January 26, 2016

Best-Selling Author Ken Eulo presents Writing Workshop January 30

Best-selling author and writer of screen, stage, and Broadway, Ken Eulo has more than 13 million books in print and in nine languages. He will discuss what he considers to be essential elements of writing.


Ken is the author of thirteen novels, five of which were national bestsellers. He has also written for several television series. As a Eugene O'Neill-award-winning playwright, his work has been produced on Broadway and at Lincoln Center in New York and at such regional theaters as Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and Arena Stage in Washington DC.

For beginner and advanced writers. Age: adult. Registration required. For more information and registration: southwest@ocls.info 407.835.7323

Saturday, January 30
2:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

January 25, 2016

Southwest Book Club Meets February 2

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Join the Southwest Book Club to discuss this month's selection The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore. Two kids with the same name were born blocks apart in the same decaying city within a few years apart. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, army officer, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. How did this happen?

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, February 2
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. In writing about the Wes Moore who is in prison, Wes Moore the author says, "The chilling truth is that his life could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his." What do you make of that statement? Do you think Moore is correct?

2. Both Wes's are given warnings (after an encouter with police/advice from Tony) about their behavior and its subsequent path. When do they face second chances? How are these different from last chances?

3. The overriding question of this book is what critical factors in the lives of these two men, who were similar in many ways, created such a vast difference in their destinies?

4. The author Wes asked the prisoner Wes, "when did you first know you were a man?" Talk about the significance of that question...and how each man responded.

Discussion questions obtained from litlovers.

January 9, 2016

Southwest Library Featured Artist - Dawn Wicklow

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The Southwest Library is pleased to present the art exhibit, It's a Beautiful World, featuring work by Dawn Wicklow. Her vivid paintings feature a combination of alcohol inks on Yupo paper and Chinese ink on rice paper. Dawn has taught numerous art workshops and her pieces have been accepted to various juried art shows. It's a Beautiful World can be seen throughout the library, and will be on display through March 31.

Join Dawn at the Southwest Library on Tuesday, January 19 at 7 p.m. as she discusses her exhibit and demonstrates her how she uses alcohol inks to create amazing works of art. Light refreshments will be served. While there, enter the drawing to win a signed limited edition reproduction of the painting, The Wisdom Keeper. (Must be present to win)

For more information on Dawn and her work,visit www.dawnwicklowfinearts.com

December 28, 2015

Southwest Book Club Meets January 5

BillBryson.jpg Start the New Year reading books by Bill Bryson with the Southwest Book Club. It's been said Bryson is "such a skilled and hilarious writer that he can transform even the least promising or most esoteric material into nonfiction books that are informative, accessible and laugh-out-loud funny." Bryson is perhaps best known for his travel books, including bestseller, A Walk in the Woods; but he has also written critically acclaimed books on the English language, science, and history. Be prepared to learn and laugh!

A list of Bryson titles available for check-out or home delivery from the Library may be obtained at the Customer Service desk at the Southwest Library or upon request via email.

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, January 5
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library