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Giant book sale, gallery, kids art contest, Dry Tortugas’ hidden history, interactive movie, crafts and more in April

Friends of the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library

March 22, 2019
By MONICA RAHMAN (Special to The Breeze) , 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 for adults, teens and children 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.

Don't miss the spring book sale fundraiser

It's time again for the immensely popular multiple day event. For anyone who hasn't visited one of our huge semi-annual fundraisers before, brace yourself for a booklover's dream! The big meeting room of the Cape Coral Library will be filled to the brim with tables of quality used books arranged by category. There will be lots of fiction for adults and a section for children. Find non-fiction sorted by art, crafts, sports, hobbies, travel, military, history, biography, nature, gardening, philosophy, religion, delf-help, cook books galore and much, much more. This time we also have many books on quilting. Some materials on genealogy and dictionaries in a variety of languages were also recently donated for this sale.

There will be plenty of DVDs and music CDs plus some audio books on CD.

Most items at the sale are $1 or $2. (We'll also have a table for special books of interest to collectors that are priced somewhat higher, but are still a bargain!) Just be sure to bring cash or your checkbook, since credit cards cannot be accepted.

Dates & times for book sale

Thursday, April 25 - 12-5:30 p.m. - Members Only Preview Sale. Preview for Friends members opens at noon. Non-members can join at the door for $15 per family.

Friday, April 26 - 9 a.m. to 4:30 po.m. - Book Sale open to the public.

Saturday, April 27 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Book Sale open to the public.

To donate books

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer organization. The book sales, which raise funds to support library programs, are held each April and November. Donations of books, CDs and DVDs for the sales are accepted all year round. Small quantities can be dropped off at the Cape Coral Library circulation desk. Please mention that they are donations for the Friends book sale. For large donations (request a receipt, since they're tax deductible), you can have books picked up at your home by calling the Friends' hotline at 239-349-2572 and leaving a message.

Art quilts, fused glass continue

in Cape Coral Library gallery

The latest exhibits in the Cape Coral Public Library art gallery will run through May 5 and have been getting rave reviews from library patrons and the many visitors who have come expressly to see the artwork. The art shows are organized by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library. Contact Art Gallery Chairperson Monica Rahman at 239-258-2991 or for more information.

The Art Quilters Unlimited exhibit on the walls of the gallery consists of two separate themes. The first part is titled "Reflections on Hurricane Irma" and features the work of a dozen artists, who each created a piece of art that utilized torn pool cage screening and that reflected their own experience during the devastating storm of September 2017. The second part of the exhibit, called "Resist: Interpretations and Techniques," includes artwork by members of the guild who use "resist" techniques, a fiber arts term that refers to various methods of creating pattern on fabric or yarn. The artists followed this theme by interpreting the term however they chose - politically, socially, personally or from a fiber art perspective. The organization is the only dedicated art quilt guild in Southwest Florida and boasts 65 members from Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties as well as from other localities. For more information, visit .

Fused glass by June F. Bennett is featured in the display cases in the library gallery. She was first inspired by the magnificent stained glass windows of historic buildings in her native England. Years later, after moving to the U.S. and then retiring, she found time to explore her earlier interest. June learned both Tiffany and leaded styles of stained glass as well as design and restoration of both methods. Once she was introduced to fused glass, however, it soon became the focus for the future. June studied new techniques and designs with modern glass artists at Miami University; the Bullseye Glass Company in Portland, Oregon; and Warm Glass Studios in North Carolina. An award-winning artist, her work can be seen in exhibitions and juried shows in Southwest Florida. Bennett enjoys sharing her knowledge and currently teaches Glass Fusing at the Cape Coral Arts Studio.

Judy Van Inwegen's fused glass work is also on display in the gallery cases. It was stained glass that first captured her interest, too, until she discovered a skill and enthusiasm for working in fused glass. As Judy describes her experience, she studied with "the best glass artists from Bullseye Glass Company at Miami University." She also attended classes in coldworking with Jonathon Schmuck, glass artist and author of a definitive book on the process. Judy's fused glass art has been accepted into numerous exhibitions and shows in Pennsylvania and Southwest Florida. She is a current member of the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild and also attends classes at the Cape Coral Arts Studio.

Art contest for kids ages 7 to 12:

deadline for entries is April 22

The Friends of Cape Coral Library and the Cape Coral Public Library invite children ages 7 to 12 to participate in the 14th Annual Children's Environmental Art Contest "Coloring the Earth." The theme this time is Let's Save the Bees! To enter the contest, children are asked to create an original painting or drawing that shows how we can protect this precious species from bee-killing pesticides, habitat loss, air pollution and other main threats. Detailed information, rules and entry forms are available in the Children's area of the Cape Coral Library, and there is a designated box to receive entries. The deadline for contest entries is 6 p.m., Monday, April 22. Questions? Please contact Contest Chairperson Alessia Leathers at

Hidden history of Dry Tortugas for adults & teens

Friday, April 5, 1 p.m. - Writings on the Walls and Hidden History of the Dry Tortugas - Fort Jefferson is one of the most extensive and ambitious permanent coastal fortifications ever constructed by the U.S. Army during the 19th century. While many details of its construction and military history are well documented, many other aspects of its past are still being researched. The purpose of Fort Jefferson's visitors has ranged from military duty to human migration to day-tripping pleasure-seekers. Over time many inscriptions have been left behind marking these visits. This presentation highlights a project that focused on several inscriptions spanning the first few decades of the 20th century to modern times. The program is presented by FPAN (Florida Public Archaeology Network).

Interactive movie for teens and adults

Saturday, April 6, 1 p.m. - Interactive Movie - Re-watch "Avengers: Infinity War" in preparation for "Avengers: Endgame." This is more than just a movie showing of "Infinity War;" there will be audience participation in this screening as the Avengers and their allies unite to stop Thanos from collecting all of the Infinity Stones. Rated PG-13.

The movie release party for all ages

Saturday, April 13, noon to 4 p.m. - If you're excited for the "Avengers: Endgame movie," come to the library for a release party! Stop in anytime between noon and 4 pm to enjoy food, games and crafts for all ages (while supplies last). There will be raffle prizes every hour, photo booth opportunities and space to share your best fan theories about the movie. Although costumes are encouraged, attendees must observe the rules, regulations and Library Patron Code of Conduct to ensure everyone's enjoyment at the event. No real or realistic looking weapons are allowed. Library staff members and security personnel reserve the right to inspect costumes and accessories. Visit for more information.)

Crafts for adults: three sessions

of arts & crafts this month

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.

Tuesdays, April 9 and 23, 10 a.m. - Quilled Greeting Cards - Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped and glued together to create decorative designs.

Saturday, April 20, 1:30 p.m. - Flat Wool Needle Felting - Registration is required for this particular program. Participants will learn to combine layers of colorful wool roving to create an image on a felt canvas by using a special needle. They say it's like painting with wool.

Other programs for adults

Monday, April 1, 5 p.m. - Medicare 101 - For people turning 65 or those currently on Medicare, this is a well-rounded basic session on how to enroll and choose Medicare coverage. The session also covers financial assistance for those with limited incomes. Program is presented by SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), a free program offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and local Area Agency on Aging.

Tuesdays, 11 a.m., April 2, 16, 30 - Download Drop-in - Receive personalized help downloading e-books, movies, music and more from two of the library system's largest online content providers: Overdrive and Hoopla. Bring your fully charged tablets, phones, e-readers and other digital devices for a hands-on help session. Important: please be sure to bring any passwords you may need for downloading apps. Kindle users will also need an Amazon account and their password for accessing it.

Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., April 2, 16, 30 - Chess Any-one? Rise to the challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. (Also open to teens and kids.)

Tuesdays, 6 p.m., April 2, 9, 16, 30, and Fridays, 10 a.m., April 5, 12, 19 - English Caf - Free, informal conversation sessions for adult ESOL/ESL students.

Wednesday, April 3, 1 p.m., and Thursday, April 18, 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.

Monday, April 8, 5 p.m. - Game Night - Monthly drop-in program for all ages. Try your hand at a variety of board and card games.

Lots of great programs for teens and kids

There are so many programs for youngsters that there isn't enough space 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 free teen activities (unless specified) but space is limited. Please arrive early to reserve your spot. Visit for details.

Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., April 2, 16, 30 - Chess Any-one?

Friday, April 5, 1 p.m. - Hidden History of the Dry Tortugas: Writings on the Walls.

Saturday, April 6, 1 p.m. - Interactive Movie - "Avengers: Infinity War."

Monday, April 8, 1 p.m. - Teen Homeschool Pro-gram: Building Challenges.

Monday, April 8, 5 p.m. - Game Night.

Saturday, April 13, noon to 4 p.m. - "Avengers: Endgame" Release Party

Monday, April 15, 4:30 p.m. - Teen Advisory Group.

Tuesday April 16, 4:30 p.m. - Anime Club.

Monday, April 22, 5 p.m. - Fandom Therapy: K-pop

Thursday, April 25, 4:30 p.m. - Perler Beading

Monday, April 29, 5 p.m. - Writing Club.

All about butterflies: program for kids

Tuesday, April 2, 4 p.m. - All About Butterflies! - From caterpillar to butterfly, children will learn about the life cycle of the butterfly. Activities include observation of a live caterpillar with special guest speaker Betsy Koscher. For children K-5th grade. Parents are encouraged and welcomed to attend. Space is limited to 30. Registration is required.

Other fun programs and events for kids

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.

Tuesday, April 2, 4 p.m. - All About Butterflies (See paragraph above.)

Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., April 2, 16, 30 - Chess Anyone?

Monday, April 8, 5 p.m. - Game Night.

Tuesday, April 9, 3:30 p.m. - Kids Book Club: "The Bad Beginning" by Lemony Snicket

Saturday, April 13, noon to 4 p.m. - "Avengers: Endgame" Release Party

Wednesday, April 17, 4 p.m. - Pokmon Chase

Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. - Special Needs Storytime - 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.

Library General Information

Phone number for Cape Coral Library:


To register for programs & for information:

Library hours:

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



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