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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

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.


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 by May 10, 2006. For more information and the official rules, visit 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.


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

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

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.