The Friends of the Cape Coral Library will hold its "members only" book sale Thursday, April 24, from 3-5:30 p.m. (with memberships available at the door), then for the public, Friday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and April 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hundreds of books, CDs and DVDs will be on display as the community has generously donated boxes and trunkloads.
This year, the Friends will also offer "Go Green and Support Your Library" totes for $2. These semi-annual sales enable the Library to provide so many important programs for everyone (especially children)during the summer.
May's programs begin with the awards presentation for the "Coloring the Earth" art contest, to take place in the Meeting Room of the Cape Coral Library, Wednesday, May 7, at 6 p.m. Open to children in Lee County, age 7 to 12, the contest is our ninth annual, sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library and the Cape Coral Library. This year's theme, "The Flora and Fauna of the Caloosahatchee: Our River, Our Hatchee," has generated a great deal of interest throughout the community. (For details, visit CapeFriends.net.)
Tuesday, May 13, at 1 p.m., there'll be an opportunity to learn about downloading library Ebooks to your iPad.
Wednesday, May 14, at 2 p.m. will be Reader's Choice: this month's being: "The Winter Palace," by Eva Stachniak.
Tuesday, May 27, registration begins for the Summer Reading Program, with prizes and parties at summer's end.
Check Leelibrary.net for on-going programs including English caf, Chess anyone? and craft corner, among others such as reading times and read down fines.
Continuing in the library art gallery:
Sharyn Dahn exhibits her paintings in the alcove of the library in early May. An art major from Florida State University, Dahn has participated in many workshops with noted artists. A former art teacher in grade and high schools in Massachusetts and Florida, Dahn's special style reflects her love of color and abstract design. Her acrylic and mixed media artwork can be found in galleries throughout Southwest Florida. Her paintings are in national and international collections.
Pat Cleveland's displays of colorful oils continue. Cleveland began painting at age 3 when her mother, an artist, put a brush in her hand. A graduate of Traphagen School of Fashion and Design in New York, Cleveland spent years as an interior designer, an experience that enhanced her pursuit of fine art. She began winning awards for her artwork in the early '80s, including an international award from Artist Spectrum Magazine in 1996. Her work can be found in Florida galleries and in private collections including that of Lily Tomlin and the 1992 Russian gold medalists in ice dance.
Extending Easter, Ralph Del Coro's egg art will be on display in the library's tall center case. Del Coro was introduced to the art of "eggery" in the mid-70s when he began to decorate chicken eggs with jewels. As he grew more creative, he graduated to duck, then emu and eventually ostrich eggs. Using a dentist's drill on the shells, Del Coro fashions the interiors with intricate scenes and characters composed of crafting clay or natural materials such as moss and miniature shells. His creations, intended as family heirlooms, tell an important story.
Dale Eulitz's display of fused glass and jewelry continues in the two cases along the hallway in the library. Eulitz began working in fused glass, painting and Raku pottery 20 years ago after moving to Cape Coral from White Plains, N.Y. Her strong feel for design and color creates a dazzling display.
Also scheduled will be arts and crafts by the staff and librarians of Lee County Libraries. And, in the children's area throughout May: the winners of the "Coloring the Earth" contest.
Cape Coral Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. NOTE: All Lee County Libraries will be closed May 26, Memorial Day.
Getting a library card 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 which are 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 two book sales, April and November, the major fundraisers. 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.