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Friends meeting, book discussion, art and free programs at Cape Coral Library in January

December 29, 2017
By MONICA RAHMAN - Friends of the Cape Coral - Lee County Public Lobrary ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Friends of Library meets Jan. 20

Don't forget to mark your calendar for the Friends of the Cape Coral Library General Membership Meeting Saturday, Jan. 20. The morning will begin at 9:30 with some coffee, juice, light snacks and social time. The business portion of the meeting, which will include updates about the organization and information on upcoming events, will start at 10 a.m. and be followed by a fascinating presentation by Marty Kendall, author of "The Plant World of the Calusa: A View from Pineland." (The book will be available for purchase and signing.)

South Florida was once the domain of the Calusa Indians, a powerful and complex society. The rich estuaries of Southwest Florida were home to a dazzling profusion of plants, which provided them with food, tools, fuel and medicine. Marty Kendall, a Master Gardener, Florida Master Naturalist and author, will discuss some of the plants that were used by the Calusa and how they were utilized.

Kendall is a retired clinical psychologist who volunteers at the Calusa Heritage Trail, part of the Randell Research Center at Pineland, as a docent. 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!

Book discussions return with "A Land Remembered" by Patrick Smith Jan. 10

Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. - Book Discussion: "A Land Remembered." Beginning in 1858, follow three generations of Florida frontiersman in the MacIvy family as they attempt to carve out a living in the wilderness of Florida. Future book discussions will also take place at the library March 14 at 2 p.m. and April 11 at 2 p.m. Refer to monthly flyers at library or visit for titles of the books to be discussed.

On exhibit in the library art gallery during January

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 Jan. 2-31. Artwork by Judith MacLaren and Jackie Marth will be featured on the walls of the gallery as well as in the cases. Both artists have a wealth of experience working in different media on a wide variety of surfaces, have taught many art classes and workshops in the local area, and are active members of the Decorative Artists of Southwest Florida.

MacLaren, who was born and raised in Massachusetts, has loved anything and everything to do with art since childhood. Her natural talents were enhanced through studying under renowned artists across the US and abroad. MacLaren expresses a passion for helping others to love art as much as she does, is a certified instructor in oils and watercolor and has taught classes from Cape Coral to Naples. She is nationally known for her faux painting and wall murals. An excellent local example of her mural work, the depiction of a curved staircase, can be viewed at the Fort Myers Beach Library.

Marth's background in art includes attendance at the University of Connecticut's School of Fine Art, Edison College (now Florida SouthWestern State College), Florida Gulf Coast University and national workshops. She has been teaching art classes in Florida for over 20 years, most recently providing instruction in acrylic painting techniques on paper, canvas, wood, glass, fabric and tin. She is a member of several local art organizations, in addition to DASF, where she continues to exhibit her work and to win awards.

The library's gallery shows are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. For more information, contact Art Gallery Chairperson Monica Rahman at (239) 258-2991 or

Free informative programs for adults

at Cape Coral Library

n Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30 - It's All About You - This is a free 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. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Please call 239-343-9264 to register.

n Tuesday, Jan. 23, 4 p.m. - Naturalization - A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer will explain the process of naturalization. Free study material and resources will be provided, and a question and answer session will follow. Registration is required.

n Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1 p.m. - A 50+ Peace Corps Adventure in the Republic of Georgia - See the beauty and learn about the people and culture of Georgia, a grand and welcoming mountainous country on the Black Sea from 50+ returned Peace Corps volunteer Patrice Robson, MSM. Registration is required.

n Tuesday, Jan. 30, 4 p.m. - Immigration 101 - A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer will provide a general overview of the immigration system and laws in the United States. A question and answer session will follow. Registration is required.

Ongoing programs for adults

n Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30, and Fridays, 10 a.m., Jan.12, 19 and 26 - English Caf - Free, informal conversation for adult ESOL/ESL students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

n Thursday, Jan. 18, 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

n Tuesdays, 2 p.m., Jan. 2 and 16, and Mondays, 2 p.m., Jan. 8, 22 and 29 - 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, 5:30 p.m., Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 - 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 movie for teens and kids

n Thursday, Jan. 4, 1 p.m. - Movie - An outcast emoji goes on a journey across various apps in this comedy set inside a smart phone. Rated PG. Subject to change without notice. Seating is limited; first-come, first-served.Visit or see flyers at the library for title of movie. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Free programs for children

n Friday, Jan. 5, 1 p.m. - Do You Want to Build a Snowman? - Learn how to make snow and create your own snow figure. All supplies will be provided by the library. Online registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

n Wednesday, Jan. 10, 11:30 a.m. - Homeschool Connections: Middle East - Share a book, play a game from another country and learn about all the resources your library has to offer. Registration is requested as space is limited for this program. For children ages 5-12.

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. See website also for dates and times of Kid's Read Down Fines.

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

Closed Dec. 30 through Jan. 1; Closed Jan. 15

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 and leaving a message. 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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