Special to The Breeze
"What a little trouper you are," Dot Lee told the severely injured raccoon who finally yawned after days in a near-comatose state.
With that exclamation, Trouper's life and recovery have become celebrated in a book, speeches and appearances as well as on the Web. (Visit his website www.trouperraccoon.com or his facebook page, Trouper Lee.) On Sept. 5, at 2 p.m., Trouper and his amazing caretaker Dot Lee and author Kyle L. Miller will be at the Cape Coral Library where Trouper, whose injuries destroyed his sight, will amaze with his many unusual abilities. The program will fascinate any and all ages but students, especially, may want to take advantage of the opportunity to become certified teachers in the Wildlife Education Program. That Trouper is an eager poser for photos is one of the many lovable qualities he possesses. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library, registration is required - but the event is free.
On Sept. 21, at 10 a.m., The Friends of the Cape Coral Library have their first general meeting, following a summer hiatus. The public is invited to join the Friends for a morning of book and author discussions - a summer reading review of sorts. This is an opportunity to look the Friends over and enjoy the refreshments and the conversation.
On Sept. 24, at 9 a.m., Books and Banter returns after an August break. Discussions of favorite books and authors will be the topic.
Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m., throughout September - The English Caf is open to provide 90-minute sessions for adults to practice their "ingles" with the locals. Subjects include current events, cultural issues and life situations. Registration is not required.
Mondays at 3:30 p.m. - Craft Corner is open for knitting and crocheting projects. Materials are provided - or bring projects in progress. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library, registration is required.
Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. - Chess Anyone? Gives participants the chance to rise to the chess challenge. Everyone is welcome and sets are provided - or bring a personal set. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
Check Leelibrary.net for other on-going events.
In the Library Art Gallery through Sept.14:
Works by four members of the Cape Coral Art League are still on exhibit. A variety of different mediums are on display.
Barbara Hewitt's art journey began in childhood, in Michigan, and she continues to experiment in watercolor, acrylics and collage on paper and canvas. She has won awards in Southwest Florida and in her native state of Michigan for her seashores, birds, tropical vegetation and beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
Analilia Clay's paintings and drawings are also displayed in the library gallery. In addition to creating the two-dimensional art displayed in this exhibit, she dabbles in a variety of media: etching, sculpture, clay and wood carving. "I am currently working to master the art of Sumi-e. I have always loved this particular art form and have been wanting to experience it. With the guidance of a good artist friend of mine, Lynne Kemper, and a couple of workshops with accomplished Sumi-e Artist Frederica Marshall, I have finally been experiencing the wonderful art of Sumi-e," she said.
Randy Clay's pottery will remain on display. Clay has been creating pottery for forty years, creations not only known for their beauty but their function. "I find that experimenting with different clay bodies and glaze exhilarate because the combinations are endless with many pleasant surprises when I open the kiln after firing." Clay is also an award-winning photographer.
Naldyne K. Knight owns and operates Dolphin Wave Glass. She makes glass art pieces and creates custom commissioned pieces in fused glass bowls, dishes, jewelry and other unique glass art forms. Currently, she is working with AAE Glass where she teaches entry and midlevel classes and continues her advanced education. Naldyne is a self-starter with exposure working with many other mediums such as PMC, silver wrapping and glass bead making.
Katherine Busch is an associate artist at Dolphin Wave Glass. She has been working with glass for ten years and enjoys making beautiful, yet functional, art glass pieces.
Cape Coral Library hours
Closed Sept. 2, Labor Day; otherwise, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., MondayWednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. If you don't have a library card, getting one is free and easy. Just visit library.lee-county.com to apply online or stop by your library.
All Lee County Library System programs are free and open to the public. A sign language interpreter is available with 48 hours' notice. Call the Deaf Service Center at 461-0334 (voice) or 461-4348 (TTY). Assisted living devices are available. The Lee County Library System also offers free access to books, DVDs, videos, books on CD, electronic resources and other items from a vast collection.
The Lee County Library System makes it possible for people who ordinarily couldn't visit the library to enjoy reading through the Bookmobile, Books-by-MAIL, Talking Books and Literacy programs.
All of the money the Friends of the Cape Coral Library raise is through book sales, dues and other events used to purchase materials, furniture and other items that can not be included in the County library budget. Books, CDs, DVDs, etc. are accepted throughout the year for the book sales, the major fundraisers. (Next one beginning November 21st.) Small quantities can be delivered to the library circulation desk. Books can also be picked up at your home if you have a large donation which is tax deductable. (A receipt can be provided.) Leave a message on hotline: 349-2572 or e-mail capefriends.org.
Patty Duncan for the Friends of the Cape Coral Lee County Library; 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral 239-533-4500; TTY 485-1141.