September 30, 2015

JJ Dennis Art Exhibit at the Southwest Library

jj_dennis.jpg The Southwest Library is pleased to present the artist JJ Dennis. Her exhibit, A Hat Full of Sky, can be seen throughout the library, and will be on display through December.

JJ Dennis is a local freelance writer and artist specializing in digital photography/manipulation, iPhoneography, and mixed media art. Her work has been featured at 1st Thursday events hosted by the Orlando Museum of Art, 127 SoBo in Winter Garden, and the Southwest Library. She was also a finalist in the 2015 Women in the Arts 'The Genius of Women' Art Competition. More of JJ's work can be found on her Etsy site, The Parlour Obscura. She can also be contacted at

Meet Jennifer at a Meet the Artist event Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

September 11, 2015

Southwest Book Club Meets September 15

sotomayor.jpg In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, join the Southwest Book Club to discuss My Beloved World by Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor. In 2009, Justice Sotomayor became the first Latina to be appointed to this high judicial office. Her book offers a portrait of her gritty South Bronx neighborhood and her extended Puerto Rican family, as well as details of the many challenges she faced during her growing up years and early career.

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, September 15
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. When she learns she has diabetes, Sotomayor thinks, "I probably wasn't going to live as long as most people...So I couldn't afford to waste time" [p. 99]. What does her reaction reveal about the way Sotomayor views herself and the possibilities available to her? In what ways does it establish a pattern for her behavior throughout her life? What other life events, like Sotomayor's chronic illness, can alter a person's outlook?

2.When Sotomayor arrives at Princeton she finds "that many of my classmates seemed to come from another planet and that that impression was reciprocated" [p. 160]. What role does gender and ethnicity play in her sense of isolation and insecurity? What helps her adjust to the unfamiliar, often unfriendly, atmosphere of Princeton? Are there other means that she might have tried?

3. What does she learn at Yale and later as an Assistant DA in New York City and as a lawyer in private practice about the assumptions made about her based on her gender and ethnicity? In what ways do her experiences in both the public and private sectors defy her assumptions? What assumptions about yourself do you regularly encounter and how do you deal with them?

4. What different groups does Sotomayor identify with in the course of her narrative? How does her self-image change as she pursues her education and career? How does she define herself at the memoir's end? How do you define yourself and your life?

5. How would you describe the tone of My Beloved World? Talk about the effects of her touches of humor (including self-mockery); frank appraisals of herself and others; and informal style on your appreciation of her story. Are there aspects of her life you think she should have explored more fully?

Questions obtained at