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Children’s art contest awards ceremony, new programs for kids and teens, more at Cape Coral Library in May

April 27, 2018
By MONICA RAHMAN - Friends of the Cape Coral - Lee County Public Library ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

May 9 Coloring the Earth art contest awards

with presentation on sea turtles

The awards ceremony for the 13th annual "Coloring the Earth" environmental art contest for children ages 7 to 12 starts at 6 p.m., on Wednesday, May 9, in the Large Meeting Room at the Cape Coral Library, which is located at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace. This year's theme is "Let's Protect Our Loggerhead Sea Turtles."

All are encouraged to join the youngsters, parents, teachers and prominent members of the community at this popular annual event sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library. Hear a presentation by Kelly Sloan, marine biologist and sea turtle coordinator of Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. Enjoy some refreshments. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. For more information, contact contest chairperson Alessia Leathers at (239) 246-8488 or

Now on display in the 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 239-258-2991 or The current exhibit will be available for viewing during regular library business hours through May 11. Two-dimensional artwork by Elisabeth Arena is featured on the walls, and her three-dimensional art (including some remarkable ceramic pieces) is on display in the gallery cases.

Children's artwork on exhibit in the gallery

May 16 until the end of June

Winning entries from the "Coloring the Earth" contest will be displayed on the alcove walls of the library art gallery starting May 16. The theme this year is "Let's Protect Our Loggerhead Sea Turtles." The Friends of the Cape Coral Library sponsors the event and has provided frames so that the children's artwork can be displayed professionally in a gallery setting. Kindergarten through second grade fine arts teacher Elizabeth Olancin from Gulf Elementary School in Cape Coral will exhibit her students' creations on the walls and in the large cases in the library gallery. In the small case, view watercolors created by students age 6 to 12 in the Children's Art Class taught this winter by Betsy Koscher at the Cape Coral Art League.

Free programs for children at Cape Coral Library

Tuesday, May 1, at 10 a.m. - Pre-K STEAM:

Science & Rainbows Celebrate the return of the rainy season with some fun rainbow-themed science experiments! Fizzes, bubbles and rainbows will be part of the fun. Parents, caregivers and children, please dress for mess. Registration required and is limited to 24 so sign up as soon as possible.

Wednesday, May 2, at 4 p.m. - May the Fourth be With You

Join us for Star Wars activities and crafts. Space is limited to 24. Please register on-line. For grades K-5.

Monday, May 7, at 3:30 p.m.

- It's All About Mom!

Celebrate Mother's Day with special crafts for mom. Make a keepsake pillow or create a card. All supplies provided. Space is limed to 40, so please register on line. For grades K-5.

Wednesday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m. - Homeschool Connections: Australia

Share a book, play a game from another country and learn about all the resources your library has to offer. Visit the Cape Coral Library for suggested reading for this special program! Registration is requested as space is limited. For children ages 5-12.

Ongoing free programs for children

at Cape Coral Library

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, May 7, at 4 p.m.

- Rainbow Loom Keychains

Make your own keychain using a rainbow loom and bottlecap charms featuring your favorite fandom! Whether it be "Stranger Things," "Harry Potter," "Hunger Games," "Supernatural" or any other fandom - we've got you covered! Program limited to middle school and high school students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Public Library.

Saturday, May 12, at 1 p.m. - Strawberry DNA

Extract the DNA from strawberries using common household items! Program limited to middle school and high school students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Public Library.

Thursday, May 17, at 3 p.m. Perler Beading

Arrange peg beads into whatever shape you want (your name, emojis, anime characters, etc.) then iron the beads to melt them together to make your own keychain or magnet! Program is limited to middle school and high school students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Public Library.

Free programs for teens and adults

at Cape Coral Library

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) - 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.

Wednesdays in May at 6 p.m.

- Employment Workshops

Presented by Audrey Mayrent, SWFL Job Link coordinator for Goodwill Industries. Audrey has been with Goodwill Industries of SWFL for over five years, most of which she served as a Job-Link Coordinator, assisting clients with employment. She was a corporate recruiter and HR generalist for over 20 years prior to joining Goodwill. May 2: Strategy vs. "Velcro;" May 9: PresentingMe!; May 16: Interview 101; May 23: Resume vs. Application; May 30: I got the Job- Now What?

Free programs for adults at Cape Coral Library

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (May 1, 15, 22, 29) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (May 4, 18, 25) - English Caf

Free, informal conversation for adult ESOL/ESL students. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Thursday, May 3, at 2 p.m. - Navigating

the Medicare Maze

Subjects to be discussed include: enrollment periods, guaranteed issue vs. medical qualification, original Medicare (Part A & Part B) vs. Medicare Advantage (Part C), Medicare supplements, Medicare prescription plans (Part D), penalties and income related Medicare adjustment amount, as well as legislative changes to Medicare.

n Saturday, May 5, at 1 p.m. - Movie

A military dog from Afghanistan is adopted by his late handler's grieving family in the U.S., where his close bond with the soldier's brother leads to a life altering revelation in this family-friendly adventure. Rated PG. Visit or see flyers at the library for title of movie.

Thursday, May 17, 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.

Library Hours and General Information

On Monday, May 28, the library is closed for Memorial 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.

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. The Friends 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.

Monica Rahman is president of the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.



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