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Fundraiser for children’s reading, adult holiday craft class, flute music and more at Cape Coral Library in December

Friends of the Cape Coral - Lee County Public Library

December 1, 2017
By MONICA RAHMAN (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Friends of Cape Coral Library is partnering with other Lee County Friends groups to sponsor a Barnes & Noble Book Fair Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Two Barnes & Noble locations are participating: Fort Myers, 13751 S. Tamiami Trail in Market Square at the corner Daniels Parkway, 239-437-0654, and Estero, 12130 Fashion Drive at Coconut Point, 239-947-8724.

Fun activities taking place at different times during the day include story time, face painting, balloon animals, STEM activities, multi-author adult book signing and a visit with Santa. Mention the "Friends" at checkout, or bring a voucher from any Lee County Library branch, and the Summer Reading Program will get a percentage of your entire purchase price. If you can't come that day, make an online purchase from Dec. 9-14 and enter Book Fair ID 12244950 at the very bottom of the credit card input page - Bn.com/bookfairs.

The Summer Reading Program is a free, six-week program for children aged 0-18 at all Lee County libraries that encourages learning over the vacation months. Every child in the Summer Reading Program gets to choose a free new book for his or her own. This year 10,000 children enrolled and more are anticipated in 2018. We want to ensure funding for all the books that will be needed this summer, and the Dec. 9-14 Barnes & Noble book fair fundraiser will help make it a reality.

Friends of Cape Coral Library Holiday Lunch at Olive Garden

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library will hold its Holiday Luncheon Saturday, Dec. 16, starting at 11:30 a.m., at the Olive Garden, 1910 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. Guests are welcome; just be sure to submit payment for $16 and your menu selection by Dec. 5 to Marlene King, events coordinator for Friends of the Cape Coral Library. Please call Marlene at 313-402-4534 or email her at mrk3393@gmail.com for details and info on how to sign up.

Free programs for adults at Cape Coral Library

* Thursday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. Musical Magic Carpet Ride. Emmy and Peabody Award winning composer, flutist storyteller and lecturer Kat Epple will transport participants to exotic locations with a treasure trove of indigenous flutes that she has collected from her extensive world travels. Open to all ages.

* Saturday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. An Afternoon at the Movies. An Amazon princess leaves her island home and journeys to the outside world, which is being consumed by a massive war. With the help of an American pilot she works to put an end to the conflict. Rated PG-13.

* Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1 p.m. Adult Holiday Craft Class. Make a gift card or candle holder, book mark and a note holder for the holidays. Materials supplied. Class size is limited to 12, so registration is required. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library

Ongoing programs for adults

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

* Friday, Dec. 15, 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.

Other free programs for adults and also open to teens

* Mondays at 2 p.m. (Dec. 4, 11, 18) and Tuesday at 2 p.m. on Dec. 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.

* Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (Dec. 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 children

* Thursday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. Musical Magic Carpet Ride. Emmy and Peabody Award-winning composer, flutist storyteller and lecturer Kat Epple will transport participants to exotic locations with a treasure trove of indigenous flutes that she has collected from her extensive world travels.

* Thursday, Dec. 14, 4 p.m. - Holiday Craft Fun. Please join us for a special holiday craft. All supplies will be provided. On-line registration requested. Visit www.leelibrary.net

Ongoing free programs for children

Visit the Lee County Library System website at www.leelibrary.net 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. See website also for dates and times of Kid's Read Down Fines.

On exhibit in the library art gallery through Dec. 28

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 through Dec. 28. The exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. For more information, contact Art Gallery Chairperson Monica Rahman at (239) 258-2991 or monica4608@comcast.net.

Artwork by Martha Stevenson is featured on the walls of the gallery. Stevenson has painted and experimented with different media since childhood. Her current signature style is very textured with bright colors and, as Stevenson describes it, "a little bit of funk added."

Artwork by Debbie LaCavera is also featured on the walls of the library's gallery. The art world was opened up to LaCavera a few years ago after retirement, and she's picked up a paint brush just about every day since. She describes her style as anything that happens to catch her eye, and this exhibit reflects the variety.

Unique sculpture created by married couple Jeff and Dale Ocasio is featured in the gallery cases. Sculpting with paper masking tape over wire and reclaimed objects is where their artwork begins. Each sculpture is encased with layers of acid?free glue, color is added with more layers of acrylics, and then it's protected with matte varnish. As the Ocasios describe their own artwork: "People tell us that they've never seen anything like our art. Words used to describe it have ranged from 'happy' to 'charmingly disturbing'. We like that, and embrace our originality."

Regular 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.

Holiday Schedule

The library will be closed:

Dec. 23 through Dec. 25

Dec. 30 through Jan. 1

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 www.capefriends.org 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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