website.) or flyer at the Youth Services desk for any registration info.

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.

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, 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. (Request a receipt, since the donations are tax deductible.)

Monica Rahman is Publicity Chair and Past President of Friends of the Cape Coral Library.



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