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October 30, 2009

Carol Everhart Presents at Southwest Book Club

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.

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.

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)