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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.
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.
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.

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


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

gaming2.JPG gaming.JPG Come Game at your local Library!

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