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Huge book sale, art, Earth Day activities, new teen programs at Cape Library in April

March 30, 2018
By MONICA RAHMAN - Friends of the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Soon it will be time for our popular Spring Book Sale fundraiser at the Cape Coral Library, which is located at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace. The large meeting room will be filled with ecstatic shoppers browsing through the thousands of quality used books, most priced at $2 and under.

Book lovers will find a large selection of fiction. Non-fiction books are organized by category: history, military, art, crafts, cooking, home & garden, self help, children's books and more. There will also be a selection of CDs and DVDs. Our book sales are huge, and that's no exaggeration!

* Thursday, April 19, 2-5:30 p.m., Members Only Preview Sale (Non-members can join at the door for $15 per family.)

* Friday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Book Sale Open to Public

* Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Book Sale Open to Public

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library book sale fundraisers are held in the spring and fall. Donations of books, CDs and DVDs for the sales are accepted all year round. Small quantities (one box or less) can be left at the Cape Coral Library circulation desk. Please mention that they are donations for the Friends book sale. For 2 or 3 boxes, you may be asked to drive to the back door of the library to drop them off. (Request a receipt, since they're tax deductible.) For larger donations leave a message on the Friends hotline at 239-349-2572 or send an email to Book Sale Coordinator through the website.

Artwork by Elisabeth Arena 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 Chairper-son Monica Rahman: 239-258-2991 or The current exhibit will be available for viewing during regular library business hours from April 1 through May 11.

Two-dimensional artwork by Elisabeth Arena will be featured on the walls, and her three-dimensional art (including some remarkable ceramic pieces) will be on display in the gallery cases. Arena has a varied art background and works in a variety of different media that could include graphite, gouache, acrylics, watercolors or clay - the subject dictates the media.

The artist says this about her work: "I am inspired by nature, travel, dreams and the small details that are so easy for us to miss in the hustle of our daily lives."

She received a BFA from Tufts Uni-versity in conjunction with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and spent two semesters of undergraduate study in Italy at Studio Art Centers International, Florence. She then went on to Radford University to obtain a master's degree with a concentration in drawing.

Arena is also an art educator, currently teaching at Orangewood Elementary in Fort Myers. She recently launched Studio Brunnen, creating fine art stamps from her drawings. The library's gallery shows are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Free movie on earth and nature, open to all ages, honors Earth Day

Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m. - In honor of Earth Day, which is celebrated in April, view this production for an eye-opening experience about our planet and its many wonders and animals. Rated G. Visit or see flyers at the library for title of movie.

Free Earth Day craft program for children

Monday, April 16, at 3:30 p.m., Drop-in Earth Day Craft Fun - Celebrate Earth Day with STEAM related crafts and activities. All supplies provided by the library. Please register online. Space is limited to 40. For K-5th. Please dress for mess!

"Coloring the Earth" annual art contest for ages 7 to 12

This year's theme for the environmental art contest is "Let's Protect our Logger-head Sea Turtles." Deadline for entries is April 30 at 6 p.m. Pick up a flyer in the children's area of the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library for contest rules and information or visit the Friends website for details.

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.

Free programs for teens at Cape Coral Library

Monday, April 16, at 4 p.m., Dragon Eggs - Make your own dragon egg with clay, fossilized shark teeth, gems and more! Program is limited to middle school and high school students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Tuesday, April 24, at 4 p.m., Stranger Things Party - Share your love of Stranger Things at our fandom party! There'll be crafts and other activities and plenty of time to chat about your favorite TV show. Program is limited to middle school and high school students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Monday, April 30, at 4 p.m., Star Wars Day Celebration - May the 4th Be With You! Get ready for Star Wars Day with LED lightsaber cards and other activities. Program is limited to middle school and high school students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Free programs for adults and teens

at Cape Coral Library

Mondays at 2 p.m., April 2, 9, 23, 30, Craft Corner: Knitting & Crocheting - A casual self-guided group of knitters and crocheters share ideas, techniques and patterns. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., April 3, 10, 17, 24, Chess Anyone? Rise to the challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Free programs for adults at Cape Coral Library

Tuesdays at 6p.m., April 3, 10, 17, 24, and Fridays at 10 a.m., April 6, 13, 20, 27, English Caf - Free, informal conversation for adult ESOL/ESL students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Wednesday, April 11, at 2 p.m., Book Discussion: "Ordinary Grace" by Kent Krueger - Frank Drum writes as a middle-aged man looking back on a summer in 1961 in New Bremen, Minnesota when he was 13. Death, in five different instances, shook his family and their community. The first death is that of Frank's sometime friend Bobby Cole. There is a mystery regarding the circumstances of Bobby's death in front of a train. More deaths follow, and one of them rips apart Frank's family. This coming-of-age story is an attempt to show how grace can work through the fissures of suffering.

Thursday, April 19, 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 Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Wednesday, April 25, at 1 p.m., Financial Check-up 101 - Program will provide a quick overview of all the various financial options and decisions throughout life. Saving, budgeting, identity protection, using credit wisely, homeownership, investing options, and saving for college will all be covered. Choosing the Right College Savings: College costs have risen 80% over the last 10 years according to College Board, 2013. Discussion includes how to save and amount to save for a child's higher education. Registration required.

Thursday, April 26, at 1 p.m., Budgeting and Saving Money - This program offers a budgeting process that will work to get on track to meet personal financial goals. Learn to save regardless of income level, amount of debt, or fear of the process. Boost Your Credit Score: Credit can be a friend or enemy. Learn what credit means, why it's important, how to clean up bad credit and how to establish good credit. Registration required.

Library Hours and General Information

The Cape Coral Library is open:

Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fri. and Sat.: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone number for Cape Coral Library: 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. 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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