May 16, 2015

Southwest Book Club Meets May 19


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

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

May 5, 2015

Southwest Art Club Watercolor Workshop

The Southwest Art Club in partnership with Women in the Arts, Inc. held a watercolor workshop with instructor and artist Regine Dossche on Saturday, May 2 at the Southwest Library.
Reveling in a sense of accomplishment, some participants posed with their finished paintings. Beautiful job everyone!

May 4, 2015

10th Annual Southwest Author Series May 8

adventurers against their will.jpg joanie_bio_picture_2013_medium.jpg Join us for the 10th Annual Southwest Author Series. Florida native Joanie Schirm will speak about her award-winning book Adventurers Against Their Will and host a book sale and signing. To learn more about Schirm and her book, go to

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. This free event is presented in partnership with the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club.

Friday, May 8
Southwest Branch Library
6:00 p.m.

April 28, 2015

Urban Sketching with Thomas Thorspecken May 5

Urban Sketching or sometimes referred to as location sketching involves the artist portraying real life as it happens in front of him. This workshop will introduce simple and straightforward sketching techniques in pen, pencil and watercolor for all levels, from beginners to more practiced artists or sketchers.

Don't miss this opportunity to be introduced to an engaging art form by a master instructor!


Instructor Thomas Thorspecken, aka Thor is a prolific artist and journalist. Relocating to Orlando in 1993, Thor worked for Disney Feature Animation till the studio closed. He continued his passion for art through teaching and sketching. His blog, "Analog Artist Digital World" which Thor described as his way to become part of the community "one sketch at a time" launched in 2009. His book, Urban Sketching: The Complete Guide to Techniques was published in 2014. Thor was voted "Best Urban Sketcher in Orlando" in 2014 by Orlando Weekly. Thor recently became an instructor at Elite Animation Academy in Orlando. To learn more about Thor, visit his website This workshop is presented in partnership with Elite Animation Academy

Appropriate for ages 13 and up. Art supplies and materials provided. Registration required. For more information: 407.835.7323

Southwest Branch Library
Tuesday, May 5
6:00-8:00 p.m.

April 23, 2015

Southwest Library Featured Artist - Olga Lukavsky

The Southwest Library is pleased to present the painter, Olga Lukavsky. Olga's art is inspired by her travels through the Amazon as well as her life in Silicon Valley. Her vivid paintings feature landscapes and floral forms in various mediums, including oil, acrylic, and watercolor. Her work has also been previously featured in various places in Menlo Park, CA, including at the Menlo Park City Hall and the Menlo Park Senior Center. This vibrant exhibit can be seen throughout the library, and will be on display through June 30.

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If you are interested in finding out more information about the art or the artist, please email

April 21, 2015

Earth Day at Southwest April 22 Get a Free Begonia Plant

Celebrate Earth Day at Southwest Library! FIRST 40 people to complete our Earth Day word search get a FREE flowering begonia plant!


Make Earth Day today and every day! Ages 5-13

Southwest Branch Library
Wednesday, April 22
4:30 p.m.