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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.

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
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!

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.
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.
Keep reading this blog for remodeling updates!