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‘Conquering Diabetes,’ Kid’s Summer Reading Programs, gallery art and more at the Cape Coral Library this July

June 23, 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

- "Conquering Diabetes"

Monday, July 17, at 1 p.m.

The Community Classroom Series program at the Cape Coral Library for this month is "Conquering Diabetes." One in four people age 65 and over is diagnosed with diabetes. Many more have the disease and don't know about it.

This discussion will include common symptoms, prevention and management. Registration required. (The Community Classroom Series will continue with one program each month at 1 p.m. on a Monday. Future program topics and dates will be: "Strategies for an Effective Doctor's Visit" Aug. 14, "Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season" Sept. 18 and "Protect Against Breast Cancer" Oct. 23.)

Summer seeding programs in July

for kids and teens

Whether you have kids at home yourself, are a caregiver for children or teens or will have a youngster staying with you for the summer, the following events will be of interest to you. "Build a Better World" is the theme for this year's Summer Reading Program, which continues through Aug. 9. Enjoy a summer of fun-filled reading and exciting activities at the Cape Coral Library located at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace.

Kids who've completed kindergarten and up can enjoy a variety of entertaining and informative programs sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library. The listings below are grouped by age. The first list is for activities geared to children, and the second list is for teen programs. All events are free, but advanced registration is required. For more information visit the library or

Children's summer reading programs in July

n Leggo My Magic Show - Tuesday, July 11, at 2 p.m. - Joey, Alexandra and Sydney (the live Eclectus parrot) will lead you on an adventure featuring comedy, magic, music and audience interaction. (On-line registration is required and begins June 27.)

n Movie - Tuesday, July 18, at 2 p.m. - Amnesiac blue tang Dory searches for her long-lost parents with the help of pals Nemo and Marlin. Rated PG. Length: 103 minutes. Movie showings are subject to change without notice. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver. (On-line registration is required and begins July 11.)

n Our Big Backyard - Tuesday, July 25, at 2 p.m. - There's a lot of cool stuff right in our backyard: manatees, shells, palm trees. Join FGCU and PBS KIDS to learn some of the things that make our home special. (On-line registration is required and begins July 18.)

Teen summer reading programs in July

n Decorate a Visor - Monday, July 10, at 1 p.m. - Decorate a visor at the library. All materials provided. For ages 10-12. (Registration is required.)

n Teen YoPlay Yoga - Thursday, July 13, at 3 p.m. - Breathe and stretch as you learn postures and fun yoga techniques. (Registration is required.)

n Movie: Thursday, July 20, at 3 p.m. - A band of rebels plot to steal the Death Star's blueprints in this "Star Wars" spinoff. PG-13, for ages 13 and over. Seating is limited; first come, first served. (Registration is required.)

n Make a Paracord Bracelet - Thursday, July 27, at 3 p.m. - Make yourself a paracord bracelet to show your friends when you get back to school. All supplies will be provided. (Registration is required.)

Family Storytime

Family Storytime will be held in July Wednesdays at 10 a.m. The dates are July 12, 19 and 26. This program is geared for children from birth to 5 years. The whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of pre-reading skills through songs, rhymes and stories. Limited to 50 children plus caregivers. (Online registration is required at

On exhibit in the library Art Gallery

July 3 until Aug. 16

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 July 3 until Aug. 16. The exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. For information, contact Art Gallery Chairperson Monica Rahman: 239-258-2991 or

n A solo show of fine art photography by Carmen Sprague will be on exhibit on the walls of the library gallery. Carmen is originally from Lansing, Michigan, where she worked for the General Motors Parts Division as editor and chief photographer for over 27 years. She earned a degree in applied science and photography from Lansing Community College's Media Institute and Michigan State University. Sprague was a winner of the KINSA Kodak Award in Black and White Portraiture. Her work was chosen for publication in Photographer's Forum Magazine and included in their Best of Photography Annual. She was a featured artist in the Lansing Art Gallery for many years.

After being diagnosed with cancer in 1996, Carmen felt it was time for a life change and relocated to the Florida Keys, where she owned and operated Carmen's Gallery of Key West and co-owned Artists in Paradise of Big Pine Key, Florida. Now living in Cape Coral, Carmen belongs to the Cape Coral Art League and serves on the board as first vice president. She's also director of the gift shop and teaches photography and graphics for the league. Carmen's fine art photography is printed on quality canvas, produced from original negatives and high-rated digital files.

She participates in various art shows throughout Florida. Her work can also be found on website, on Facebook (Carmen Sprague Photographics), at the Franklin Shops and Dass Gallery located in downtown Fort Myers, at Natures Garden in Bokeelia, and at the Cape Coral Art League.

n Creations by two Dolphin Wave Glass artists will be featured in the gallery's display cases. Naldyne K. Light owns and operates Dolphin Wave Glass. She not only makes glass art for sale, but also creates custom commissioned pieces in fused glass such as bowls, dishes, jewelry and other unique glass art forms. She currently works with AAE Glass in Cape Coral, where she teaches entry and mid-level classes and continues her advanced education. She has previously studied with Bullseye Glass Company in Portland, Oregon; with David Alcala's studio; and with the Vitrum Studio in Maryland.

Naldyne also has worked in many other mediums such as PMC, silver wrapping and glass bead making. Her true pleasure is capturing the ocean and its many under sea creatures in glass, and living here in Florida makes it possible for her to observe marine life frequently. Naldyne supports local art societies such as the Cape Coral Art League, where she is publicity chair; the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild; and the Art Council of Southwest Florida.

Katherine Busch is an associate artist at Dolphin Wave Glass, and her creations will also be featured in the gallery's display cases. She has been working with glass for 10 years and enjoys making beautiful yet functional art glass pieces. Katherine supports local art societies, including the Cape Coral Art League and the Art Council of Southwest Florida.

Programs for adults

n Mondays at 3 p.m. (July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31) - 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 Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (July 11, 18, 25) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (July 14, 21, 28) - English Caf: free, informal conversation for adult ESOL/ESL students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

n Friday, July 14 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.

n Monday, July 17, at 1 p.m. - Community Classroom: Conquering Diabetes. For details, see paragraph titled "Program of Interest for Adults" at the very top of this column.

Additional program for adults

and also open to teens

n Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (July 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.

Library Hours and General Information

The Library will be closed on July 4 for Independence 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 SW 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, 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, CD's and DVD's 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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