By JOYCE LYONS
Special to The Breeze
The Friend's of the Cape Coral Library invite you to become a member of the group. The organization meets bi-monthly in the Cape Coral Library Meeting Room at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays for a social hour, a short business meeting, and an interesting program.
Come and meet friendly people with shared interests. All of the money the Friends accumulate through book sales, dues and other fund-raising campaigns are used to purchase materials, furniture and many other items that cannot be included in the Lee County library budget.
Cape Coral Library hours
The library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. If you don't have a library card, getting one is free and easy. Just visit library.lee-county.com to apply online, or stop by your library.
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 461-4348 (TTY). Assisted living devices are available.
The Lee County Library System also offers free access to books, DVDs, videos, books on CD, electronic resources and other items from a vast collection
April exhibit in the art gallery
Joan Roberts, artist, began demonstrating her artistic talent early. At 14 she attended the Art Institute of Chicago on Saturdays, and at 18 entered the Art Institute and continued her artistic studies privately with other fine artists in the Chicago area.
At 45, she started "First Impression Presentations," a company that designs presentations for inventors. The presentations describe the product, its advantages and a selling formula with creative distinctive designs.
Roberts has won numerous awards and her work is displayed in three Florida galleries. She paints in oil and acrylic and has developed her "Roberts" style of fluent brush strokes.
Dale Eulitz works in many mediums, including fused glass, raku pottery, wire and beaded jewelry, PMC and painting in oils/acrylics. He has been working in fused glass for about 20 years and says it is probably his true passion. "There is no limit to what your imagination can dream." When working on a piece that is mostly diachronic glass, he likes to include "hidden objects" such as palm trees, ice cream cones, sailboards, etc. He then challenges the viewer to find them in his designs.
Seventh annual art contest,
'Coloring the Earth'
Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library, the theme this year is all about Southwest Florida seashells. To enter the contest, create an original painting or drawing that shows the awesome variety of shells found on our beaches. Winners will be selected from three age categories, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Check with Youth Services at the Library for contest rules. All artwork must be received by 7 p.m., Monday, April 23, in a designated box in the children's area.
Gigantic April book sale
The book sale, hosted by Friends of the Cape Coral Library, will be held Thursday, April 19, and is for "members only," beginning at 3 p.m. and closing at 5:30 pm. If you are not a member and would to join and have 'first dibs' at the books, you can sign up at the door for only $10.
Friday, April 20, is for the general public, and doors open at 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and again Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Friends are always looking for donations. You can bring them to the library leave them at the circulation desk, or call the Friends Hotline at 349-2572 to arrange for pick up.
Garden Club of Cape Coral
The Garden Club will hold a Small Standard Flower Show on Friday, April 27, 3-5 p.m., and Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The flower arrangements will be judged by National Garden Clubs Inc. This will be held in the meeting room. For more information. contact Marty Ward, 549-7516, or Paula Novander 945-6548.
April programs at the Cape Library
THE FOUR LOVES OF FDR
Saturday, April 7, 1 p.m.
Charismatic and ebullient, Franklin D. Roosevelt charmed the American people, world teachers and the four women who loved the four-term president. "The Four Loves of FDR" is an original play that discloses his intimate relationships with his dynamic wife Eleanor; the beautiful Lucy Mercer, whose affair with him shook up the marriage; Missy LeHand, devoted and fiercely protective personal secretary; and Daisy Suckley, longtime Hyde Park neighbor and confidant. These four women and their private lives in history are portrayed by two Fort Myers dramatists: Rusty Brown, author of the play, and well known performer of one-woman shows, Regina Dowd, an experienced actor with leading roles in Fort Myers and regional theaters. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Public Library. Registration required.
Tuesdays at 5:30 pm, April 3, 10, 17, 24.
Rise to the chess challenge and join the fun. Everyone is welcome. Bring a personal chess set, if preferred. Registration requested. Sponsored by Friends of the Library
BAGELS, BOOKS AND BANTER,
Tuesday, April 24, 9:30 a.m.
The Western is not just a book by Louis L'Amour or William C. Johnston. There are new female authors, new time periods and new characters. Learn more about this exciting fiction genre. Bring a favorite Western to share. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library
KIDS READ DOWN FINES.
Mondays, April 9, 16, 23 from 6-7 p.m.,
Thursdays, April 5, 12, 26, , 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Children and teens with fines on their library card and read down their fines earning $2 for every fifteen minutes they read. Patrons age 18 and under. Please bring your library card.
SPRING HOLIDAY CRAFT CORNER
11 a.m. Friday, April 6.
Come and create a fun spring holiday craft. There will be something for all ages. Parents welcome. Get a free ticket in the library or register online.
OPEN MIC NIGHT
Teen Program, 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 18
Join friends for an open mic night and light refreshments in a coffeehouse atmosphere. Express your individuality by reading a poem, singing a song, playing an instrument, or dancing. You may also come just to enjoy the performances. Registration required.
Story time schedule
FAMILY STORY TIME
Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m.,
and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
(ages 3, 4, and 5).
Wednesdays, and Thursdays , 11 a.m.
BABY-PARENT RHYME TIME
(birth to 24 months with an adult)
Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:15 a.m.
Registration is required for these programs.
THE CUPCAKE CONCERT FAMILY SERIES
presented by the Southwest Florida
Symphony features the Percussion Ensemble, Brass Quintet and String Quartet.
Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. Admission free
BOOK DISCUSSION. BOOKS GO TO WAR
Wednesday, April 11, 2 p.m.
War is a theme that has been woven through our literature, both oral and written, since man has been telling stories. With this series, we hope to look at the theme of war from many angles, from different time periods, from the soldier's point of view, and from the civilian's point of view. "The Things They Carried," by Tim O'Brien Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness.
CRAFT CORNER; KNITTING AND CROCHETING.
Mondays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 3:30 p.m.
Join and make new friends who share their expertise. Bring your own projects .Registration is not required.
MONEY SMART WEEK AT YOUR LIBRARY
Saturday, April 25, 2-3 p.m.
Nancy Collura will talk about Planning for the Retirement you Want; Look at retirement today, what current retirees say and the way forward; learn about the IRA rollover and investing strategies, and take control of your retirement. Meeting Room.
Tuesdays, 6 p.m., April 17, 24.
Fridays, 10 am, April 20, 27.
Practice your English, a free conversational session for adult ESOL and ESL students. Each 90 minute session provides adult learners an opportunity to practice speaking English with native speakers. Participants may start at any time, and advance registration is not necessary. Sponsored by Friends of the Library
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.
Joyce Lyons for the Friends of the Cape Coral Lee County Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral (239) 533-4500; *TTY 485-1141.