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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


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.

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.

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


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


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