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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


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


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)