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General meeting, art exhibits, craft sessions, fossils, music and more at Cape Coral Library in January

December 28, 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 Terrace. 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 aren't 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 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

Saturday, Jan. 19

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An example of Nancy Terrell’s art work.

The Friends General Meeting will be held Saturday, Jan. 19. The morning will begin at 9:30 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 Arts Studio. The FOCCL General Meetings, which take place in the large meeting room of the Cape Coral Library, are free and open to the public.

The guest speaker for the January meeting will be Julie Gerhard, recreation program supervisor for the Cape Coral Arts Studio. Her audio-visual presentation will feature information on the studio's fine art and fine craft classes, events, and shows. In conjunction with this presentation, the Arts Studio will be exhibiting in the display cases of the Cape Coral Library art gallery during January. So it will be a great opportunity for people to visit the gallery before or after the FOCCL meeting, while they're in the library, and view examples of beautiful artwork created by the Studio's instructors and students.

Cape Coral Library art gallery exhibit Jan. 4-30

The latest show in the art gallery will be available for viewing during library business hours from January 4-30. Exhibitions are sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library and are designed to afford local artists the opportunity to share their work in a public forum without fees or commissions. Visitors of all ages also benefit from this visual cultural experience. For more information contact Monica Rahman, Art Gallery Chairperson, at 239-258-2991 or

Nancy Terrell, an internationally recognized artist whose life of adventures at sea inspired her collages, is displaying a fascinating array of those images in the library gallery. A native of Virginia, she has lived all over the U.S. and spent more than 30 years as an expatriate in the Caribbean, South and Central America, Mexico and Hawaii while cruising. During this time she worked as an international feature writer covering sailing, regattas and water sports for many global magazines and newspapers. She set up an art studio in the cockpit of their last boat, Swan Song, a 65-foot classic trawler. Terrell has explored many different genres and found mixed media with an emphasis on collage her favorite. "Each collage tells a story," she said, "and it is up to the viewer to interpret it as they like. Interpretations may differ wildly which is the fun of art." Her collages may offer social commentary, explore the female form, show lush tropical scenes or include historic ruins. Before her extended sea odyssey Terrell earned an undergraduate degree in English at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and a masters in literature from Tulane University in New Orleans. In the 1960s and early 1970s she was known to millions of American children as "Miss Nancy" on "Romper Room," the popular children's TV program. She also had a stint as a novice director/producer of 700 local programs for General Electric. After so many interesting life ventures, Terrell has now retired and found a snug harbor in Cape Coral where she is a member of the Cape Coral Art League, the Art League of Fort Myers, the Alliance for the Arts of Lee County and the National Collage Society.

Cape Coral Arts Studio instructors and students are exhibiting their work in the display cases in the library gallery. The Cape Coral Arts Studio has been an artist community resource since 1977 as part of the city of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department. Located at 4533 Coronado Parkway, the Arts Studio offers classes in fine arts and fine crafts for students of all ages year-round, explained Julie Gerhard, recreation program supervisor. In addition to classes, the Arts Studio showcases local artists and those from around the globe in their monthly shows. The facility also offers an art supply store and gift shop featuring work by its teachers and students. Instructors showing their work in the Cape Coral Library gallery include June Bennett, fused glass; Alex Chung clay; Beverly Fox, jewelry; Martha Grattan, clay; Valerie Jewell, jewelry; Lois Johnston, fused glass; and Shannon Vickers, glass bead making/lamp work. Students displaying fused glass art in the library art gallery include Jonna Bouchard, Valerie Costa, Edie Limbright, Beth Meehan and Judy VanInwegen.

For adults: three sessions of arts & crafts

Explore arts and crafts through demonstrations and hands-on practice. Each session will begin with a demonstration followed by an opportunity to create, practice and explore. Everyone is also welcome to bring carpet-friendly arts and crafts supplies and work on their own projects.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 1:30 p.m. - Create a 3-Dimensional Snowy Owl Out of Wool Using a Dry Felting Technique. Experience with flat or 3-D dry wool felting is helpful, but not required. (However, pre-registration is required for this particular session, which is limited to adults.)

Friday, Jan. 11 at 1:30 p.m. - Create Greeting Cards.

Friday, Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m. - Create Miniature Books.

For adults and teens: Florida's Fossils & Geography

Saturday, Jan.. 12 at 2 p.m. - Florida's Unique Fossils & Geography - Presented by Ken Follmann, an award winning sculpture artist who uses prehistoric fossils as his medium. Follmann will share his passion for paleontology and his knowledge as a fossil-hunting tour guide.

For adults: Dave Deluca "Rat Pack Flashback" Music

Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. - Singer, songwriter, disc jockey and musician Dave DeLuca presents this one-man show. He will celebrate the hits of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

Many, many more programs for adults

Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. & Thursday, Jan. 17 at 10 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.

Wednesdays in January at 6 p.m.- Employment Workshops - Presented by Audrey Mayrent, SWFL Job-Link Coordinator for Goodwill Industries. A five part series: Jan. 2, Strategy vs. "Velcro" - Jan. 9, PresentingMe! - Jan. 16, Interview 101 - Jan. 23, Resume vs. Application - Jan. 30, I Got the Job- Now What?

Saturday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. - Fandoms for Adults: DC Comics - Are you a fan of DC Comics? Come to this program to chat about your favorite characters, watch funny Justice League clips and draft your own button pin on our button maker. For ages 18 and up.

Monday, Jan. 7 at 5 p.m. - Writing Club - Join other interested writers of fanfiction, poetry, short stories, novels or essays for a writing session followed by a chance to share your work for feedback. (Sharing your work is optional.) For ages 11 and up.

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (Jan. 8, 22) - Chess Anyone? Rise to the challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. (Also open to teens and kids.)

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (Jan. 8, 22, 29) and Fridays at 10 a.n. (Jan. 11, 18, 25) - English Caf - Free, informal conversation sessions for adult ESOL/ESL students.

Monday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. - Game Night - Monthly drop-in program for all ages. Try your hand at a variety of Wii games and board games.

Tuesdays at 10 a.m., (Jan. 15, 22, 29) - Manage Your Chronic Health Condition Workshop - This is a research-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed by Stanford University. Learn how to live with a chronic health condition, manage medications more easily, understand the benefits of exercise and make smarter decisions about healthy eating. (Registration is required by calling 239-343-9264.)

Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. - Book Discussion: "Circe" by Madeline Miller - In Homer's "Odyssey," we meet the witch Circe, the minor goddess who transforms Odysseus' men into swine. Or did she merely bring out their true selves? In this feminist re-examination of the Greek myth, we hear from Circe in her own words and learn about the struggles, heartaches and triumphs that place her in the path of Odysseus' epic journey and what happened to her afterwards.

Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. - Movie: "Victoria and Abdul" - The true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's rule between the queen and Abdul Karim, a young clerk from India. The two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle all try to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and reclaims her humanity.

Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. - Crime Prevention Part 1: Personal Safety - This presentation by Crime Preven-tion Specialist Peggy Lince with the Lee County Sheriff's Office reiterates common sense approaches that could keep you from becoming a victim. It also addresses how to handle yourself if you are ever involved in an active shooter situation. (Next class will be Residential Safety and will be held on Feb. 5.)

Lots of great programs for teens and kids

There are so many programs for youngsters that there isn't enough space here to fully describe all of them here! Visit the Lee County Library System website at, click on "Programs & Events," then "Cape Coral" for monthly calendar with descriptions and for registration information. (Or pick up a flyer at the Youth Services desk at the library.) Listed below are the dates and times for programs and events broken down by age group.

Exciting programs and events for teens

Teen Programs are open to ages 11 to 18. No registration is required for the teen activities (unless specified) but space is limited. Please arrive early to reserve your spot. Visit for details.

Monday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m. - Writing Club

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (Jan. 8, 22) - Chess Anyone?

Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. - Florida's Unique Fossils and Geography

Monday, Jan. 14, at 5 p.m. - Game Night.

Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 4:30 p.m. - Anime Club.

Thursday, Jan. 17, at 4:30 p.m. - Craft a Positivity Jar

Thursday, Jan. 24, at 4:30 p.m. - Teen Book Club: "Alex & Eliza" by Melissa de la Cruz

Monday, Jan. 28, at 4:30 p.m. - Teen Advisory Group

Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 4:30 p.m. - Fandom Therapy: DC Comics. Make a terrarium


All of the programs for kids are free, but registration may be required. Please be sure to visit or the library for details and registration info.

Thursday, Jan. 3, at 1 p.m. - Superhero Training Academy. Registration required.

Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (Jan. 8, 22) - Chess Anyone?

Monday, Jan. 14, at 5 p.m. - Game Night

Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 11:30 a.m. - Homeschool Connections: Ancient China - For grades K-5.

Thursday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. - Bubble Disco

Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. - Special Needs Storytime - Space is limited to 10 children age 3 to 12 with special needs plus their parents or caregivers. Registration required.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 3:30 p.m. - Kid's Book Club: "Tuesdays at the Castle" by Jessica Day George - For grades 3-5.

Monday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. - Pre-K Superhero STEM - Registration required.

Ongoing storytimes 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. Also see website for dates and times of Kids Read Down Fines.

Library General Information and Regular Hours

Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library

Address: 921 SW 39th Terrace

Phone number for Cape Coral Library:

(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.

Holiday Schedule

The library will be closed on the following days in January: Jan. 1 for New Year's Day and Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Day.

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



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