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Children’s art show, summer reading programs, adult arts & crafts, much more at Cape Coral Library in June

May 25, 2018
By MONICA RAHMAN - Friends of the Cape Coral - Lee County Public Library ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library is located at 921 S.W. 39th Ter-race. 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 Friends sponsor the art gallery and the butterfly garden in addition to many of the free programs and activities listed below.

Visit for more information about the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Now to end of June - children's

artwork on exhibit in gallery

Winning entries from the "Coloring the Earth" contest are on display on the alcove walls of the library art gallery. The theme this year is "Let's Protect Our Loggerhead Sea Turtles."

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library sponsors the contest and has provided frames so that the awarded artwork can be displayed professionally in a gallery setting.

Fine arts teacher Elizabeth Olancin from Gulf Elementary School in Cape Coral is exhibiting 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.

Summer Reading Program events

for kids in June

The 2018 Summer Reading Program starts May 29 and continues through Aug. 11. Enjoy another summer of fun-filled reading and exciting activities. This year's theme is "Libraries Rock!"

Beginning May 29, children will get a free book when they come to the library, while supplies last. All programs are free, but tickets are required. (Get free tickets at the library one week before each event.)

Visit for details and more program listings. The Summer Reading Program activities are sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

n Monday, June 11, at 2 p.m. - Drumming with Ndakthe

n Monday, June 18, at 2 p.m. - John Storms: World of Reptiles

n Monday, June 25, at 2 p.m. - Dance to the rhythm

Summer Reading Program events

for teens in June

This summer's theme is "Libraries Rock!" The 2018 Summer Reading Pro-gram starts May 29 and continues through Aug. 11. No registration is required for the free teen activities, but space is limited. Please arrive early to reserve your spot.

Visit for details and more program listings.

n Thursday, June 14, at 2 p.m. - Rocks 'n Runes

n Thursday, June 21, at 2 p.m. - Teen Tech Extravaganza

n Thursday, June 28, at 2 p.m. - "Stranger Things" Escape Room

Summer Reading Program for adults

This summer, adults also have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Reading Program by completing a "Libraries Rock!" Book Bingo sheet, which will be available at the library Reference desk (along with instructions) starting on May 29. Book Bingo is limited to readers 18 years of age and older. Return completed sheet to the Reference Desk for prizes and/or drawing entries. (Last day to turn in Bingo sheet for prizes will be Aug. 11.)

June 5 & 19 at 11 a.m.

- download help for adults

Tuesdays, June 15 and 19, at 11 a.m. - Download Drop-in - Receive personalized help downloading e-books, movies, music and more from the library's online library. Bring your tablets, phones, e-readers, and other digital devices for a hands-on help session.

June 5 & 19 at 1:30 p.m. - new program for adults - exploring arts & crafts

Explore arts and crafts through demonstrations and hands-on practice. Each session will begin with a demo followed by an opportunity to create, practice and experiment. All supplies will be provided, but everyone is also welcome to bring their own carpet-friendly arts and crafts supplies and to work on their own projects.

n Tuesday, June 5, at 1:30 p.m. -Create Greeting Cards

n Tuesday, June 19, at 1:30 p.m. - Create Miniature Books

June 26 at 10 a.m. - for all ages

- invasive species awareness

Tuesday, June 26, at 10 a.m. - Learn how to identify and report non-native wildlife in southwest Florida. Understand how Nile monitors and black spiny-tailed iguanas impact burrowing owls and gopher tortoises. Presented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

June 26 at 2 p.m. - for adults

- hurricane preparedness

Tuesday, June 26, at 2 p.m. - Hurricane Preparedness Seminar - Learn how to plan and prepare for hurricane season. Receive information on the Special Needs Program, volunteering with Emergency Management, family emergency plans, evacuation routes, public shelters, emergency supply kits, evacuation zones, and resources that are available during a disaster. Presented by Bill Floyd of Lee County Emergency Management,

Ongoing free program

- family storytime

Wednesdays at 10 a.m. (June 6, 13, 20, 27) - Five simple practices get kids ready to read: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of pre-reading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and stories. An age appropriate craft or art activity will be provided following the storytime. Online registration is required.

Ongoing free programs for adults

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (June 12, 26) - Chess Anyone? Rise to the challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. Teens are also very welcome. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (June 5, 12, 26) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (June 1, 8, 15, 29) - English Caf - Free, informal conversation for adult ESOL/ESL students. Sponsored by Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

Thursday, June 21, at 11 a.m. - Coloring for Grown-ups - Coloring books aren't 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 General Information

and Hours

Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library

Address: 921 SW 39th Terrace

Phone number: (239) 533-4500

To register for programs & for 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.

Monica Rahmanm is president of the Friends of the Cape Coral Library



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