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Friends meeting, exhibits, author programs for adults, lots of teen and kids’ events at Cape Coral Library in September

August 24, 2018
By MONICA RAHMAN - Friends of the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

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 Lee 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 programs and activities that are offered to the public free of charge and are listed below.

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

Friends of Cape Coral Library general meeting Sept. 22

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One of artist Martha Stevenson’s cheerful and
colorful works, which will be featured in the Cape Coral Library art gallery.

The Friends General Meeting will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22. The morning will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee, juice, light snacks, and social time. The business portion will start at 10 a.m., directly followed by a guest speaker with a presentation about the Cape Coral Art League. The FOCCL General 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.

The topic for the presentation at the Friends of the Cape Coral Library General Meeting will be: "There's Something for Everyone at the Cape Coral Art League." The league is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Cape Coral by engaging the community in high-quality arts education and exhibitions. Guest speaker Hal Klingler will talk about the variety of classes they offer for art students of all ages and levels of experience (from the complete novice to the professional). He'll describe the fun events such as "Sip N Dip" paint-a-longs, free monthly art show receptions, their Art Fair held each January, and more. (CCAL is located within the lovely, treed park on Cultural Park Boulevard. You can also visit website for more information about them.)

On Exhibit in Cape Coral Library gallery in September

The latest exhibits, which are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library, will run from Sept. 4-27. For more information, please contact me, the Art Gallery Chairperson, at 239-258-2991 or

Artist Martha Stevenson is back with more of her cheerful and colorful work that will be on exhibit on the walls of the gallery. She's been painting up a storm since the last time she showed her work in the library and has all new, exciting pieces to display.

Stevenson began exploring different forms of visual art as a child. It was her fondness for painting on a wide variety of surfaces that lead her to join the Decorative Artists of Southwest Florida (DASF) for which she served as a past president and continues as a member and instructor. While working in the controlled style associated with decorative art, she discovered that painting loosely in acrylics on canvas allowed her to be more expressive. Her current signature style features lots of texture with bright colors and, as Stevenson describes it, "a little bit of funk added." She employs brushes and palette knives and fearlessly experiments with mixing different media.

Stevenson likes to test the rules and often finds herself delighted with the results. (Martha is currently the owner of Good Enough to Hang, a business that offers painting parties and classes.)

The Southwest Florida Military Museum is exhibiting artifacts and memorabilia in the library gallery's two tall display cases. Items related to the history of women in the military in one of the cases are of special interest as a preview to a Cape Coral Library program that will be presented by Military Museum Director Sonia Raymond on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. The Southwest Florida Military Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)3 institution that assists in educating and enhancing cultural heritage awareness within the community. The museum's mission is to collect, exhibit, preserve, interpret and archive United States military history from the 18th through the 21st century. (The museum is located in a 34,000-square-foot facility at 4820 Leonard St., in Cape Coral. It's now the largest military museum in Southwest Florida, and is consistently ranked in the top three for "things to do" in Cape Coral by TripAdvisor, Inc.)

For a complete experience, all are en-couraged to view the exhibit in the library gallery in September, to attend the program "Women in the Military" at the Cape Coral Library Oct. 10, at 2 p.m., and then to visit in person the Southwest Florida Military Museum on Leonard Street.


Local artist, Judith MacLaren, has generously offered to show some of the vintage Storybook Dolls from her personal collection. These nostalgic items will be in the Cape Coral Library's small, mirrored display case in September.

Don't miss this author program for adults at Cape Coral Library!

Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m., meet the author of "Saltwater Cowboy," Tim McBride. In 1979, Wisconsin native McBride jumped into his Mustang and headed south to work as a crab fisherman in Chocoloskee Island, a town of less than 500 residents on Florida's Gulf Coast. But this wasn't a typical fishing outfit. McBride had been unwittingly recruited into a band of smugglers, middlemen between a Colombian marijuana cartel and their Miami distributors.

As McBride came to accept his new role, tons upon tons of marijuana would pass through his hands. A self-proclaimed "Saltwater Cowboy," he would evade the Coast Guard for years, face Colombian drug lords and risk betrayal by romantic partners until his luck finally ran out.

A tale of crime and excess, "Saltwater Cowboy" is the gripping memoir of one of the biggest pot smugglers in American history.

Author presentation in Spanish for adults at Cape Coral Library

Saturday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. - Book Signing & Presentation in Spanish: "Anhelos" by Dania Ferro. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, author Dania Ferro will be discussing and signing copies of her new book "Anhelos." Ferro has written several books in Spanish and is well known for her appearance on the Cristina Saralegui TV show. The book will be available for purchase following the program.

More programs for adults at Cape Coral Library

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (Sept. 4, 18, 25) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (Sept. 7, 21, 28) - English Caf: Free, informal conversation sessions for adult ESOL/ESL students.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. - Knowledge Nuggets for Senior Care - This month's topic: "Caregiver Burnout." A new topic important to seniors will be covered each month.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 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.

Ongoing program for adults and teens at Cape Coral Library

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (Sept. 4, 18) - Chess Anyone? Rise to the challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. (See more programs for teens below.)

Programs and events for teens at Cape Coral Library

Thursday, Sept. 6, at 4:30 p.m. - Teen Book Club: "Cinder" by Marissa Meyer. This futuristic Cinderella tale features Cinder, a mechanic and cyborg who falls for Prince Kai while fixing his android. Will an evil queen's plot for world domination keep them apart? Copies of "Cinder" are available for borrowing at the Children's Desk. For ages 11-18.

Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 4:30 p.m. - Galaxy Crafts. Make a nebula in a jar and some galaxy-themed magnets. Materials provided. For ages 11-18.

Monday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. - Fandom Therapy: "Riverdale." Do you love the "Riverdale" TV show? If so, join this event for crafts and other activities related to your current obsession. For ages 11-18.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 4:30 p.m. - Anime Club: For teens and tweens interested in anime, manga and Japanese culture. Watch anime together and make themed crafts. For ages 11-18.

Monday, Sept. 24, at 4:30 p.m. - Teen Advisory Group: Learn about issues that affect our community and inspire change though different monthly community service projects at the library. All materials provided. For ages 11-18.

Programs and events for kids at Cape Coral Library

Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. - Movie: A boy journeys into the Land of the Dead to seek forgiveness from his ancestors and lift a curse. Visit or see flyers at the library for title of movie.

Monday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. Escape Room: Don't Let the Pigeon Eat All the Cookies - The Pigeon doesn't want to share his cookies so he's locked them up where no one can get them. Come to the library and help decipher the clues to unlock the case to share some of Pigeon's favorite treats. For grades K-3. Registra-tion is requested, as space is limited.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m. - Homeschool Connections: Read Through Time & Space - Explore a time or place. Discover or rediscover new art, games, and more. Visit the Cape Coral Library for suggested reading for this special program. For grades K-5. Registration is required as space is limited.

Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 3:30 p.m. - Kid's Book Club: "Ban this Book" by Alan Gratz. This Book Club is for grades 3-5. Come prepared by reading the selected book of the month. Meet other readers and be prepared to discuss plot, characters and more. September's selection will be available at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. Registration is requested, as space is limited. Registration opens Aug. 26.

Fun program for preschool children at Cape Coral Library

Monday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. - Preschool Children's Film Festival: Part 4 of 7 - Dress up and view some of the best films of children's picture books. Watch five short picture book films and cast their ballots for the best film, leading up to the awarding of the Cape Coral Public Li-brary's first Golden Book Award in December. Registration is required as space is limed to 15 children accompanied by a caregiver. Once registered, collect movie ticket at the Children's desk on the day of the program.

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

Library General Information and Hours

On Monday, Sept. 3, the library is closed for Labor Day.

Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library

921 S.W. 39th Terrace


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The Cape Coral Library is open:

Monday - 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 Rahman is president of the Friends of the Cape Coral Library



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