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Meet an author, plan effective doctor visits, art and more at Cape Library in August

July 21, 2017
By MONICA RAHMAN - Friends of the Cape Coral - Lee County Public Library ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Meet J. Eric Booker, author of "The Making"

& "The Swords of the Sultan"

Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. - Author J. Eric Booker will present a reading and discussion of his trilogy "The Swords of the Sultan," "The Reign of the Sultan," and "The War of all Wars," as well as his book, "The Making." Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library

Program of interest for adults

- "Strategies for an Effective Doctor's Visit"

Monday, Aug. 14, at 1 p.m. - Community Classroom Series program at the Cape Coral Library for this month is "Strategies for an Effective Doctor's Visit." The average doctor visit lasts only about 15 minutes. Incorporating strategies before, during and after an appointment will insure a quality visit and optimum health. Registration is 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: "Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season" on Sept. 18, and "Protect Against Breast Cancer" on Oct. 23.)

Current exhibits in the library art gallery

until Aug. 16

A solo show of fine art photography by Carmen Sprague and a display of creations by Dolphin Wave Glass continues until mid-August.

New exhibits in the library art gallery

from Aug. 17 until Sept. 29

Changing exhibits are featured in the spacious art gallery of the Cape Coral Public Library and are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. The latest shows will be available for viewing during library business hours.

For additional information, contact Art Gallery Chairperson Monica Rahman at 239-258-2991 or

A solo show of artwork by Kim Carioto-Krugle will be featured on the walls of the library's gallery. Her work is done either in oil paint or using paper pieces. The paintings are on canvas and executed with brushes and, more recently, with palette knives.

Her unique paper art images are comprised of cut and torn papers, methods quite familiar to her as a retired teacher with years of experience using cut paper designs and mosaic projects for her young students.

She also likes to give credit to her mother, who is a quilter.

Regarding her mom, she said, "Watching her manipulate color and printed fabric inspires me. Paper is my quilting medium."

Carioto-Krugle received a bachelor's of science in art education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a master's in humanities with a fine arts concentration from Arcadia University, also in Pennsylvania. Her art teaching career spanned 36 years in four states and included all grade levels from pre-school to high school. She has done several wall sized paper murals for churches and schools and has displayed her work in local shows and festivals.

Upon retirement, Carioto-Krugle became a full-time Florida resident and is currently a member of the Cape Coral Art League.


Back by popular demand, unique pine needle baskets and pottery by Sandy O'Grady will be on display in the cases. She's been working on many new and exciting pieces since she last exhibited at the library and is excited to share them with visitors to the gallery.

O'Grady has been a resident of Punta Gorda since 1999, but was too occupied as a business owner to pursue her creative passion until 2013. While taking time off to nurse her German shepherd back to health after a rattlesnake bite, she found the need to keep her hands busy. Basketry (on which she had once taken a class) became a perfect outlet.

There was an ample supply of pine needles in her yard, and she soon became hooked on this art form. She uses shells and other local items in her baskets, preferring to incorporate materials that are native to Southwest Florida whenever possible. Each creation is one of a kind and never duplicated.

Programs for adults

n Tuesdays at 6 p.m., Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 and Fridays at 10 a.m., Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25 - English Caf: free, informal conversation for adult ESOL/ESL students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

n Thursdays at 11 a.m., Aug. 3 and 17 - 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.

n Monday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. - Insurance Planning Basics and Health Savings Accounts: Discussion will focus on protection in the event of accident, illness, disability or death. An overview of health savings accounts and their benefits will be provided. Registration is required.

n Mondays at 3 p.m., Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28 - 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 Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 1 p.m. - Strategies to Slash Debt and Understanding Investments: Discussion will include four different approaches to slashing debt and ways to prevent future debt. An overview of the investing process to accumulate wealth for financial stability will also be provided.

n Friday, Aug. 11, 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 will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Additional programs for adults

and also open to teens

n Saturday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. - Movie: Two passengers on a spacecraft traveling to a distant planet are brought out of suspended animation by a technical glitch 90 years before the vessel is due to reach its destination. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library. Rated PG-13 for ages 13 and older. Seating is first come, first served.

Programs for kids

n Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. - Robotics Workshop with Sylvan Learning: Children's talents will be encouraged with a fun hands-on project building and animating robots. Children will work together pairs to plan and build a robot, letting their creativity and imagination loose, all the while learning STEM concepts. Registration is required and begins July 1.

Ongoing programs for children

Visit the Lee County Library System website at for Au-gust dates and times of Family Storytime, Pre-school 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.; and 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, 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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