June 16, 2016

Origami and Kirigami at the Southwest Library

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Stop by the Southwest library from June - August to see the origami and kiragami works of artist Al Aki, along with FOLD (Florida Origami Learners and Devotees) and The Online Paper Airplane Museum. While many people are familiar with origami, many are unaware of the art of kirigami, a variation of origami that includes paper folding and cutting to create beautiful designs.

Al Aki is a local origami artist, expert, and instructor with more than 20 years of experience. He has previously had shows at the Southwest Library, EPCOT, Disney Springs, and The Holy Land Experience. His specialties include animals, modular forms, and dollar bill origami.

For more information regarding this special exhibit, please contact Al at akial2003@yahoo.com.

May 31, 2016

Southwest Book Club Meets June 7

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Join the Southwest Book Club to discuss this month's selection, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret... a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century.

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, June 7
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. What were your initial theories about the bookstore's mysterious patrons and their project? What did you predict Manutius's message would be?

2. The characters remind us that fifteenth-century technologies of the book--from punch-cutting to typesetting--were met with fear and resistance, as well as with entrepreneurial competition and the need to teach new skills. How does this compare to the launch of e-books? If you try to picture what literacy will look like five hundred years from now, what do you see?

3. As Clay and the team of Google decoders take on the same challenge, what do they discover about the relative strengths of the human brain and technology?

4. Are Penumbra and his colleagues motivated only by a quest for immortality? If not, what are the other rewards of their labor-intensive work? Can books give their authors immortality?

5. How did you react to Gerritszoon's "message to eternity," revealed in the closing passages? How can his wisdom apply to your life?

Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com