August 22, 2016

Adult Summer Reading Prize Pack Winner

Nancy_Bedwell_ASR16.JPG Congratulations to Nancy, one of the Adult Summer Reading 2016 prize pack winners! Nancy is holding her favorite prize received in the pack.

August 17, 2016

Southwest Book Club Meets August 23


Join the Southwest Book Club to discuss this month's selection, Hanging Mary by Susan Higginbotham. Based on the true case of Mary Surratt, this novel of historical fiction transports readers to the final months of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln's assassination, and the aftermath.

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 Branch Library
Tuesday, August 23
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. Mary Surratt maintained until the very last she was innocent of the charges against her. Do you believe she was innocent of conspiring to kill the president? Of conspiring to kidnap him?

2. In prison, Mary tells Anna she is stronger than she realizes. Is she right? How do Anna and Nora change over the course of the novel?

3. While on the run, John Wilkes Booth wrote in his pocket calendar that his assassination of the president "was not wrong, unless God deems it so." Few would agree with him in President Lincoln's case, but can assassination ever be justified? What if one of numerous plots to assassinate Hitler had succeeded? What about the assassination of a terrorist leader?

Questions obtained from a reading group guide included in the novel.

July 28, 2016

Featured Artists at the Southwest Library - So Yeon Chen

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The Southwest Library is proud to present the talented So Yeon Chen. Her unique mixed-media paintings and moving photography exhibit, Direction, can be seen in the lounge and circular display July 1- September 30.

Influenced by artists such as Matisse, Miro, and Klimt as well as the pop-art movement of the 1950s-1970s, So Yeon uses oil paints to create vivid colors and striking images. Her daughter also inspired her to use toys in her art, as can be seen in several of the pieces in this exhibit. So Yeon dreams of leaving an artistic legacy for her daughter.

For more information on, please email her at or visit her website,