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October 23, 2008

Autumn Origami for Everyone October 25


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

October 22, 2008

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


"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