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Friends general meeting, art exhibit, nonnative wildlife, arts & crafts, history at Cape Coral Library in September

August 23, 2019
By MONICA RAHMAN - Friends of the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

By MONICA RAHMAN

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The Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library is located at 921 SW 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 www.capefriends.org for more information about the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

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One of Madonna Williams' art works

Friends general meeting 9:30 a.m.,

Saturday, Sept. 21 -- Program: Cape history

Everyone is welcome to attend the Friends of the Cape Coral Library General Membership Meeting Saturday, Sept. 21. The morning will begin at 9:30 with some coffee, juice and light snacks. The business portion of the meeting will start at 10 a.m., followed by a presentation by the Cape Coral Historical Museum. The FOCCL Membership Meetings, which take place in the large meeting room of the Cape Coral Library, are free and open to the public.

Presentation about early Cape Coral

Janel Trull, executive director of the Cape Coral Historical Museum, will be speaking about the early history of Cape Coral beginning with brothers Jack and Leonard Rosen's purchase of land in 1957. Their goal was to create a city with as many canals as Venice, Italy. Through country-wide sales tactics and the availability of installment payment plans, it wasn't long before the first family moved in and Cape Coral has been growing ever since. Noted as one of the fastest growing cities in the state today, the city of Cape Coral was incorporated in 1970 and will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year with a series of events and programming put on by the city and the Cape Coral Historical Museum. The Cape Coral Historical Museum was incorporated in 1980 to collect, preserve and share the city's history and opened at 544 Cultural Park Blvd. in 1987. So come to the Cape Coral Library Sept. 21 to hear about our city's early history, what the museum has to offer (facility, gardens and programming), as well as some of the things planned for the anniversary celebration in 2020.

Dedicated Artists of SW Florida

in gallery starting Sept. 4

An exceptional array of two-and three-dimensional work by members of The Dedicated Artists of Southwest Florida Inc. will fill the gallery walls and display cases of the Cape Coral Library from Sept. 4 through Oct. 29. This marks the fifth year that the local club of artists will be featured at the library. These skillful artists have been invited back each fall, because the variety of their designs and surfaces on which they paint is so exciting. Their annual exhibition is eagerly anticipated by regular gallery visitors. The DASF is a local club of 75 members who come from various towns and cities in Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties to attend monthly meetings (held in the Cape Coral Art League building) that feature different painting projects conducted by talented instructors. Mediums may include acrylics, oil, watercolor and colored pencils. For more information about the club's meeting schedule, projects and seminars, visit www.DASFartists.com.

Art exhibitions in the library's gallery are sponsored by the Friends of Cape Coral Library and are designed to afford local artists the opportunity to share their work in this public forum without fees or commissions. Library visitors of all ages benefit from this varied, visual cultural experience. For information contact me, Monica Rahman, Art Gallery Chairperson, at monica4608@comcast.net.

Library program for adults

on nonnative wildlife in Southwest Florida

Thursday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. - Nonnative Wildlife in SW Florida -- Nonnative species do not belong in Florida. Some do not cause many, if any, problems. Others, however, are invasive, meaning that they negatively impact native fish and wildlife, cause damage that is costly to repair, or pose a threat to human health and safety. Learn how to identify and report nonnative wildlife in Southwest Florida. Understand how nile monitors and black spiny-tailed iguanas impact burrowing owls and gopher tortoises. Presented by Tyson Dallas, biologist with the Non-native Fish and Wildlife Program.

Arts & crafts session for adults

Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 1:30 p.m. - Exploring Arts & Crafts: Wire Beaded Bracelets -- Registration is required for this particular session. Explore arts and crafts through demonstrations and hands-on practice. In this session, memory wire will be used to create a beaded bracelet. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

World War II history program for teens & adults: Buckingham Army Airfield

Friday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. - Buckingham Army Airfield in World War II -- Come to the library to learn about Buckingham Army Airfield and the important role it played during World War II. Historian Jim Zbick of the Southwest Florida Military Museum in Cape Coral will discuss the significance of this local historical site and take your questions. Jim, a former Pennsylvania news editor and currently a contributing opinion writer, has led historical tours of the Buckingham Trails Preserve -- part of Lee County's Conservation 20/20 program -- for the past four years.

Many programs for adults

* Tuesdays at 11 a.m. (Sept. 3, 17) - Download Drop -in -- Receive personalized help to download 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. Please be sure to bring any passwords you may need to download apps. Kindle users will also need an Amazon account and their password for accessing it.

* Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (Sept. 3, 17) - Chess Anyone? Rise to the challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. (Also open to teens.) Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Public Library.

* Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (Sept. 10, 17, 24) and Fridays at 10 a.m. (Sept. 13, 20, 27) - English Caf -- Free, informal conversation sessions for adult ESOL/ESL students.

* Thursday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. - Nonnative Wildlife in SW Florida -- Nonnative species do not belong in Florida. Some do not cause many, if any, problems. Others, however, are invasive, meaning that they negatively impact native fish and wildlife, cause damage that is costly to repair or pose a threat to human health and safety. Learn how to identify and report nonnative wildlife in Southwest Florida. Presented by Tyson Dallas, Biologist with the Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program.

* Saturday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. - Interactive Movie (for all ages) -- Don't "Let it Go." Come to the library and sing it out in this interactive version of "Frozen." You'll sing along to the music and help act out the movie.

* Monday, Sept. 16, 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.) You are encouraged to bring your own supplies, since the library has a limited number of laptops and notebooks available. For ages 11 and up.

* Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 1:30 p.m. - Exploring Arts and Crafts - Wire Beaded Bracelets -- Registration is required for this particular session. In this session, memory wire will be used to create a beaded bracelet. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

* Thursday, Sept. 19, 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. Coloring pages designed especially for adults plus colored pencils will be provided.

* Friday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. - Buckingham Army Airfield in World War II -- Come to the library to learn about Buckingham Army Airfield and the important role it played during World War II. Historian Jim Zbick of the Southwest Florida Military Museum in Cape Coral will discuss the significance of this local historical site and take your questions.

Lots of great programs for teens and kids

There are so many programs for youngsters that there isn't enough room to fully describe all of them here! Visit the Lee County Library System website at www.leelibrary.net, 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. Advanced registration may be required for some teen activities, since space is limited. Visit www.leelibrary.net for details and registration info.

* Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. (Sept. 3, 17) - Chess Any-one?

* Monday, Sept. 9, at 4:30 p.m. - Fandom Night: Percy Jackson.

* Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 4:30 p.m. - Anime Club.

* Saturday Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. - Interactive Movie - "Frozen."

* Monday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m. - Writing Club.

* Monday, Sept. 23, at 4:30 p.m. - Teen Community Service Projects.

* Friday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m. - Buckingham Army Airfield in World War II

Fun programs & events for kids

All of the programs for kids are free, but registration may be required. Please be sure to visit www.lee-library.net or the library for details and registration information.

* Saturday Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. - Interactive Movie --"Frozen."

* Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. - Magnificent Mythology: A Rick Riordan Celebration -- Registration is for grades 3-5 only.

Storytimes for children and families

Listed here are the dates, times and descriptions for this month's storytimes. For ongoing storytimes, visit the Lee County Library System website www.leelibrary.net monthly to see schedules of Family Storytime, Preschool Storytime, Toddler Tales, Baby Rhyme Time and Special Needs Storytime at the Cape Coral Library or pick up a flyer at the library. Refer to website or flyer for any registration info.

* Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24) and Saturday (Sept. 28) at 10 a.m. - Family Storytime - For ages birth to 5 years. The whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of pre-reading skills. Please pick up a Storytime ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. Space is limited; first come, first served.

* Tuesdays, (Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24) at 11 a.m. - Preschool Storytime - For ages 3 to 5 years. Children attend this program independently while the caregiver waits nearby. Children who start kindergarten with pre-reading skills have an advantage. They are ready to learn to read. Your preschooler will continue to build relationships with other kids, books, and the library in a storytime designed specifically for them. The stories and activities are more complex, but just as fun!

* Wednesdays (Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25) at 10 a.m. - Toddler Tales -- For ages 18 to 36 months. Toddlers love activity and the chance to practice their growing language skills. This interactive and active time for toddlers and their favorite caregiver is designed to advance pre-reading and social skills. They'll experience storytelling, wordplay, felt board stories, fingerplays, puppets, singing, music-making, socializing, dancing and, of course, books. First come, first served. Please pick up a Storytime ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. Please model proper Storytime behavior by participating and staying in the room during this program.

* Thursdays (Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26) at 10 a.m. - Baby Rhyme Time - For ages birth to 18 months. Reading to babies right from birth stimulates their minds, develops language skills, and lays the foundation for later reading success. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance! It's a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and babies in the neighborhood. Caregivers are encouraged to model proper storytime etiquette by remaining in the room and participating with baby during this program. First come, first served. Please pick up a Storytime ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program.

* Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. - Special Needs Storytime -- This storytime emphasizes books, music, and sensory experiences designed for children with special needs. The library's welcoming environment will create a positive experience for children. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver, who will be an active participant in the program. Class size is limited to 10 children, plus their parents or caregivers. For children 3 to 12 years-old with special needs. Registration is required.

Library general information and regular hours

Phone number for Cape Coral Library: 239-533-4500. To register for programs & for information: www.leelibrary.net.

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.

The library will be closed on Sept. 2 for Labor Day.

To donate books for the Friends' book sale fundraisers

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 (one box or less) can be dropped off at the Cape Coral Library circulation desk. Please mention that they are donations for the Friends' book sale. For donations of two or three boxes, you may be asked to drive around to the back door of the library to drop them off. 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 clear message with your phone number, so someone can call you back.

Monica Rahman is Publicity Chair and Immediate Past President of the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.

 
 
 

 

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