July 12, 2014

Southwest Book Club Meets July 15

light_between_oceans.jpg Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. This Australian author's award-winning debut novel tells the tragic story of lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel who, after discovering a baby in a shipwrecked boat, must face the terrible consequences of their decision to raise the child as their own.

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, July 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. Do you think characters in the book do anything 'wrong'?

2. Light, literally and metaphorically, is core to the story. The incandescence of Janus Light, the oil lamps, electric lamps, the candles and the darkness they stave off, all serve to illuminate the characters and their changing era. Discuss the meaning of light in The Light Between Oceans.

3. The author describes the structure of the book as resting on a series of triangles, with different characters becoming the fulcrum at different times - e.g. Tom/Izzy/Lucy; Hannah/Frank/Grace; Violet/Bill/Isabel; Tom/Ralph/Bluey; Septimus/Hannah/Gwen. Do you agree? If so, what effect do you think the changes in balance have on the reader's experience of the story?

Discussion questions obtained from http://www.milesfranklin.com.au/

July 7, 2014

Meet the Artist-Patricia Castro de Paez July 10

Come meet artist Patricia Castro de Paez and see her exhibit, Summer on display at the Southwest Library July through September. Her exhibit features whimsical and vibrate original water color flora paintings.

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Thursday, July 10
6:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

Light refreshments will be served.

July 2, 2014

Featured Artists at Southwest July -September

The Southwest Library is proud to present artists, Patricia Castro de Paez and Al Aki. Both artists have exhibits on display from July through September. Paez photo.JPGPatricia's exhibit, Summer is a collection of original water color paintings. Her love and respect for the natural environment is whimsically and passionately expressed in these vibrate flora paintings. A Meet the Artist event is scheduled on Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. To contact Patricia, email patriciapaezart@yahoo.com

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Al Aki's exhibit, Origami by Aki features several origami (the Japanese art of paper folding) pieces from the simple to the complex and intricate. One of the pieces, a swan contains 500 pieces of paper. Al is a local origami artist, expert, and instructor. He also is an actor. To contact Al, email: akial2003@yahoo.com; YouTube: Origami with Alvin Aki; and website: www.origamiland.com.