Exceptional program selections brought kids and teens streaming into the Cape Coral Lee County Public Library this summer. About 1,300 youngsters attended some very exotic presentations which included John Storms' popular "World of Reptiles." Featuring "Jessica," Storms' 20- foot-python, a very active crocodile as well as a snapping turtle, gasps and "wows" filled the standing-room-only meeting room.
From Cowboy Science (with a search for clues) to ventriloquists, jugglers and a presenter actually climbing into a balloon, the summer programs were a "Fizz, Boom, Read" hit. (Several even asked for additional reading assignments to complete for end-of-summer rewards.)
Not willing to rest on their laurels, the Cape Coral Library staffers will host a Back-To-School Craft! activity Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. This program is an informal, hands-on workshop with a hand-made crafts to take to school (coming soon). Supplies will be provided.
The Fall Season of Baby-Parent Rhyme Time resumes the week of Monday, Aug. 18. All sessions are at 10 a.m., Thursdays, Aug. 21 and 28.
Family Story Time resumes at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 19 and 26, and Wednesdays, Aug. 20 and 27.
Pre-School Story Time continues at 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 17 and 26, and Wednesdays, Aug. 20 and 27.
Check the Lee County Library System's website at www.leelibrary.net to find all the continuing programs and times.
In the Art Gallery
Sponsored by the Friends
of the Cape Coral Library
Dr. Kyra Belan, artist, author, mythologist and art historian, displays paintings she describes as "magic realism." With more than 50 solo art exhibitions, Dr. Belan has received numerous awards, including selection for Who's Who in American Art, 1990-2013. A professor of art and art history and founding gallery director at Broward College for two decades, Dr. Belan is also the author of several books on art history as well as a novel entitled "Lucid Future."
Artwork by Kathy Kuser will be on display on the gallery walls. Kuser brings a fresh and contemporary twist to surrealism. Using her skills as a graphic designer, Kuser creates 2D/3D digital images. The artist describes her creative process as, "Through a mystical and fantasy driven vision, a story emerges from my canvas. I use stark details with transitional blending; thus, my art takes flight."
Displayed in the elegant glass cases
Mini De-lights Miniature Club will exhibit its work in the glass cases. The Fort Myers group is comprised of people of all ages, backgrounds and experience with one theme in common: a love for all things small. Their creative miniatures are in woodwork, polymer clay, fabrics and paper craft.
And they're offering a special event in the Cape Coral Library Conference room:
"Make It and Take It"
This special, free, event by the Mini De-Lights takes place Saturday, Aug. 9, in the Cape Library Conference Room from noon 'til 2 p.m.
Supplies will be provided at no charge as club members demonstrate creating a miniature item with an opportunity to "make it and take it."
The library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
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 Ser-vice 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 deductible. (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.