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Reading Festival; Friends meeting, music of ‘50s & ‘60s, Teen Programs, more at Cape Coral Library in March

March 2, 2018
By MONICA RAHMAN - Friends of the Cape Coral - Lee County Public Library , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Visit our booth at Southwest Florida Reading Festival in Fort Myers, Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Booklovers and their families always look forward to the annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival. Admis-sion is free, and activities and entertainment for all ages are part of the experience.

The festival will be held at a new location this year - on the campus of the Fort Myers Regional Library at 1651 Lee St. in the Fort Myers River District. The Friends of the Cape Coral Library will have a booth at the event and will have some art supplies available so children can create entries for the Coloring the Earth environmental art contest. Please stop by and say hello to our volunteers.

As a generous supporter of the Reading Festival, the Friends of the Cape Coral Library are proud to sponsor a nationally acclaimed author at the event, Carla Neggers. She's a New York Times best-seller who's penned many romantic suspense novels, including the "Sharpe & Donovan" and the "Swift River Valley" series. She will be meeting fans and signing copies of her latest books "Red Clover Inn" and "Thief's Mark" in the adult authors' area of the festival.

Learn more about the Southwest Florida Reading Festival at

Friends Annual Membership Meeting March 17

at 9 :30 a.m., at Cape Coral Library

All are invited to the Friends of the Cape Coral Library Annual Membership Meeting Saturday, March 17. 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. The meeting will be directly followed by a Floral Design Demonstration called "Beyond the Supermarket Bouquet." Paula Novander will demonstrate and describe how to create a lovely floral arrangement that might begin with a simple supermarket bouquet, but will end up in a truly beautiful and tasteful arrangement. She is a member of the Garden Club of Cape Coral, involved in the Potpourri Designers floral design study group and is an accredited Flower Show Judge through the National Garden Club.

The FOCCL 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. Guests are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Cape Coral Library Program: A history of the

1950s & 60s through popular song

Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m.

New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee Marc Black will take listeners on a musical tour through these two historically defining decades. Sing along with wonderful songs as diverse as "Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini" and "Blowin' in the Wind" as well as tunes by artists ranging from Dean Martin to George Black will perform his own group's top 40 hit from 1967, "Happy" by the Blades of Grass. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Weavers of Char-Lee on exhibit

in Cape Coral Library art gallery

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

The current exhibit will be available for viewing during regular library business hours from March 2 through March 28. We welcome back the Weavers of Char-Lee, whose creations have been so popular with visitors to the library's gallery over the years. This time a collection of recent work called "Weaving Waters" will be on exhibit and will feature weavings, spinning, collage and other fiber pieces by Char-Lee guild members.

Exhibitor Roseline Young explains that the theme of the current show focuses attention "on the magnitude of water issues facing our generation. We all need to be better stewards of our environment, especially our water."

In addition, samples of weaving and spinning tools and equipment will be on display in the mirrored glass cases. The Weavers of Char-Lee are highly regarded in Southwest Florida, coming to us after a show at the prestigious Sidney & Berne Davis Center in Fort Myers this January and a two-week engagement at the Art Council of Southwest Florida's Coconut Point Cooperative Gallery last month.

More free programs for adults at Cape Coral Library

n Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (March 6, 13, 20) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (March. 2, 9, 16, 23) - English Caf - Free, informal conversation for adult ESOL / ESL students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

n Wednesday, March 14, at 2 p.m. - Book Discussion: "The Girls of Atomic City" by Denise Kiernan - The book is an incredibly insightful work of non-fiction that sheds light on the lives of the women who, unknowingly, were helping to build the atomic bomb.

n Thursday, March 15, 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.

Other free programs for adults and also open to teens at Cape Coral Library

n Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (March 6, 13, 20, 27) - 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 teens at Cape Coral Library

Free programs for children

n Tuesday, March 20, at 10 s.m. - Symphony Storytime A musical twist on family storytime, offered in partnership with the Gulf Coast Symphony. This special event will be held in the Adult Meeting Room. Registra-tion is requested.

n Tuesday, March 20, at 1 p.m. - Spring Craft Fun Create a spring craft. All supplies will be provided by the library. Registration is required.

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.

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.

Call the Cape Coral Library at 239-533-4500

Visit to register for programs.

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 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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