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November 20, 2008

Blood Drive at Southwest Library November 21


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
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.

MVC-010F.JPG Winnie & Woody sitting down in the Children's area to read a few books with some kid readers. MVC-002F.JPG

Even woodpeckers need to check their email!.