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Huge book sale, Balinese mask dances and more at Cape Coral Library in April

March 24, 2017
By MONICA RAHMAN - Friends of the Cape Coral - Lee County Public Library ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

It's April and time again for the popular Spring Book Sale fundraiser at the Cape Coral Library, which is located at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace. The large meeting room will soon be filled with ecstatic shoppers browsing through the more than 10,000 quality used books, most priced at $2 and under. Book lovers will find a large selection of fiction. Non-fiction books are organized by category: history, cooking, home & garden, self help, art & craft books and more. There will also be DVDs and music CDs for sale. (Sorry; no credit cards can be accepted.)

- Thursday, April 20, 2-5:30 p.m. - Members only preview sale (Non-members can join at the door for $15 per family.)

- Friday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Book sale open to the public

- Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Book sale open to the public

The book sale fundraisers are held each April and November. Donations of books, CDs and DVDs for the sales are accepted all year round. Small quantities can be dropped off at the Cape Coral Library circulation desk. Please mention that they are donations for the Friends book sale. For large donations (request a receipt, since they're tax deductible), you can have books picked up at your home by calling 239-349-2572.

Program of Interest -

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"Bali: Behind the Masks"

Saturday, April 8, at 1 p.m. - Bali is the Indonesian island known as "the Island of the Gods" where mask dances have been performed since ancient times as rituals at Balinese Hindu temples and rites of passage ceremonies. Surapsari, an accomplished performing artist and educational presenter, will shed light on Balinese cosmology, arts and social life through an interactive lecture and presentation of Balinese mask dances performed in authentic costume. Library programs are offered free to the public. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Art Gallery Exhibits

- April 7 through May 7

"French Connection" photography

and contemporary

Native American beadwork

The "French Connection" photography exhibit on the walls of the library's gallery will feature images by Claude Chalut, Estelle Chartrand, Marie-Elise Mathieu and Andre Morin. These four talented snowbirds return each year to their homes in Cape Coral, and each has received numerous awards and recognition in shows at the Cape Coral Art League, where they are all active members. The extraordinary work in this exhibit at the library will include travel, nature, scenery, macro photography and more.

Contemporary Native American beadwork by Marion Courtney will be shown in the gallery cases. Her handmade leather items with intricate beading are period correct for the years 1810 to 1840. Medicine bags, small personal bags, knife sheaths and rifle cases will be among the pieces included in the display. Courtney is of English, Irish, Scotch, Dutch, Viking, French and Native American descent. Her European ancestors arrived in 1620 on the second boat to land at Salem, Massachusetts. She can therefore claim a unique distinction of not only being a Daughter of the American Revolution, but also having Seneca Brule Yanktonai tribal heritage. Don't miss this interesting exhibit.

Programs for adults

- Monday, April 3, 1 p.m. - Art through the Ages:

"Development of American Art from Colonial to Today" is the final program in the popular 5-part series presented by Hal Klingler. Participants will view slides of artwork on the large screen and expand their understanding of why art is what it is today.

- Mondays at 3 p.m. (April. 3, 10, 17, 24) - Craft Corner: Knitting & Crocheting: A casual self-guided group of knitters and crocheters share ideas, techniques and patterns. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

- Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (April 4, 25) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (April 7, 28) - English Caf: ree, informal conversation for adult ESOL/ESL students.

- Wednesday, April 12, at 2 p.m. - Book Discussion: "Don't You Cry" by Mary Kubica. Discuss latest novel by New York Times bestselling author of "The Good Girl."

- Friday, April 14, at 11 a.m. - Coloring for Grown-ups: Coloring books are not just for kids anymore. Materials provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

- Tuesday, April 25, at 2 p.m. - Wealth Preservation: For a successful retirement, a clear understanding of asset allocation and diversification is key. Workshop is presented by Alfred Rich of Nolte Wealth Management and will teach strategies for preserving wealth. Registration required.

Additional program for adults

and also open to teens

- Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (April 4, 11, 18, 25) - Chess Anyone? Rise to the challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Program for teens

- Thursday, April 13, at 3 p.m. - Build a Chain Reaction: Design the longest lasting chain reaction using library provided materials. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Programs for kids

- Saturday, April 1, 11 a.m. - Musical Discovery Zone: Kids interact with musicians from the Gulf Coast Symphony and have the opportunity to hear and play a variety of instruments. Registration requested. You may register online or pick up tickets at the Youth Services Desk.

- Monday, April 10, 11 a.m. - "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," "Double Down" Games: Read "Double Down," the 11th journal in the series, then come to the library, play games, earn Mom Bucks, win prizes and practice drawing characters. All materials will be supplied. Register online or pick up tickets at the library. Registration is limited to 25. Activities and games will be based on the book "Double Down," so attendees must have read the book in order to participate. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

- Tuesday, April 11, at 1 p.m. - Earth Day Craft Fun: Celebrate Earth Day with a special craft. All supplies will be provided. Register online or in the library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Ongoing programs for children

Visit the Lee County Library System website at for April dates and times of Family Storytime, Preschool Storytime, Toddler Tales and Baby Rhyme Time at the Cape Coral Library or pick up a flyer at the library.

Library hours and general information

The Cape Coral Library is open:

Monday through Wednesday,

9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Library is located at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace in Cape Coral. Visit the Lee County Library System website at for more information about programs or call the Cape Coral Library at (239) 533-4500 to register for one being held at this location. A sign language interpreter is available with 5 days notice to library staff.

About the Friends of the Cape Coral Library

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer organization that raises funds through book sales, membership dues, donations, etc. to purchase goods and services that cannot be included in the County Library budget and to provide enhancements to the library experience. Visit for more information about the organization.

Monica Rahman president of the Friends of the Cape Coral Library



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