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What’s happening at the library

November 26, 2010
By JOYCE LYONS, Friends of the Cape Coral Library

Volunteers needed. With libraries short-staffed and funding cut this year and in the future, Cape Coral Library can use a helping hand. If anyone has free time and would be willing to give to help libraries, take the time to stop in or phone the volunteer coordinator at the library. Have fun, and realize a warm feeling by helping.

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library hold meetings every other month in the meeting room at the library. There is a social hour at 9:30 a.m.,meet old friends and make new ones, then a short business meeting, and an interesting program.

Changes at the library. There are lots of changes in the lobby at the Cape Coral Library. The circulation area has been remodeled (the Butterfly Garden can now be seen). The new automated return system, funded in part by the Friends of the Library, is up and running. Patrons just push their books onto a new system that sorts, signs in and "dumps" the books into the appropriate bins to be reshelved. It's a good time saver for our overworked library staff. The Book Drop is now open.

The Friends of the Library held their fall book sale. All the proceeds from their sales are used to support and provide services and materials for the Cape Coral Library not available through the county budget.

A delegation from the Friends appeared at the recent Lee County Board of Commissioner's meeting, where President Pam Macabio presented the board with a check for $20,000 to be used for the automated return system at the Cape Coral Library.

The Friends will hold its holiday luncheon Dec. 3. If anyone wants to attend, contact Macabio at 574-5185 to make a reservation.

Art gallery. The Friend's of the Cape Coral Library support and maintain the library art gallery. The gallery committee is looking for a willing volunteer to help take over some of the duties of the chairman. Anyone interested in working with this important part of the library and Friends group, contact Joyce Lyons at 239-542-0546, or

December holiday exhibit will feature:

n Andrea Perisho designs and creates pieces evocative of the South Florida lifestyle with many pieces featuring hand-sculpted clay orchids, sea creatures and archeological discoveries from Calusa Indian shell mounds. She uses the raku process from Japan, where the technique originated in the 16th century. The work refers to happiness, comfort and pleasure. Raku pottery was customarily used in ceremonies. With American raku techniques, non-functional items are produced. She is a founding member of the Harborview Gallery in Cape Coral, a member of the Cape Coral Art League,the National League of American Pen Women, and the Southwest Craft Guild.

n Lora McCann is a photographer who believes her photography gives glory to God by showing people the wonders of His creation. Expect some unique views of places and things.

n Thomas Millsap strives for spontaneity, action and the beauty of the moment whenever his brush touches the canvas. He works with the intention to create the purest beauty for all. Exhibiting nationally and paining professionally for over 20 years, Millsap is always in pursuit of beauty and truth.

During this difficult time for the library, find out how you can help, and what the Friends group is doing to help ease the burden on Cape Coral Library through volunteering and financial help.

All Lee County Library System programs are free and open to the public. A sign language interpreter is available with 48 hours notice. Call the Deaf Service Center at 461-0334 (voice) or 461-0438 (TTY). Assistive listening devices are available. Lee County Library System also offers free access to books, DVDs, videos, books-on-tape, electronic resources and other items from a vast collection. The Lee County Library System makes it possible for people who ordinarily couldn't visit the library to enjoy reading through the Bookmobile, Books-By-Mail, Talking Books and Literacy programs. There is something for everyone at the libraries.

Joyce Lyons for the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.



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