Fantasy fiction, logotherapy and a royal obsession are just three of the offerings the Cape Coral Library has scheduled for the month of January. And if your interest in music, there's even an eclectic (and extensive) guitar presentation. These adult programs are varied and they're all free. Just make a note to register.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9, from 2-3:30 p.m., the first in a long list of offerings for the month of January begins with a "books into film" discussion. The conversation will be about the book/movie The Descendants, by Kaui Hart Hemmings. Ways in which the book and movie are similar and different will be explored. No registration is required and, even if you haven't read/seen The Descendants, you're welcome to join in the discussion.
SATURDAY, JAN. 12, at 2 p.m., local author Jason Jones discusses his fantasy fiction series, The Exodus Saga. The presentation is free but registration is required.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, at 6 p.m., author Rosemarie Jaffin will discuss Viktor Frankl's logotherapy theory as formulated in his memoir, Man's Search for Meaning. The theory that, when you know the why of your existence, you will be able to bear almost any how, will be explored as author Jaffin reviews the many facets of suffering (and ultimate meaning) from Frankl's experience as a concentration camp survivor.
SATURDAY, JAN. 19, at 2 p.m., Jane Rosenbohm presents a variety of sounds from one instrument, "My Guitar." With more than 50 years as a guitarist extraordinaire, Rosenbohm will explain melody and rhythm as she demonstrates the many layers which create a classical, Spanish and contemporary style. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, the program is free though registration is required.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, at 6 p.m., poet and author Dr. David Jaffin will read and discuss poetry from his book, Always Now.
SATURDAY, JAN. 26, at 1 p.m., popular performer Joanna Olsen will take the stage as Wallis Simpson. Join her as she travels to England in the 1930s and, eventually, becomes Duchess of Windsor. The controversial affair with the future King of England by this twice-divorced American socialite nearly toppled the Monarchy of Britain. Such intrigue is a sure crowd-pleaser. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Lee County Library, the program is free. Register early as the conference room will fill up quickly.
THURSDAY, JAN. 31, at 2 p.m., there will be a scene from, followed by a discussion of, the play Time Stands Still by Pulitzer Price-winning author Donald Margulies. The play is staged at the Florida Repertory Theatre Jan. 16 Feb. 9.
Teens are invited Thursday, Jan. 10, at 4 p.m., to create a "Dream Journal." The program encourages use of the imagination to decorate a journal to record dreams. Dreams then may be remembered and (if not of the horror variety) shared with others. All materials for this program are supplied by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. Registration is required.
FAMILY STORYTIME continues Wednesdays, at 10:15 a.m., and Thursdays, at 9:30 a.m.
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME (ages 3, 4 and 5) continue Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m.
BABY-PARENT RHYME TIME (birth to 24 months with an adult) takes place Thursdays at 10:15 a.m.
Mondays in January, at 3:30 p.m., the Friends of the Cape Coral Library sponsor the CRAFT CORNER: Knitting and Crocheting. Materials are provided or bring your own materials if you have a project in progress.
And a reminder from the library for children and teens with fines on their card: read down those fines in January: Mondays, Jan. 14 and 28: 6 7 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 3, 17 and 31: 3:30 4:30 p.m. Bring your library card!
CHESS ANYONE? Tuesdays Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29, at 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends o the Library, everyone is welcome, though registration is requested. Rise to the challenge and join the fun.
OUR LIBRARY ART GALLERY has two artists in January, as well as art work from Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) of Southwest Florida. These artists are sponsored and organized by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library:
Nancy Nichols: Her watercolor paintings and collages usually "choose me," the artist said. "My paintings have a personal connection or evoke a personal feeling. All of my art is a reflection of everything I have ever experienced." Having taught special education for 20 years, Nichols now has time to devote herself to her "lifelong love affair with art." Nichols has studied and participated in workshops with many well-known artists and also teaches art locally.
VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: Paintings created by 15 visually impaired artists will also be on display in the library gallery. The VIP center is a not-for-profit organization and a rehabilitation center for the newly visually impaired or blind to help maintain a level of independence. The center has an active art program and has previously exhibited with the Alliance of the Arts and the Lee Memorial Health Rehabilitation of the Arts. The artists have had paintings accepted in Southern California, Princeton University and Chicago's Guild for the Blind.
ELFIE SWEET: Unique hand-made jewelry by local designer Elfie Sweet will be on display in the gallery cases in January. She creates her unusual pieces using items such as buttons, guitar picks, Legos, puzzles and tabs from soda cans.
CAPE CORAL LIBRARY HOURS: 9 a.m. 8 p.m., Monday Wednesday; 9 a.m. 6 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m. 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.
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.
All of the money the Friends of the Cape Coral Library raise is through book sales, dues and other events used to purchase materials, furniture and other items that can not be included in the County library budget. We are always accepting books, CDs, DVDs, etc. for the book sales, our major fund-raiser. Small quantities can be delivered to the library circulation desk. We will also pick up books at your home if you have a large donation which is tax deductible. (We'll be glad to provide a receipt.) Leave a message on our hotline at 349-2572 or send an e-mail to capefriends.org.
Patty Duncan for the Friends of the Cape Coral Lee County Library; 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 239-533-4500; TTY 485-1141.