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December 23, 2009

Benches in the Southwest Courtyard

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December 9, 2009

How to Sing Like an American Idol December 12

singer.jpgDream of being the next American Idol?

Then don't miss this opportunity to gear up for the next season of American Idol. Learn how to sing like the best! Vocal coach Elisabeth Drake will conduct a beginner's vocal lesson. Those brave enough to stand up and sing a song will be judged and coached by Elisabeth. Learn more about Elisabeth at www.elisabethdrakemusic.com. For more information about this program, call 407.835.7481.

Saturday, December 12
3:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch

Holiday Recipe Swap December 12

christmas_cookies.jpgThe holidays are fast approaching. Share your favorite family holiday recipe and get help with great new food ideas for the season. Come to the Holiday Recipe Swap! For more information and registration, call 407.835.7481.
Saturday, December 12
2:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch

December 5, 2009

December is Safe Toys & Gifts Month

Xmas Gift.jpgThere are estimated 235,300 emergency room treated injuries related to toys in 2008 alone according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's [USCPSC] annual report 2008. Among the figure above, 73% (172,700) were to children less than 15 years of age and 35% (82,300) were to children less than five. Unfortunately, there were 69 reported cases of toy-related deaths among children under fifteen between 2006 and 2008.

December is a month of gift giving. Let us be reminded that we should not overlook safety precautions and age groups when we purchase or wrap toys and gifts for our loved ones. Have a safe, happy holiday everyone!

Additional information and safety tips are available at following websites´╝Ü
Safe Kids USA.org
ToyInfo.org [Toy Industry Association]
USCPSC's Toy-Related Deaths and Injuries Calendar Year 2008
USCPSC's "Toy Hazard Recall" page
USCPSC's "Toy Safety Publications" page

November 30, 2009

Southwest Book Club Meets December 8

festival_of_books.jpgCome join Southwest Book Club's 3rd Annual "My Book to You" celebration on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. 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


Holiday Citrus Craft Program December 5 at Southwest Library

orangepomander.jpgThe holiday season is here. Create your own natural holiday craft - a orange and clove pomander! All craft materials are supplied. Recommended for ages 6-12.

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

Saturday, December 5
10:30 A.M.

November 12, 2009

New Perspectives for Your Financial Future November 14

money_sign.jpgYou've been doing the right things to prepare for your financial future, and while your goals haven't changed, the economy has. It's time for a practical, straightforward approach. Learn how to find a safe place for your savings, determine the best options for your 401(k), identify new strategies to save for retirement, and choose a college savings plan or finance a college education. Presented by Ameriprise Financial. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info
Saturday, November 14
11:00 A.M.
Southwest Branch

November 11, 2009

National American Indian Heritage Month

j0313949[1].jpgNovember is American Indian Heritage Month to honor and recognize American Indian and Alaska native peoples. Southwest library offers varied materials to learn and celebrate.

Additional information and calendars of events are available at following websites:
Smithonian Education
National Museum of the American Indian
National Park Service (National Register of Historic Places)
American Indian Library Association

November 4, 2009

Southwest Book Club Meets November 10

a_painted_drum.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room to discuss The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich. Discovering a cache of valuable Native American artifacts while appraising a family estate in New Hampshire, Faye Travers investigates the history of a ceremonial drum, which possesses spiritual powers and changes the lives of people who encounter it.

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

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

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. How would you characterize the relationship between Faye Travers and Kurt Krahe, and how does it change over the course of the novel?

2. To what extent do you agree with Faye and Elsie Travers that the theft of the drum from the Jewett Parker Tatro estate and the return of it to the Ojibwe people was an ethical decision?

3. How does the author use the theme of grief relating to the deaths of young children to connect different characters in The Painted Drum?

4. Of all of the characters in The Painted Drum, which did you find most memorable, and why?

5. To what extent does Faye's discovery of missing dog's skeleton in the final scene of the book bring the narrative of the novel full-circle?

Discussion questions obtained from HarperCollins Pulishers.

Canine Social November 7

dog.jpgPooch Pow wow at Southwest!

Bring your dog to the library to mingle with other friendly canines and their owners and receive free flavorful treats from Woof Gang Bakery. Enter a raffle for Woof Gang Bakery gift certificates and browse the library's collection of books and DVD's related to dogs and dog care. Grab the leash and bring the family for a fun event with your furry friend!

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

Saturday, November 7
1:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

November 2, 2009

Strengthening Your Immune System November 5

chinese herbs.jpg Learn how traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese herbs and foods can help build up your immune system and help fight flu viruses without the dangerous side effects of antibiotics and other medications.

Presenter: Dr. Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Doctor of Oriental Medicine at the Aesthetic Acupuncture Clinic in the Orlando/Dr. Phillips area.

Registration required.

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

Thursday, November 5
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

October 30, 2009

Carol Everhart Presents at Southwest Book Club


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On Tuesday, October 13 members and guests of the Southwest Book Club came to hear Carol Everhart of Orlando talk about Florida history and lead the discussion for the month's book selection, A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith. Carol is a Florida Civil War enactor and Florida history enthusiast. She also brought along for display several artifacts from the book's historical period such as clothing, tools, currency and even a cracker whip! Snacks were provided which included hardtack which was the most convenient food for Civil War soldiers, explorers, pioneers, or anyone else who needed to be able to pack light and move fast. 20 people attended the event.
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October 29, 2009

It's Looking Brighter at Southwest

MVC-012F.JPG Southwest Library patrons and staff are seeing a whole lot better after the installation of a new lighting system. The new system was part of a long-range plan to make Southwest Library greener and budgetwise by installing more energy and cost efficient lights. No more dark stacks, corners or work areas!

October 21, 2009

It's Fall at Southwest

Southwest Library is all decked out for Halloween and the fall season! Thanks to Friends of the Library volunteer, Mamie Velez for creating these fun displays.
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October 12, 2009

Coal Fired Pizza Tasting at Southwest October 12

pizza.jpgPut your eye on the pie; that is a pizza pie! Come to a coal fired pizza edu-tasting event.

Grab a slice of Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza and find out why this unique style of cooking is actully good for the environment.

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

Monday, October 12
6:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

October 8, 2009

Eat Better, Eat Together Month

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October is Eat Better, Eat Together Month. Research shows that children who eat with their family perform better in school and have healthier diets (Chase's Calendar of Events 2009). Come into the Southwest Branch and pick up some cookbooks you can use with your children to create meals you can enjoy together. One cookbook that promotes fun and eating is called Fairy Tale Feasts: a literary cookbook for young readers and eaters. The fairy tales in the book are retold by Jane Yolen and the recipes of food mentioned in the tales are by Heidi E.Y. Stemple.

October 7, 2009

Learn more about Benefits of a Raw Food Diet - October 17

Join Chef Olive Mackey in a discussion on raw/living foods and learn of their benefits. Recipe demo and tasting will follow program.

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

Southwest Library
Saturday, October 17
2:00 p. m.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro - October 15

Arturo Macias of ArtzPhoto will describe five ways you can start taking photographs like a professional.

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

Southwest Library
Thursday, October 15
6:00 p.m.

October 5, 2009

Southwest Book Club Meets October 13

alandremembered.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room. Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith. Discussion will be led by guest presenter and researcher, Carol Everhart.

In this novel, award-winning author, Patrick Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. A Land Remembered was winner of the Florida Historical Society Tebeau Prize as the "Most Outstanding Florida Historical Novel".

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

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

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. Most people probably have perceptions of Florida as the home of theme parks and vacation sports. How has your idea of Florida changed since reading this book?

2. The topic of environmentalism, especially in some endangered areas of Florida is a critical issue today. Discuss how people like the MacIveys both hurt and helped the Florida environment.

3. The MacIveys' acceptance of people of different cultures helped them to make friends who stood by them in their difficult times. What made these mutually beneficial relationships possible?
(from http://www.bookmovement.com)


September 15, 2009

Sleep and Cardiovascular Disease

Sleep and Cardiovascular Disease
Date: 9/19/2009
Start Time: 10:30 AM

Sleep and Cardiovascular Disease Program
Curious about sleep disorders? On Saturday September 19th at 10:30 a.m. the Southwest Branch will be hosting a program discussing Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and other common sleep disorders. The program presenters, Dr. Yasmeen Gowani & Robert Casavant Jr. RPSGT will also answer any sleep disorder related questions. This informative program could be helpful to anyone who has ever had any questions about sleep disorders.

September 14, 2009

Local is Lovely Program September 15

fruitsandvegetables.jpgChef Tony Adams of Big Wheel Provisions will explain why buying local food is the best choice,and talk about some of the best local products.

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

Southwest Library
Tuesday, September 15
6:00 p.m.

September 10, 2009

Mold Matters Program September 12

Got mold?

Learn about mold from mold detection experts Charles and Danielle Dobbs, authors of Mold Matters: Solutions and Prevention. In this presentation, attendees will learn about mold, how it can affect health and building structures, what are red flags, what to do if mold is visible or suspected, and steps to take to control moisture. This presentation is for everyone wanting to learn about mold. Bring your questions.

To learn more about the presenters, visit http://www.molddetectionexperts.com/a4_credentials.htm

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

Southwest Library
Saturday
September 12
2:00 p.m.

August 31, 2009

Southwest Book Club Meets September 8

girlsfromames.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room. The club will discuss the book, The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow. This NYT's bestseller is the story of eleven childhood friends who formed a special bond growing up in Ames, Iowa. As young women, they moved to eight different states, yet managed to maintain an enduring friendship that would carry them through college and careers, marriage and motherhood, dating and divorce, a child's illness and the mysterious death of one member of their group. A moving tribute to female friendships.

And be sure to attend Jeffrey Zaslow's appearance at the Orlando Public Library on September 11 at 7:00 p.m. for the annual An Evening with the Author fundraiser. Don't miss this coauthor of the million-copy bestseller, The Last Lecture written with Randy Pausch. For more information, go to www.ocls.info or call 407.835.7481.

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

Copies of this 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. At the end of his introduction, the author repeats a question posted to him: "Could a man ever really understand women's friendships?" How would you answer that question? Do you think Zaslow succeeded in his attempt to portray and explain the Ames girls' long-lasting bonds?

2. Cathy tries to explain the attachment between the women as one borne out of shared roots: "We root each other to the core of who we are, rather than what defines us as adults -by careers or spouses or kids. There's a young girl in each of us who is still full of life," (page 96). Do you think it is common for people who were close childhood friends to maintain that bond in adulthood?

3. "Male relationships are often born on the athletic fields," (page 54). What do you believe comprises male friendships? Do they form through activities like sorts or through something different? Do you know men who are part of a group much like the Ames girls? If so, how does the male group differ from the female?

4. Do you believe the closeness the girls experienced in childhood was in part a result of growing up in a small town like Ames, Iowa? Would they have been as tight a group of friends if they came of age in a big city, like New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles? How much of a factor was Ames in the women's relationships?

5. Do you agree women stay closer to friends than men do? Why or why not?

6. Do you have a collection of friends similar to the Ames girls? Who is in your circle? What does this group and its bonds mean to you?

Discussion questions obtained and adapted from http://us.penguingroup.com/static/rguides/us/girls_from_ames.html

August 12, 2009

Patent Your Great Invention August 22

light bulb.gifMeet the intellectual property experts from Beusse, Wolter, Sanks, Mora & Maire, P.A to find out how you can patent your great invention. For more information call 407.835.7323.



Saturday, August 22
2:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

Five-Star Decor on a Shoestring Budget August 18

ikealogo.jpgOn a shoestring budget? You don't have to be part of the jet set to live well. Get fresh, budget friendly ideas for infusing your personal style and a dash of order into your home from IKEA Orlando's gurus of affordable home furnishing. Free giveaways for everyone from IKEA.

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




Tuesday, August 18
6:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

August 5, 2009

Experience the Library! Making the Most of Your Library Card August 10

OCLS.jpgAre you a new cardholder? Has it been awhile since you last visited the library? Not sure about what the library offers beyond books? This class is for you! Come learn how to make the most of your library card. Experience the Library like never before! Recommended for ages 13 and up. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info Monday, August 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Southwest Branch.

August 4, 2009

Southwest Book Club Meets August 11

thirteenthtale.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room. The club will discuss the book, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Margaret Lea is summoned to the home of Vida Winter, England's most popular novelist, and commanded to write her biography. Miss Winter has been falsifying her life story and her identity for more than 60 years. Facing imminent death and feeling an unexplainable connection to Margaret, Miss Winter begins to spin a haunting, suspenseful tale. Setterfield's debut novel. A ghostly tale about the tranformative power of truth.


Copies of this 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. Much of the novel takes place in two grand estates - Angelfield and then Miss Winter's. How are the houses reflections of their inhabitants?

2. As the story unfolds, we learn that Margaret and Miss Winter are both twins. What else do they have in common?

3. The title of this novel is taken from the title of Miss Winter's first book, Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation, a collection of twelve stories with a mysterious thirteenth left out at the last minute before publication. How is this symbolic of the novel? What is the thirteenth tale?

4. Miss Winter frequently changes points of view from third to first person, from "they" to "we" to "I," in telling her story. The first time she uses "I" is in the recounting of Isabelle's death and Charlie's disappearance. What did you make of this shifting when Margaret points it out on page 204?

5. The story shifts significantly after the death of Mrs Dunne and John Digence. Adeline steps forward as intelligent, well-spoken, and confident -- the "girl in the mists" emerges. Did you believe this transformation? If not, what did you suspect was really going on?
(Discussion questions obtained from http://www.litlovers.com/guide_thirteentale.html)

July 27, 2009

Hip Hop You Don't Stop July 29

musicnotes.jpgCelebrate stories with a beat! Hip hop on in for stories, activities and crafts.

Recommended for ages 6-12.

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



Wednesday, July 29
3:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch

July 24, 2009

The Ugly Duckling: An Artist's Tale for Preschoolers July 28

theuglyduckling.jpgLive a day in the life of Jerry Pinkney by creating art and listening to stories. Weave tales with stories, crafts and fun! In conjunction with the Orlando Museum of Art's exhibiton Jerry Pinkney: Aesop's Fables and Other Tails.

Recommended for ages 3-5.
Registration is required.
For more information and to register, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info


Tuesday, July 28
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Library

July 21, 2009

Art Exhibit Mother Nature at Southwest July - September 2009


Mother and son have joined in an artistic endeavor to present the exhibit Mother Nature at the Southwest Library July through September. The exhibit features mother Sheila Diamantaras's paintings and son Fellipe Behrens's photography both celebrating the beauty and moods of Mother Nature.

Sheila Diamantaras developed an interest in painting while watching her father, a famous scenographic painter in Brazil. At age 12 , she began learning the art of painting under his guidance. Besides painting, Sheila has taken porcelain classes and had porcelain exhibitions in Spain and Portugal. In 1990 she began taking classes at Calouste School to gain knowledge of new painting skills and techniques. In 1996, Sheila and her two sons moved to Orlando. Sheila continues to paint and teach painting classes.
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Fellipe Behrens was born in Brazil. He moved to Orlando with his mother and brother when he was 11 years old. He became interested in photography and graphic arts while taking classes in these subjects in high school. Fellipe was encouraged by his instructors to pursue a career in photography and was invited to take photos of the high school softball team. Today, Fellipe keeps his dream alive by doing freelance photography works such as modeling, settings, sports, and learning new ways to be creative with a camera.
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Don't miss an opportunity to meet Sheila and Fellipe at a Meet the Artist event to be held on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library.
For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

July 20, 2009

Muggles, Mudbloods, and Wizards July 22

harrypotterhalfblood.jpgCelebrate the release of the new Harry Potter movie with a story and craft program! Recommended for ages 6-12. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info
Southwest Library
Wednesday, July 22
3:30 p.m.

July 14, 2009

SUMMER HAPPENINGS @THE SOUTHWEST BRANCH LIBRARY

While the temperature is rising outside we're cooling off with lots of fun inside the library. The pictures depict two programs that were held during the month of June and July. "Crazy For Crayola" brought out the artists in all and "Tokyo Jam" sent us into candy shushi delights with our budding artists!
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July 7, 2009

Adventures Across America July 8

fireworks.jpgThe celebration of America continues this Wednesday at Southwest. Go on an adventure by enjoying crafts and fun celebrating America. Recommended for children ages 6-12.
Wednesday, July 8
3:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch

Southwest Book Club Meets July 14

bornblueday.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room. The club will discuss the book Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir by Daniel Tammet. The author, who has a form of autism called Asperger's syndrome is a savant with genius-level mathematical and language talents. Daniel describes how he was shunned by his classmates and offers insight into how he experiences the world.

Copies of this 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. How does Daniel Tammet's experience of numbers and language differ from that of most people? What explains his intense attraction to prime numbers? How does Daniel characterize his relationships with numbers, and how does it compare to his relationships with people?

2. "Predictability was important to me, a way of feeling in control in a given situation, a way of keeping feelings of anxiety at bay, at least temporarily." To what extent is Daniel's need for regularity and predictability a kind of compulsion? Why might similar behavior in someone without savant syndrome be perceived as neurosis? How does the unexpected affect Daniel?

3. How would you describe Daniel's relationship with his partner, Neil? In light of Daniel's unique neurological concerns, why was their decision to move in together especially complicated? How do they accomodate Daniel's autistic spectrum disorder in their day-to-day life as a couple? Given that Daniel has difficulty feeling and identifying emotions, why do you think he is able to experience romantic love?

4. How can Daniel's professional and personal success be understood in light of his having grown up in a large family and the parenting he received?

5. Why do you think Daniel describes meeting Kim Peek (the person whose life as a savant inspired the film, Rain Man) as "one of the happiest moments" of his life?

Discussion questions obtained and adapted from http://www.simonsays.com

June 30, 2009

Tokyo Jam Teen Program July 1

mangacharacter.gifKonichiwa Teens! Let's jam the Tokyo with exciting Japanese entertainment, crafts and games. For ages 13 - 18.

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


Wednesday, July 1
3:30 p.m.
Southwest Library

June 24, 2009

Florida's Great Outdoors Program June 25

floridastateparks.jpgCool, sparkling springs, shady campgrounds and luxuriously rustic cabins can all be discovered in Florida's State Parks. In honor of Great Outdoors Month, staff from Lake Louisa State Park will be on hand to talk about the abundance of opportunities to experience...the Real Florida. Hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing and horseback riding are only a few ways to enjoy thousands of acres of parkland just a short drive from your home.

Visit the Florida State Parks website to learn more about Florida's great outdoors and locations.

For more library program information, call 407.835.7323.

Thursday, June 25
3:00 p.m.
Southwest Library


June 23, 2009

Hula Day Children's Program June 24

palmtrees.jpgAloha! Explore islands of fun with stories, hula hooping and the limbo plus island crafts! For ages 6 - 12.

Registration is required, call 407.835.7323 to register or email southwest@ocls.info

Registration Ends: 6/24/2009 at 12:00 AM
Other Information: Carry your card! Customers who present their library cards at programs and events will be eligible for priority seating.

Seating my be limited for some events. Groups with 10 or more children, please call 407.835.7323 to register in advance.


Wednesday, June 24
3:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch

June 18, 2009

Get Fit: Mommy Boot Camp June 23

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Are you struggling with extra baby weight? Don't know how to get those extra pounds off and get back in shape? How would you like to boost your metabolism, lose weight and have fun doing it?

Omar Morales, Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist and founder of Fit Mom Boot Camp, will show you how to lose weight, boost your metabolism, and tone your entire body faster than you ever thought possible. Part of the Fit for Life series at Orange County Library System.



Tuesday, June 23
2:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

An Artist's Tale for Preschoolers June 23

littleredridinghood.jpgLive a day in the life of Jerry Pinkney by creating art and listening to stories. Preschoolers, weave tales with stories, crafts and fun! In conjunction with the Orlando Museum of Art's exhibition Jerry Pinkney: Aesop's Fables and other tails. Recommended for ages 3-5.


Registration is required, call 407.835.7323 to register.
Registration Ends: 6/23/2009 at 12:00 A.M.
Other Information: Carry your card! Customers who present their library cards at programs and events will be eligible for priority seating.
Seating my be limited for some events. Groups with 10 or more children, please call 407.835.7323 to register in advance.


Tuesday, June 23
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Library

June 15, 2009

Integrative Medicine and Pain Management June 20

sunset.jpgLearn how Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can help ease chronic pain and increase the quality of your life. You will also learn tips and exercises for pain management to practice daily at home.

Presenter: Dr. Alexander Kitade, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Kitade Wellness Center in Orlando, FL

Limited Seating. Reservations Required.
For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info


Saturday, June 20
1:30 p.m.
Southwest Library

June 11, 2009

Meet the Artist Vesternel Coleman June 16

V Coleman The Hidden City.jpg Meet artist, graphic designer and photographer, Vesternel Coleman on Tuesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library. Vesternel is a freelance artist, graphic designer and photographer. She has a degree in graphic design. Vesternel's exhibit features abstract paintings, black and white photography, montage and digital art. The exhibit runs through the end of June.

Enjoy live music and refreshments too!

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


Blood Drive at Southwest June 12

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Blood Drive on Friday, June 12 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 T-Shirt from Florida's Blood Centers
  • Free Tropichiller Cream Smoothie from Pollo Tropical
  • 50% Off Admission to Capone's Dinner Show (unlimited food and drinks)


Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org or call 1-888-9-DONATE

June 1, 2009

Origami Extravaganza June 6

origamianimal.jpgLearn how to create origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding with origami artists, Al Aki and Jean Kinsey. Check out Mr. Aki's origami website at www.origamiland.com

For ages 7 and up. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Limited seating. Reservations Required.

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


Saturday, June 6
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch

WorkForce Central Florida Open Labs June 1 and 8

workforcecentralflorida.gif Looking for a job? Need to write a resume or update your current one?

Stop by anytime during these open labs and let our representative from WorkForce Central Florida show you tips and tricks on looking for jobs and resume writing.

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

Place: Southwest Branch
Date: 6/1/2009
Time: 3:00 -5:00 p.m.

Place: Southwest Branch
Date: 6/8/2009
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

May 23, 2009

Southwest Book Club Meets June 2

awaybyamybloom.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library. The club will discuss the book Away by Amy Bloom. Arriving in America alone after her family is destroyed in a Russian pogrom, Lillian Leyb receives word that her daughter Sophie might still be alive and embarks on a risky odyssey to find the missing girl. Bloom writes with extraordinary care about people caught in emotional and physical crosswinds. Voted "Best of 2007" on many book award lists.

Copies of this 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. Much of the novel centers around self-invention and reinvention. Can you identify some characters who invent themselves over the course of the novel? Which characters are successful? Which characters are unable to complete the process?

2. During Lillian's journey, there are key points at which she is required to demonstrate her allegiance as either a native or a foreigner, insider or outsider. Can you identify some of these moments? At the end of the novel, how complete is Lillian's assimilation?

3. How are sexuality and physical love portrayed in the novel? Consider Lillian's relationship with the Bursteins, Chinky's relationship with Mrs. Mortimer, and Gumdrop's relationship with Snooky Salt, as well as Lillian's relationship with John Bishop and Chinky's relationship with Cleveland Munson.

4. The omniscient third-person narrator of the novel is able to jump forward and backward in time and between parallel narratives. What is the purpose of this technique? Why does the author want us to know what happened to Sophie, even though Lillian herself never learns? Do you think Lillian ever stopped looking for Sophie?

5. What significance do the chapter titles have? What are they derived from, and what do they tell the reader about what happens in the novel? Why did Bloom title her novel Away?

Discussion questions obtained at http://litlovers.com/guide_away.html


Origami Adventures for Children May 30

papercraneorigami.jpgTake an adventure with us as we learn about the culture and art of Japan. We'll kick off this hour of fun by telling the story of the paper crane. Following the story, each child will have the opportunity to delve into the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Recommended for ages 5-12.

This program is presented by Adventure Clubhouse, Inc. To learn more about Adventure Clubhouse and their summer programs, go to http://www.adventureclubhouse.com/

For more information about this library program, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Saturday, May 30
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Library

May 18, 2009

Planning Ahead Program May 19

sunset.jpgFor most people, a loved one's death is one of the most painful experiences they will go through. Planning ahead can make this time less difficult for the famiy members left behind. Steve Harding from Woodlawn Cemetery & Funeral Home will explain the importance of planning ahead to relieve the burden for loved ones at the death of a family member or loved one.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info
Tuesday, May 19
6 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library


May 16, 2009

May is National Women's Health Month

Blog Image.JPG May is National Women's Health Month so be sure to stop by the Southwest Library and look at the different materials we have on display. To find further information also visit these websites: Medline Plus-Women's Health and Women's Health-The Federal Government Source for Women's Health Information

May 9, 2009

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Allergies, Asthma and Sinus Congestion

chinese herbs.jpg Do you suffer from allergies, asthma or sinus congestion? Learn how acupuncture and Chinese herbs may help improve your breathing and clear the sinuses from Dr. Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Doctor of Oriental Medicine at the Aesthetic Acupuncture Clinic in Orlando. Sample a taste of the Breathe Easy soup from Healing Herbal Soups.



Tuesday, May 12
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info
Reservations Required

Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-B-Que May 11

barbeque.jpgGet ready for the summer barbecue season with Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-B-Que. Learn secrets to making great barbecue and taste some succulent samples.

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



Monday, May 11
6:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

May 4, 2009

Southwest Book Club Meets May 5

zookeeperswife.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library. The club will discuss the nonfiction book The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman. The book documents the true story of Warsaw Zoo keepers and resistance activists Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who in the aftermath of Germany's invasion of Poland saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish citizens by smuggling them into empty cages and their home villa.

Copies of this 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. How does Diane Ackerman's background as a naturalist and a poet inform her telling of this slice of history? Would a historian of World War II have told it differently, and, if so, what might have been left out?

2. How would you describe Antonina's relation to animals? To her husband? How does she navigate the various relationships in the book, given the extreme circumstances? Is her default position one of trust or distrust?

3. The drive to "rewrite the genetic code of the entire planet" is not distinct to Nazism. What similar efforts are alive today? Are there lessons in Jan and Antonina's story for evaluating the benefits and dangers of trying to modify or improve upon nature? Do you see any connection between this story of more than sixty years ago and contemporary environmental issues?

Discussion questions taken from http://litlovers.com/guide_zookeeper's_wife.html

April 27, 2009

May Day Celebration May 2

MaypoleDancing.jpgCelebrate May Day with crafts, stories and fun!

Recommended for children ages 6-12.

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




Saturday, May 2
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch

ACUPUNCTURE AND WEIGHT LOSS

needles.jpg Elena Farrance, director of the Center for Holistic Health & Education, uncovers numerous reasons why people gain weight or find it difficult to lose weight. You will learn to understand the root causes of imbalances that have affected your weight problems, and receive recommendations to make healthier choices.

For more information please call:407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info
Saturday, May 2
1:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch

April 25, 2009

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program April 28

volunteerorlando.jpgTake an active role in your community. Meet a representative from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and learn about available volunteer opportunities. This program is presented by the Orange County Library System and the Florida United Way.

For more information on volunteering, go to VolunteerOrlando.org



Southwest Branch
Tuesday, April 28
6:00 p.m.
407.835.7323

April 16, 2009

Snakes in a Library April 18

snakeslibrary2.jpg Professional snake handler, Chief Rowley will educate and entertain with an up close comical show of live snakes from near and far. You will have a chance to meet special snake guest, "Lucky" the Albino Burmese Python. Each participant will take home a U.S. Snake I.D.!

For more information about Chief Rowley and Snake Education ("with a twist") Inc. go to www.snakeeducation.com

Southwest Library
Saturday, April 18
11:30 a.m.
407.835.7323

April 15, 2009

4th Annual Author Series - Bill Belleville April 17

billbelleville2.jpgSend out an S.O.S. (Save Our Surroundings) with award-winning conservationist, environmental writer and documentary filmmaker Bill Belleville. Hear about his many adventures to beautiful lands as far away as Russia, Australia and Latin America and as close to home as Sanford, Florida. Belleville has written five books and more than 1,000 articles and essays, contributed to eight national anthologies and scripted and co-produced seven films. His work has been well received by critics and industry experts alike. Belleville's River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida's St. Johns River was chosen as the Central Florida Reads book for 2005.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.billbelleville.com or call 407.835.7323.

Book sale and signing will follow the program.

This event is presented in partnership with the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club.


Southwest Library
Friday, April 17
6:30 p.m.

April 14, 2009

Vesternel Coleman Painting and Photography Exhibit April - June 2009

V Coleman The Hidden City.jpgVesternel Coleman's exhibit, Discovering Art through Painting and Photography runs April through June at the Southwest Library. Vesternel is a freelance artist, graphic designer and photographer. She has loved the arts since childhood. She started painting professionally in 2003. She has a degree in graphic design. Vesternel's exhibit features abstract paintings, black and white photography, montage and digital art. Her abstract paintings reveal the beauty of nature through the use of vivid colors; while her photography and digital imaging capture the splendor of everyday surroundings. Her latest work titled "Just Woman" is dedicated to all women. The abstract painting shown is titled, The Hidden City.

The public will have opportunity to meet Vesternel at a Meet the Artist event scheduled at Southwest Library on June16, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info. The artist may be contacted at vcpaintings@netzero.com.

April 13, 2009

Sleep and Cardiovascular Disease

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Join us for a discussion on sleep disorder awareness and understanding the association between Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and various cardiovascular illnesses such as Hypertension, Diabetes and Stroke.

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

Saturday, April 18

10:30 a.m.

Southwest Branch

Earth Day Craft Program April 17

earthday.jpgEarth Day Today and Every Day!

Kids come find out how you can save the planet and help us celebrate Earth Day with environmentally-friendly crafts. Make Earth Day today and every day.

Recommended for ages 3-6. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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



Friday, April 17
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Branch

April 9, 2009

Blood Drive at Southwest April 10

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Blood Drive on Friday, April 10 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 Miniature "Squeeze" Bus from Florida's Blood Centers
  • $25 Gift Certificate to Affinity Hair Salon
  • Buy One Get One Free Admission to the Outta Control Dinner Show
  • 15% off coupon to Elephant Bar Restaurant (good for savings all year long)
Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org or call 1-888-9-DONATE

April 8, 2009

Minimizing Your Energy Costs


Mary S. Kennington, Extension Agent @ocfl.net will help you find out ways to reduce your energy costs with a few simple steps. Get information on how to be more efficient when using your ceiling fan, doing the laundry and more.


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

Thursday, April16,2009
6:30 - 7:30
Southwest Branch

April 3, 2009

Southwest Book Club Meets April 7

burningbrightjacket.jpg The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library. The club will discuss the novel Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier (author of Girl with a Pearl Earring). In Burning Bright, the reader follows the Kellaway family as they leave behind tragedy in rural Dorset and come to late 18th-century London and move in next door to the radical painter/poet William Blake.

Copies of this 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. What were your first impressions of the main characters? Who did you like best initially? Which, if any, surprised you by the end? Whose transformation was most complete?

2. William Blake's first two appearances in the novel are quite striking (p. 19- wearing a bonnet rouge; p. 27 -having sex in his backyard shed). What significance does this have for him as a character? What did you expect of him after these prominent glimpses?

3. Life in Georgian times was unpredictable and dangerous. How does Chevalier use this precariousness to enrich the story? What role does economics and class play?

4. How much did you know about the political background of the story? Would you have signed the loyalty oath? What did it reveal about Dick Butterfield's character when he signed? About Thomas Kellaway's when he refused?

5. Discuss the novel's ending. Which volume do you think Blake intended for Maggie, and which one for Jem? What do you think the future holds for these two characters?

Discussion questions obtained from http://readinggroupguides.com

March 30, 2009

Chairs at Southwest Get a New Look

MVC-001F.JPG The beautification and remodeling projects continue at Southwest Library thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club. The chairs in the reading area recently received new upholstery. The great color and easy-to-clean fabric are winners with staff and customers. MVC-002F.JPG

March 17, 2009

Child Safety For You and Your Kids

Pho_ChildSafety_BikeKids.jpgJoin us for a fun, interactive learning program that will teach your young child important safety tips. We will cover several safety topics, including Bike, Fire and Car safety. Your child will have a great time coloring and playing games while learning! We will also show a short video in which McGruff the Crime Dog teaches children how to protect themselves from dangerous strangers. And, not to leave out the parents, at the end we will give away a free Child Identification Kit to each parent. The Child Identification Kit includes a DNA swab kit, fingerprinting, growth chart, dental chart, and area for your child's other personal information. All materials will be provided...just bring yourselves.

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

Saturday, April 4
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch


March 12, 2009

Peace Corps Stories March 18

peacecorpslogo.jpgListen to returned volunteers currently residing in Central Florida talk about their individual experiences abroad as part of the Peace Corps.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship.
The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals:
Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women
Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served
Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans

At this program, you also will learn how to apply to be a part of this prestigious 48-year-old federal service agency.

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

Wednesday, March 18
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch

March 9, 2009

All About Animals Program March 14

allaboutanimalsprogram.jpgLearn about animals and make your own wild collage with artist and animal enthusiast, She Venezia.

Recommended ages 6-12.
Registration is required.
For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Be sure to enter the "Guess How Many Animals are in the Picture" contest. Guess the right amount (or close to it) and win a prize! The animal collage used in the contest was created by She.

And don't forget to see She's "Safari, Faithful Friends and Nature" exhibit on display at the Southwest Library through March 31st.

All About Animals Program
Saturday, March 14
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Branch

March 3, 2009

WorkForce -Retrain for a New Career Program March 5

workforcecentralflorida.gif Looking for a new career?
Wanting to retrain for a different career?
Feeling left behind?

As industries change over time, so do the jobs available in the workforce. If you are feeling behind the curve, here is your chance to learn about the Workforce Investment Act and other programs that can help you get back on your feet. Presented by Workforce Centeral Florida.

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

Thursday, March 5
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch

National March into Literacy Month March 1-31

Celebrate National March into Literacy Month by visiting the Southwest branch of the Orange County Library System. National March into Literacy Month is intended to raise awareness of literacy in the United States. The Library offers a wide range of books and online programs supporting improving literacy in Central Florida. Alphabet Bites is one online program the Library currently offers. This program promotes literacy by providing different activities for children ages 3 to 5 in five exciting categories. The categories include listen, play, read, watch, and do. Children can choose a letter to work with then they can decide whether they want to listen to the letters being sounded out, play a game with the letter, read a story that the title starts with the letter, or do an activity featuring the letter. You can experiment with Alphabet Bites or find out what other programs the library has to offer through our website www.ocls.info under Virtual Library and NetLinks or Databases.

February 26, 2009

Preschool Pajama Party March 6

pajama party.jpgHey, Preschoolers come on over for an exciting pajama party just for you! Don't forget to wear your pj's. Get ready for fun with stories, games and crafts. Recommended for ages 3-5.

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




Friday, March 6
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch

February 25, 2009

Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders March 7

Learn to understand Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) from Jerry Hamilton, family services supervisor at the Alzheimer Resource Center. Get information on the diagnosis, treatment, Alzheimer's stages,dementia and the effects of this debilitating disease on friends and family.

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

Saturday, March 7
Southwest Branch
10:30 a.m.

Southwest Book Club Meets March 3

ladies of liberty.jpgfounding mothers.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library. The book club is celebrating National Women's History Month by discussing two books by Cokie Roberts, Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised our Nation and Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped our Nation. These books shed new light on the generations of heroines, reformers and visionaries from the Revolutionary era through 1828 who helped raise and shape our nation. Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a new nation and a better society.

Copies of this 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. Why do you suppose the contributions of women in the Revolutionary era and in the early days of our nation have been largely overlooked by historians?

2. Despite a lack of legal and social rights, including the right to own property and receive a formal education, how did the women presented in Robert's books assert their authority and exercise their intelligence?

3. By telling the stories of our Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty, these books also shed light on the men of the time. Did you learn anything new about these men, such as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington or Thomas Jefferson seeing them from the perspective of their female contemporaries?

4. Can you reference examples from the books that show how integral it was for the women to be able to step in and "calm down the men," or even to act as intermediaries?

5. Cokie Roberts intersperses her thoughts and commentary throughtout the book. Does this enhance the narrative? In what ways?

February 12, 2009

Free Blood Pressure Screenings February 18

bloodpressureheart.jpgIt's fitting that both Valentine's Day and American Heart Month fall in February. With heart disease the number-one killer in the U.S., it's important to foster a healthy diet, develop an exercise routine and maintain a healthy weight by keeping calories in check. Receive heart healthy tips from the American Heart Association and free blood pressure screenings from Project Pressure.

Project Pressure's mission is to get Central Florida BP healthy with the area's biggest, most comprehensive community-wide health program yet! The multi-month health campaign aims to reduce high blood pressure throughout the Central Florida Community by increasing Blood Pressure awareness and Cardiovascular Risk awareness.

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

Wednesday, February18
4:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch

February 5, 2009

Southwest Celebrates Black History Month

MVC-005F.JPGFebruary is Black History Month. The Southwest Branch has created a display of books, CD's and DVD's honoring Black Americans. There is a variety of fiction and non-fiction material for children, teens, and adults.

Be sure to visit our Library's Black History Month Viritual Gallery for more resources, information and programs.

UCF Engineers Without Borders Program February 7

earthglobe.jpgEngineering a better world!

Join the UCF Engineers Without Borders chapter as they describe their compelling project to develop a cost effective and technically feasible way of providing clean water to the people of Mare Brignol, Haiti. A community of 10,000, these people regularly travel hours over rocky terrain to their only water supply, contaminated streams. For more information regarding the UCF Engineers Without Borders chapter please go to http://www.ewbucf.org/

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




Saturday, February 7
1:30 P.M.
Southwest Branch

February 2, 2009

Valentine Origami Program February 7

valentineorigami.jpgGet in the mood for Valentine's Day. Come to Valentine Origami and learn how to make Valentine Day -themed origami from Dr. Alexander Kitade and Hitomi Kitade of the Kitade Wellness Center in Orlando. Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.

For all ages. Children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Call 407.835.7323 to register or email southwest@ocls.info


Saturday, February 7
11:00 A.M.
Southwest Branch

January 26, 2009

Southwest Book Club Meets February 3

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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library. This month the Southwest Book Club is exploring food politics and culture. "Chew on This" will be a themed discussion regarding our nation's food industry; and the attitudes, practices, and rituals surrounding food. A suggested reading list of various food industry-related titles is available at Southwest Library.

Materials 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. What was your perception of America's food industry prior to reading your book? (Please state the title of the book)

2. What are the problems or issues raised by the author of the book you read?

3. Has it altered your views on the way food is acquired and consumed?

4. In what ways, if any, have you changed your eating habits since reading your book?


January 23, 2009

Blood Drive at Southwest January 28

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Blood Drive on Wednesday, January 28 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 T-shirt from Florida's Blood Centers
  • Buy one get one free admission to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
  • Club Red enrollment (after 2 donations, receive a $10 Darden Gift Card)
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.

January 22, 2009

Extreme Garage Makeover Program January 24

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If organizing the garage is one of your New Year resolutions, don't miss the Extreme Garage Makeover program. Kay Gallegos of Clutterbusters!! will show you how to organize your garage the way you always wanted it to be. For more information about Clutterbusters!! go to http://www.clutterbusters.com

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As these photos show, Clutterbusters!! helps you change a messy garage to a clean and organized one.



Saturday, January 24
11:00 A.M.
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info


January 12, 2009

She Venezia Animal Collages Exhibit January - March 2009

MVC-002F.JPGShe Venezia, Graphic Artist is currently displaying her exhibit of one of a kind animal collages at the Southwest Library January through March. MVC-004F.JPG

She began her collage studies during high school. After studying animal husbandry at S.U.N.Y. at Delhi, she started working as a graphic artist in New York City in 1971. In 2001, She decided to combine her lifelong passion for animals, art and conservation by forming 'Say It With Animals'; her one of a kind framed animal collages with an animal quote overlaid onto the art.

Moved by the needs of animals, She has done work for various animal rescue organizations and shelters, pet stores and individuals. Cats, dogs, horses, hamsters, turtles, snakes, skunks and tarantulas have been a part of her family. She hopes her art will inspire others to get involved to make the earth a better place for all animals.

She will present a program for children ages 6-12 called "Say It With Animals" on Saturday, March 14 at 10:30 A.M. Children will get an opportunity to learn about various wildlife and create their own animal collages.

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

January 6, 2009

The Healing Power of Reiki Program January 10

reikiprogram.jpgStart the new year with learning about Reiki from Reiki Master, Ximena Olarte. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of healing and self-improvement. Ms Olarte will discuss the practice and benefits of Reiki. A demonstration of Reiki will also be conducted.

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




Saturday, January 10
1:30 P.M.
Southwest Branch