June 10, 2015

Summer Reading 2015 at Southwest Library

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Summer is just around the corner! Have you registered your child for OCLS's Summer Reading Program at the Southwest Library? The fun begins June 6 and runs through August 8. Seating is limited for some of the events, so please register with your valid OCLS library card in advance. You can register for programs by calling 407-835-7323 or in person at the Southwest Library. Camp Savvy classes require a valid OCLS juvenile library card for registration. Many of these programs are for ages 6-12. Please verify the age restrictions before signing your children up. For a list of the preschool programs (ages 3-5), click here.

For a list of Camp Savvy classes, click here.

This year, the Southwest Library Will present:

Every Movie Has a Hero - Pow! Bam! Zap! Hero up with this ultimate free summer movie series! Tuesdays, June 9 - August 4, 10:30 am.

Summer Fun Kickoff with MIX105.1 - MIX105.1 will help get the party started this summer with fun, interactive events for the entire family. Tuesday, June 9, 3 pm.

DoDad's Lab: Superhero Powers Revealed - This comedy show will reveal the secrets of super powers using science! Friday, June 12, 11 am.

Superhero Training Camp - Train your superhero brain. Uncover your powers and learn new skills to improve the hero in you! Monday, June 15, 3 pm.

Tampa Taiko Japanese Drumming - March to the beat of your own drum with this ancient martial art form. Experience the exciting music of these magnificent large-scale instruments.
Friday, June 19, 11 am.

Games Galore - The library is the place to be with fun games for you and me. Join us for board games and crafts galore! Monday, June 22, 3 pm.

Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre Presents Robin Hood - Action! Adventure! A great story with toe-tapping music based on Howard Pyle's The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, a classic tale created especially for children. Friday, June 26, 11 am.

Superhero Science - There is more to superheroes than what meets the eye. Explore the science behind their powers through hands-on activities that will transform your mind! Monday, June 29, 3 pm.

Super Summer Scientists - Get ready for exciting summer fun as we create and explore hands-on science activities that will transform your mind! Every Tuesday in July at 3 pm.

The Bucky & Gigi Show - Bucky & Gigi will amaze and amuse you with their comedic clown show full of magic, juggling, circus skills and more! Friday, July 10, 11 am.

Animal Super Powers - Move over, Superman! Make way for nature's superheroes. Learn what truly amazing animals can do with real super powers. Monday, July 13, 3 pm.

Meet a Gatorland Wrangler - Gatorland brings the wild to the library! Get up close and personal with snakes and gators and learn all about these amazing creatures. Friday, July 17, 11 am.

Avengers' Academy - Young comic fans, unite and celebrate Earth's mightiest of heroes. Marvel at our stories, crafts and activities. Monday, July 20, 3 pm.

The Incredible Mr. Bob - Watch Mr. Bob entertain and captivate with his unique, impressive and incredible juggling routine filled with audience participation. Friday, July 24, 11 am.

Wii Love Gaming -If you love gaming like we love gaming, come get your game on at the library!
Monday, July 27, 3 pm.

Mr. Tim the Comedy Magician - Mr. Tim is a bumbling magician whose magic never seems to go as planned. Can you help him make the day magical? Friday, July 31, 11 am.

Color Yourself Heroic - What superhero would you be? Choose a hero name, a superpower and more as we create our very own heroes! Monday, August 3, 3 pm.

Hands-On Wildlife - Touch animals and learn all about their different habitats. Presented by Hands-On Wildlife Safari. Friday, August 7, 11 am.

Don't miss out on all the fun! Register today!

June 9, 2015

Southwest Book Club Meets June 16

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Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba. A true story of tenacity and imagination describes how an African teenager built a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his home and his village, improving life for himself and his neighbors.

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.

Tuesday, June 16
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. What motivates people like William to attempt the unthinkable? How would you describe him to someone who's never heard of his achievement?

2. Malawi is an extremely poor nation. What are the causes of this poverty and what exacerbates it? How might these causes and influences be overcome? How has the West--think of organizations like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, run by Americans and Europeans--helped to contribute to nations like Malawi's troubles?

3. Many Americans criticize public schools and some even question the need for them. Others argue that money doesn't matter when it comes to education. How does William's experience address our own debates on the subject? Think about his school, and compare it to American schools. Might William's life be different if he had access to education without having to pay? How so?

4. What lessons did you take away from William's story?

Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com

May 30, 2015

Tai Chi Workshop June 3

tai chi.jpg Introduction to basic energy exercises (Qigong) and Tai Chi principles of movement. Learn about the many health benefits of Tai Chi including a healthy body, strong heart, and sharp mind. Taught by Jon Malone, Registered Yoga Teacher, Master Martial Art Instructor, and Tai Chi Sifu. Jon currently teaches Tai Chi at the YogaMatrix Studio in Dr. Phillips.

No prior Tai Chi experience needed. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes (flat soles, but no sandals) allowing for freedom of movement.

Registration required. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Wednesday, June 3
10:15 a.m.
Southwest Branch Library

May 16, 2015

Southwest Book Club Meets May 19

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Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss Orphan Train by Christina Baker Cline. A gripping story of friendship, second chances, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are. Close to aging out of the foster care system, Molly Ayer takes a position helping an elderly woman named Vivian and discovers that they are more alike than different.

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.

Tuesday, May 19
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. How did Vivian's first-person account of her youth and the present-day story from Molly's third-person-limited perspective work together? Did you prefer one story to the other? Did the juxtaposition reveal things that might not have emerged in a traditional narrative?

2. Vivian's name changes several times over the course of the novel: from Niamh Power to Dorothy Nielsen to Vivian Daly. How are these changes significant for her? How does each name represent a different phase of her life?

3. When Vivian finally shares the truth about the birth of her daughter and her decision to put May up for adoption she tells Molly that she was "selfish" and "afraid." Molly defends her and affirms Vivian's choice. How did you perceive Vivian's decision? Were you surprised she sent her child to be adopted after her own experiences with the Children's Aid Society?

4. In what ways, large and small, does Molly have an impact on Vivian's life? How does Vivian have an impact on Molly's?

Discussion questions obtained at Litlovers.com