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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.

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.

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


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