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December 21, 2006

Computer Tips and Tricks: From Double-Click to Single Click

Normally you open your files and folders by double-clicking on them. If you are having difficulty double-clicking or just want to open items more quickly and consistently, you can customize Windows XP to open items with a single mouse click instead of a double-click.
Just follow these easy steps:
  1. In any folder window, click the Tools menu.
  2. Select Folder Options.

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  4. In the Folder Options dialog box, select the General tab.
  5. Click the Single-click to open an item option. If you don't like the look of all those underlined files and folders, click the Underline icon titles only when I point at them option.
  6. Click OK to exit.
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Keep on checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info

December 19, 2006

It's a LibraryThing

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You know who you are.

You have hundreds of books stacked in piles or haphazardly on shelves. You love books and talking about them with other book lovers. Finally, what if you could easily catalog your library of books (no more messy "can't read my own writing" lists or tedious WORD document creations); connect with other book lovers who have similar libraries; or have recommendations made to you based on your library? No more "what if's"! Welcome to LibraryThing

Named by PC Magazine as one of the five best services of 2006 (Skype was another service named). "If you love books, and love people who love books, LibraryThing is for you. Start by using the service to catalog your book collection: Tag your books by topic, share your catalog with others, and then endlessly browse the titles that they have on their shelves." (PC Magazine, February 2006)

All you need to get started is to create a user name and password. LibraryThing allows you to catalog up to 200 titles for free; as many as you like for $10 (year) or $25 (life). Go ahead and take the tour today.

Computer Tips and Tricks: Customizing Your Start Menu

Customizing the Windows XP Start menu will give yourself quick access to the programs that you use most often.
The items on the Start menu such as My Computer and Internet are very handy because they require just two clicks to launch. To start up all your other programs, you must click All Programs and then negotiate one or more submenus. You can avoid this extra work by pinning the icons of the programs you frequently use permanently to the Start menu.

To pin an item to your Start menu:
  1. Click the Start buttons.
  2. Click All Programs.
  3. Open the submenu that contains the program you want to pin to the Start menu.
  4. Right-click the program icon.
  5. Click Pin to Start menu.

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Also remember that you can remove a pinned item by right-clicking the item and then clicking Unpin from Start menu.

Keep on checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info

Blood Drive on Jan. 3 @ Southwest Branch Library

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Wednesday, January 3 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

Other Benefits:
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations you receive $10 in Darden Restraurant Gift Certificates)
*Free mini physical.

Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org (Enter Account Sponsor Code of 42345) or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

Help save lives-give blood on January 3!

December 12, 2006

Tech News to Use - Online Communities Important to Many People

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The Digital Future Project recently released its sixth annual report concerning the Web's impact on society. Some of the major findings:

* 43 % of Americans who belong to online communities feel just as strongly about their membership in them as their real-world communites.
*More than 40% of Internet users say the Web helps them stay in touch more with family and friends.
*The number of U. S. bloggers and the number of people who post photos has doubled since 2003.
*Majority of parents feel their kids spent the right amount of time on the Web.
*Despite kids' opinion that Web access helps their schoolwork, 3/4 of parents report no change in their grades.

The overall findings seem to indicate the Internet's growing importance in the social lives of Americans.

Click here to read the complete article.


December 6, 2006

Computer Tips and Tricks: Print Your Folders

Would you like to know how to print a folder in Windows XP? Usually, if you have a folder containing 10 Word documents, you would select each and every document and print it. But wouldn't it be nice if you could print them all at once without spending too much time?
Windows XP does not have the option of selecting a folder and printing it, but you can make your own by writing a small batch file and placing it in the right location.

First, open your Notepad program (Start->All Programs->Accessories->Notepad) and type the following contents carefully, each on a separate line.

@echo off
dir%1/-P/O:gin>
"%temp%\listing"
Start/wnotepad/P"%temp%\listing"
del"%temp%%\listing"
exit


Next, you need to save this as Printdir.bat and store it in the location of C:\Windows\ (get here by double clicking the My Computer icon on your desktop, select the C: drive and find the Windows folder).
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Note: You can give any name to the file but it should have the .bat extension and remember when you save it, change the Save As Type from Text documents to All files.

You now have successfully created a batch file. Now do the following steps to bring up the option to print the folder.
  1. Double click on My Computer icon from your desktop.
  2. From the Tools menu, select Folder Options.
  3. Click on the File Types tab.
  4. Under "Registered File Types", select the File type called Folder and click on Advanced.

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  6. The Edit File Type box will open, and then click on a button called New.
  7. In the New Action dialogue box, type Print Directory under the Action option.
  8. Under the "Application used to perform action" option, select C:\Windows\Printdir.bat (the path where your Notepad file is located) with the help pf the Browse button.

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  10. Click OK to close the dialogue boxes.

Now, right-click on any folder and you will find the Print Directory option, where all the files in that folder will be printed, if you select them.
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Keep on checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info

December 4, 2006

Southwest's New Look Update

The remodeling of Southwest's entrance is near completion. In the last few weeks a bright red wallcovering was put on the back wall and a great looking display case was installed. Just a few more details to be added and Southwest's new look will be finished!

This remodeling project is part of the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club Library Project (see March 29, 2006 post on this blog).

Come in and see the more bright and beautiful entrance. Watch for more Library Project updates and photos on this blog.
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November 29, 2006

Wanna' Write a Book? December 6

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Have you always wanted to write a book but not sure how to start? Then join published author and Central Florida Romance Writers member Louise Gougeon on Wednesday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m. and learn the process of writing a book.

Reservations are required. Please call 407.835.7481, (TDD) 407.835.7641.

Any person requiring special accommodations to participate due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting the location where the event is held at least seven days prior to the event.

Fingerprinting and Photo ID for Children December 4

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Free electronic fingerprinting and photo ID offered by the Children's Safety Village of the Orange County Sheriff's Office will be held at the Southwest Library on Monday, December 4 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

This free service is for children ages 2 and up. The parent retains the cards and no records are kept by law enforcement.

Reservations are required. You can make an appointment/reservation by calling 407.835.7481; TDD: 407.835.764.

If you have further questions, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest(at)ocls.info

Note: Any person requiring special accommodations to participate due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting the location where the event is held at least seven day prior to the event.

November 27, 2006

Photo Gallery - Southwest Librarians Receive Service Awards

Recently, OCLS's Director/CEO, Mary Anne Hodel stopped by the Southwest Library to give librarians, Diane Walker and Sandy Mayer each a "Years of Service Award." Diane (top photo) has been with the Orange County Library System for 30 years; Sandy (bottom photo) for 5 years.
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Southwest Book Club Meets December 5

ldod.gifThe Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in the meeting room at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant.

Diamant writes a rich and captivating novel set in 1800's Cape Ann, Massachusetts of society's cast-offs trying to make a living in a harsh environment. Diamant admits it is fiction based lightly upon historical record which is spotty at best when it comes to the village of Dogtown, a hamlet once existing on the rocky coastline of Massachusetts Bay in the heart of Cape Ann. But Diamant, author of The Red Tent once again brings to life characters (including the dogs of Dogtown) living in a place and time history has all but forgotten.

The Southwest Book Club meets the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Anyone age 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info

November 21, 2006

Computer Tips and Tricks: Internet Browsers

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When surfing the net, most users have Internet Explorer as their browsers. The tip for today is to familiarize yourselves with other internet browsers that you can download and use. Below is a list of some popular browsers and their features:
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer - the new version (check our previous blog) features tabbed web browsing, RSS feed integration, multiple search engines, and security changes.
  • Mozilla Firefox - an open source browser featuring tabbed browsing, customization via feature extensions and UI themes, RSS support, news, forums, and more.
  • Netscape Browser - has a security center for adware and spyware protection, identity theft protection, real-time feeds, site controls, and more.
  • Opera Browser - features bitTorent, site preferences, content blocker, thumbnail preview, widgets, and more.
  • Maxthon Browser - a highly customizable interface based on the Internet Explorer engine.
  • Flock Browser - browser that integrates social networking, photo uploading, bookmarks, and other features.
  • Safari Browser - a KHTML-based web browser with a built-in RSS manager for Apple Computers and optimized for Mac OS X.


Keep on checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info

OCLS and MySpace

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The Orange County Library System has created a MySpace account which is geared toward the younger generation. The teen MySpace page is created in order to reach teens in Orange County and raise awareness about the programs and services the library offers. This will also provide opportunities for teens to communicate with the library and each other.
Feel free to check the site at http://www.myspace.com/ocls.

~Information, Imagination, Inspiration~

November 20, 2006

Joshua Mantyla Paper Clip Art Exhibit November/December 2006

Most people use paper clips as a simple and quick way to hold papers together. Well, artist Joshua Mantyla has found another use for them. He creates paper clip sculptures! Yes, that's right -sculptures from a small motorcyle with rotating wheels to a 3-foot mouse - all made from paper clips.

The first piece of paper clip art made by Joshua was a flower for a girlfriend. Next he began twisting up flowers for all his co-workers. Then a friend challenged him to make something bigger. The friendly challenge resulted in a paper clip dog sculpture. The friend was impressed and Joshua's experimentation with creating paper clip sculptures just kept growing. Joshua has no formal art training. The closest "artistic" experience he can think of is taking four years of high school shop. When it comes to creating his paper clip art, Joshua states all he does is "first see with my eyes, then I try to see the object with my mind's eye.

Joshua's paper clip art will be on exhibit at the Southwest Library November/December 2006. Come in and see this unique art form. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info
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The big mouse took Joshua 3,000 total hours to complete.

November 13, 2006

Tom Davis Photography Exhibit - "The Beauty of Realism"

Tom Davis, professional chef and hobbyist photographer is currently exhibiting his photography titled "The Beauty of Realism" at the Southwest Library through January 2007. His photos feature nature, animals, people and food. Tom, a chef could not leave out this last category!

Tom's interest in photography began at age 11 when his father bought him his first camera. In high school, Tom got to use a 35 mm for the first time. Tom continues to learn more about photography by reading books, practicing, and by trial and error. Tom states, "As a photographer, I like to capture the natural beauty of the subject. I use some manipulation, but prefer to see things for what they are. Some subjects you only have a short time to photograph or they are gone or forever changed. Sometime you have to wait for the right moment."

For more information, email southwest(at)ocls.info or call 407.835.7323
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Publishers Weekly Top 100 Books for 2006

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Publishers Weekly recently released their picks for the 100 top books of 2006. The picks are divided into various categories including: fiction, poetry, mysteries, science fiction/fantasy/horror, romance, comics, religion, religious fiction, nonfiction, lifestyle, and childrens' books. For more information and a complete list of the categories and titles, click here.

Publishers Weekly is an American weekly trade news magazine targeted at publishers, librarians, booksellers and literary agents. It carries the tagline, "The International News Magazine of Book Publishing and Bookselling."

To check for availability of Publishers Weekly top titles and to request home delivery, please go to our library catalog at www.ocls.info or call 407.835.7323

November 8, 2006

Computer Tips and Tricks: Creating Desktop Icons

If you accidentally deleted an icon in your desktop or would like to make a shortcut icon of any program, just follow these simple steps:
  1. Click on Start->All Programs.
  2. Right-click on any program that you want to create a desktop icon.
  3. Move your mouse to Send to.
  4. Click on Desktop Create Shortcut.
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You can also create a shortcut icon in your desktop of a web page that you frequently visit.
  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Go the site/page that you want to create a shortcut.
  3. Click on the File menu.
  4. Scroll down to Send to and select Shortcut to Desktop.
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Keep on checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info

November 6, 2006

The Best in Beauty November 8

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Take some time for yourself and come to the Southwest Library for a little spa treatment on Wednesday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m.

The Sanctuary Salon and Day Spa staff will be offering free beauty treatments - eyebrow threading, skin and hair consultations or a mini-massage, plus answering all your beauty questions.

So get that spa glow! But hurry, regisration is required. Please call 407.835.7481 for more information and to reserve your appoinment time today.

For more information about the Sanctuary Salon & Day Spa, please click here. They are located at 8911 Conroy Windermere Rd, Orlando, Florida 32835.

October 30, 2006

Southwest Book Club Meets November 7

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One of Russia's greatest playwrights and short story authors, Forty Stories is a collection of Chekhov's short stories from 1883-1903. Chekhov paints a painfully accurate portrait of the Russian character with wit, compassion and keen insightfulness.

The Southwest Book Club meets the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Anyone age 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info

October 23, 2006

Computer Tips and Tricks: Internet Explorer 7

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On October 18th, Microsoft announced the release of Internet Explorer 7. This is the biggest upgrade for the popular web browser since 2001 and it has promised to bring new features that will provide better online security and increase the ease of use. Some of these features are as follows:
  • Simplified User Experience
  • Advanced Printing
  • RSS Feeds
  • Tabbed Browsing (My Favorite!)
  • Page Zoom which includes both text and graphics
  • Phishing Filter
  • Address Bar Protection
  • URL Handling Security<.li>
  • CSS Improvements
Here is a sample screenshot.
Click here to enlarge

If you use Windows XP, downloading IE 7 should be easy. It is also designed to work right along with the new operating system, Microsoft Vista, when it comes out. To start enjoying its new features, click here to download it now. Enjoy!

Keep on checking our blog for more computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info

Southwest's New Look!

For the past few weeks, Southwest customers have walked in on a mess! Contractors have been busy remodeling the front entrance - putting in new flooring, lights, and wall covering. The project is almost complete with only some more wall covering and display furniture left to install. This remodeling project is part of the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club Library Project (see March 29, 2006 post on this blog).

Come in and see the more bright and beautiful entrance. Watch for more Library Project updates and photos on this blog.

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October 16, 2006

Sandra Namur Art Exhibit

The Southwest Library is pleased to present "A Mother's Peace: Paintings in the Impressionism Style," an exhibit by local artist Sandra Namur. Sandra's paintings will be on display October through December.
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Sandra was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She completed her first picture at age five and has not stopped creating art. She is a master of drawing and other art techniques. Sandra has won numerous awards for her art from around the world including Brazil, Paris and Mexico. In 2004, her painting "Paris Garden" (shown above on right) was on exhibit at the Orlando Museum of Art. Sandra is married and a mother of two sons. Her greatest artistic inspiration is the 19th century Impressionist painters. But she draws much inspiration from her family too. In fact, family and painting bring much peace to her heart.

For questions or comments about the exhibit, please call 407.835.7323 or email mayer.sandy(at)ocls.info. Also, be sure to stop and see the display of art books on Impressionism and Impressionist artists.

Tech News to Use - MySpace and Partners Offering Parents Help

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No doubt MySpace has become a successful online social network phenonemem --with more than 100 million profiles created by users, including chief executives and Fortune 500 companies. Unfortunately, child predators have made it "TheirSpace" too. But there is more good news. MySpace will announce a partnership with Seventeen magazine, the National School Boards Association and the National Association of Independent Schools to offer parents tips on how to protect minors online. Brochures will also be distributed to about 55,000 schools representing grades 7 through 12 in the United States during October.

To download the guide for parents, surfers can click on "Safety Tips" found at the bottom of MySpace's home page. It also offers an option for parents to remove their child's profile, information on monitoring software, and links to other Internet safety resources.

For the complete article, "Seventeen, Schools to Help MySpace Educate Parents" found at ZDNet, click here.

October 11, 2006

Patio Concert with Doug Spears October 18

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Join us on the patio for a chance to sit back, relax and relish this live performance with guitarist, Doug Spears on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.

*Well-crafted lyrics
*Memorable melodies
*Smooth, rich vocals
This is a formula for great contemporary folk music - that's Doug Spears!

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Computer Tips and Tricks: Keyboard Shortcuts


Learn some of these keyboard shortcuts for Windows:
  • CTRL+C: Copy
  • CTRL+X: Cut
  • CTRL+V: Paste
  • CTRL+Z: Undo the last command
  • CTRL+B: Bold
  • CTRL+U: Underline
  • CTRL+I: Italic
  • F1: Help
  • CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu
  • ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs
  • ALT+F4: Quit program
  • SHIFT+DELETE: Deletes an item permanently without placing it in the Recycle Bin
  • CTRL+A: Select all the items in the current window
  • CTRL+TAB: Move through the property tabs
  • Windows Logo: Opens Start menu
  • Windows Logo+R: Opens Run dialog box
  • Windows Logo+M: Minimize all
  • Windows Logo+E: Opens Windows Explorer
  • Windows Logo+F: Find files or folders
  • Windows Logo+S: Toggles CAPS LOCK on and off

Keep on checking our blog for more weekly computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.

For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info.

October 5, 2006

OCLS enters the world of YouTube

Check out this OCLS promotional video in YouTube. Feel free to leave comments as well.

Computer Tips and Tricks: Customizing Your Toolbar

Did you know you can easily customize your Internet toolbar? Just follow these quick, easy steps using Internet Explorer(version 6 and below):
  1. Click on the View Menu.
  2. Scroll down to Toolbars and select Customize.

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  4. Customize your toolbar by adding or removing any toolbar buttons. You can also change their locations by selecting Move Up or Move Down, and change the view by using the Text and Icon Options.

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  6. Click Close to apply your changes
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After:
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Easy, right?

Keep on checking our blog for more weekly computer tips and tricks. Also, register for computer classes at any Orange County library. Remember these classes are free for Orange County residents.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info.

Spanish Music at the Library October 7

Celebrate National Hispanic Month at Southwest Library!
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Come listen to members of the St. John Vianney Choir perform Spanish music on Saturday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m.
The choir has performed and delighted Southwest patrons in the past with their vocal and instrumental arrangements. So sing along, dance or just watch. Enjoy!

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Blood Drive on Oct. 25th @ Southwest

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The Little Red Bus Team is doing another Blood Drive on Wednesday, October 25th, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Southwest Library.
Additionally, they have a new program called eDonor where you can view your donating history as well as make appointments online. Just log onto www.fbcdonor.org to make an appointment. (Enter Account Sponsor Code of 42345)

Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

Benefits you can receive:
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations you receive $10 in Darden Restraurant Gift Certificates)
*Buy one...get one free admission to Silver Springs (valid up to 6 people- coupon expires 12/31/06)***
*50% off one-day two park ticket or a two-day ticket to both Universal Orlando parks (donor only)***
*Free mini physical.

***while supplies last

Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

September 27, 2006

Computer Tips and Tricks: WordArt and More

If you want to add a “special effect” to a title or other text in your Microsoft Word document, use WordArt. WordArt enables text effects such as skewing, shadowing, stretching and more in different shapes and colors. To add WordArt:
  1. Click on Insert Menu.
  2. Scroll down to Picture and select WordArt.
  3. Select the style you want from the gallery and click OK.
  4. Choose your font type and size then type in your text and click OK.

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You can customize your WordArt by using the WordArt toolbar. If you can't see the toolbar, just right-click anywhere in your WordArt and select Show Format Toolbar. From here, you can edit your text or change it's style. You can also change the color of your WordArt by selecting the formatwordart.JPG icon in the toolbar. A display box will show and you will be able to change your fill or line colors. Use Fill Effects if you'd like to see different effects or patterns.
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You'll learn more of Microsoft Word features by taking computer classes at any Orange County library. For more information, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out www.ocls.info.

Photo Gallery - Advanced Origami with Al Aki

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Experienced paper folders came to the library on Saturday, September 23 to advance their skills in origami with instructor Al Aki.

September 26, 2006

Southwest Book Club Welcomes Author Sharon Hinck October 3

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The Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in the library meeting room. Author Sharon Hinck will be discussing her book, The Secret Life of Becky Miller via online interactive chat. If you are unable to come to the library but would like to attend this discussion, you may log on to your computer at www.ocls.info/loe at least 15 minutes before the discussion starts.

Becky Miller, ordinary wife and mother wishes to do great things for family, friends and God. The Secret Life of Becky Miller is light-hearted and humorous "Mom-Lit," but with a far-reaching message for all of us who are striving to "do it all" and searching for the grand purpose of our lives. For more information about the author and her book, click here.

The Southwest Book Club meets the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Anyone age 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info

September 21, 2006

Mind Your Own Knitting September 30

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Join us for a free knitting class sponsored by Knit and Knot on Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 3:30 p.m.

Bring your creativity and enthusiasm. Materials will be provided. Plus watch a spinning wheel demonstration of how yarn is made. All ages are welcome.

For more information regarding this program, call 407.835.7323.

Did you know the library has many materials such as books, DVDs, and VHS to help you learn how to knit or do other needlecrafts? Check our library catalog at www.ocls.info for material selections.

September 20, 2006

Computer Tips and Tricks: Maintain a Healthy PC

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Would you like to have a faster computer? Do you have too many unused files that you would like to get rid of? Just use these simple tips:
Delete temporary files with Disk Cleanup Utility
  1. Double-click on My Computer.
  2. Right-Click on the drive you want to clean.
  3. Choose Properties.
  4. In the General tab, click on Disk Cleanup.
  5. Place checks on all the boxes which you want to remove the files from and click OK.
Check your disk with Scandisk
  1. Follow above steps 1-3.
  2. Click the tab labeled Tools.
  3. Click the button Check Now.
Defragment your PC to help your computer run faster
  1. Follow same steps 1-3.
  2. Click the tab labeled Tools.
  3. Click the button Defragment.
Do these procedures occassionally to keep your computer healthy. If you would like to learn more about this, sign up for Protect Your PC class. Southwest library is offering this class for the month of October so feel free to register.
For more information about the classes, check it out at www.ocls.info.

September 18, 2006

Advanced Origami with Al Aki September 23

Take your origami skills to the next level this Saturday!

Experienced paper folders can learn to construct advanced origami shapes during a class with Al Aki, owner of Origami by Aki this Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 12:30 p.m. This class is not for beginners or those with little origami experience. To demonstrate folding skills, please bring a "crane" which you have completed to the class for the instructor to view.

Registration is required. For more information and registration, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at)ocls.info

September 14, 2006

Computer Tips and Tricks: Text Size

Do you get disappointed when you view something on the Internet like an article and the text is sometimes too small that you can even hardly read it? This is probably because your text size is setup too small or the webpage itself has their text defaulted to small font.
To fix this, this is what you need to do:
1. Click on the View Menu
2. Move mouse pointer to Text Size
3. Select your desired text size (Medium, Larger, or Largest)

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Now you can view the page better. But keep in mind that if you do make the text big and you want to print the page, it will take up more paper to print it.

Always check our blog to learn more computer tips and tricks. Better yet, learn all of this by attending computer classes at any Orange County library.

For more information about the classes, check it out at www.ocls.info.


September 13, 2006

Tech News to Use - 'The Blackberry Thumb'

blackberrytwo.GIF According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), you can now add the "Blackberry Thumb" to a list of workplace maladies.

BlackBerry Thumb refers to an increasingly common, repetitive-stress injury stemming from use of the popular handheld electronic devices. This stress injury causes pain and/or numbness in the thumbs and joints of the hands.
The condition is caused by spending too much time on these devices -- checking and composing e-mails, instant messaging, and accessing the Internet.

What makes it worse is heldhand devices are no longer limited to the workplace as more and more people use them after-work hours to stay in touch with family and friends. And for those middle-agers who overuse the handheld devices, an underlying arthritis condition may be aggravated.

To read the article, including tips by the APTA on how to avoid the "Blackberry Thumb," click here.

September 12, 2006

Al Aki Origami Exhibit September-October 2006

Local artist, Al Aki is well-known to the Southwest Library community. This is Mr. Aki's fourth origami exhibit at the library since 2003. His origami pieces are always popular with children and adults. He has also taught several origami classes for children and adults at the library. Mr. Aki has been a origami teacher and demonstrator for many years and owns his own business Origami by Aki. He also is involved in missionary work and acting.

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Mr. Aki's origami exhibit will be on display at the Southwest Library during September and October in the circular display located in the center of the library.

Experienced paper folders plan to attend Mr. Aki's class, "Advanced Origami" on Saturday, September 23 at 12:30 p.m. Registration is required and the completion of a "crane" prior to attending the class. For more information about the exhibit or Mr. Aki's upcoming class, call 407.835.7323 or email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info

September 7, 2006

Acupuncture: A-Z Questions and Answers

Join Dr. Farrance, Acupuncutre physician for a discussion on all you need to know about accumpunture, Saturday September 16 at 2 p.m. Registration is required, so please call 407.835.7323 to reserve your spot today. Any questions or comments can be directed towards Diane Walker by email at walker.diane [at] ocls.info

Stress Solutions Program

Learn simple body and mind techniques to manage stress this Saturday, September 16th at 11 a.m. Join us for a fun and inspirational program taught by Ariel Albani, Certified Wellness Facilitator, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master. Registartion is required, so please call 407.835.7323. Any questions or comments can be directed to Sandy Mayer at mayer.sandy [at] ocls.info

For more information about the presenter, click here.

September 6, 2006

Colon Cancer: Prevention Nutrition and Screening

Join Denise Fusselman of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando in a discussion of prevention and treatment of Colon Cancer on Saturday, September 9 at 2 p.m. Registration is required, so please call 407.835.7323. Any comments or questions, please email walker.diane [at] ocls.info

For information about M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and about colon cancer, click here.

August 29, 2006

Southwest Book Club Meets September 5

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The Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in the library to discuss the book Lipstick Jihad by Azadeh Moaveni.

Lipstick Jihad is Moaveni's memoir of growing up Iranian in Amercia and American in Iran. Moaveni, an American child of Iranian exiles during the Islamic Revolution eloquently describes her personal search to "figure out her relationship" to Iran. Moaveni's childhood and adolesence did not prepare her for the realities she faced working as a journalist in Tehran during 2000-2001. Moaveni gives the reader insightful descriptions of recent Iranian history, culture and the Islamic Revolution; and of the struggle to integrate two cultures within herself.

The Southwest Book Club meets the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Anyone age 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info

August 22, 2006

Children Informational DVD and VHS Tapes Have Moved

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Where have all the children's informational tapes gone? You know the ones with the Dewey Decimel numbers on them.

During the last few weeks the Southwest Library shelvers have been busy moving all the children's tapes from their old location to join the juvenile nonfiction books side by side on the shelves. For example, if a patron is looking for a book about improving math skills, math-related DVD or VHS tapes will be found shelved right with the books...and that goes ditto for geography, history. science, etc. Patrons now can enjoy a sort of "one-stop shopping" when it comes to children's nonfiction/informational materials! Also, library staff hope the move will increase patrons' awareness of the library's great audio-visual informational materials.

So far the comments from patrons regarding the move have been positive. Please let us know what you think. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

August 16, 2006

Blood Drive on Aug. 30 @ Southwest

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 30 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

Other Benefits:
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations you receive $10 in Darden Restraurant Gift Certificates)
*Buy one...get one free admission to Silver Springs (valid up to 6 people- coupon expires 12/31/06)
*$21 admission to Wet n' Wild (admission for donor only- coupon valid thru 09/30/06)
*Free mini physical.

Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

Help save lives-give blood on August 30!

August 14, 2006

It's Back to School Time!

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Summer is quickly coming to a close because it's Back to School Time! Orange County students made their way back to the classrooms on August 7.

To help students and parents make the transition back, check out the 'It's Back to School Time' display at the Southwest Library. These resources and materials will help make the 2006-07 school year the best ever!

For more information and resources, visit the OCLS Back to School Virtual Gallery.

Photo Gallery - Jungle Judy

Jungle Judy and her swinging monkey puppets take participants on an exciting journey through the jungle on July 28. This was the last special program at Southwest for the OCLS 2006 Summer Reading Program.
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August 1, 2006

Eat Together, Stay Together!

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Celebrate Family Meal Month @ Southwest Library! Find out how to make the most of your family meal time with Tanya Olick of REACH Wellness Nutrition & Fitness Solutions.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 @ 3 P.M.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323

Note: Any person requiring special accomodations to participate due to a disablity may arrange for accomodations by contacting the location where the event is held at least seven days prior to the event.

Self-printer, Value Cards, and more...

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Starting today, Southwest Library is now equipped with self-printer and self-copy machines. Customers will be required to have an OCLS Library Card or a Value Card in order to purchase copies from a photocopier and printouts from a computer.

Value Cards can be purchased from a vending machine at the library for $1.00. The card will be dispensed with $0.50 value on it. Additional amounts can be added to Value Cards or OCLS Library Cards at the vending machine in increments of $1.00.

We hope this new service will bring greater convenience to the library experience. For further information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

July 28, 2006

Photo Gallery - Express Delivery Flyball Dog Team

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Express Delivery Flyball members get the dogs ready for a relay race.


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The dogs show their skill and speed!


July 27, 2006

Southwest Book Club Meets August 1

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The Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in the library meeting room to discuss Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

Life of Pi is a fable-like story about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. 16-year-old Pi Patel recounts a harrowing journey adrift in the Pacific Ocean trapped on a 26 foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450 pound Bengal Tiger. Life of Pi, Martel's second novel, is an award winner in Canada and winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize.

The Southwest Book Club meets the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. Anyone age 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info

July 19, 2006

Photo Gallery - Yoga for Kids

On 7-15-06 Edely Wallace, Director and staff from Yogamatrixstudio taught a yoga class just for kids and their parents.

The class is led through different yoga stretches and poses by Edely.
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Time to relax! Yogamatrixstudio staff smile for the camera!
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Kamae Te! Martial Arts @Your Library August 5

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Martial Arts combines discipline and skill for the mind. Experience the skill in person by attending a demonstration by the Victory Martial Arts School of Life on Saturday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m.

Registration is required for this program. For more information and registration, please call 407-835-7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info
For more information about Victory Marial Arts, click here.

July 17, 2006

Flyball July 22

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Learn a new sport this summer - with the family dog! Watch the dogs of the Express Delivery Flyball Team race through relays and make amazing catches. Find out how this competitive sport can keep you and Rover active, fit and healthy.

This outdoor program will be held on Saturday, July 22 at 10:00 a.m. on Southwest Library grounds.

For more information about this program, call 407-835-7323.

For information about Flyball, click here to see the North American Flyball Association's website.

July 13, 2006

Legal Survival: Wills and Trusts July 20

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Don't be misinformed! Don't be confused!

Find out the facts about taxes, probate, advance medical directives and estate planning. Come join an expert from the Orange County Bar Association on Thursday, July 20 at 3:00 p.m.

For more information about this program, call 407-835-7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info
For more information about the Orange County Bar Association, go to http://www.ocbar.org

July 11, 2006

Southwest Book Club Meets July 18

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May Contain Nuts is a comical and provocative satire about today's overprotective and overcompetitive parents. Although set in British society, Americans will have no problem recognizing or relating to the manic and extreme behavior of the parent protagonists in the novel. O"Farrell has a knack for comic detail, but as with all satire there is are serious lessons to be gleaned.

The Southwest Book Club meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. (note: starting in August 2006 meetings will be held every first Tuesday of each month). Anyone age 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info

July 6, 2006

Mabel Vege-table Summer Reading Program July 7

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Mabel Vege-table, gardening guru and punster will make you giggle as she puns her way through families of vegetables, fruits, and spices on Friday, July7 at 10:30 a.m. We guarantee you will enjoy your vegetables this time!

Mabel Vege-table is one of the many great special events held during OCLS's 2006 Summer Reading Program for school-age children. For more summer reading program information and schedule, go to http://www.ocls.info/Children/KidsConnect/default.asp

June 30, 2006

Edely Wallace of the Yogamatrixstudio Teaching Programs July 8 and 15

Edely Wallace, director of the Yogamatrixstudio at Dr. Phillips Marketplace will be teaching two yoga programs during July at the Southwest Library:

Yoga for Stress Relief on Saturday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m. This yoga program teaches specific poses and proper breathing techniques that increase physical, mental and emotional health. Special focus will be on deep relaxation. For adults.

Yoga for Kids on Saturday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m. This is a fun movement-based program to help kids develop flexibility, attention, coordination, concentration and ultimately; a sense of relaxation. Many of the postures and breathing techniques are based on animal movements; making the program a fun and creative experience! For children and teens.

Participation in these yoga programs is voluntary. All participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and to bring a mat/towel for floorwork. Note chairs will be provided for those participants with mobility or disability concerns.

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Photo: Edely teaching a "Yoga for Kids" program.

Edely was featured as "Someone You Should Know" in the April 2006 issue of Windermere Lifestyle magazine where she shared her miraculous story of recovery and healing.

Edely holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Central Florida (1997). She began her study of Yoga in 1983, two years after a serious road accident that took the lives of more than thirty people and confined her to a wheel chair or bed for the same period of time. Unable to walk, she dedicated the next five years to an intense study of Yoga. She read innumerable Yoga books in four different languages and practiced with a private Yoga instructor for almost two years. Through this unique combination of events, she acquired a method that not only restored her capacity to walk but contradicted the medical statement that she would never be able to walk without support. From 1988 to 1992 studied in the Andre Van Lysebeth Yoga School in Brussels (Belgium) for one month per year.

Edely is a certified yoga teacher in several yoga traditions such as Kripalu, Iyengar and Sivananda. Have also studied with Eric Schiffman, Gary Kraftsow and Rama Berch. Edely has been teaching Yoga nationally and internationally for 17 years, holds the position of Yoga Consultant for “Orange County Public Schools”, Executive Board Member (Treasurer) of the National Yoga Alliance, founder and director of Yoga and Health Center of Orlando - YHCO.

Don't miss these exciting yoga programs taught by a great instructor! For more information, please call 407-835-7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info

For more information about Edely and the Yogamatrixstudio, please go to www.yogamatrixstudio.com

June 27, 2006

Lillian Verkins "In Love with Nature" Art Exhibit

Lillian Verkins, a local artist is currently exhibiting a collection of landscape and flower themed paintings, "In Love with Nature" at the Southwest Library through August 2006.

Lillian was introduced to the arts as a returning college student in her 30's. She received a BFA in printmaking/photography from UCF in 1987. Lillian works in varied forms such as oriental brush painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and mixed states. She has shown her art work at various art galleries such as UCF (one-person show), Sosa, Eitharong, Osceola Center for the Arts, and the Casselberry Art House.

Lillian shares "art was extremely personal and therapeutic to me than and now. It is an extension of my emotional persona and a palette of my feelings which are shown in all the art forms I use - from angst to serenity, it's all palpable."

Below are a few of Lillian's paintings on exhibit:
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To learn more about Lillian and her exhibit, please contact the Southwest Library at 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info

Am-Jam Productions June 30

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In the mood for a good puppet show?

Am-Jam Productions is running with puppets to Southwest Library this Friday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m. Come watch exciting new puppet productions. Am-Jam Productions is Central Florida's newest puppet production company. To find out more information about the company, go to www.Am-jamproductions.com

Am-Jam Productions is one of the many great special events held during OCLS's 2006 Summer Reading Program for school-age children. For more summer reading program information and schedule, go to http://www.ocls.info/Children/KidsConnect/default.asp

June 21, 2006

Wagging Tales - June 16

"Wagging Tales" dog, Colonel and his SPCA of Central Florida volunteer are a big hit with summer reading program attendees.

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June 19, 2006

Blood Drive June 26 at Southwest

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Monday, June 26 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. in the library parking lot. Three lives can be saved by donating 1 pint of blood.

Other Benefits:
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations you receive $10.00 in Darden Restraurant Gift Certificates).
*Each donor receives a 10 dollar off coupon for Sea World admission for themselves and two guests OR a 10 dollar off coupon to Makahiki Luau Dinner and Show for themselves and two guests.
*Free mini physical.
Note: A photo ID is required for all first time donors.

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

Help save lives-give blood on June 26!

June 14, 2006

Photo Gallery - Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society

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Sharon Bennett, instructor with the Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society takes a break from painting pandas. On June 3, Bennett and seven other instructors taught various chinese brush techniques. Attendees left the program smiling with their artwork and a sense of acomplishment.

Summer Reading Program-Wagging Tales June16

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The Wagging Tales volunteers of the SPCA of Central Florida present a reading program to bring pets and children together for a "pawsitive" reading experience. Come meet "Colonel" and her SPCA volunteer on Friday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Southwest Library. "Colonel" is a part golden retriever and labrador who was trained as a guide dog but now works as a visitation and "wagging tales" dog. Storybooks about how dogs become guide dogs will be read and; of course, "Colonel" will be happy to shake paws after the program.

To learn more about the SPCA of Central Florida or the Humane Society, go to http://www.ohs-spca.org/
To learn more about Orange County Library System's Summer Reading Programs, go to www.ocls.info/kidsconnect

June 13, 2006

Southwest Book Club Meets June 20

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The Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the classic novel by Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary.

Madame Bovary is Flaubert's best-known novel. His novel features for the first time in European literature, an ordinary, middle to lower-class woman as the central character. Madame Bovary is bored with her life and marriage to a worthy but dull man. She goes on a futile journey to find romance and excitement. Madame Bovary may have been the very first "desperate houswife."

The Southwest Book Club meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. (note: starting in August 2006 meetings will be held every first Tuesday of each month). Anyone age 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info

June 5, 2006

Photo Gallery - Reading with Radio Disney AM 990

Children enjoying the interactive storytelling program by Disney Radio on May 20!

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Child Safety Seminar June 17

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The Child Rescue Network will be presenting a safety seminar on Saturday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m. The Child Rescue Network is partnering with the Orange County Library System to provide safety seminars geared for parents to offer tips on keeping children safe.

This seminar will help educate parents on the dangers that exist and explain methods to teach kids how to recognize and react to potentially dangerous situations. Even Internet safety will be discussed!

To learn more about the Child Rescue Network, visit their website at www.childrescuenetwork.org or call 1.877.209.KIDS (5437).

For more information about this library program, please call 407.835.7323.

June 3, 2006

Tails from the Litterbox June 6

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Have you been wondering what professional pet sitting service to select for your precious four-legged friend? Are you interested in starting your own pet sitting services?

Julie Brooks of Just Beclaws Petsitting will be able to answer just those questions and more! Julie is a professional pet sitter and business owner in the southwest Orlando area. Please join her on Tuesday, June 6 at 5:00 p.m. Your pets will thank you!

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info

May 31, 2006

Oriental Brush Painting Program June 3

Are you interested in learning about an ancient art form and trying a few brush stokes of your own?

Come join members of the Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society this Saturday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. for a demonstration in Chinese brush painting techniques. Attendees will be able to learn and practice various brush techniques. Those who attended this program in January are welcome back!

The Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society is a group of local artists who continue to learn and practice the long-established techniques of Chinese brush painting. Sharon Bennett, leader/instructor of the Society also teaches brush painting and other fine art classes at the Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando.

For ages 6 to adult.

For more information, contact 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info

May 17, 2006

Reading with Radio Disney AM 990 May 20

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Celebrate the beginning of summer at the Southwest Library with Radio Disney AM 990! Reading with Radio Disney AM 990 is an interactive storytelling event showcasing adventures in reading with a positive message. Kids, ages 5 to 12 can join in for storytelling, games, and trivia fun. Participants will recreive a free Radio Disney AM 990 goodie bag.

Come join us for this exciting program on Saturday, May 20 at 3:00 pm.

May 15, 2006

Independent Publisher Book Awards Announced

The Independent Publisher Book Awards, celebrating their tenth anniversary, has announced the results for the 2006 competition. The "IPPY" Awards bring increased attention to independent, university, and self-published titles. IPPY awards those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity in the world of publishing. Winners and finalists are recognized in 60 categories including fiction and non-fiction titles. Also, at this year's ceremonies to be held on May 19 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D. C., ten outstanding women in independent publishing will be recognized for the first time in IPPY's history.

To read the complete IPPY article and to view the complete list of winners and finalists, click here.

If you are interested in IPPY award-winning titles not found in our collection, you may suggest a title.

May 9, 2006

Southwest Book Club Meets May 16

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The Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 pm at the library. A Million Little Pieces, the controversial memoir by James Frey will be discussed.

In a recent note to readers, Frey acknowledges his memoir is a combination of facts about his life and certain embellishments. He believes that a memoir allows the writer to work from memory rather than strict historical or journalistic protocol. Of course, many take issue with this (including Oprah and Frey's publisher) and the debate will continue. Frey's expressed purpose for writing the book is a noble one; too bad he did not come clean about his ideas or beliefs concerning his style of the literary memoir from the start-another lesson to be learned on the road to recovery? Nonetheless, Frey's book still offers a gripping look into the world of addiction and the addicted.

Anyone 18 or older is welcome to join the Southwest Book Club. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info

May 4, 2006

PROTECT YOUR PC

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Wanna know how to maintain a healthy PC? Sign up this month to learn the guidelines on how to protect your computer, become familiar with the security threats, and know the best solutions against these threats.

Dates: May 19 & 26 (Fri)
Time: 2 - 3:30 pm
Location: Southwest Branch Library

Recommended Prerequisite: Internet Basics
For registration, visit your library or call us at 407.835.7323.
For ages 18+ only.

May 3, 2006

Kindermusik!

Celebrate National Music Week at Southwest Library! Share music with infants and young children through an interactive Kindermusik session led by Erin Guiltner on Monday, May 8 at 10:45 am.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323. Registration not required.

Any person requiring special accommodations to participate due to a disability may arrange for accomodations by contacting Southwest Library prior to the event.

May 2, 2006

Southwest Library and Dr. Phillips Rotary Club Welcome Local Author Larry Guest

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Please join the Southwest Library and the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club for a victory celebration on Friday, May 5 from 6-8 pm. Special guest and local author, Larry Guest, former sports editor for the Orlando Sentinel will be speaking at this after-hours event to celebrate the fund-raising effort by the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club to enhance the entrance and children's area of the Southwest Library.

Larry Guest is author of Built to Win, The Payne Stewart Story, Arnie: Inside the Legend and Larry Guest LIte. Book sales and signing will follow with $5.00 from every purchase going to the Dr. Phillips Rotary Library Fund. Refreshments are generously being provided by Roy's Restaurant.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323. R.S.V.P.'s appreciated.

April 25, 2006

Constructing Your Financial Future Program May 6

Financial advisors, Vanessa and Tony Derrico will present a program at Southwest Library on Saturday, May 6, 2:00-4:00 pm on contructing your financial future. Topics to be discussed will include retirement planning, your earning potential, investing, and much more.

Reservations are required. For more information and reservations, please call 407.835.7323.

April 24, 2006

National Volunteer Appreciation Week April 23-29

Southwest Library is taking time this week to celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week by giving special attention to our great volunteers. Currently, Southwest has 7 volunteers through the Friends of the Library volunteer program. In May, Southwest will began a Teen Library Corp (TLC) volunteer program for students age 13-18. Three students will be starting in this program next week. In 2005, volunteers provided a total of 846 hours of service at Southwest! The staff at Southwest appreciate the time, talents, and dedication the volunteers give to the library each week. To each and everyone of our volunteers-past and present-Thank You!

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(L. to r.) Richard and Aruna taking time for a quick photo shoot.

For more information about Friends of the Library and the Teen Library Corp volunteer programs, call 407.835.7323 or email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info

April 19, 2006

Southwest Book Club's Upcoming 2006 Reading Selections

In case you want to get a head start on Southwest Book Club's upcoming reading selections, here is the list:
May A Million Little Pieces by Jim Frey
June Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
July May Contain Nuts by John O' Farrell
August Life of Pi by Yann Martel
September Lipsick Jihad by Azadeh Moaveni
October Forty Stories by Anton Chekhov

All selections are available through the library except the July and October titles (note: the July and October titles are available in paperback at local bookstores or online). Currently, the book club meets every 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. The next meeting is May 16, 2006. For further information on these titles and to request home delivery, go to the Library Catalog and search by author or title.

If you would like more information about the Southwest Book Club, please call 407.835.7323 or email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info

Keep those pages turning!

April 18, 2006

'Jean Brodie' Author Dies

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Muriel Spark, who wrote more than 20 novels, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie which was later adapted for a Broadway hit and a movie, died Thursday, April 13 at age 88 in Italy. Spark wrote her famous 'Jean Brodie' book in 1961 which made her internationally famous. Besides her novels, Spark wrote three volumes of poetry and biographical and critical work about the Bronte family, Mary Shelley, and John Masefield.

Many will remember the 'Jean Brodie' movie adaptation in 1969 starred Maggie Smith as the young, unorthodox Scottish schoolmistress and her special, and ultimately dangerous, relationship with six of her students. To request home delivery of this movie or other works by Muriel Spark go to the Library catalog. For more information on Muriel Spark, her life and works go to the Literature Resource Center one of the Library's online databases found in the Virtual Library.

April 15, 2006

Blood Drive April 26 at Southwest

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 26 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. in the library parking lot. Three lives can be saved by donating 1 pint of blood.

Other Benefits:
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations you receive $10.00 in Darden Restraurant Gift Certificates).
*Each donor receives a $10.00 Publix gift card.
*Free mini physical.
Note: A photo ID is required for all first time donors.

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

Help save lives-give blood on April 24th!

April 12, 2006

Southwest Book Club Meets April 18

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The Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00 pm at the library. Works of fiction by Carl Hiaasen will be discussed. Book club attendees may pick to read any fiction title by Hiassen, including his two juvenile titles " Hoot" and "Flush."

As an award-winning investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, Carl Hiaasen's fictional works reflect his exposure to--and outrage over--Florida's social ills. A native of South Florida, Hiaasen has turned his righteous indignation into humorous satire in which heroes and villains alike exhibit farcical quirks and an attachment to creative forms of violence. His first juvenile fiction book, "Hoot" has won awards. For more information about Hiaasen and his writing, go to the online database Literature Resource Center found in the Library's Virtual Library.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend book club meetings. For more information about the Southwest Book Club call 407-835-7323 or email mayer.sandy@ocls.info

April 6, 2006

Facts about Southwest Library

Did you know?
*Southwest Library opened March 21, 1989 as a result of a cooperative project between Orange County Library System and Dr. P. Phillips Foundation who constructed the building.

*At 15, 000 square feet (including the Dr. Phillips' Community Room), Southwest Library is the largest branch in the Orange County Library System.

*Southwest Library has a staff of 17 including circulation clerks, shelvers, librarians, and computer techs.

*Southwest Library Friends of the Library volunteers provided 846 volunteer hours in 2005.

*Southwest Library has a collection of 110,000 items (books, DVDs, music CDs, audio books, periodicals, children's material, and computer games).

*Southwest Library has 15 public access computer stations with access to about 70 databases covering arts, entertainment, business, personal finance, homework help, genealogy, automotive, health, and more.

*Southwest Library's 2005 circulation was 444,000 items.

*2005 walk-in visits at Southwest Library totaled 299,850.

*Southwest Library offers various programs for all ages, weekly storytimes for pre-school children, and computer classes from beginning to advanced levels.

*Southwest Library initiated a blog in April 2006 for users to check often for updates on programs, classes, art exhibits, book club news, and new library materials. Users may email, post comments and suggestions.

Get to know your library! Come visit us today! For more information, click here.

April 5, 2006

Chocolate Spring Delights Program

Chef Tom Davis awed the audience at Southwest Library on April 4, 2006 with his chocolate know-how and tasty treats for everyone to enjoy.

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Chef Tom cracks some eggs for his 'Trio of Mousse' recipe.

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The end result!

April 3, 2006

Drop Everything and Read Day-April 12

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In honor of her creator and beloved author Beverly Clearly's 90th birthday, "Ramona" is leading National Drop Everything and Read Day (D.E.A.R.) on April 12th. D.E.A.R. is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families on this day to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority. The whole idea is to encourage reading. Families can read right at home or can go to the library to make the day even more special. All you need is a book, your family, and 30 minutes!

National Drop Everything and Read Day is sponsored by the National Education Association; National PTA; and the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association; in partnership with HarperCollins Children's Books.

Be sure to pick up free bookmarks and handouts available at Southwest Library to help remind you to drop everything and read on this day!

April 1, 2006

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month.

National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets as a month long national celebration of poetry. Be sure to check out the special display table at Southwest Library for books on how to write poetry, various poet's works, "Master Poets" VHS collection, and audio books. You will find poetry materials for children and adults.

And be sure to check out the National Poetry Month gallery located in our Virtual Library for more information on poetry databases, materials, websites and upcoming library poetry programs.

Celebrate poetry this month!

March 29, 2006

Dr. Phillips Rotary Library Project

The Dr. Phillips Rotary Club, currently under the leadership of Richard Maladecki has announced the "Dr. Phillip's Rotary Library Project." The purpose of the "Library Project" is to enhance the Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips. A funding drive has been started to beautify the interior entrance area and to redesign the children's area. Project partnerships include the Orange County Library System and the Dr. Phillip's Foundation.

Businesses, families, schools, and library users in the Dr. Phillip's area are invited to contribute to the fund. Donor cards may be picked up at the Southwest Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Watch for updates in the Southwest blog regarding this exciting project!

March 25, 2006

Young people turn to the Web for news

Meg Scholz, a senior at the University of Texas, goes online at least a few times every day to check her e-mail.

When she does, Scholz invariably scans several news websites and blogs to see what's going on in the world. She rarely picks up a newspaper or watches TV news, because for her, the Web serves virtually all her news needs.

“It's not that I have anything against reading a printed newspaper,” says Scholz, 21. “But for my lifestyle, the Internet is more accessible.”

Justin Ulahannan, 22, watches TV news occasionally and he reads the print edition of The Wall Street Journal, which he gets free as an intern at the U.S. Business Council in Washington.

But otherwise, he gets news online from CNN.com or BBC.com. “It's just a matter of convenience,” Ulahannan says. “Why would I pay money (for a newspaper) when I can get the same thing online for free?”


For the rest of the article, click here.

For more information regarding the Orange County Library Systems newspaper and magazine databases, click here.

Get Health @Your Library

The Medical Library Association finds the following web sites particulary useful in finding credible health information on the Internet:

*Cancer.gov
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
*familydoctor.org
*healthfinder
*HIV InSite
*Kidshealth
*Mayo Clinic
*MEDEM: an information partnership of medical societies
*MEDLINEplus (English/Spanish)
*NOAH: New York Online Access to Health

The Orange County Library System also offers many health and medicine related databases in our virtual library. Click here for a complete listing. You will need your library card and PIN to access from your home or office.

March 20, 2006

Kapuschat Acrylic Paintings Exhibit

Southwest Library proudly presents "Acrylic Paintings" by local artist, Elsie Kapuschat.

The exhibit will run from March-May 2006. Elsie started formal painting classes at age 13 in her native Columbia, although she says she always enjoyed painting things as a young child. Elsie picked up a brush again in her 50's after a 30-year absense from painting. Elsie's paintings cover a variety of themes. Elsie describes herself as a freestyle artist; painting portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. Bold colors that jump off the canvas and grab you best describe her works of art.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email mayer.sandy@ocls.info

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March 18, 2006

Will Google Threaten Microsoft Office?

Why is the blogosphere abuzz lately about Google buying Upstartle, a four-person software company with no revenues? The obvious answer: industry-watchers are sensing another fight coming between Google and Microsoft.

Upstartle makes Writely, a Web-based word processor that's free. Launched in November 2005, the product has gained around 150,000 users. That's just a blip for Google, of course, but the deal is interpreted by some as confirmation that the search-engine leader is trying to knock Microsoft off its software throne -- using so-called "Web 2.0" technologies. These technologies, such as asynchronous JavaScript and XML (together dubbed AJAX), allow Web applications, such as word processors, to perform at speeds comparable to desktop applications.

For the rest of the arcticle, click here.

Meanwhile, if you're interested in learning more about using Microsoft Office, the Orange County Library System offers many classes to suit your needs. To learn more about computer class information and scheduling, click here.

Chef Tom Davis "Chocolate Spring Delights"

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Local chef, Tom Davis will be at Southwest on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 pm to present "Chocolate Spring Delights." Watch Chef Tom work his magic with chocolate. Best of all, get to sample some of his sweet creations and take a few recipes home with you.

Think Spring! Think Chocolate! Don't miss this tasty program. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email mayer.sandy@ocls.info

March 14, 2006

Southwest Book Club Meets March 21

The Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm. Carl Honore's book, In Praise of Slowness will be the topic of discussion.
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Honore, an award-winning Canadian journalist explores and challenges the cult of speed in our 21st century. The author's wake-up call came when he began reading one-minute bedtime stories to his two-year-old son in order to save time. Honore explores a quiet revolution going on called the "slow movement" which strives to integrate and achieve balance while living in a technology-charged world. But note this is not one of those anti-technology books! If you have come to believe faster is not always better or more is rarely enough (and cringe when you hear the word, "multi-tasking"), come join the discussion.

Anyone 18 or older is welcome. For more information, please email mayer.sandy@ocls.info

March 9, 2006

Handcrafts Galore Exhibit

Quilts, knitted items, postage stamp cards, cross stitch and many other types of handcrafts are now on exhibit at the library through May 2006.

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Southwest Library presents the Twisted Stitchers and the Needles and Hoops! These two local "crafting" groups meet at the library every Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The members enjoy working on various handwork projects and the camaraderie. Anyone who enjoys doing handcrafts or wants to learn a craft is welcome (yes, men are most welcome). For more information about the groups or handwork items, you may contact the Southwest Library or email mayer.sandy@ocls.info

March 8, 2006

National Women's History Month

March is National Women's History Month.

Did you know?
In 1826 the first public schools for girls open in New York and Boston.
In 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman to receive a medical degree in U.S.
In 1920 Women win the right to vote in Federal elections.
In 1981 Sandra Day O'Conner becomes the first woman appointed to the U. S. Supreme Court.

Come and see the special display table at the library or click here to learn more about women's history and resources on our website.

March 2, 2006

Making It! Celebrating Crafts @ Your Library

March is National Crafts Month. For those of you who craft, this is your month to learn a new craft, complete a half-finished project, or teach your favorite craft to someone. For those of you who do not craft, this is your month to start. Did you know doing crafts has emotional, social, and physical benefits? Reducing stress and promoting relaxation, providing something to do with your family or friends, building self-esteem, and learning a new skill to keep your brain sharp are just a few of those benefits. Most of all doing crafts is just fun! National Craft Month is sponsored by the Hobby Industry Association, a non-profit trade organization consisting of over 4,000 member companies engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of craft and hobby products.

During the next few months be sure to check out the special display at Southwest featuring DVD's, videos, and books on various crafts for adults and children. Also, be sure to take a look at craft displays which will be on exhibit.

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February 28, 2006

Dr. Kalidas to Speak on Stress, Hormones and Your Health

Dr. Kirti Kalidas, M.D., N.D. from the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine will be at Southwest Library on Saturday, March 4 from 2-4 pm to discuss how stress and hormones affect your weight, health, and wellness.

Dr. Kalidas is a Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine who has been practicing for more than ten years. Dr. Kalidas spent an additional two years broadening his medical knowledge at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is now one of the few physicians in the country who hold duel doctorate degrees. To learn more about Dr. Kalidas and the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine, please go to http://www.drkalidas.com

Registration is required. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or see Southwest staff.

February 25, 2006

Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society Demonstration

The Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society had several art pieces and related items on exhibit at Southwest for the past few months. The exhibit will officially close on February 28th.

The Society is a group of artists who are continuing their education in the long established techniques of Chinese brush painting. The study of brush painting requires the use of a bamboo brush, black ink or watercolor pigments, and rice papers that are soft and gentle. Chinese brush painting demands discipline, first of oneself, and then of one's tools.

On January 14 several instructors from the Society presented a demonstration and class to 38 children and adults. Participants had an opportunity to learn and practice specific chinese brush painting techniques using watercolors and rice paper. If you missed this great program, you will have a chance to attend another demonstration by the Society on June 3, 2006. Watch for more details.

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How has the Library Changed Your Life?

Libraries can change lives. They are places of lifelong learning and opportunity that can help people discover the world. If you have a story about how the library has changed your life, send it to Woman's Day. It might be one of four chosen to be highlighted in an upcoming issue of the magazine!

Tell your story in 700 words or less and send it to womansday@ala.org by May 10, 2006. For more information and the official rules, visit www.womansday.com/alaPut it in Writing @ Your Library is sponsored by the American Library Association and Woman's Day magazine as part of The Campaign for America's Libraries. The Campaign is a multi-year public awareness and advocacy campaign designed to promote the value of public, school, academic, special libraries and librarians in the 21st century.

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February 20, 2006

Southwest Book Club Meets February 21

The Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 pm at the Southwest Library. The book, One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus will be discussed.

This is a "what if" historical fiction type story. What if the United States Government had actually decided to go ahead with a proposed program called "Brides for Indians" in an attempt to help assimilate the Native Americans during the 1870's? This should be a most interesting discussion.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email Sandy at mayer.sandy@ocls.info

February 18, 2006

Tom Davis "Photo Realism" Photography Exhibit

Tom Davis' "Photo Realism" photography exhibit features b/w and color photography of local nature and sites. After purchasing a digital camera, Tom's love of taking pictures has not stopped. Tom has been an active amatuer photographer for about three years.

When he is not shooting photos or learning new ways to use his camera, Tom works long hours as a pastry chef for an Orlando hotel. In fact, some of you may know him as "Chef Tom" and remember his tasty and informative "chocoholic" programs at Southwest. In fact, Tom will be presenting another chocolate program here in April-but more about that later. Tom resides in Orlando.

Tom's "Photo Realism" exhibit will run February/March 2006 at Southwest. Come check it out!

February 16, 2006

Newbery and Caldecott Medal Winners

The American Library Association recently announced the winners of the 2006 John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott Medal winners. The Newbery Medal is awarded for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature. The Caldecott Medal is awarded for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Just click on each title to place a reserve for home delivery.

Newbery Medal
Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

Caldecott Medal
The Hello, Goodbye Window illustrated by Chris Raschka, written by Norton Juster


Click here for more information regarding the Newbery Medal and 2006 Honor books.

Click here for more information regarding the Caldecott Medal and 2006 Honor books.

February 13, 2006

Southwest Book Club Celebrates One Year

At the past January meeting, the Southwest Book Club took time out from discussing their monthly selection to celebrate their first year of existence with cake and refreshments. (Watch for upcoming photos)

The Southwest Book Club held its' first meeting on January 19, 2005. We discussed the book by Cassandra King, The Sunday Wife. As it turned out, it was not one of our popular reads for the year. In the months to follow, some our most popular reads have included: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Breaking Ground by Daniel Libeskind. This last title, a work of nonfiction presented a "six degrees of separation" experience for the book club. It so happened Mr. Libeskind's ( the architect who won the commission to rebulid the World Trade Center site) senior architect at his firm, Carla Swickerath was from Ocoee, Florida and her mother worked at the West Orange Times.

The Southwest Book Club currently meets every third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the library. We read fiction, nonfiction, and biographies. Our next meeting is February 21. We will be discussing the book, One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd. This is an extremely interesting work of historial fiction and should lead to great discussion.

If you are interested in the Southwest Book Club, please call 407.835.7323 or email mayer.sandy@ocls.info

Here's to another year of great reading!

XBOX and PS2 Games Now Available

XBOX and PS2 computer games have arrived at Southwest!

The number of games in our collection grows weekly. The games can be checked out at the front desk for one week. Due to the anticipated popularity, the games can not be renewed or reserved; and there is a limit of one game per library card holder. All games are rated E (for everyone).

Some XBOX titles:
Shrek: Superslam
MVP NCAA Baseball 06
Need for Speed: Underground 2

Some PS2 titles:
Gran Turismo 4
NASCAR 06: Total Team Control
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006

So get gaming @ your library. For more information, ask library staff.

February 10, 2006

A Long Time Coming

Welcome to the Southwest Library blog!

As the title says, it has been a long time coming. Last October we were ready to go public when the server which housed the blog crashed and we lost everything . It has been a long and sometime frustrating road back, but finally we are here.

Check this blog often to stay updated on upcoming computer classes, children and adult programs, book club discussions, art exhibits, new library materials, and more. And email us your questions, comments, and suggestions.