April 19, 2014

Southwest Art Club Sculpture Workshop May 3

Southwest Library is partnering with Women in the Arts Inc. to bring to the community high quality art programs in 2014.
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Participants of this one-day workshop will create a figurine sculpture using environmentally-friendly Powertex material.

Level-Beginner
Instructor-Regine Dossche; Women in the Arts

Suggested donation amount (for art materials and supplies)-$15.00
Cash or checks only. Checks made to: Women in the Arts Inc.
For 18 years and up. Open to women and men.
Registration required. Limited space.

To learn more about Women in the Arts Inc. go to www.womeninthearts.org

Saturday, May 3
1:00-5:00 P.M.
Southwest Library

For more workshop information and registration: southwest@ocls.info, 407.835.7323

April 10, 2014

Featured Artists at the Southwest Library - She Venezia & JJ Dennis

photo.JPGThe Southwest Library is proud to present the beautiful paintings of She Venezia as well as the unique mixed-media and photography of JJ Dennis. Both exhibits will be on display from April 1 - June 30.

She's exhibit, Say It With Animals, shows her joy of using mixed media and materials found in nature to capture the grace and elegance of different animals in her art. She states that, "trying to capture that certain look in their eyes, or the motion of their bodies provides a very therapeutic pastime...and I always make room for humor to enter the picture." She is also a member of the Orlando Chinese Brush Painting Society. For more information, please email She at shespider49@att.net.

mecocoa.jpg JJ Dennis's exhibit, What the Dickens!, is featured in the circular display at the back of the library. JJ is proud to be a part of the countywide celebration honoring the great Charles Dickens. Her mixed-media piece, A Solemn Consideration, was featured at the Orlando Museum of Art's What the Dickens! 1st Thursday event in March. She is a local freelance writer and artist specializing in digital photography/manipulation, iphoneography, and mixed media art.

Currently, her photography can be seen at 127 SoBo, the Winter Garden Art Association Gallery, and on May 1st at the Orlando Museum of Art's Inside/Out 1st Thursday event. More of JJ's work can be found on her Etsy site https://www.etsy.com/shop/theparlourobscura. She can also be contacted at jjdennis13@gmail.com.

April 8, 2014

Southwest Book Club Meets April 15

defending jacob.jpeg Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss the legal thriller, Defending Jacob by award-winning author William Landay. When his 14 -year- old son is charged with murder, assistant district attorney Andy Barber is torn between loyalty and justice as facts come to light that lead him to question how well he knows his son. Named one of the best books of the year.

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, April 15
7:00 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

Discussion Questions
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 was the most damning piece of evidence against Jacob? Was there anything that you felt exonerated him?

2. How does gender play into the narrative?

3. Is Andy a good father? Why or why not?

4. How do modern science and technology figure into the story?

Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com and Novelist Plus.

March 28, 2014

Bobbie Starr- Marks 5 Years of Volunteer Service at Southwest

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Roberta (Bobbie) Starr was recognized for five years of service as a Friends of the Library (FOL) volunteer at Southwest Library. For the past five years, Bobbie has been welcoming parents and their children every Thursday to Storytimes and assisting the storytellers with everything from keeping attendance records to providing "sound effects" for a story!

Many thanks to Bobbie for her great service and dedication to the Southwest Branch.

To find out more about the Friends of the Library Volunteer program, visit www.oclsfriends.info

March 25, 2014

Southwest Book Club Meet and Greet with Mirta Ojito at UCF Book Festival

The Southwest Book Club will be attending a Meet and Greet with author Mirta Ojito at the 5th Annual UCF Book Festival to discuss her book, Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town. Drawing on firsthand interviews and on-the-ground reporting, journalist Ojito documents the true story of a Long Island immigrant's murder in 2008. With a strong commitment to telling all sides of the story, Ojito unravels the engrossing narrative with objectivity and insight, providing an invaluable look at one of America's most pressing issues.
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Ojito, a newspaper reporter since 1987, has worked for the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, and, from 1996 to 2002, the New York Times, where she covered immigration, among other beats, for the Metro desk. She has received numerous awards, including a shared Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 for a series in the Times about race in America. The author of Finding MaƱana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York City.

If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Sandy at Southwest Library for further details at southwest@ocls.info or call 407.835.7323. Admission to the Festival is free.

What: Southwest Book Club's Meet and Greet with Mirta Ojito
When: Saturday, April 5 10:00 a.m.
Where: UCF Book Festival at the UCF Arena


March 24, 2014

Southwest Art Club Portrait Drawing Workshop - April 5

Southwest Library is partnering with Women in the Arts Inc. to bring to the community high quality art programs in 2014.
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At this one-day workshop participants will learn to draw a self-portrait, improve observation skills, using line, shape, light, shade, proportion, and composition.

Level-Beginner to Intermediate
Instructor-Xiomara Aleksic; Women in the Arts

Suggested donation amount (for art materials and supplies)-$15.00
Cash or checks only. Checks made to Women in the Arts Inc.

For 18 years and up. Open to women and men.
Registration required. Limited space.

To learn more about Women in the Arts Inc. go to www.womeninthearts.org

Saturday, April 5
2:00-5:00 P.M.
Southwest Library

For more workshop information and registration: southwest@ocls.info, 407.835.7323