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Awards ceremony for Children’s Art Contest and more events at Cape Coral Library in May

April 21, 2017
By MONICA RAHMAN - Friends of the Cape Coral-Lee County Library (Special to The Breeze) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Wednesday, May 3, 6-7:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony for Children's Art Contest

The Awards Ceremony for the 12th annual "Coloring the Earth" Art Contest for children ages 7 to 12 starts at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, in the large meeting room at the Cape Coral Library, which is located at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace. This year's theme is "Let's Protect Our Florida Panthers." All are encouraged to join the youngsters, their parents, teachers and prominent members of the community at this popular annual event sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library. Hear a presentation by a wildlife expert and enjoy some refreshments. Admission is free. For more information, contact Alessia Leathers at (239) 246-8488 or

Library Gallery Exhibits - May 10 through June 30

Featuring artwork by Young Artists

Changing exhibits are featured in the spacious art gallery of the Cape Coral Public Library. The latest show will be available for viewing during library business hours from May 10 through June 30 and is dedicated to displaying creations by the youth in our community.

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Winning entries from this year's "Coloring the Earth" Contest will be hung on the alcove walls. The annual environmental art contest for children ages 7 to 12 is now in its 12th year. The theme this time is "Let's Protect Our Florida Panthers."The Friends of the Cape Coral Library sponsors the event and has provided frames so that the children's artwork can be displayed professionally in a gallery setting.

Acrylic paintings on canvas with 3-D touches created by Melany Alvarez will be on display in the gallery hall. Melany, a high school level home-schooled teen, is the youngest member of the Cape Coral Art League. She was thrilled when one of the first pieces she ever entered into a league show was sold, and this has further fueled her enthusiasm for painting. Although Melany has taken a few private art lessons, the fact that she is relatively self-taught in this area explains her fresh and forthright artistic approach.

Kindergarten through 2nd Grade Fine Arts Students of teacher Eliza-beth Olancin at Gulf Elementary School in Cape Coral will exhibit their creations in the large cases in the library's gallery. Young though they may be, Olancin's students already have previous experience exhibiting their artwork: at the Estero Art show, the Lee County School Board and Alliance for the Arts. A large group painting created by the students is currently on display at RSW Airport in Fort Myers. Olancin encourages the youngsters to give back to the community, and several of them gather twice a week before school to create paintings with inspirational messages for the Golisano Children's Hos-pital and are involved with 4 the Kid's Foundation.

A project featuring whimsical paper mache fairy houses and Zentangle illustrations will be displayed in the two-shelf case. These were created by students age 6 to 9 in the Children's Art Class taught this winter by Betsy Koscher at the Cape Coral Art League. Paintings and drawings by several of the youngsters will also be hung over the case.

The exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

For information, contact Art Gallery Chairperson Moni-ca Rahman at (239) 258-2991 or

Programs for Kids

* Tuesday, May 2, at 10 a.m. - Symphony Storytime: A tuneful twist on family storytime offered in partnership with the Gulf Coast Symphony. This special storytime will be held in the Adult Meeting Room.

* Wednesday, May 10, at 10 a.m. - Artsy Storytime! Please join us for a special storytime with a focus on art! This family storytime is for children ages 0-5, accompanied by a caregiver. Please dress for a mess! All supplies will be provided. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library. Registration is required. You may register online or pick up tickets at the Youth Services Desk at the library. (Registration is limited to 50.)

Program for Children and Teens

* Mondays, 6-7 p.m. (May 1, 15) & Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. (May 11, 25) - Kids Read Down Fines: Children and Teens can earn credit for every 15 minutes they read in the designated area for a total of $8 in one session. Credit may be applied only to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under and only to charges on overdue materials. Please bring your library card to the Youth Services Desk to register.

Program for Teens

* Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m. - Movie: After a car accident leaves him with nerve damage that ends his career as a neurosurgeon, Stephen Strange travels to Kathmadu in the hope of finding an otherworldly cure for his injuries. There, a powerful mystic known as the Ancient One accepts him as her pupil and trains him in the art of sorcery. Rated PG-13. (For ages 13 and up.) Movie showings are subject to change without notice. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

Program Open

to Teens and Adults

* Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) - Chess Anyone? Rise to the challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Programs for Adults

* Mondays at 3 p.m. (May 1, 8, 15, 22) and Tuesday at 3 p.m. (May 30) - Craft Corner Knitting & Crocheting: A casual self-guided group of knitters and crocheters share ideas, techniques and patterns. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

* Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (May 5, 12, 19, 26) - English Caf: free, informal conversation for adult ESOL/ESL students.

* Friday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m. - Value of Searching Public Records and Online Services: Reviews information available on the Lee County Clerk of Court website: report guardianship fraud; access civil and criminal public records; obtain copies of deeds and mortgages, passports, marriage licenses, jury duty excusals; pay traffic tickets online; and link to other agencies. Registration is required

* Thursdays at 11 p.m. (May 11, 25) - Tai Chi/Qi Gong: A low impact, stress reducing exercise for all fitness levels. Registration is required. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

* Monday, May 15, at 1 p.m. - Community Classroom: A Healthy Heart for Life- Heart disease kills more men and women in the U.S. than any other disease. Presented by Angels Care Home Health. Registration is required.

* Thursday, May 18, 1 p.m. - Self Defense Demo: Presented by Alex and Tina Kasser of Fit & Fun. Short introduction to self-defense for all fitness levels and ages, based on military combat principles with easy to learn techniques showing how to be prepared for dangerous situations and feel more self-confident. Registration is required.

* Friday, May 19, at 11 a.m. - Coloring for Grown-ups: Coloring books are not just for kids anymore. Materials provided. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

* Wednesday, May 24, at 1 p.m. - Navigating the Medicare Maze: Covers enrollment periods, Part A/Part B versus Medicare Advantage and supplements, Medicare prescription plans, penalties, legislative changes and more. Presented by Alison Free of Banker's Life. Registration is required.

Library Hours and General Information

On Monday, May 29 - The library is closed for Memorial Day.

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 is president of the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.



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