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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