February 1, 2017

Southwest Library Featured Artist - Raquel Palmieri

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The Southwest Library is pleased to present the art exhibit, A Centenarian's Appreciation for Beauty in Everyday Life and the Natural World, featuring oil paintings by Raquel Palmieri. Raquel passed away last year at 101. Though possessing a long love of art, Raquel didn't begin to create her beautiful works until after she had retired.

The Southwest library is hosting a retrospective in honor of Raquel on Saturday, February 18 from 2-4 p.m. The public is welcome to join family and friends to celebrate her life and art. Light refreshments will be served.

January 18, 2017

Southwest Book Club Meets January 24

flightofdreams.jpg Join the Southwest Book Club to discuss this month's selection, Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon. Giving free rein to countless theories of sabotage, charade, and mishap, this historical fiction novel takes the reader on the thrilling three-day transatlantic flight of the doomed Hindenburg through the voices and lives of its' passengers.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. No registration needed. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Southwest Branch Library
Tuesday, January 24
7:00 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. Lawhon tells the story of the Hindenburg's flight through a handful of characters. Which characters were most sympathetic, and who did you first suspect might be responsible for the disaster? Were you rooting the survival of any over the others...or for all equally?

2. What are the current theories to explain the cause of the explosion? How and why does Lawhon upend those theories?

3. How is the author able to create such suspense in a story for which every reader knows the outcome?

4. Do you see any parallels with Flight of Dreams and the 1997 movie The Titanic?

Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com