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December 15, 2010

Southwest Book Club Meets December 28

reading_boy.jpgThere is no book to read for the month. Instead, we will celebrate our annual "My Book to You: Celebrating the Gift of Reading." For those of you who are new to the book club, the December meeting is a time to share one book with other club members that you really enjoyed reading outside of book club. This may even be a book you enjoyed as a child or teen. You do not need to possess a physical copy of the book. Just try to remember the title and author, for some of us may want to put the book on our "To Read" list or may want to consider it for future club selections. Don't miss this special last book club meeting of the year. Plan to relax and enjoy some refreshments too!

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The Southwest Book Club meeting monthly at the Southwest Library located in the Dr. Phillips area at 7255 Della Drive, Orlando, FL 32819.

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

December 13, 2010

Holiday Handbells with Marie Loefller Dec. 18

Holiday music in the library.

Come hear festive holiday tunes from solo handbell musician Marie Loeffler. Learn more about Ms Loeffler at www.belldancer.net

For more information, call 407.835.7323.

Southwest Library
Saturday
December 18
2:00 p.m.

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November 15, 2010

Southwest Book Club Meets November 23

the_women.jpg The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss The Women by T.C. Boyle. In this biographical novel, Boyle gives account of Frank Lloyd Wright's life as told through the tempestuous experiences of the four women who loved him and offers insight into the famous architect's enduring struggles against conventional boundaries.

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 does Boyle's choice of narrator affect your reading of the novel?

2. Consider Wright's flagrant solicitation of loans he never intended to repay. Does a visionary owe a greater obligation to his art or to the social contract?

3. Do you think Wright ever found his soulmate?

4. Have you ever visited a Wright building? If so, describe the experience.

5. Does Boyle's portrait of Wright accord with your own notions about the architect?

6. Do you read many novels about historical figures? What kind of entree does fiction provide that mere fact cannot?

Discussion questions obtained from Readinggroupguides.com


November 8, 2010

Holistic Healing for Pets Program November 9

cute-cat-dog.jpg See how your pet can benefit from an all-natural healing approach. Veterinarian Dr. Michael Wright will discuss how Nutritional Response Testing is used with animals, what types of pet food you should be buying and online resources for caring for your pet.

Southwest Branch
Tuesday, November 9
7:15 p.m.

For more information, call 407.835.7323.

October 19, 2010

Southwest Book Club Meets October 26

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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss Hiding in the Spotlight by local author Greg Dawson. In this remarkable biography, Dawson, a consumer columnist at the Orlando Sentinel writes about his mother, pianist Zhanna Arkashyna. Zhanna's life changed in 1941 when her Jewish family from Ukraine were led along with thousands to their execution by the Nazis. Zhanna, a gifted piano prodigy managed to escape and use her rare musical gift to survive the Holocaust.

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. What is Zhanna's most admirable quality? Is she someone you would like to know?

2. What did you learn about the time period in which the book is set that you did not previously know?

3. Compare this book to similar titles the Southwest Book Club has read (The Zookeeper's Wife, The Book Thief). Did you like it more or less than the similar titles? Why?

4. What is the significance of the title?

5. What do you think will be your lasting impression of the book as a whole?

Discussion questions obtained or adapted from
http://www.readinggroupguides.com/guides/guide_biography.asp

October 12, 2010

Xinlin Fan Art Studios Exhibit October-December 2010

An exhibit featuring the art students at Xinlin Fan Art Studios of Orlando is on display at the Southwest Library October through December 2010. Children and adult students of Xinlin Fan are showing their works of oil and acrylic paintings depicting landscapes, portraits and still lifes; sketch/drawings and sculpture.
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Xinlin Fan was an Art and Crafts artist of the Research Institute of Guizhou Artists Association of China, member of the Chinese Artists Association and an associate professor in China from 1982 to 1993. He was a former senior artist at Walt Disney Animation. Today, Xinlin remains a visiting professor of two universities, Guizhou Normal University and Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute of China. In China, he became devoted to the education of students. His focus is to develop a student's artistic potential and help create a life-long interest in the arts. Xinlin has done many workshops in the United States and Canada. He has 30 years teaching experience. Many of his former students now teach at universities and are professional artists. Also, students of Xinlin have won awards in significant art shows and exhibitions.
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Xinlin teaches art classes for children and adults at the Xinlin Fan Art Studios in Orlando. His teaching methods have achieved astounding results with all ages, including those with learning disabilities. Classes are offered in quick sketch, sketch, color, still life, landscape, portrait, art creation and clay sculpture. For more information regarding the Xinlin Fan Art Studios, please call 407-370-2826 or email xinlinartstudio@yahoo.com.

October 5, 2010

Fall Arrives at Southwest

When the ghosts and goblins come out to inhabit the stacks - and the pumpkins, scarecrows and autumn leaves make company with library materials - Fall has arrived at Southwest!
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Southwest Celebrates National Reading Group Month

Attention Local Book Clubs! Win a Publix Gift Certificate!

Whether you belong to a book club in your neighborhood or church, at work or at the library, you know the value and joy of shared reading. In honor of National Reading Group Month, Southwest Library is having a prize drawing in October for book club members to enter and win a gift certificate from Publix for their book club. Buy refreshments for your next club meeting! In addition, the winning book club will be able to share their reading experiences with others in the community by being the featured book club on the Southwest Blog.

You may register for the drawing in person at the Southwest Library or in the "Comments" area of this blog post. Please include your name, library card barcode/number, phone and/or email and the name of the book club you attend. Be sure to stop by our Book Club Resources Table to learn about tools the library has to offer to enhance your book club experience. Want to join or start a book club? The library can help you with that too.
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Drawing Rules:
1. Open to Orange County Resident library card holders age 18 or older.

2. Not open to the Southwest Book Club attendees and Orange County Library System
employees or their families.

3. Must attend a book club (book club defined as 3 or more people meeting on a regular schedule at which time the main focus is to discuss a selected book or books). Sorry, due to the nature of the prize drawing, online book clubs do not qualify.

4. One entry per book club attendee.

5. Drawing winner will be notified either by phone or email.
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September 25, 2010

Summer Mystery Fun for Southwest Book Club


At their August meeting, the Southwest Book Club enjoyed reading the Zachary Chasteen mysteries written by Florida author, Bob Morris. A tablescape and fruit punch helped set the mood to discuss the books which are a mixture of mystery and humor taking place in Florida and the Caribbean.
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September 20, 2010

Southwest Book Club Meets September 28

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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This twentieth-century literary classic is a portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess. Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and America's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings.

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. Why do Tom and Daisy end up together in the end?

2. Why do the characters live on East Egg and West Egg?

3. What do T. J. Eckleberg's eyes mean?

4. Is Nick to be trusted?

5. What is the importance of the last sentence: "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past"?

Questions obtained from Novelist Plus http://0-search.ebscohost.com.iii.ocls.info/login.aspx?direct=true&db=neh&tg=UI&an=501352&site=novp-live.

September 17, 2010

Latin Harp with Gilbert Romero September 21

gilbert_romero.jpg Southwest Library is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. In honor of this celebration, come listen to the acoustic soft sounds of spicy harp from talented Central Florida musician Gilbert Romero. Learn more about Mr. Romero and hear samples of his music at http://www.myspace.com/gilbertromeroharpist.

For more information, call 407.835.7323.

Tuesday, September 21
3:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch Library


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August 17, 2010

Becoming a Pilot Program August 19

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The sky's the limit! Have you always been interested in learning how to fly?

Professional flight instructors from Air Orlando will answer your questions about becoming a pilot, whether you are interested in obtaining your private license or becoming a commercial pilot. Learn about costs, time commitment and technical advancements that have made personal flying safer than ever before. Find out more more about Air Orlando Aviation at http://www.flyairorlando.com/.

Arrive early and enter for a chance to win a free 30-minute discovery flight from Air Orlando!

If you can't make this presentation, take part in a webinar on Saturday, August 21 at 10 a.m. To register, please go to http://www.flyairorlando.com/webinar/.

For more program information, call 407.835.7323

Thursday, August 19
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

August 10, 2010

Southwest Book Club Meets August 17

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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss the Zachary Chasteen mystery series by Florida author, Bob Morris. A mixture of mystery and humor, his books can be described as seriocomic thrillers which take place in Florida and the Caribbean. Though a series, each novel can be read as a stand-alone.

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. Overall, how did you experience the book while reading it? Were you immediately drawn into the story or did it take a while? Did the book intrigue, amuse, disturb, alienate or irritate you?

2. Did you find the characters convincing or believable? Fully developed as complex human beings?

3. Was the plot well-developed? Believable?

4. Discuss the mystery aspect of the plotline. How effective is the author's use of plot twists and red herrings? Were you able to predict certain things before they happened or did the author keep you guessing until the end of the story?

5. If you read other books in the Zachary Chasteen series, how does this book stack up against others in the series?

Questions obtained from http://litlovers.com/questions_f.htm and http://readinggroupguides.com/no_guide/guide_mystery_thriller.asp

July 28, 2010

Ashley Bailey Art Exhibit at Southwest July-September

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Ashley Marie Bailey is displaying her exhibit, Random July through September at the Southwest Library. A Gotha resident, Ashley is currently an art student at Stetson University. Her art exhibit features paintings, pencil drawings, sculpture and mixed media.

Ashley always loved to sketch as a child, but it was as a high school student she began to explore art in all its' various forms. Her works of art have been on display at Olympia High School, the Grand Bohemian Gallery, and the Winter Park Art Festival. Ashley plans pursue a career in the art industry following the completion of her undergraduate studies.

Note: The image is a painting by Ashley titled, "Mountains."

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

July 26, 2010

Transformational Healing: Yoga and Reiki July 31

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Learn the healing benefits of yoga and Reiki with Master Reiki and yoga instructor, Ximena Olarte. Attendees should wear comfortable clothes to participate in a yoga session and a Reiki session.

Registration required.

For more information and registration, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.
Register online at http://www.ocls.info/Programs/default.asp


Saturday, July 31
1:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

July 23, 2010

Simple Exercises, Extraordinary Health July 27

HEAL, these are the first four letters of HEALTH.

We have to know how the body heals in order to achieve health and it all starts with how you treat your body each day. Dr. Victor Tricoche from Yachter Family Chiropractic Center will teach you how to help your body in the process of healing with some simple but very unique exercises that can be done at work or home. Remember health is a journey not a destiny.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or go to www.ocls.info

Tuesday, July 27
3:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library


July 19, 2010

Southwest Book Club Meets July27

monster_florence.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room to discuss The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston with Mario Spezi. New York Times bestselling author, Douglas Preston teams up with Italian investigative journalist Mario Spezi to present a gripping account of crime and punishment in the lush hills surrounding Florence, Italy.

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. Do you think Preston and Spezi's suspect is the monster? Why or why not?

2. If not, is there another person in the book you think may be the monster?

3. The authors' mention a Italian cultural more- dietrologia, the idea that the obvious thing cannot be the truth. Discuss how this impacted the investigation.

4. Preston comments on the book's web site Italy's great wealth and power seem to have brought with it a spiritual and ethical malaise - saving face, cutting a good figure and advancing one's career. These symptoms of malaise trump the plodding and unglamorous search for the truth. In his opinion, the book is not only about a serial killer or a bungled investigation, it's a book about modern Italy itself. Do you agree with Preston's comments? Why or why not?

(Questions are obtained or adapted from http://www.monsterofflorence.co.uk/ or created by the Southwest Book Club)


July 17, 2010

Jiggleman July 23

La Biblioteca de Southwest te invita a ti y tu familia a un programa que los ara reir y pasar un rato muy ameno.
Ven y disfruta de los saltos, juegos, piruetas y mucha alegria con: Jiggleman
Ninos de 6 a 12
Viernes 23 de Julio
11 a.m.
407.835.7323

July 15, 2010

Ejercicios Simples, Extraordinaria Salud July 27

La Biblioteca de Southwest te invita a un programa especial para tu salud.
Expertos de Yachter Family Chiropractic te ensenaran unicos y simples ejercicios que ayudaran a sanar tu cuerpo
y mantenerte en excelente salud.


Martes, 27 de Julio
Southwest Branch
407.835.73
www.ocls.info

June 25, 2010

Southwest Volunteer Receives Friends of the Library Award

award.JPGVolunteer Lori Nierenberg received an award for the volunteer with the most hours from the Friends of the Library at their Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on May 8, 2010 held at the downtown Orlando Public Library. Lori provided a total of 285 volunteer hours this past year!

The staff at Southwest Library thank Lori for all the great help she provides to customers and the library. Congratulations, Lori on a job well done!

Lori (left) receiving the award from Mary Anne Hodel (right) Orange County Library System Director/CEO,

June 23, 2010

Central Florida Bass Fishing Program June 26

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There may be no better way to enjoy the Great Outdoors than by casting a line into fresh waters in search of that big catch!

Steve Boyd, successful tournament angler and owner of Florida Bass Adventures Guide Service, will discuss topics such as equipment, lure selection, casting in tight situations, proper presentation and big bass behavior. This great advice is sure to lead you to a great day on the water. Learn more about Steve at orlandobassguide.com.

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

Saturday, June 26
3:00 P.M.
Southwest Library

June 11, 2010

Online Book Clubs Program June 15 & June 21

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Now it's as easy as opening your email. Pick the type of books you like and read at home, work or school. It only takes 5 minutes a day! Learn more about the Library's online book clubs and how to join. Register for one of the sessions listed below.

For ages 13 to adult. Limited seating. Reservations required. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Tuesday, June 15
7:00 p.m.

Monday, June 21
10:30 a.m.

Southwest Branch Library

Rolfing Program at Southwest June 14

What is Rolfing?

Rolfing Structural Integration has the ability to dramatically alter a person's posture and structure, and unlike other manual therapies such as massage and chiropractic, Rolfing has permanent results. Rolfing can potentially resolve discomfort, release tension and alleviate pain. During this interactive workshop, Certified Rolfer Lu Müller-Kaul of Balance Orlando will evaluate the movement of attendees and discuss how Rolfing can restore flexibility, revitalize your energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body.

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

Monday, June 14
6:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

June 3, 2010

Make a Splash at the Southwest Branch This Summer

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Make the library a cool hangout this summer. Each branch offers many fantastic programs during the summer. You can beat the summer heat at the Southwest branch. Summer reading programs start this month at the Southwest Branch. The first program for children ages 6 to 12, A Magi Temple, is on June 11th at 11 a.m. There will also be a gaming program on Wednesday June 16 at 3 p.m. called Wii Love Gaming. The first craft program, An Artist's Whimsy for Preschoolers Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, will be on Tuesday June 8th at 10:30 a.m. A listing of all the summer reading programs can be found on the Orange County Library's website www.ocls.info/SRP. Check out what the library can offer you this summer.


June 2, 2010

Southwest Book Club Meets June 8

book_unholy_mischief.jpg The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room to discuss The Book of Unholy Mischief by Elle Newmark. Taking a job as a chef's apprentice at the palace of the doge in 1498, the dawn of the Renaissance, Venice street orphan Luciano becomes increasingly suspicious about his master's shadowy past and learns about an ancient book containing a dangerous power. Rich with the luxurious colors and textures of Venice, this book delights the senses and breathes fresh life into an age defined by intellectual revival and artistic vibrancy.

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. In The Book of Unholy Mischief, no one seems to know exactly what is in the mysterious book that everyone wants, but each character is sure that it has the thing he or she wants or fears the most. What does this say about human nature?

2. The chef needs an apprentice as well as a protege for his secret legacy, but he also wishes for a son. How does this and Luciano's wish for a father complicate the situation? In the last chapter, what point is the author making about biological parenthood?

3. How does the author make Venice one of the characters?

4. Throughout the book, the author uses food as a metaphor. Considering what the chef wishes to teach Luciano, why is the souffle the most significant recipe, and how does the lesson of the souffle impact Luciano's behavior?

5. How do Francesa and Rosa reflect women's role in society at that time?

6. In the last sentence, Luciano overhears something about a new theory and he says, "I turned around as if the chef had called my name." How does that ending work with the theme of immortality?

Discussion questions obtained at http://www.ellenewmark.com/discuss.php

May 19, 2010

Juvenile Arthritis: Family Connect Day at Southwest Library May 22

kids-get-arthritis-too2.jpg Arthritis is a misunderstood disease that affects all ages. Out of the 46 million Americans suffering from the disease, 50% are under the age of 50, and 300,000 are children! Mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Arthritis Foundation Family Connect Day, a networking event where you will meet children, young adults and people of all ages living with arthritis. To learn more about arthritis, go to the Arthritis Foundation.

For more information, contact 407.835.7493 or southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, May 22
2:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library


Juicing for a Healthy Diet at Southwest Library May 22

juice.jpgHard to get the recommended 5-8 daily servings of fruits and vegetables into your diet? Consider juicing!

Juicing can play a major role in insuring a healthy diet by making it easier to consume the recommended 5 - 8 daily servings of fruits and vegetables. One glass of pure raw fresh juice per day may help improve the immune system, increase energy, strengthen bones, clear skin and lower the risk of disease. A Certified Nutritionist from Chamberlin's Natural Foods Market will discuss juicing and provide tasty samples while they last.

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

Saturday, May 22
12:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

May 3, 2010

Southwest Book Club Meets May 11

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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room to discuss Against Medical Advice by James Patterson and Hal Friedman. Best-selling author, Patterson follows a family's decades-long struggle with their son's mysterious medical disorder that from the age of five induced violent physical tics, traumatic treatments and a nightmarish situation that pitted the family against a disheartening medical establishment.

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. What do you think motivated Cory Friedman to share his life story? How did you respond to the his"voice"?

2. Discuss the book's structure and the author's use of language and writing style. How does the author draw the reader in and keep the reader engaged? Does the author/Cory convey his story with comedy, self-pity, or something else?

3. Do you think Cory and his family were being fair to the medical establishment? Have you or somebody you know had similar experiences involving a serious medical problem?

4. Do you agree with Cory's statement that most people don't have empathy (Chapter 64, 1st page) in regard to other's and his condition? Discuss why you agree or don't agree.

5. What is Cory's most admirable quality? his parents? Are these people you would want to know or would like to have known?

6. What did you like or dislike about the book? Were you glad you read this book? Would you recommend it to a friend?

Questions adapted from http://www.readinggroupguides.com/no_guide/guide_memoir.asp and constructed by the Southwest Book Club.

April 20, 2010

Alex Molina Art Exhibit at Southwest April-June

The Southwest Library presents Alex Molina's exhibit, Eclectic Vision of Fine Art and Photography April through June 2010. Alex is skilled in graphic design, web design, photography, drawing and painting. His art pieces are created in the photorealism and abstract styles. Alex draws inspiration from loved ones, mentors, and artists such as Dali, Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Alberto Vargas and Boris Vallejo. From this inspiration he has developed a style all his own.
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To learn more about Alex and his art, visit his website at www.gallerymolina.com. For more information regarding his exhibit at Southwest Library, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Get Ready for K! Programs at Southwest

Preschoolers will hear songs and stories to help them begin learning the skills that they will need to start kindergarten. This series of six programs will introduce reading, math, basic concepts, basic skills, health and safety, and art.
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Ages 3-5. Call to register: 407.835.7323. Get more ideas for how to prepare your child at www.ocls.info/kindergarten.

Fridays, April 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7 & 14
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Library

Spring Origami with Jean Kinsey & Friends April 24

Celebrate Spring by creating season-themed origami pieces. Origami is a traditional Japanese art form of paper folding.
Recommended for ages 6 to adult. Children under 10 must be accompanied by parent/guardian.
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Limited seating. Reservations required. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, April 24
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Library

April 19, 2010

Award-Winning Author Bob Morris at Southwest Library April 23

baja_florida.jpgbob_morris.jpg Don't miss the 5th Annual Author Series featuring accomplished Florida author, Bob Morris this Friday, April 23 at the Southwest Branch Library. Morris will discuss his successful mystery books including his newest title, Baja Florida. Morris is a former columnist for the Orlando Sentinel and lives in Winter Park. His debut novel, Bahamarama was a finalist for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Mystery Novel.

Come early and meet Mr. Morris. Enjoy complimentary refreshments. This event is presented in partnership with the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club.

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

Friday, April 23
6:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

Vegetarian Cuisine: Peruvian Style April 20

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Hey vegetarians! Are you looking for new ideas to spice up a meal? Just want to learn more about vegetarian cooking and options? How about trying Peruvian cuisine?

Peruvian cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world and is on par with some of the top cuisines such as French, Chinese and Italian. Chef Rama will talk about vegetarian cooking in a culinary style that combines flavors from four different continents. Chef Rama will make a Mushroom Cebiche appetizer dish and provide samples for the audience. To learn more about Chef Rama, go to http://www.cheframa.com/.

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

Tuesday, April 20
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

April 16, 2010

Gaming at the Southwest Branch

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The Southwest Branch has a gaming night starting at 3 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month. This event is open to library card holders ages 13 to 18. Gaming consoles featured include Wii and Playstaion. You can rock out on the Wii playing Rock Band or show off your gaming skills with the action packed Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Hope to see you there!!

April 12, 2010

National Poetry Month

Sweetpea.jpgApril is National Poetry Month. Southwest branch offers you varied poetry and word play books from the classics to the contemporaries for both adults and children. For more information and library programs, please visit OCLS' website:


Adult Poetry Virtual Gallery
Library materials & programs, poetry YouTube play list and much more.
Kids & Teens Poetry Virtual Gallery
Take a "Poetry Challenge" online!
Read the Books --- Topic "Poetry & Word Play"
Need a suggestion? Click "Topic Search" button and click "Poetry & Word Play". Then, select your children's grade level.

April 5, 2010

Southwest Book Club Meets April 13

northriver.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room to discuss North River by Pete Hamill. Tending to his poor and sick neighbors throughout a Depression-era winter, New York City doctor James Delaney is haunted by memories from World War I and the disappearances of his wife and daughter, until his three-year-old grandson is abandoned on his doorstep. Hamill weaves a story of honor, family, and one man's simple courage that no reader will soon forget.

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. Dr. Delaney has had a difficult life. How does Delaney's past haunt him in the present? To what degree do you think he has healed by the end of the novel?

2. Why does Grace leave Carlos with Delaney? Do you feel her actions are justified by her explanation? What role do you think her relationship with her own father played in this decision?

3. What is the significance of the North River in the novel? How does the imagery the author uses evolve over the course of the story? Do you think it is an apt metaphor for Delaney's life?

4. How do you think Rose's personality contrasts with Delaney's? What effect does her presence have on him?

5. Many characters in this novel are tough, without being mean. Has such a quality vanished from today's life in America?

Questions obtained at readinggroupguides.com

March 30, 2010

Bob Morris - 5th Annual Author Series at Southwest April 23

baja_florida.jpgbob_morris.jpgMark your calendars for the 5th Annual Author Series featuring accomplished Florida author, Bob Morris. Morris will discuss his successful mystery books including his newest title, Baja Florida. Morris is a former columnist for the Orlando Sentinel and lives in Winter Park. His debut novel, Bahamarama was a finalist for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Mystery Novel.

Come early and meet Mr. Morris. Enjoy complimentary refreshments. This event is presented in partnership with the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club.

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

Friday, April 23
6:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

March 24, 2010

Foreclosure Foresight Program March 27

thhf.jpgIf you or a loved one is in danger of losing your home, you do not want to miss this program! Foreclosure experts from The Helpful Hands Foundation (THHF) will provide opportunities for homeowners to identify ways to avoid foreclosure by learning about:
  • mortgage rights
  • assets
  • financial warning signs
  • work and educational opportunities
THHF offers counseling and guidance for loan modifications to negotiate a reduced interest rate and adjust the value of the home to current real estate prices.

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

Saturday, March 27
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Library

March 22, 2010

Transformational Healing: Yoga and Reiki March 27

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Learn the transformative healing benefits of yoga and Reiki with Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master, Ximena Olarte. Attendees should wear comfortable clothes if they wish to participate.

Registration is required. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.



Saturday, March 27
1:00 P.M.
Southwest Library

March 15, 2010

Celtic Harp Music at Southwest March 17

christine_harpist.jpgCome to the library to enjoy a Celtic music performance by harpist, Christine MacPhail in honor of St. Patrick's Day. To learn more about Christine MacPhail go to http://www.orlandoharpist.com/

Wednesday, March 17
2:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch Library

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


March 10, 2010

Disaster Preparedness with the American Red Cross March 13

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Are you prepared to handle disaster or an emergency? March is American Red Cross Month.

Local volunteers will provide information on how to prepare for an emergency or disaster. Learn how to build an emergency disaster kit, create a family communication plan and how to register for the safe and well program.

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

Saturday, March 13
Southwest Branch
2:00 P.M.


March 2, 2010

Southwest Book Club Meets March 9

the_reader.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room to discuss The Readerby Bernard Schlink. At the age of fifteen, Michael Berg falls in love with a woman who disappears, and while observing a trial as a law student years later, he is shocked to discover the same woman as the defendant in a horrible crime. Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany. An Oprah Book Club pick.

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. At what point does the significance of the book's title become clear to you? Who is "The Reader"? Are there others in the story with an equally compelling claim to this role?

2. In a novel so suffused with guilt, how is Michael guilty? Does his narrative serve as a
way of putting himself on trial? What verdict does he reach? Is he asking readers to examine the evidence he presents and to condemn him or exonerate him? Or has he already condemned himself?

3. Do you agree with the judgment of the concentration camp survivor to whom Michael delivers Hanna's money at the end of the novel? Why does she accept the tea tin, but not the money? Who knew Hanna better--Michael or this woman? Has Michael been deluded by his love? Is he another of Hanna's victims?
(Questions obtained at http://litlovers.com/guide_reader.html)

February 25, 2010

Health Books in Spanish

There is a great selection of health books in Spanish at the Southwest Branch for you to check out the next time you visit the library! This month there is a display featuring many of the collection's most popular titles. MVC-002F.JPG

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February 15, 2010

Water and Air Safety in Your Home Progam February 20

home_air.jpgIs your indoor air and water safe for your family?

According to the EPA, indoor air can be two to five times more polluted (and sometimes as much as 100 times more polluted!) than outdoor air. Learn about sustainable practices you can do in your home to maintain your family's health. Presented by the Orange County/UF-IFAS Extension. Class workbook available for purchase.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info
Saturday, February 20
2:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch Library

February 13, 2010

Chili Redux: An Edu-tasting Program February 15

bowl_of_chili.jpgOrlando's new Chili Daddy has taken chili to a whole new level by using tasty ingredients to create chili dishes such as Mango Pork, Thai Basil and Smoked Chicken Wing.

Come learn what it takes to make the perfect bowl of chili from Chili Daddy himself! Try some for yourself with free samples!

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

Monday, February 15
6:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch

February 11, 2010

Very Fine Valentines Program February 13

valentineheart.jpgCraft a Valentine's surprise for that special someone. Celebrate Valentine's Day by making a variety of season-themed craft projects. Recommended for ages 6-12.

Saturday, February 13
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Library

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

February 5, 2010

Southwest Book Club Meets February 9

The_garden_of_last_days.jpgThe_air_we_breathe.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room to discuss The Air We Breathe by Andrea Barrett and The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus lll. Both authors were featured at this year's Winter with the Writers at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Barrett's The Air We Breathe takes place during World War I at a sanitarium in the Adirondacks. A discussion group's weekly conversations lead to tragedy and eventually anti-immigrant sentiment directed at some of the patients.

In The Garden of Last Days, Andre Dubus III fashions a disturbing and revealing encounter between an American woman on the edge and an intense Muslim man.
Pick one or read both!

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!

The Air We Breathe
1. The two opening chapters explicitly contrast conditions at the public sanatorium of Tamarack State, inhabited largely by impoverished immigrants, and the cure cottages of Tamarack Lake, inhabited by wealthy patients. Discuss the role class differences play in the novel.
(from http://books.wwnorton.com/books/ReadingGuidesDetail.aspx?ID=13670&CID=8502&tid=3288&tcid=).

2. What do you think of the following quotation? "We are nothing but what we derive from the air we breathe, the climate we inhabit, the government we obey, the system of religion we profess, and the nature of our employment." (J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur) How do you think it relates to the story?
(from www.massbook.org/reading_guides/AirWeBreathe_guide.pdf)

The Garden of Last Days
1. What are some possible meanings of this book's title? What various images and interpretations of "paradise" appear here?

2. How do you feel about the particular blend of fiction and history in this book? Should the author have strayed further from or stayed closer to the historical reality?
(from http://books.wwnorton.com/books/readingguidesdetail.aspx?ID=13646&tid=3288&tcid=)

January 27, 2010

Valentine Craft Program January 30

valentine2.jpgLearn to make a valentine accordion card for someone you love! Come to the valentine craft program with papercraft artist, Mamie Velez.

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

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

January 20, 2010

Women in the Arts Inc. Exhibit at Southwest Library

MVC-004F.JPGThe Southwest Library presents Women in the Arts Inc., "Celebrating the Genius of Women" exhibit January through March 2010. This exhibit features five artists and selected student artwork from the Community School of the Arts. The type of art includes watercolors, photography, printmaking, acrylics, sculpture and jewelry. In March, the exhibit will be part of the celebration of Women's History Month. Women in the Arts Inc. is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and raising public awareness of women's contributions to the arts including performing and visual arts at public and private venues. To learn more about Women in the Arts Inc. and watch a video of the featured artists' work, click here.

Women in the Arts Inc. programs include annual scholarships awarded to female art students in visual and performing arts and to the Community School of the Arts program which offers tuition-free quality art instruction boys and girls in grades 4-12 from the Orlando area. For more information, contact Maria Guerrero 407.491.3884 or email information@womenintheartsinc.org.

Take opportunity to talk with the artists and learn more about their creative work at a Meet the Artist event being held at the Southwest Library on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

January 11, 2010

Southwest Book Club Meets January 12

nora_ephron.jpgThe Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room to discuss I Feel Bad About My Neckby Nora Ephron. A collection of essays by the woman who brought us When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, and Bewitched, and the author of best sellers Heartburn, Scribble Scribble, and Crazy Salad. Ephron offers a humorous look at the ups and downs of being a woman of a certain age, discussing the tribulations of maintenance and trying to stop the clock, menopause, and empty nests.

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. In What I Wish I'd Known, Ephron lists things she wishes she had known when she was younger. Were there any entries that were particularly resonant for you? Which ones, and why? Is there anything that Ephron left off that you would like to add? Would your list look similar to hers?

2. Ephron's essays are filled with the humourous anecdotes regarding "maintenance." However there is an edge to this humor. What comment do you think she is making about the place of "women of a certain age" in society?

3. Ephron presents some life questions: Should you live everyday as if it's your last or should you save money on the chance you'll live twenty more years? Is life too short or is it going to be too long? Should you work as hard as you can or should you slow down to smell the roses?
What life questions do you have?
(Questions obtained from Reading Group Guides).