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Friends general meeting, health programs, art exhibits & more at Cape Library in September

August 25, 2017
By MONICA RAHMAN (Special to The Breeze) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Cape Coral Library General Membership meeting Saturday, Sept. 23. The morning will begin at 9:30 a.m. with some coffee, juice and light snacks. The business portion of the meeting will start at 10 a.m., followed by a presentation by one of our own members, author Celeste Yost, who will talk about self-publishing and share information about her books. Celeste is a retired paralegal and freelance writer.

As she states on her Amazon Author Page, she has always worked in the legal field and still enjoys delving into crime cases. "Tried Three Times" and "Confessions of a Deaf Psychiatrist" are Yost's true crime novels. "Elephloops and Wizzaroos" is something altogether different from the other two; it's a children's book on which Celeste collaborated with her 10-year-old granddaughter, Reese Barron.

The FOCCL General Membership Meetings, which take place in the large meeting room of the Cape Coral Library at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Free health related programs

of interest for adults

* Monday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. Community Classroom: Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season. Discussion will include the difference between colds and flu, treatment options and prevention tips. Register on-line at or at Cape Coral Library.

* Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. (Sept. 19 & 26) - It's All About You: Manage Your Chronic Health Condition. This is a free 6-week, research-based chronic disease self-management program developed by Stanford University. Learn to live with a chronic health condition, more easily manage medications, understand benefits of exercise and make smarter decisions related to healthy eating. Presented by Lee Health. (Series will continue on four Tuesdays in October at 9:30 a.m.)

On exhibit in the library art gallery now 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 until Sept. 29. For information, contact Art Gallery Chairperson Monica Rahman: 239-258-2991 or

* A solo show of artwork by Kim Carioto-Krugle is 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 Kim as a retired teacher with years of experience using cut paper designs and mosaic projects for her young students. Her art teaching career spanned 36 years. Upon retirement, Kim 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 are on display in the cases. She's been working on many new and exciting pieces since she last exhibited at the library a couple of years ago and is excited to share them with visitors to the gallery. Sandy 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.

More free programs for adults

* Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (Sept. 5, 12, 19) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22) - English Cafe: free, informal conversation for adult ESOL/ESL students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

* Tuesday at 3 p.m. (Sept. 5) and Mondays at 3 p.m. (Sept. 11, 18, 25) - 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.

* Saturday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. - Free Movie: A New York ad man deals with the pain of losing a child by writing letters to Time, Death and Love. He is soon visited by representations of the three concepts. They, along with his close friends, help him return to some semblance of normal life. Rated PG-13. Seating is limited; first come, first served.

* Friday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m. - Coloring for Grown-ups: Coloring books are not just for kids anymore. 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.

Another free program for adults and also open to teens

* Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26) - 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.

Free programs for kids

* Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 11:30 a.m. Homeschool Connections: Multiculturalism. Kick off of a new homeschooling program series. Read around the world, share a book, play a game from another country and learn about the resources your library has to offer. Visit the Cape Coral Library for suggested reading for this special program. For ages 5-12. Registration is requested, since space is limited.

* Thursday, Sept. 21,at 2 p.m. - Paint Your Way Around the World: Celebrate International Peace Day. All supplies provided by library. Register online or at the library.

Ongoing free programs for children

Visit the Lee County Library System website at for 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 library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4, for Labor 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, 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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