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December 31, 2008

My Circus Program January 9

mycircusclowns.jpg Preschoolers come and join us for an entertaining program with silly stories, fun activities and circus crafts! This program is recommended for ages 3-5.

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

Friday, January 9
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Library

Little Moments Big Magic Program January 8

bigbrotherbigsister.jpgJanuary is National Mentoring Month. Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida to see how you can improve the life of a child through a professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationship. Be part of something for someone this year!

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

Thursday, January 8
6:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch

December 29, 2008

Southwest Book Club Meets January 6

gardenspellsjacket.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it

The book may be reserved for home delivery or location pick-up at http://www.ocls.info

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Discussion Questions
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. Could you be persuaded that certain plants have powers, as Claire describes and uses them? If you believed you possessed the magical powers that Claire has inherited, how would you use them? What's the first thing you would do?

2. The four Waverley women in this novel (Claire, Sydney, Bay, Evanelle) have special gifts. Which of the four gifts would you like to have yourself? Why?

3. Which character changes the most over the course of the book? What does he or she learn? What had to take place in order for this to happen?

4. Do you consider this to be a "southern" novel? Besides its setting, what characteristics make it so?

5. If you know that biting into a Waverley apple would reveal your future, would you bite? Why or why not?

Questions obtained from Readinggroupguides.com

Job Search Resources on Display

Are you looking for a job?
Need to update your resume?
Looking for a new career?
MVC-002F.JPG MVC-005F.JPG Be sure to check out our job search resources display featuring books, audio books, DVD's, and related websites. Also featured is information on how to access the Ferguson's Career Guidance Center database which provides resources on more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, advice on applying for a job, acing a job interview, sample resumes and cover letters, scholarship and internship opportunities, and videos covering specific job skills and industries. Access it from your home or office computer with your library card. This display was created by Southwest Library staff, Charlene McClellan and Sandy Mayer.

December 9, 2008

Southwest Book Club Meets December 16

mybooktoyou2008.jpgCome join Southwest Book Club's 2nd Annual "My Book to You" celebration. What book have you enjoyed reading this year or in the past? We want to know. Share your joy of reading with others. Relax and enjoy refreshments and prizes too!

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

December 8, 2008

Get Clean for the Holidays December 13

getcleanproducts.jpgCheryl Cook of Health Wise Now will show you how to make your home the cleanest and safest place possible for your family and friends this holiday season. Become familiar with Get Clean products; the same nontoxic, all-natural cleaning products used in the White House, and one of Oprah Winfrey's 2007 favorite things!



Saturday, December 13
3:30 P.M.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info

December 3, 2008

Kids and Balloons Go Together Program December 13 & 27

balloons.jpgCome see an experienced balloon artist give a 30 minute demonstration to kids from the ages of 7 - Adult. It's a high energy, fun-for-everyone demonstration that will get the audience's attention and get them started on their way to twisting poodles, Spiderman and much more.




Saturday, December 13 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 27 10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info
Reservations Required
Must be 7 years or older
Must give 24 hour cancellation notice to allow others on the waiting list to attend.

November 20, 2008

Blood Drive at Southwest Library November 21

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Blood Drive on Friday, November 21 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

All donors will receive:

  • Free $10 Public Gift Card
  • 50% off a 1 day/2 park or 2 day/2 park admission ticket to Universal Orlando
  • FREE order of Papa John's breadsticks
  • 50% off Adult Admission to ICE! at Gaylord Palms
  • Buy One Get One Free Admission to Gatorland
  • Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations, receive a $10 Darden Gift Card)
Plus: Every donor from November 1-30 will automatically be entered to win a 3 day/2 night stay to live like a rock star at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando and enjoy dinner for two in The Kitchen.

Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

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

November 13, 2008

Southwest Book Club Meets November 18

glasscastlejacket.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls. Walls, a MSNBC.com reporter discusses her childhood growing up with a scholarly, alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother. Despite this dysfunctional family, Walls' story is no pity-party; rather a story of unconditional love and survival against all odds.

The book may be reserved for home delivery or location pick-up at http://www.ocls.info

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Discussion Questions
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. Though The Glass Castle is brimming with unforgettable stories, which scenes were the most memorable for you? Which were the most shocking, the most inspiring, the funniest?

2. Discuss the metaphor of a glass castle and what it signifies to Jeannette and her father.

3. Though it portrays an incredibly hardscrabble life, The Glass Castle is never sad or depressing. Discuss the tone of the book, and how do you think that Walls achieved that effect?

4. For many reviewers and readers, the most extraordinary thing about The Glass Castle that, despite everything, Jeannette Walls refused to condemn her parents. Were you able to be equally nonjudgmental?

Discussion questions taken from BookBrowse at http://www.bookbrowse.com/reading_guides/

November 10, 2008

Family Stories Month

Nov Display 5.JPGNovember is Family Stories Month. This is a time to get together with family and friends to share family stories and what better time to share then when gathering during the holiday season. The Southwest Branch has created a display for November with plenty of materials to help you organize your family history. The display also has great books on fun family activities you can participate in while retelling family stories. So stop in and pick up some fun materials and create even more stories for your family to share next year.

November 4, 2008

Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Auto-Immune Disorders November 6

chinese herbs.jpgDo you suffer from Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Crohns Disease, or Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Learn how acupuncture and Chinese herbs may help you feel better and have more energy from Dr. Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Doctor of Oriental Medicine at the Aesthetic Acupuncture Clinic in Orlando.



Thursday, November 6
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info
Reservations Required

Photo Gallery - Winnie & Woody Woodpecker visit Southwest October 13, 2008

Woody Woodpecker and Winnie from Universal Pictures came to the Southwest Library on October 13 to encourage kids to read.

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Even woodpeckers need to check their email!.

October 23, 2008

Autumn Origami for Everyone October 25

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Fall is here! Celebrate the season by learning how to make autumn-themed origami pieces.
Join Dr. Alexander Kitade and Hitomi Kitade from the Kitade Wellness Center as they teach this theme-based origami program which promotes creativity, motor skills and fun. All ages welcome.

Saturday, October 25
11:00 A.M.
Southwest Library
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info

October 22, 2008

Stephen B. Holloway, FloridaMosaicMan "Tropical Mosaics" Art Exhibit

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"Tropical Mosaics" an exhibit of 35 pieces of tropical mosaic art by artist, Stephen B. Holloway, TheFloridaMosaicMan, is being held at the Southwest Library October through December 2008. Stephen's mosaics are made of pieces of glazed ceramic tile. His mosaics are inspired by the shapes, variety, and colors of tropical flora.

Stephen's passion for mosaics began when he took a few mosaic classes in college. Following his retirement as an architect in 2001, Stephen began creating mosaic art as a creative adventure with the intention of producing a legacy for his two children and his grandchildren.

Stephan begins the process by taking a photo. It is his goal to artfully interpret what he sees in the photo and to lock in that vision with each piece of tile. It usually takes one month to complete a piece of mosaic art.

The public will have an opportunity to meet Stephen and learn more about his mosaic art during a Meet the Artist event at Southwest Library on November 13 at 7:00 p.m.

If you have questions or would like more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

October 13, 2008

Southwest Book Club Meets October 28

geographyofblissjacket.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner. This book uses a mixture of travel, psychology, science, and humor to investigate not what happiness is, but where it is. The author takes the reader on a journey from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness.

The book may be reserved for home delivery or location pick-up at http://www.ocls.info

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Discussion Questions
If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. The author presents "bits of wisdom" through out the book given by ancient philosophers, country leaders and everyday people. What "bit of wisdom" caught your attention and made you stop and think? Explain.

2. Weiner believes where we are and our culture plays a major role in our happiness. He refutes the belief that all happiness comes from inside of us; that we can be happy no matter where we are. Do you agree with Weiner? Why or why not?

3. What's your happiest place?


October 11, 2008

Children's Magazine Month

children magazine 2.JPG October is not just about Halloween and candy it is also considered Children's Magazine Month. The goal of this campaign is to bring attention to children's magazines and all they can provide to our younger patrons. The Southwest Branch has a great selection of children's magazines including Ranger Rick and National Geographic Kids. Patrons can enjoy these magazines from home by coming into the branch and checking out these and other fun magazines. To learn more about Children's Magazine Month you can visit www.childmagmonth.org.

October 9, 2008

Computer Classes for Children and Teens

children_and_computers_large.jpg Southwest is now offering computer classes for children and teens (ages 8-18). In October and November the following classes are offered: Microsoft Word Level 1 Tuesday, October 7 at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 8 at 11:30 p.m.; and Microsoft PowerPoint Level 1 Tuesday, October 21 at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 8 at 3:00 p.m.

To register for computer classes, go to http://calendar.ocls.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp
Make sure you are viewing the class schedule for Southwest Library. Next, select an underlined class event and get your name on the list. If you have questions or want to register by phone, please call 407.835.7323; email southwest@ocls.info


October 7, 2008

Southwest Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

MVC-001F.JPGTo promote Hispanic Heritage Month, Gladys Gomez, Southwest Circulation Clerk created a display of children's books in Spanish. It featured a variety of picture books, easy readers and juvenile books. To promote reading and learning in a fun way, many topical books for older children were displayed also. MVC-004F.JPGMVC-005F.JPG

October 6, 2008

Southwest Gets Ready for Fall

MVC-007F.JPG With a lot of help from Mamie Velez, Friends of the Library volunteer, the Southwest Library is ready for the Fall season and Halloween. Mamie put her decorating skills to use and created a splendid array of seasonal scenes for customers to enjoy. MVC-006F.JPG MVC-003F.JPG MVC-002F.JPG


September 22, 2008

Our New FOL Book Sale Sign

MVC-019F.JPGMVC-017F.JPGSouthwest staff would like to thank Ben Garcia, a graphic designer at the Orange County Library System for creating our new Friends of the Library (FOL) book sale sign. It brings even more attention to our cozy corner book sale area; now easily seen and found by customers. MVC-014F.JPG

Lorain Mundle, Southwest Library's Lead Circulation Clerk makes sure the book sale area is always well-stocked and in tip-top condition.

September 15, 2008

Southwest Book Club Meets September 23

selfstoragecover.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, Self Storage by Gayle Brandeis.

Set during the year following the September 11 attacks, Self Storage explores the raw insecurities of a changed society. With lush writing, great humor, and a genuine heart, Brandeis takes a peek into the souls of a woman and a community and reveals that it is not our differences that drive us apart but our willful concealment of the qualities that connect us.

The book may be reserved for home delivery or location pick-up at http://www.ocls.info

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. List three words you would use to describe what this book is about. Why?

2. Is Self Storage a realistic novel in terms of its plot and characters or, on the contrary, does it become fantastic, "hyperreal," like the soap operas that Shae watches so obsessively?

3. The Student Family Housing complex at the University of California -Riverside where Flan and her family live can be seen as a kind of small-scale multicultural utopia. What role do Sodaba and her husband fill in this utopia? Is the utopia destroyed as a result of outside influences or from internal stresses? And do you think the housing complex is meant to symbolize the wider world?

4. Are Shae and Flan responsible parents? Do they become better parents over the course of the book? If they were neighbors, would you be as helpful and understanding as Pia?

5. When Flan finds the word "Yes" inside a box, it leads her on a quest to discover the source of "Yes" in her life. Is her quest successful? What is the source of "Yes" in your own life? What have you said "Yes" to in your life?

Questions obtained or adapted from www.gaylebrandeis.com

September 4, 2008

Photo Gallery - Didgeridoo Down Under

MVC-001F.JPG Photos from our Summer Reading Program, Didgeridoo Down Under held on August 13th. This interactive- themed program was about all things from the land down under - Australia. The Aboriginal musical instrument called the didgeridoo was played. Several didgeradoos were on display. MVC-011F.JPG MVC-006F.JPG MVC-014F.JPG

August 27, 2008

Baby Signs® Program September 6

babysignlanguage.JPGThe Baby Signs Program is the world's leading sign language program for hearing babies. This presentation will explain the Baby Signs® research-based program developed by Dr. Linda Acredolo and Dr. Susan Goodwyn. The presenter, Dr. Michelle Friedman will not only teach 3 baby signs, but will also inform parents of the benefits of baby signing.

Saturday, September 6
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info

August 7, 2008

Southwest Book Club Meets August 26

the descendants.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, The Descendants by Kauri Hart Hemmings

Narrated in a bold, fearless, hilarious voice and set against the lush, panoramic backdrop of Hawaii, The Descendants is a stunning debut novel about an unconventional family forced to come together through a time of betrayal and loss and re-create its own legacy.

The book may be reserved for home delivery or location pick-up at http://www.ocls.info

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or comments about the book here. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

August 6, 2008

Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society Exhibit July - September

The Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society is exhibiting their artwork and tools of the trade at Southwest Library this July through September.

The Society is a group of artists continuing their education in the ancient techniques of Chinese Brush Painting. Chinese Brush Painting is the oldest art form in the world. The artist's tools include an ink stone, ink stick, bamboo brush, and rice paper. The use of lines and strokes are the elements that give Chinese painting its unique quality. It requires discipline and trust in the process to master.

The Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society had been featured on PBS's Arts Connection on Channel WMFE and in the July 2007 issue of the Central Florida Lifestyle magazine.

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

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July 28, 2008

Summer Reading Program - Trip to Japan July 23

MVC-005F.JPGOn July 23, Southwest Branch shelver, Kahori Sora-Choukroun aka Jasmine took kids on a trip to Japan -but this trip included no baggage and airports. Jasmine shared stories and articles of interest from her native country of Japan. Some of which included a kimono, books written in Japanese, a mini-Zen garden, and Japanese fans. Participants even got a chance to practice using chopsticks and to make their own fans.
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July 22, 2008

Helpful Tips for a Healthy You Program July 26

drkitade.jpgOur body is constantly trying to recover from daily stress. Dr. Alexander Kitade, Doctor of Oriental Medicine at the Kitade Wellness Center in Orlando will teach participants about alternative medicine and introduce them to quick and effective exercises they can practice in their home or office that promote healthy living.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn to be more healthy!




Saturday, July 26
11:00 a.m.
Southwest Library
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info
Reservations Required

July 21, 2008

Photo Gallery- Origami for Kids Program July 12

Dr. Kitade and staff from the Kitade Wellness Center instructed kids and grown-ups in the ancient art of paperfolding called origami. The results - simply beautiful!
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July 17, 2008

Photo Gallery -Walk Like an Egyptian Program

MVC-002F.JPGegyptian12On July 9 kids and grown-ups came to learn about pharoahs, pyramids, mummies, and hieroglyphics at the Walk Like an Egyptian program; part of the library's Summer Reading Program. Hey, these "mommy mummies" are having fun! MVC-007F.JPG

July 16, 2008

Summer At Southwest!!!

MVC-002F.JPG July is National Grilling Month so be sure to stop by the Southwest Library and look at the different materials we have on display on grilling and other fun activities to do this summer!!!

July 14, 2008

Southwest Book Club Meets July 22 and Online Discussion

Jacket.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, Talk to the Hand by Lynne Truss.

This book is all about bad manners and behavior. The way discourteous behavior has become commonplace and even applauded in today's society is evaluated. Truss presents a humorous call to arms that challenges ill manners and the practices that support them.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, questions related to the book are posted below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Share your thoughts and comments, then click "post". Comment on one question or all of them. Join the discussion!

1. Do you agree or disagree with Truss's statement - "Basically, everyone else has bad manners; we have occasional bad moments." Why or why not? What does Truss imply by this statement?

2. Do you think a book like Talk to the Hand is helpful to society? to you? toward improving people's manners?

3. Share an experience when you were treated with bad manners. How did you feel? What did you think? How did you handle the situation? Now share a time when you acted with bad manners. How did you feel? What did you think? How did you handle it?

4. What purpose(s) do you think good manners serve in a society?

Deborah Martindale Interior Designer Exhibit July -September 2008

MVC-004F.JPGDo you know what an interior designer does? The photo on the left is Deborah's design for the interior of a large home called "The Castle." Deborah Martindale, Interior Designer is displaying some of her works of the trade at the Southwest Library this July through September.

Deborah holds a BFA in Interior Design from American Inter-Continental University, Atlanta, Georgia and an Associate's degree in Science Architectural Design from Valencia Community College, Orlando, Florida.

Deborah has worked at various interior-design jobs and assignments including: Bloomingdale's at Millenia Mall; Festival of Trees Museum at Loch Haven; Expo Design Center in Nashville, Tennessee; and holiday decorating at the Ronald McDonald House. Deborah has also done custom window designs. In 2000, her interior design creations were sponsored at the Walt Disney World Biz Show exhibition.

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

July 10, 2008

Southwest Gets New Wall Color

The last phase of the remodeling projects at Southwest Library funded by Dr. Phillips Rotary Club got underway last week. The "back area" (aka our art gallery, reading area, laptop center, second meeting room, and relatively quiet study area) got a new coat of paint. The custom color appropriately named "southwest reading room" adds a dash of sophistication and splash of vibrancy to the area. Staff and patrons alike love the new color.
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In the weeks ahead, wall panels, new coverings for the chairs, additional plants, new carpet border and other assessories will be added to the area. The Reference and Large Print sections have been moved to make room for the remodeling changes.
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Keep reading this blog for remodeling updates!

June 25, 2008

Summer Reading Program at Southwest

The Summer Reading Program got underway at the Southwest Library in early June with Indiana Jone's Adventure and Gatorland. Below are photos from our Gatorland program held on Friday, June 13.

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Participants get an opportunity to meet and greet our "reptilely" guests -close up!

For information about upcoming Summer Reading Programs and reading contests at Southwest and other library locations, go to http://www.ocls.info/Children/KidsConnect/default.asp or call 407.835.7323.

June 11, 2008

Southwest Book Club Online Discussion Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

middlesex.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, Middlesex by bestselling author Jeffrey Eugenides. Middlesex is a story of Calliope Stephanides, who discovers during adolescence that she is actually a he. The now adult male, Cal tells of his transformation and of the genetic condition which caused it - a condition which is traced back to his Greek-American paternal grandparents who were also brother and sister. Middlesex is a story about what it means to live within the complex and unnamed middle ground between male and female, Greek and American, past and present. Lastly, Middlesex is a novel that questions what it is that makes us who we are.

If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, questions related to the book are posted below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Share your thoughts and comments, then click "post". Comment on one question or all of them. Join the discussion!

Discussion Questions: Middlesex
1. Occasionally, Cal interrupts his own narrative, calling attention to himself and the artifice inherent in his story (example on pp. 110-111). What purposes do these interruptions serve? Is Cal a reliable narrator?

2. Why does Cal decide to live as a man rather than a woman?

3. How is Cal's experience living within two genders similar to the immigrant experience of living within two cultures? How is it different?

4. Middlesex is set against the backdrop of several historical events: the war between Turkey and Greece, the rise of the Nation of Islam, WWII, and the Detroit riots. How does history shape the lives of the caracters in the novel?

5. Describe Middlesex. Does the house have a symbolic function in the novel?

6. How does the structure of the novel and its movement backward and forward in time reflect the larger themes of the work?

Questions obtained or adapted from http://readinggroupguides.com

May 17, 2008

Sports and Fitness Month

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May is Sports and Fitness Month!!

Please stop by the Southwest Library and checkout our display table with materials that will help you to get ready for the summer.


Learn and have Fun at Camp Savvy!!!

Camp Savvy

Kids and Teens! Come and join us this summer and learn a wide variety of computer programs. From June through August, become part of the Camp Savvy summer program. You will learn various programs such as GIMP, Audacity, Google SketchUp, PHUN, Podcasting and more!

For more information or to register, call us at 407.835.7381 or check out our online calendar.


Mes del libro para Latinos

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Mayo es el Mes del Libro para Latinos.
Estan invitados a visitar la sucursal de Southwest. Vea nuestra mesa de exibicion con libros, novelas, poemas, musica, peliculas, para ninos y adultos. Usando su tarjeta de Biblioteca puede llevarlas a su casa las que estan sobre la mesa de exibicion asi como las que estan en las estanterias y disfrutar con su familia.

May 8, 2008

Craig Crawford to Speak at Southwest Library May 9

crawf184.jpgIt will be politics plus at Southwest Library. Political commentator and author, Craig Crawford will be speaking at the library on Friday, May 9. Crawford is one of Washington's most popular pundits. He has made regular appearances on cable for CNBC and MSNBC. He is the author of two books - The Politics of Life: 25 Rules for Survival in a Cruel and Manipulative World and Attack the Messenger. Book sale and signing will follow the program.

This is the third program in the annual Author Series at Southwest Library presented in partnership with the Dr. Phillips Rotary. The Crawford program is sponsored by Tiger Bay Club of Orlando, Inc. and Highwoods Properties. Refreshments will be provided by Publix and Bice.

Friday, May 9
Social begins at 6:30 p.m.; program at 7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library
407.835.7323

May 7, 2008

Southwest Book Club Online Discussion - The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman

the world is flat.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. to discuss the book, The World is Flat by Pulitizer Prize winner and journalist, Thomas Friedman. This is Friedman's account of the great changes taking place in the world as continuous advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as ever before. It is an essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents; and what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals.

If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, questions related to the book will be posted to our blog prior to the meeting date each month. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Share your thoughts and comments, then click "post". Comment on one question or all of them. Join the discussion!

Discussion Questions: The World is Flat
1. What does Friedman mean by the book's title?

2. Friedman discusses the many occupations that can now be outsourced or offshored, including his own job as a journalist. Could your job be done by someone in another country? Could you do your job better from home, as the JetBlue telephone agents do? Would you feel comfortable knowing your taxes had been prepared by an overseas accountant, or your CAT scan read by an overseas radiologist? (Chapter One)

3. Discuss the "Indiana versus India" anecdote, recounted in the second section of Chapter Four. Which approach benefits Americans more: offshoring state projects and cutting taxpaper expenditures, or paying higher wages to maintain job security at home?

4. Chapter Seven, "The Quiet Crisis," outlines dirty secrets regarding American dominance: fewer young Americans pursuing careers in math, science, and engineering, and the demise of both ambition and brainpower among American youth. What accounts for this? What would it take to restore academic rigor and the enthusiasm enjoyed during the "man on the moon" days?

5. Friedman contemplates the cultural traits that drive a nation's success. He uses this to illustrate why Mexico, despite NAFTA, has become the tortoise while China has become the hare. Does America fit Friedman's cultural profile as a nation poised for prosperity? (Chapter Nine)

6. What would it take for you to become an "untouchable"? (Chapter Six)

Questions obtained or adapted from http://readinggroupguides.com

May 1, 2008

MD One- On- One with Dr. Deborah Harding May 8

mdoneonone.gifLook younger, feel stronger, and live life with exuberance! Join Dr. Deborah Harding for a discussion on hormonal optimization, nutrition, exercise, and nutraceutical supplementation.

Dr. Harding is the founder and President of MD One- On- One; a new innovative medical practice that allows you to experience the power of Personalized High Definition Health Care. Dr. Harding has been featured on Fox News and is board certified in the fields of internal medicine, sleep medicine, age management, and anti-aging. To learn more about Dr. Harding and MD One- On- One, go to www.mdoneonone.com for more information.

Thursday, May 8
6:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info

April 30, 2008

Take Our Sons & Daughters to Work Day April 24

MVC-004F.JPG Last Thursday, Orange County Library System employees brought their sons, daughters, and mentees to work on Take our Sons and Daughters to Work Day for an educational enriching experience. At Southwest Library, Alba Camoirano, Circulation Clerk brought to work her granddaughter, Serina.

As the photos show, Serina had a great time helping staff and customers. But, she admits she least liked shelving books. The Southwest staff want to thank Serina for sharing part of her day to learn about the work done by her grandmother and for being an excellent library worker!
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April 18, 2008

Tomas Mac Master - Great Central Florida Photography Exhibit

MVC-004F.JPGMVC-003F.JPGTomas has been taking pictures since he received his first camera at age 14. As an adult, he studied and worked in the computer networking field. But, Tomas never forgot his passion for photography. He often did professional work on the side which included portraits, nudes, weddings, product advertisement, industrial, underwater, and aerial photography.

In the last few years, Tomas has been experimenting with digital photography. Today, his main equipment includes a standard 50mm f/1.4mm Canon 20D camera with a 17-40mm F/4.0L lens and a very sturdy tripod. He has a special interest in landscapes, HDRI, and panoramas. Tomas's passion for photography has led him to study every possible technique and develop his own view through the lens. To learn more about Tomas and his photography, go to www.tomasmacmaster.com

Tomas's photography works will be on exhibit at the Southwest Library April through June. For more information, please ask Library staff, call 407.835.7323 or southwest@ocls.info

April 14, 2008

Hands-On Healing Massage Therapy Program April 18

massagetherapy.jpgCome and learn the benefits of massage therapy for health and well-being. Join Lori Dunn, Licensed Massage Therapist from Amazon Massage and Health Spa for complimentary massges in honor of National Stress Awareness Day.

Friday, April 18
Noon
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info

April 8, 2008

Blood Drive on April 16th @ Southwest Branch Library

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 16 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

Donate and Receive:
*A free "No Brainer" t-shirt from Florida Blood Center
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations, receive a $10 Darden Gift Card)

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.

April 3, 2008

Act-A-Fool Story Time April 5

strega nona.jpgEnjoy a foolishly good story and watch a short movie featuring Strega Nona, Big Anthony, and the magical cooking pot. Create "Boost Your Noodle" hats using a variety of pastas. For preschoolers and school-age children. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info
Saturday, April 5
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info

Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Joint Pain April 10

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Come hear Dr. Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Doctor of Oriental Medicine discuss how Chinese herbs and acupuncture are used to treat joint pain and joint disorders. Sample different herbs.
Southwest Library
Thursday, April 10
7:00 p.m.

Dr. O'Shaughnessy is owner of Aesthetic Acupuncture Clinic in Orlando and author of the book, Traditional Chinese Medicine- Esthetician Guide which shows the aesthetician how to incorporate Chinese Medicine into their skin analysis or treatment. To learn more about Dr. O'Shaughnessy go to http://www.aestheticacupunctureclinic.com/

Limited seating. Reservations are required. For more information and registration, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Keep Your Computer Safe

Owning a computer is like owning a car where you have to do certain maintenance tasks to keep it protected and safe to use. Keeping your computer safe means you must understand and take responsibility for the maintenance and safety of your data. Remember that it is nobody's responsibility but yours to insure that you have a safe computing experience.

Listed below are some tips that you could use in order have a safe computing experience.

Regular Maintenance
  • Install antivirus (AV) - keep your antivirus up to date, and run a regular scan. If you don't have an antivirus. Try a free one called AVG.
  • Update antispyware - keep it up to date and scan occasionally. Install at least one antispyware apps, such as Windows Defender, Spy Sweeper, and Spybot Search & Destroy.
  • Don't accept EXEs - downloading executable files (ending in .exe, .com, .bat, and .scr) will give you a risk of getting a virus so be wary of those attachments being sent to you.
Passwords and More
  • Use strong passwords - a mixture of numbers and letters makes up a strong password. Also, the longer your password is, the harder it is to detect. You could also try PassPub.com which randomly generates strong passwords you can use.
  • Change your passwords regularly - this is the best thing to do especially if you suspect your password has been compromised.
  • Don't AutoComplete - using this feature from your browser will store your password. Not a good thing to do especially if you're using a shared or public computer. To disable this feature in Internet Explorer, go to Tools -> Internet Options, and in Content Tab, go to AutoComplete settings.
Safe Surfing
  • Use other browsers besides IE - IE is most targeted by hackers so try different browsers such Firefox or Opera.
  • Look for the lock - if you are going to send personal information via a Web site like shopping online, make sure that the site is encrypted. Look for the https in the URL and a lock icon in the address bar or status bar.
Physical Security
  • Be prepared for theft - be sure to record the model and serial numbers of your computer in advance in case this happens. You could also check your homeowner's insurance policy to see if you can recover your money.
  • Alarm your laptop - use a software like Laptop Alarm for your laptop's security. This software can emits a screech if someone shuts down yuor PC without permission and it can even send a warning message to your phone.
  • Know your rights - it is always best to read the end-user license agreements (EULAs) when you install a program. Check them out with EUKAlyzer which analyses EULAs to point out potential problems.

For more tips on safer computing, visit PCMAG.com. Also keep 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

April 2, 2008

Jason the Juggler April 4

jasonjuggler.jpgJust in time for Spring Break! Bring the family to see Jason the Juggler at the Southwest Library on Friday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Not just a comedian, not just a juggler. Let Jason the Juggler entertain you with his hilarious comedy style, original dance moves and awe-inspiring juggling and manipulation routines. Laugh your socks off at this totally original show featuring a nationally renowned entertainer extraordinaire.

For the past 10 years Jason has headlined hundreds of events and has been featured on numerous television and radio broadcasts throughout the U.S. For more information about Jason, visit his website at www.JASONHUNEKE.com
Information and questions, call 407.835.7323

Southwest Book Club Online Discussion - A Thousand Splendid Suns (Hosseini)

athousandsplendidsuns.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. to discuss the book, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner. Two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in war-torn Kabul. Hosseini's second novel weaves thrity years of turbulent Afghan history through a powerful story of family, friendship and, ultimately, hope.

If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, questions related to the book will be posted to our blog prior to the meeting date each month. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Share your thoughts and comments, then click "post". Comment on one question or all of them. Join the discussion!

Discussion Questions: A Thousand Splendid Suns

1. What is the significance of the novel's title? Why do you think Hosseini chose it?

2. Mariam's mother tells her "Women like us. We endure. It's all we have." Discuss how this sentiment informs Mariam's life and how it relates to the larger themes of the novel.

3. Growing up Laila feels that her mother's love is reserved for her two brothers. How does this sentiment inform her reaction to becoming pregnant with Rasheed's child? What lessons from her childhood does Laila apply in raising her own children?

4. And in this fleeting, wordless exchange with Mariam, Laila know that they were not enemies any longer (p. 224). How is the deep bond between Mariam and Laila forged? How does this bond sustain both of them?

5. One of the Taliban judges at Mariam's trial tell her, "God has made us different, you women and us men. Our brains are different. You are not able to think like we can. Western doctors and their science have proven this." What is the irony in this statement? How is irony employed throughout the novel?

6. How does Miriam and Laila's story metaphorically reflect the larger story of Afganistan's troubled history?

7. How would you describe Hosseini's writing style? Were there particular passages that impressed you, and, if so, what were they and why?


(Questions were either obtained or adapted from reading guides found at http://www.bloomsbury.com and http://www.readinggroupguides.com

March 17, 2008

Gaming at Southwest March19

wiigaming.jpgIf you love gaming like we love gaming, come get your game on at Southwest's monthly gaming jam! Join us for action-packed fun with the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and PS2. Come in and get active at the library! Elementary School students with a library card* in good standing are welcome to play. *Card type limited to regular, property owner or fee cards.
Wednesday, March 19
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info
Mark your calendar "Gaming at Southwest Library every 3rd Wednedsay of the month 3-5 p.m."!

March 6, 2008

Southwest Book Club Discussion Questions - Everyman by Philip Roth

everyman.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. to discuss the book, Everyman by Philip Roth. Roth's novel is a fiercely intimate yet universal story of loss, regret, and stoicism. The best-selling author of The Plot Against America now turns his attention from "one family's harrowing encounter with history" (New York Times) to one man's lifelong confrontation with mortality. Roth's everyman is a hero whose youthful sense of independence and confidence begins to be challenged when illness begins its attack in middle age.

If you are unable to attend the meeting or you would like to join our discussion, each month questions related to the book will be posted to our blog prior to the meeting date. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Share your thoughts and comments, then click "post". Comment on one question or all of them. Join the discussion!

Discussion Questions: Everyman
1. What is the relevance of the title to the story that is told in the novel?

2. What do you learn about the man being buried from the opening scene at the cemetery? What would the book be like if this scene came, as it might if the story were told chronologically, at the end rather than the beginning?

3. Why does he refuse the consolations of religion despite his sharing in the universal terror of death?

4. Why does he take up painting, and why does he abandon it? Why does he begin teaching painting classes to his fellow retirees, and why does he stop teaching?

5. What is his relationship with the dead? a. With his dead parents b. With Millicent Kramer c. With those of his family who are long dead.

6. Some readers have said they wept when they finished reading the book. Did you weep? If so, why? If not, how do you understand the response of those who did?

(Questions were either obtained or adapted from www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com)

February 29, 2008

Library Games people can play

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Turn the library into a game board by making up games for your children, youth group or your classroom.
Make up a Scavenger Hunt giving a clue that can be used to lead to a certain book, author or subject.
Make a Match Game using the titles by an author who has written primarily adult fiction but has also written a children, juvenile or young adult book. See if your favorite author has written for kids and grownups. Make sure you have three columns: 1) author, 2) adult title and 3) kids title. To get you started look up http://iii.ocls.info/ Jan Karon, Mary Higgins Clark, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson or Carl Hiaasen. This might encourage a love for your style of reading.

Go to Armoredpenguin.com site and make your own Word Search. Make a list of famous people who have written for kids such as Madonna, Henry Winkler, Billy Crystal, Sarah Ferguson and John Lithgow. Check out Wikipedia.org and look up Celebrity Authors. After the names have been found in the word search the next step would be to look up the title or see if it is currently on the shelf. For younger kids just do a word search of one word book titles.

Just exploring the libraries sources will be a game for you as you create fun for the young. Also check out the books on parties located at 793.2 & 793.21 while you are visiting us in person or on line. We have books for baby showers, bridal shower, birthday parties, family gatherings and more.

February 28, 2008

Watercolor Painting Class March 8

watercolors.jpgCelebrate National Craft Month!

If you ever wanted to learn how to paint with watercolors or sharpen your art skills, this program is for you. Join artist and art instructor, Rae Delfosse as she demonstrates watercolor painting techniques. Basic art supplies will be provided but you are encouraged to bring your own brushes and paints. This program is for ages 12 and up.

While you are here be sure to see Rae's watercolor painting exhibit on display at the library through March.


Saturday, March 8
11:00 a.m.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info
Reservations Required

Creative Rooms Program March 7

creativerooms.jpg Join muralist Lana Wilken as she gives advice on the best ways to creatively decorate a room with your kids -yes, you heard right! Ms Wilken will give tips on how to decorate rooms in your home with the help of your kids. Learn to create decorative rooms and precious memories with your kids. For more information on Lana Wilken go to http://creativeroomsorlando.com
Friday, March 7
11:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info

February 14, 2008

Identity Theft Program February 20

idtheft.jpgLearn to detect your vulnerabilities to identity theft. Get advice from Dahlia A. Hayles of Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc. to protect your identity and help avoid common mistakes. Dahlia A. Hayles, an independent associate of Pre-Paid Legal will be discussing the nation's fastest grouing crime! Learn how to protect your identity.

Don't miss this important program on Wednesday, February 20 at 11:45 A.M. For more information, call 407.835.7323.

February 11, 2008

Meet the Author - Terry Odell February 18

meettheauthor.jpgMeet multi-published author, Terry Odell as she discusses breaking into a new career as a writer of romance novels despite the fact she never read a romance novel in her life. Come hear her tell of becoming a writer by mistake or how she traded needlepoint for fiction!
Monday, February 18
6:30 P.M.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info

February 7, 2008

Southwest Book Club Online February Discussion Questions

orchidthief.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 7:00 P.M. to discuss the book, The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean. A staff writer for The New Yorker describes the life and times of John Laroche, a plant smuggler and orchid thief, and the eccentric world of Florida's obsessed collectors of rare plants.

For those unable to attend the meeting or those who would like join our discussion online, each month questions will be posted prior to the book discussion date. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Share your thoughts and comments, then click "post". Comment on one question or all of them. Join the discussion!

Discussion Questions: The Orchid Thief
1. The passion for collecting is described in the book as a means of infusing meaning into life, aquiring the ability to mold and change the nature of things, i.e. create life itself. What other means do humans employ to achieve the same ends, and how effective are they?

2. Laroche wrestles verbally with the thought that acting within what he considered the bounds of the law for his own immediate gain was ultimately an act of altrulism. Is his thought process that of an amoral person? Or is he just an everyday charlatan?

3. Orlean interrupts her central narrative of John Laroche with stories of the orchid hunters of the past, the contemporary state of Florida and other histories. How does this affect the pace of the work? Is the framework she devised successful?

4. As a reader, what did you expect from a book about orchids? How did your experience of reading The Orchid Thief compare to what you expected?

5. Orlean comments she lacks the kind of passion possessed by Laroche and other plant collectors mentioned in the book. Do you think she was passionate about her reporting and writing this book?

(Questions were either obtained or adapted from http://readingguides.com/guides_O/orchid_thief1.asp)

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February 6, 2008

GO RED!!!!

February is American Heart Month so be sure to stop by the Southwest Library and look at the different items we have on display.
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If you'd like to know more information, visit the American Heart Association 's website.

February 5, 2008

Pet Care and Safety Program February 13

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For Valentine's Day this year show your dog or cat how much you love them by attending a pet care and safety program with Cat Bruce, owner of PetsFirst Holistic Therapy and Pet Sitting Services, Inc. Learn basic pet care and how to prepare them for emergencies. For the love of your pet - attend this program!




Wednesday, February 13
6:30 P.M.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info
Reservations Required

February 4, 2008

Denise C. Williams "Denise's Creations" Exhibit January - March 2008

MVC-007F.JPGDenise C. Williams, International Interior Designer is currently exhibiting her designs at the Southwest Library January through March 2008. Denise holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design and is now pursuing a Master's degree in Arts Educational Curriculum and dance ministry. Denise hopes to maintain two careers as an E.S.E. teacher and open an interior design studio. Her favorite art medium is charcoal. She enjoys decorating, listening to music, walks in the park or a botanical garden, traveling, and playing board games with her sons. Denise states her sons are her main inspiration.

For more information, contact Southwest Library at 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

February 2, 2008

Microsoft Excel Tips

If you have taken Excel classes at the library, then you should have learned many of its features. For those of you wanting to learn a little bit more, here are some additional tips that you can add to your Excel knowledge.

CREATING CUSTOM LISTS
Remember how to do lists for the months of the year or the days of the week? You use auto-fill to do that, right? Well, you can also create your own custom fill lists. Just follow these steps.


  1. Go to Tools menu and select Options.

  2. Select the Custom Liststab.

  3. Type a list of entries in the List entries box, one entry per line, separating them by pressing the Enter key. You could also copy a list from a range of cells in your worksheet (if you have the data) by using the Import list form cells.

  4. Click Add to add the list and click OK to finish.

  5. Now type any entry from your list in a cell and drag the fill handle to create the sequence.


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USING FORMS
Use form feature in Excel instead of navigating around a large table. Here's how to do it.


  1. Create your heading labels in your worksheet.

  2. Highlight your heading labels and go to Data menu and select forms. Click OK on the dialog box that will appear.

  3. Now you can enter data into your table using the Form dialog, which is quicker and more convenient. Click Close to finish.


REARRANGING DATA
One of the commands in the Data menu has a way of splitting information in a cell for easy re-sorting or reformatting. For example, if you have a list of full names and you want to sort it by last name you could split their contents by following these steps.


  1. Select your data.

  2. Go to the Data menu, and select Text to Columns.

  3. On the Convert Text to Columns Wizard, choose the file type that describe your data (we will use Deliminate) and click Next.

  4. In the list of Delimiters, click the Space checkbox and click on Next.

  5. The last wizard step will let you select each column and set the data format. Select the general data format and click on Finish.


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Reference: www.pcmag.com

Keep 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

January 28, 2008

Rae Delfosse Oils and Watercolors Exhibit January - March 2008

MVC-001F.JPGRae Delfosse, local artist is currently exhibiting her oil and watercolor paintings at the Southwest Library January through March 2008. Rae began her art training during her teen years in Chicago at the Art Institute and the Frederic Mizen Academy. After obtaining a degree in art education, Rae taught high school art in the Jacksonville area for many years. She also co-founded and taught at a local art school and exhibited her art work in many galleries and art shows over the years. Rae relocated to Orlando in 2006. Today, Rae paints nature scenes of Florida flora, scenic views, portraits of children, and old world architecture using primarily oil and watercolor. Rae's aim is to create works of art which bring joy to people in their homes and workplaces.

If you are interested in learning more about watercoloring painting, register to join Rae in a demo/class on Saturday, March 8, 2008, 11:00 a.m. at the Southwest Library. Basic art supplies will be provided. This is for people age 12 and up. For more information or to register, please email southwest@ocls.info or call 407.835.7323.

January 22, 2008

Southwest Book Club Goes Green!

During their 3rd year anniversary celebration on January 15, attending members of the Southwest Book Club were each given an OCLS's orange "green" bag by an anonymous donor. Everyone here wants to say "Thank You." The OCLS's green bags can be purchased at any of our locations for $1.41 plus tax.

January 8, 2008

Southwest Book Club Meets January 15

The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the book, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See.

An evocative story of friendship set against the backdrop of a nineteenth-century China in which women suffered from foot binding, isolation, and illiteracy. The novel follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info