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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