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Program on ‘Fitness at Any Age,’ kids’ summer reading events and more at the Cape Coral Library during June

May 26, 2017
By MONICA RAHMAN - Friends of the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library (Special to The Breeze) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Program of Interest for Adults

- "Enjoy Fitness at Any Age"

The Community Classroom Series program at the Cape Coral Library for this month is "Enjoy Fitness at Any Age." One of the most important things to improve health and help avoid chronic disease/disability is to be active. The discussion on Monday, June 12, will cover four types of exercise: endurance, strength, stretching and balance. Registration is required. (The Community Classroom Series, which is presented by Angels Care Home Health, will continue with one program each month at 1 p.m. on a Monday. Future program topics and dates will be "Conquering Diabetes" on July 17, "Strategies for an Effective Doctor's Visit" on Aug. 14, "Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season" on Sept. 18, and "Protect Against Breast Cancer" on Oct. 23.)

Summer Reading Program for Kids

"Build a Better World" is the theme for this year's Summer Reading Program, which began Monday, May 22, and continues to Wednesday, Aug. 9. Enjoy a summer of fun-filled reading and exciting activities at the library. Kids who've completed Kindergarten and up can enjoy a variety of entertaining and informative programs sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. All events are free, but tickets or advanced registration are required. For more information visit the library or go to

Family Storytime

Family Storytime will be held in June on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. The dates are June 7, 14, 21 and 28. Register online at or in the library.

Funds for New Furniture in Children's Area

Donated by Friends Group

The library bid adieu to the old, worn-out seating arrangement in the Children's Area. Recently installed in its place is kid-friendly furniture funded by a $7,000 donation from the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. The new arrangement, comprised of comfortable and brightly colored units, allows families to enjoy sitting and reading together.

Library Gallery Exhibit Featuring Young Artists

Continues through June 30

n Winning entries from this year's "Coloring the Earth" Contest for children ages 7 to 12 are hung on the alcove walls. The theme this time is "Let's Protect Our Florida Panthers."

n Acrylic paintings on canvas with 3-D touches created by Melany Alvarez are on display in the gallery hall. Melany, a high school level home-schooled teen, is the youngest member of the Cape Coral Art League.

n Artwork by Kindergarten through 2nd Grade Fine Arts Students of teacher Elizabeth Olancin at Gulf Elementary School in Cape Coral are in the large cases in the library's gallery and on the walls of the alcove.

n See creations by students age 6 to 14 who attended the Children's Art Class taught this winter by Betsy Koscher at the Cape Coral Art League. Their work is on display inside the 2-shelf case and on the wall above.

The exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. For information, contact Art Gallery Chairperson Monica Rahman: (239) 258-2991 or

Programs for Adults

n Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (June 6, 13, 20) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (June 2, 9, 16, 23) - English Caf: free, informal conversation for adult ESOL/ESL students.

n Mondays at 3 p.m. (June 5, 12, 19, 26) - 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.

n Saturday, June 10, at 1 p.m. - Movie: Docudrama about the 2010 oil-rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that resulted in the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The film depicts the challenges that Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and the rest of the rig's crew faced as they fought for survival. Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich co-star. Rated PG 13.

n Monday, June 12, at 1 p.m. - Community Classroom: Enjoy Fitness at Any Age. For details, see paragraph titled "Program of Interest for Adults" at the very top of this column.

n Friday, June 16, at 11 a.m. - Coloring for Grown-ups: Coloring books are not just for kids anymore. The repetitive motion involved in coloring has a calming effect. Adults have found this childhood activity to be a refreshing way to release creativity, relieve stress, and meet other participants. Materials provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Additional Program for Adults

and Also Open to Teens

n Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (June 6, 13, 20, 27) - 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.

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 five 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, etc. to purchase goods and services that cannot be included in the County Library budget and to provide enhancements to the library experience. The book sales are major fundraisers and 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 the Friends' hotline at 239-349-2572. Visit for more information about the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Monica Rahman is president of the Friends of the Cape Coral Library



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