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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=)