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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


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


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



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


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

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.