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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!

(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


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


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


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.

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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.

The end result!

April 3, 2006

Drop Everything and Read Day-April 12


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!