The Friends of the Cape Coral Library had one of the most successful book sales ever in April - with almost $8,000 in sales to fund library programs for children as well as adults and to fulfill wish lists for the Cape Coral Library.
The Friends fill those needs that county budgets disallow, so a sincere "thank you" to those in the community who came out to help make this event another "deep pocket" event for the library.
The summer programs, many sponsored by the Friends, will soon begin in earnest, the first at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 11, with "Coastie the Safety Boat" - all about boating, water safety and pollution. What better way to start youngsters who live in this wonderful waterland thinking about their environment?
Registration is required for this important program so check the website or register at the library. It is free. All that is required is the registration.
The big summer reading program kicks off Wednesday, May 29, from 11 a.m. 'til 3 p.m. This is a special balloon program from "Balloon Man" Jonathan Simpson. Add your artwork and color to the wall mural for "dig into reading" for the summer and begin a craft for the lazy days ahead.
Congratulations to 8-year-old Kaylee Fern, 9-year-old Sierra Edelstein (Gulf Elementary) and 11-year -old Elizabeth De La Cruz-Ortiz (Edgewood Elementary), first-place winners in the "Coloring the Earth" Art Contest May 1. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library and spearheaded by Alessia Leathers, this year's theme, dolphins and how to protect them, produced some incredible art-work and ideas.
All winners will be exhibited in the Gallery at the Cape Coral Library for the month.
Ongoing activities at the Cape Coral Library for the month of May include:
Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
and Fridays at 10 a.m.:
These 90-minute sessions provide adults a venue to practice English with the natives. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
Mondays at 3:30 p.m., the CRAFT CORNER hosts a knitting
and crocheting opportunity
Materials are provided or bring your own materials if you have a project in progress. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.,
Learn the tricks of the game in this weekly program. The Friends sponsor this, too.
Check other programs as well as read down fine times at the Lee County Library web page (see below).
In the library art gallery
Alicia Schmidt: A resident of Cape Coral since 1966, Schmidt graduated from Edison State College in 1968, Ringling College of Art and Design in 1972 and the Instituto Allende, Mexico, in 1973 (MFA). Shown in numerous solo, group and juried competitions, Schmidt's work has received many awards. She recently had a 40-year retrospective exhibit in the Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers (December 2011). Her primary focus is the minimal style, capturing the essence of a subject through limited form and simple color palette. The paintings in this exhibit feature a series of works interpreting the colorful koi fish.
Megan Kissinger: A freelance illustrator and fine artist since 1996, Kissinger works in a wide range of media. Graduating magna cum laude from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in art, Kissinger has worked at universities, businesses and newspapers in both illustration and fine art. Currently working as an exhibit specialist at Edison and Ford Winter Estates, she is also busy there creating an ongoing "Illustrative Botanical Catalog of the Historical Plants of Thomas and Mina Edison." Her work is shown at WildChild Gallery in Matlacha.
Angela Aradia: This clay artist lives on Bokeelia. Working mainly on the potters wheel, Aradia also sculpts and hand-builds pieces. Studying fine art at the University of New York, Stoney Brook, Aradia worked for years as a graphic designer. Although she began as a two-dimensional artist, she found her way to clay, her obsession. She's taught pottery classes at Edison College and shown and sold her work in many galleries, shows and internationally, with on-line exhibitions.
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. Books, CDs, DVDs, etc., are accepted throughout the year for the book sales, the major fund-raisers. (Next one beginning November 21st.) Small quantities can be delivered to the library circulation desk. Books can also be picked up at your home if you have a large donation which is tax deductable. (A receipt can be provided.) Leave a message on hotline: 349-2572 or e-mail capefriends.org.
Patty Duncan for the Friends of the Cape Coral Lee County Library; 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 239-533-4500; TTY 485-1141.