July 27, 2015

Stress Buster Coloring Hour for Adults August 3 and 12

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Life got you stressed? Unwind at the Library. Turn off your phone, unplug your computer, and join us for an hour of stress busting coloring for adults. Adults all over the world are discovering the relaxing, stress-reducing, and meditative benefits of coloring. Besides, it's just plain fun!

All supplies you need to color away your stress are provided. But, feel free to bring your favorite crayons, colored pencils, or markers. For ages 18 and up. For more information, call 407.835.7323; email southwest@ocls.info

Southwest Library
Monday, August 3 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 12 10:30 a.m.

July 14, 2015

Southwest Book Club Meets July 21

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Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure. A gifted architect reluctantly begins a secret life devising ingenious hiding places for Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris. A thrilling debut novel of World War II Paris written by an architect.

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. #asr15

Tuesday, July 21
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

If you are unable to attend the meeting or 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. In the beginning of the novel, Lucien didn't care about what happened to the Jews. Discuss how his character evolved throughout the novel. How did your opinion of him change?

2. One reason Lucien helped Jews was to get architectural commissions from Manet. Did you agree with the French Resistance? Did Lucien's love of design and the need to prove his talent cross the line into collaboration with the enemy?

3. Discuss the unusual relationship between Lucien and Herzog. Can two men from warring countries be friends?

4. It's easy to say, knowing what we do about the horrors that occurred during WWII, that we would have helped Jews with nowhere to hide. How do you think you'd react if a similar situation occurred today? Do you think it's even possible for a similar situation to occur in our day and age? Why? Why not?

Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com

July 13, 2015

Whole Lot of Nonfiction Book Club Meets July 20

The Whole Lot of Nonfiction Book Club celebrates the superhero in you! Join us for a discussion of Jill Lepore's book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman.
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Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history. Lepore traces the character's creation and enduring popularity; drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.
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Due to limited copies in the library's collection, an alternative read is offered- Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine by Tim Hanley; an equally recent compelling close look at this iconic heroine. Wonder Woman Unbound is always available for check-out as an eBook on Freading at ocls.info/freading.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets bimonthly at the Southwest Branch Library. No registration needed. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info. #asr15

July 9, 2015

Featured Artists at the Southwest Library - She Venezia & Al Aki


The Southwest Library is proud to present the beautiful paintings of She Venezia and Al Aki's intricate origami. Both exhibits will be on display from July 1 - September 30.

She's exhibit, Mother and Child, shows her joy of using mixed media and materials found in nature to capture the grace and elegance of different animals in her art. She states that, "trying to capture that certain look in their eyes, or the motion of their bodies provides a very therapeutic pastime...and I always make room for humor to enter the picture." For more information, please call She at 407-290-1190 or email her at shespider49@att.net.

Stop by the Customer Service Desk for details about the Mother and Child contest. View the art exhibit and complete the contest sheet to be a possible prize winner!

Al's exhibit, Dollar Origami, is based on the two-hundred year-old art of folding paper currency. Al is a local origami artist, expert, and instructor. For more on Al's origami email him at akial2003@yahoo.com.