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December 23, 2011

Winter Wonderland December 28


Take a break from the Florida winter and join us for a wintry mix of stories and crafts to celebrate the official start of winter. For ages 6-12.

Wednesday, December 28
3:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

For more information, call 407.835.7323

December 20, 2011

Holidays at the Library

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This holiday season the library has many programs you can enjoy with family and friends. You can check upcoming holiday library programs at the Orange County Library System.The Southwest Branch will be having a Holiday Harp program with Christine MacPhail on Wednesday December 21st at 2:00 p.m. Visit the Southwest Branch and check out our holiday displays and decorations. Our winter wonderland display was created by Southwest Library shelver, Jasmine.


The library has many resources to help you with your holiday entertaining needs. Also, don't miss the Winter Holidays Virtual Gallery. You will find listings of books, music, DVD's and other winter resources you can check out to liven up any party. No snow, no problem you can still try your hand at building a snowman on this interactive site.

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December 14, 2011

Southwest Book Club Meets December 20


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Another year of great reading! Join the Southwest Book Club this month at their annual My Book to You celebration. Celebrate your joy of reading with others by sharing a favorite book.

Don't miss this special last book club meeting of the year. Plan to relax and enjoy refreshments. Door prizes to be given away 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

Image was obtained from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Reading_couple_statue_at_UNC.jpg

December 13, 2011

Holiday Harp with Christine MacPhail December 21

Enjoy a festive holiday performance with harpist Christine MacPhail. To learn more about Christine, go to
http://www.orlandoharpist.com
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Wednesday, December 21
2:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

Winter Movie Madness

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Celebrate winter with movies that warm your heart! For all ages.

Southwest Branch Library
Tuesday, December 20
Wednesday, December 21
Wednesday, December 28

Always starting @10:30 a.m. in the Children's area.

For more information, call 407.835.7323

December 7, 2011

Technology Petting Zoo at Southwest December 14

Are you curious about the latest mobile devices? Are you thinking of buying an eReader or tablet? Join us December 14 and get your hands on the latest digital technology! We've got the latest eReaders, like the Nook and Kindle, and tablets, like the iPad and Galaxy. Learn how you can use them to download free music, audiobooks, and eBooks from our digital collection.

For more information, call 407.835.7323
No registration required.

Wednesday, December 14
4:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

Preschool Peek-A-Whoo at Southwest December 9

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All preschoolers are invited to hang out with owl and his night friends. Reading is a hoot with songs, stories, activities and more!

For more information, call 407.835.7323. For ages 3-5.


Friday, December 9
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch Library

November 23, 2011

Windermere Art Group (WAG) Art Exhibit through December 31

The Windermere Art Group (WAG) is celebrating their one-year anniversary by holding their first collaborative community art show at the Southwest Library through December 31. WAG members are artists who live in the Southwest Orlando areas of Dr. Phillips, Winter Garden and Windermere. The members meet weekly to paint, share information and friendship. They are thankful for the studio space provided by the St. Luke's School of the Arts program and its director, Ben Adams. The artists range in age with their most senior member in her 90's. The artists paint in several mediums including oil, acrylic, gauche, pastel and watercolor. One thing they all have in common is the joy of creativity through their art.
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If you are interested in finding out more information about the art, the artists or joining the Windermere Art Group, please contact their founder and facilitator Debby Schmaltz at DebSchmaltz AT gmail DOT COM

Holiday Marzipan Display through December 31

Marzipan artists Maria Haro and Gabriela Speller are displaying their holiday-themed marzipan pieces at the Southwest Library through December 31.
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Maria creates beautiful handcrafted marzipan napkin ring pieces by merging the traditional art form of marzipan from her birth country of Ecuador with the holidays - American style. Gabriela provides her design skills to add the finishing touch to the display. Maria and Gabriela may be contacted at marzipan.holders@gmail.com.
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November 11, 2011

Southwest Book Club Meets November 15

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Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss the NYT's bestseller book The Help by Kathryn Stockett. A spirited debut novel that explores the Civil Rights movement through the relationships among a young white woman and two African-American maids in 1960's Mississippi. Recently, released as a movie.

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.

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. Who was your favorite character? Why?

2. How much of a person's character would you say is shaped by the times in which they live?

3. Do you think that had Aibileen stayed working for Miss Elizabeth, that Mae Mobley would have grown up to be racist like her mother? Do you think racism is inherent, or taught?

4. Do you think there are still vestiges of racism in relationships where people of color work for people who are white? Have you heard stories of parents who put away their valuable jewelry before their nanny comes? Paradoxically, they trust the person to look after their child but not their diamond rings?

5. What did you think about Minny's pie for Miss Hilly? Would you have gone as far as Minny did for revenge?

Discussion questions obtained at http://www.kathrynstockett.com/stockett-reading-groups.htm


November 2, 2011

African Cats: Movie and Craft Program November 5

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Get set for an incredible adventure to one of the wildest places on Earth - The African savanna.

Enjoy a movie and craft activities.

For ages 6-12.

Call 407.835.7323 for more information.


Saturday, November 5
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Branch Library

October 26, 2011

Boo! October 29

pumpkin.jpgWear your costume and join us for a spooky good time. Boo!

For ages 6-12.

Southwest Library
Saturday, October 29 11:00 A.M.

For information and registration, call 407.835.7323.

October 14, 2011

Edgar Allan Poe Programs October 18 and October 27

Poe in stacks 1.JPG It's October and Southwest Library is hosting two special events in honor of the master of macabre, Edgar Allen Poe.

Celebrating the Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Tuesday, October 18
8:00 P.M.
Share your favorite Poe tale or poem with other Poe fans. Join in a discussion about the great author, poet, editor, and literary critic. Enjoy light refreshments too. A Big Read/National Endowment for the Arts event. To learn more about the Big Read visit their website at http://www.neabigread.org/

Unhappy Family Stories
Thursday, October 27 7:00 P.M.
Join one of our talented storytellers for family fun and freaky tales as we celebrate the bewitching season with scary tales ranging from downright creepy to seriously silly! Hear horror-fying stories of ghosts and haunted houses and scare your parents senseless! All programs will end with a sweet treat.

Orange County Library System is also having Edgar Allan Poe Short Story contest for adults (18 & up) and one for teens (13-18). Contest entry forms may be obtained at any library location. Story entries may be submitted online also. For more information regarding the story contest and other Big Read events throughout the library system during October go to http://www.ocls.info/poe

October 10, 2011

Southwest Book Club Meets October 18

pearl _of_china.jpeg Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss Pearl of China by Anchee Min. A story based on the life of novelist Pearl S. Buck follows her as she grows up in late-nineteenth-century China; befriends Willow, a Chinese peasant girl; and with Willow shares life's joys and sorrows, despite the Communist revolution.

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.
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. Pearl of China opens with a quotation from Pearl S. Buck: "I was never deceived by Chinese women, not even by the flower-like lovely girls. They are the strongest women in the world." Discuss how two strong-willed characters in Pearl of China, Willow and Madame Mao, display the fortitude that Buck describes. How are these two women's strengths similar and different? Who benefits--and who suffers--from these two women's powers?

2. Although Pearl is American, "beneath her skin, she was Chinese." (263) What Chinese qualities does Pearl exhibit in childhood and in adulthood? What American characteristics does she have? How is Pearl able to reconcile her Chinese heritage and her Western birth?

3. Compare the relationships Pearl and Willow have with their fathers. What troubles does each girl have with her father? How does the relationship between Pearl and Absalom change over the course of the novel, and what difficulties between them are never resolved?

4. 10. Discuss the theme of forgiveness in Pearl of China. When are Papa, Dick, and Bumpkin Emperor forgiven, and why? What friendships and values are strengthened through forgiveness? Which characters have difficulty forgiving others' transgressions, and why?

5. On her voyage to America, Willow pictures Pearl's American home: "I imagined the rooms filled with tasteful furniture and decorated with Western art. Pearl would have a library, for she had always been a lover of books. I also imagined that she would have a garden. She had inherited Carie's passion for nature. The garden would be filled with plants whose names I wouldn't know, but it would be beautiful." (261-62) What surprises does Willow discover when she finally sees Pearl's home and garden? How do Pearl's home, garden, and grave meet her expectations, and how do they defy her imagination?

6. If you have read The Good Earth, discuss similarities and differences between Buck's novel and Min's Pearl of China. How does each author portray the people, land, and troubles of rural China?

Discussion questions obtained from Litlovers

September 12, 2011

Southwest Book Club Meets September 20

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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. The best-selling author of The Tipping Point and Blink identifies the qualities of successful people and provides theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers. Gladwell poses the question: why do some people succeed while so many more never reach their potential; and challenges the cherished belief of the "self-made man."

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. Malcolm Gladwell is interested in what makes some people more successful than others. Overall, how would you describe his thesis, or central premise? Do you agree or disagree with his ideas?

2. What does Gladwell mean by the term "outlier"?

3. Why does Gladwell feel there is no such thing as a self-made person. Do you agree? Can you name people who overcame great odds--circumstances not in their favor--to attain success? What about those people that Gladwell offers in support of his argument (Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or the Beatles, among others)? Do you agree with his assessment that much depends on timing?

4. What personal experiences--people and incidents in your own life--can you think of that support or challenge Gladwell's ideas?

5. Gladwell gives differing definitions of intelligence. Yet his definition of success is singular--"worldy" success in terms of of wealth, power, and fame. Are there also differing definitions of success that Gladwell doesn't consider? If so, what are they, and what does it take to achieve those versions of success?

Discussion questions obtained from http://www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/14-non-fiction/728-outliers-gladwell?start=3

Yoga Based Interactive Body Awareness with Gerry Lishin Sept. 17

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Join Gerry Lishin, certified Yoga instructor, author and owner of South West Orlando Yoga in a hour long class using progressive and nontraditional Yoga techniques. Explore and awaken within you a whole new world of body awareness, structural alignment, and posture recognition. This is non-traditional yoga approach and experience.
To learn more about Gerry and South West Orlando Yoga go to www.swoyoga.com or see his many videos teaching Dynamic Prop Usage on YouTube.

Participants need to be able to stand and use arms/hands/knees/hips for at least 30 minutes. Please dress in loose and comfortable clothing.
For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, September 17
1:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch Library

August 9, 2011

Southwest Book Club Meets August 16

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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira. An enthralling historical novel about a young woman's struggle to become a doctor during the Civil War.

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. Women's rights have greatly improved since Mary's time, but do you believe that women are still limited by prejudice as to what they can or should do professionally?

2. Beyond Mary, which character did you find most interesting? Why? Which character did you find the least interesting?

3. Describe Mary and Jenny's relationship. What type of tensions exist? Consider the relationship from both women's perspectives.

4. From Jake to Thomas to William Stipp, there is a wide range of male characters in the novel. What type of masculinity does each demonstrate?

5. The end of My Name is Mary Sutter is both satisfying and surprising. What was your response to the conclusion of each character's story?

Discussion questions were obtained from http://robinoliveira.com/book-group-guide.php


July 25, 2011

Meet the Artist: Shelley Overton July 28

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Meet the Artist: Shelley Overton
Thursday, July 28
6:30-8:30 P.M.
Southwest Library
7255 Della Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Shelley Overton, local artist is displaying her work of paintings, mixed media, and jewelry at the Southwest Branch Library starting July 1 through September 30.

Light refreshments will be served.

Learn more about Shelley and her art at www.shelleyoverton.com

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

Save the Green: Coupon Tips and Tricks July 26

This is not your average way of couponing!
Learn how to save at least 50% on your grocery bill by discovering all the avenues to find coupons, when to use the coupons and how combining certain coupon "tricks" can save a lot of your hard earned money! You will also learn the best methods of organizing coupons so that you can be more effective in saving money and efficient with your time! Do some damage to your grocery bill!

Presented by Jennifer Pratt of Modern Life, Coupon Wife.

For more information, call 407.835.7493.
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Tuesday, July 26
6:00 P.M.
Southwest Library

July 12, 2011

Southwest Book Club Meets July 19

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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. Hanna Heath, a young Australian book conservator is called to analyze the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a priceless six-hundred-year-old Jewish prayer book that has been salvaged from a destroyed Bosnian library. When Hanna discovers a series of artifacts in the book, she unwittingly exposes an international cover up. Based on a true story.

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. When Father Vistorni asks Rabbi Judah Ayreh to warn the printer that the Church disapproves of one of their recently published texts, Ayreh tells him, "better you do it than to have us so intellectually enslaved that we do it for you." (p. 156). Do you agree or disagree with his argument? With the way he handled Vistorni's request?

2. Several of the novel's female characters lived in the pre-feminist era and certainly fared poorly at the hands of men. Does the fact that she was pushing for gender equality -not to mention saving lives-justify Sarah Heath's poor parenting skills? Would women's rights be where they are today if it weren't for women like her?

3. How did Hanna change after discovering the truth about her father? Would the person she was before her mother's accident have realized that she loved Ozren? Or risked the dangers involved in returning the codex?

4. There is an amazing array of "people of the book" - both base and noble-whose lifetimes span some remarkable periods in human history. Who is your favorite and why?

(Discussion questions obtained from LitLovers)

July 5, 2011

Shelley Overton Inspire Art Exhibit July -September 2011

shelley_overton.jpg Shelley Overton, local artist is displaying her work of paintings, mixed media, and jewelry at the Southwest Branch Library starting July 1 through September 30.

Ms Overton was born in Denver, Colorado and has lived all over the country. She has a B.A. degree in Communications from the University of Colorado and an A.S. in Graphic Design from Tampa Technical Institute. Shelley was drawn to art during childhood and has been an artist for 38 years. Realistic, fanciful or serious, Shelley creates a wide range of emotions which come through in her art. She utilizes bright colors with a dramatic backdrop of black. She never lets convention stop her expression and inspiration. In summary, Shelly's art brings out joy in the beholder. Learn more about Shelley and her art at www.shelleyoverton.com

Plan to meet Shelley at a Meet the Artist event at Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 on Thursday, July 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

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


June 13, 2011

Southwest Book Club Meets June 21

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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease, Harvard psychologist, Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her everyday life as her concept of self slips away.

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. Alice's doctor tells her, "You may not be the most reliable source of what's been going on" (pg. 54). Yet, Lisa Genova chose to tell the story from Alice's point of view. As Alice's disease worsens, her perceptions indeed get less reliable. Why would the author choose to stay in Alice's perspective? What do we gain, and what do we lose?

2. Do you find irony in the fact that Alice, a Harvard professor and researcher, suffers from a disease that causes her brain to atrophy? Why do you think the author, Lisa Genova, chose this profession? How does her past academic success affect Alice's ability, and her family's, to cope with Alzheimer's?

3. When Alice's three children, Anna, Tom and Lydia, find out they can be tested for the genetic mutation that causes Alzheimer's, only Lydia decides she doesn't want to know. Why does she decline? Would you want to know if you had the gene?

4. Alice decides she wants to spend her remaining time with her family and her books. Considering her devotion and passion for her work, why doesn't her research make the list of priorities? Does Alice most identify herself as a mother, wife, or scholar?

5. "He refused to watch her take her medication. He could be mid-sentence, mid-conversation, but if she got out her plastic, days-of-the-week pill container, he left the room" (pg. 89). Is John's reaction understandable? What might be the significance of him frequently fiddling with his wedding ring when Alice's health is discussed?

6. Do you find irony in the fact that Alice, a Harvard professor and researcher, suffers from a disease that causes her brain to atrophy? Why do you think the author, Lisa Genova, chose this profession? How does her past academic success affect Alice's ability, and her family's, to cope with Alzheimer's?

(Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com)

June 8, 2011

Accordions in the Library June 11

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Saturday, June 11
3:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

June 6, 2011

Kung Fu Library - Summer Program June 8

Join us in protecting the Valley of the Library. Uncover the secrets of China and unlock the strength of the Dragon Warrior with stories, activities and crafts.

For ages 6-12.

For more information, call 407.835.7323

Wednesday, June 8
3:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

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May 16, 2011

Preschool: Duck, Duck, Goose May 20

Quack! Quack! Honk!

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Fun stories, activities, and crafts about ducks and geese await preschoolers at this exciting program.

Ages 3-5

Southwest Branch Library
Friday, May 20
10:30 a.m.

Writing Your Life with Patricia Charpentier May 21

We all have a story to tell - our life.
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Writing instructor and coach, Patricia Charpentier will show you how to get started on the process of writing your personal or family history, step-by-step, using everyday language and real-life examples. She believes that the only way to do this task wrong is to not write your story at all. Learn more about Patricia Charpentier and writing your life story at http://www.writingyourlife.org/

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

Southwest Branch Library
Saturday, May 21
2:30 p.m.

May 11, 2011

Southwest Book Club Meets May 17

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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss South of Broad by Pat Conroy. Best-selling author returns with a sprawling tale set mostly in Charleston, South Carolina, where, after his brother's suicide, Leopold Bloom King struggles along with the rest of his family until he begins to gather an intimate circle of friends, whose ties endure for two decades until a final, unexpected test of friendship rears its ugly head.

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 the beginning of the novel, Leo is called on to mitigate the racial prejudice of the football team. What other types of prejudice appear in the novel? Which characters are guilty of relying on preconceived notions? Why do you think Leo is so accepting of most people? Why is his mother so condemnatory?

2. What do you think of the title South of Broad? How does the setting inform the novel? Would the novel be very different if it were set in another city or region?

3. Chapter one begins with the statement, "Nothing happens by accident," and Leo often reflects on the way that destiny has shaped his life. How does destiny affect the other characters? Do you agree that real life is the result of predetermined forces? Or can we affect our fate?

4. What do you make of the smiley face symbol that Sheba and Trevor's father paints? How does the novel address the idea of happiness coexisting with pain?

5. Leo admits that the years after Steven's suicide nearly killed him. How was he able to cope? How do Leo's parents deal with their grief? What does the novel say about human resilience and our propensity to overcome tragedy?

Discussion questions obtained from litlovers.com

May 9, 2011

Al Aki - Origami Exhibit

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Al Aki, local origami artist and expert is currently displaying intricate works of origami, the ancient art of paper folding. Al also is an actor, does voiceovers and is a Japanese storyteller at Walt Disney World.

Al's Origami by Aki exhibit runs through June 30 at the Southwest Branch Library.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info. Al Aki may be contacted at (email) akial2003@yahoo.com or (website) www.origamiland.com.

May 7, 2011

Maria Fernandez "Essence of Life" Photography Art Exhibit

Maria Borrajo Fernandez, local photographer and artist is currently displaying her collection of photography and acrylic paintings. Her exhibit captures breathtaking views of people - young and old, animals, nature, and lands near and far.

Maria was drawn to painting and drawing at a young age. She was later accepted into the National Institute of Art (San Alejandro) in Havana, Cuba. Learning like the masters in the old traditional way, Maria studied drawing, painting, sculpture and other media. She also worked in pottery, hand-painted tiles, portraits and murals through the years. It was during her travels, Maria discovered her joy of taking photos. With photography, Maria has learned to express herself by controlling light, color and composition. With the camera, she is also able to create portraits by capturing a person's feelings and expressions in many different ways.

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Maria's Essence of Life exhibit runs through June 30 at the Southwest Branch Library.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info. Maria may be contacted at webbolt@aol.com.

Free Job Seeking Webinars May 12 and 19

tutor.com2.jpg Jumpstart your job search by attending free career webinars with career expert and author Barbara Safani.

How to Write a Winning Resume
Learn how to create a powerful, effective resume that gets attention and interviews. Whether you're just out of college, changing careers or getting back into the work force, this webinar is for you.

Thursday, May 12
4:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

How to Interview Like a Pro
Do you know the latest interview styles and techniques? This webinar will show what to do and what not to do during your next job interview.

Thursday, may 19
4:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

Both webinars are hosted by Tutor.com

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

May 2, 2011

Pirates from the High Seas May 7

Ahoy all Buccaneers!

Come cruise with us on a pirate adventure. Climb on board and use your imagination to be the best pirate you can be. Have fun enjoying swashbuckling stories, activities and more!

Ages 6-12

For more information, call 407.835.7323

Southwest Branch Library
Saturday, May 7
10:30 a.m.

April 27, 2011

Photo Gallery: Southwest Author Series- David Carl Mielke, Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips

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Unveiling of the new Dr. Phillips Rotary Club banner display at Southwest Library. Pictured l. to r. Mary Anne Hodel, Bethany Stone, and Michael Hanley
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April 18, 2011

Poetry Time with Uncle Charles April 23

April is National Poetry Month.

Have fun with poetry! Be inspired! Meet local poet and actor, Charles Waters. Mr. Waters will perform his original poetry during his program, Poetry Time with Uncle Charles.

Mr. Waters was a featured poet in the 2010 edition of 30 Poets/30 Days - a celebration of children's poetry during National Poetry Month. He also will be performing his poetry at the International Reading Association's annual conference in Orlando this May.

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For ages 6 to adults. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, April 23
2:15 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

Poetry Read with Southwest Middle School Language Arts Students April 23

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Join the Advanced Language Arts students from Southwest Middle School taught by Sandy Donnan for a poetry read. Original works of poetry will be read by the students, followed by a Q&A time. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

Saturday, April 23
1:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

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

Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage April 23

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Get a jump-start celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (starts in May)!

Go on a storytelling adventure with Mr. Al Aki, origami instructor and actor; and Natasha Harrison, actress as they tell the story of Lissy and her origami friends (based on the book Lissy's Friends by Grace Lin).

Recommended for ages 5 and up.

While you are here, be sure to see Mr. Aki's origami exhibit featuring beautiful and complex origami (paperfolding) pieces located in the main section of the library. The exhibit runs April through June.

Saturday, April 23
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch Library

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

April 12, 2011

Southwest Book Club Meets April 19

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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Intertwining science, racial politics and a family's painful history, Skloot tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer. During medical treatment for cancer her cells were taken for testing without her and her family's knowledge. Her "immortal" cell line which enabled discoveries in cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping is still alive 60 years after her death.

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. As much as this book is about Henrietta Lacks, it is also about Deborah learning of the mother she barely knew, while also finding out the truth about her sister, Elsie. Imagine discovering similar information about one of your family members. How would you react? What questions would you ask?

2. In a review for the New York Times, Dwight Garner writes, "Ms. Skloot is a memorable character herself. She never intrudes on the narrative, but she takes us along with her on her reporting." How would the story have been different if she had not been a part of it? What do you think would have happened to scenes like the faith healing on page 289? Are there other scenes you can think of where her presence made a difference? Why do you think she decided to include herself in the story?

3. As a journalist, Skloot is careful to present the encounter between the Lacks family and the world of medicine without taking sides. Since readers bring their own experiences and opinions to the text, some may feel she took the scientists' side, while others may feel she took the family's side.What are your feelings about this? Does your opinion fall on one side or the other, or somewhere in the middle, and why?

4. Deborah says, "But I always have thought it was strange, if our mother cells done so much for medicine, how come
her family can't afford to see no doctors? Don't make no sense" (page 9). Should the family be financially compensated for the HeLa cells? If so, who do you believe that money should come from? Do you feel the Lackses deserve health insurance even though they can't afford it? How would you respond if you were in their situation?

5. On page 261, Deborah and Zakariyya visit Lengauer's lab and see the cells for the first time. How is their Lengauer different from the previous interactions the family had with representatives of Johns Hopkins? Why do you think
it is so different? What does the way Deborah and Zakariyya interact with their mother's cells tell you about their feelings for her?

6. Reflect upon Henrietta's life: What challenges did she and her family face? What do you think their greatest strengths were? Consider the progression of Henrietta's cancer in the last eight months between her diagnosis and death. How did she face death? What do you think that says about the type of person she was?

Discussion questions were obtained from http://rebeccaskloot.com/.

April 5, 2011

Preschoolers: It's About Time Program April 8


Come learn about the different times of year and the times of the day with fun activities and crafts to help prepare for kindergarten.
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For ages 3-5. For more information, call 407.835.7323

Friday, April 8
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch Library

March 31, 2011

6th Annual Southwest Author Series April 15

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The 6th Annual Southwest Author Series presented by The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips features David Mielke. Award-winning Florida novelist David Mielke discusses his slew of laugh-out-loud mystery novels A Dish Best Served Cold and the sequel A Nation Best Served Hot.
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Mielke's style of writing and quick-witted characters have drawn him favorable comparisons to such talented Florida novelists as Carl Hiaasen and Bob Morris. Don't miss this exclusive chance to get up close and personal with one of Florida's most entertaining and talented authors.

For more information on the author visit, go to www.davidcarlmielke.com. Book sale and signing follows program.

Southwest Branch Library
Friday, April 15
6:30 p.m.

March 23, 2011

Meet the Author: Joy Johnson

Readers of the BOOB (Burned Out Old Broads) Girls series had a chance to meet the author, Joy Johnson on March 15 at the Southwest Library.
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Joy Johnson is the author and editor of more than 100 books on grief and bereavement primarily in children. She is a nationally-known speaker at bereavement conferences throughout the United States, Canada and New Zealand since 1977. The BOOB Girls and The BOOB Girls II are her first comedy-mystery novels. A third BOOB Girl adventure, Sandhills and Shadows will be released in 2011.

March 9, 2011

Southwest Book Club Meets March 15

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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. Many would say this is the most famous and important novel written about South Africa's history during the 1940's set against the background of a land and a people torn apart by racial injustice.

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. Cry, the Beloved Country is, in part, a story about those who stayed and those who left. What happens to the people who stayed in the tribal villages? What happens to those who left and went to Johannesburg? What is Paton's point of view of this mass migration? Does he feel it was necessary? Inevitable? What is your opinion?

2. How are rhetoric and repetition used in this book?

3. There are many paradoxes in this novel: a priest's son commits murder; a white man who fights for the dignity of South African blacks is senselessly murdered; the father of the murdered son helps the father of the son who murdered to keep a disintegrating native tribe together. How do you reconcile these paradoxes? How do they contribute to the richness of the story? Why might Paton have made this choice?

4. Does Paton offer an overview of South African society?

5. Is the novel itself a demonstration of outdated innocence?

These questions were obtained from litlovers.com and Novelist Plus (go to www.ocls.info and click databases).

New Disney Digital Books Collection

The Disney Digital collection is now available through Overdrive with your library card. This collection of approximately 700 titles offers a unique opportunity to see Disney characters from movies and animated classics in a short story format. There are books on Hannah Montana, Raven, and the Pirates of the Caribbean as well as more conventional titles like Beauty and the Beast.

To access this collection, go to www.ocls.info/downloadables, select Overdrive and click on the Disney caption. This collection is compatible with a PC or MAC. One of the great things about the collection is that Disney titles are available to any user at any time simultaneously. You can also look up words in a little dictionary option at the top and you can turn the pages with a wand.

Select your Disney title today!

March 1, 2011

Meet the Artists March 7

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Meet the artists from Women in the Arts Inc. and student artists from the Community School of the Arts.

Browse artwork from the Celebrating the Genius of Women: Renaissance Women Today exhibit featuring artists: Arlene Hammond, Mary Jo Burgiel, Regine Dossche, Rusty Wahl and Valerie Herrel.

Also, enjoy artwork featuring students of the Community School of the Arts: Anaily Riascos, Anita Seiter, Aqueena Fernandez, Elena Chow, Imani Eugene, Jeremiah Benjamin, Nathanael Douglas, Olivia Martin and Sophia Sanders.

Then join the artists at a reception featuring an awards program, a special performance by Emilie Joudi-Vick; opera singer, a poetry recitation, choir music and light refreshments.

Both exhibits are on display through March 2011.

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

Meet the Artists
Monday, March 7
6:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

February 21, 2011

Seniors vs Crime Program February 23

It is an unfortunate fact that senior citizens are one of the most targeted groups when it comes to financial and fraud crimes. That's why it's important for senior to have the knowledge to keep their assets safe. Learn how to prevent identity theft, credit card fraud and other current scams and schemes. Presented by Seniors vs. Crime, a special project of the Florida Attorney General. For more information regarding the Seniors vs Crime program and fraud/identity crimes go to http://www.seniorsvscrime.com/.
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Wednesday, February 23
3:00 P.M.
Southwest Library

February 12, 2011

Southwest Book Club Meets February 15


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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Southwest Library. We will be discussing authors and their works who were featured at this year's Winter with the Writers annual event at Rollins College. The authors featured this year were: Jim Shepard, Stephen Dunn, David Henry Hwang, Lydia Peelle and Rhonda Pollero.

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 these authors' books 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

February 7, 2011

Transformational Healing: Yoga and Reiki February 12

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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.

Saturday, February 12
1:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch Library

Women in the Arts Inc. Exhibit January-March 2011

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The Southwest Library is proudly hosting the Women in the Arts Inc. exhibit, "Celebrating the Genius of Women: Renaissance Women of Today." The exhibit features five artists:
• Arlene Hammond, Oil paintings
• Mary Jo Burgiel, Watercolor
• Regine Dossche, Watercolor, sculpture
• Rusty Wahl, Mixed Media
• Valerie Herrel, Sculpture

This group exhibit celebrates the genius of contemporary women artists as the Library honors women's contributions during Women's History Month in March.

The exhibit also features drawings and paintings based on Leonardo Da Vinci and Mona Lisa by nine students from the Community School of the Arts programs:


  • Anaily Riascos
  • Anita Seiter
  • Aqueena Fernandez
  • Elena Chow
  • Imani Eugene
  • Jeremiah Benjamin
  • Nathanael Douglas
  • Olivia Martin
  • Sophia Sanders
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A Meet the Artist reception will be held Monday, March 7, 6:30-8:30 P.M. in the library's Meeting Room. The reception will feature an awards program, and a special performance by opera singer Emilie Joudi-Vick. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information regarding Women in the Arts Inc. and the Community School of the Arts, contact:
Maria Guerrero, President and Founder
E-mail: womeninthearts@gmail.com.
www.womenintheartsinc.org

January 27, 2011

Nutrition for Busy People with Pamela Vergari Jan. 31

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It's a new year and it can be a new you too! This program will help you get on track with improving your eating habits.

We all know when life get hectic, it's easy to neglect healthy eating habits. Certified Holistic Health Coach Pamela Vergari will teach you ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on the go. Pamela will also speak about the benefits of organic and the dangers of a diet high in processed foods.

For more information, call 407.835.7323.

Monday, January 31
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

January 11, 2011

Southwest Book Club Meets January 18

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The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss Ford County: Stories by longtime bestselling author, John Grisham. Grisham presents seven short stories about the residents of Ford County, Mississippi. Each story explores different themes-mourning, revenge, justice, acceptance, evolution. As always, Grisham balances his lawyerly preoccupations with a deep respect for his undereducated and overlooked characters.

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 do the small-town lawyers in Ford County compare to some of the high-powered attorneys featured in John Grisham's other works? What struggles and temptations do they all have in common?

2. How do the residents of Ford County imagine city life--Memphis, San Francisco, New York? What determines whether they fear it or crave it?

3. Whose lives are changed for the better by the legal agreements and maneuvers described in Ford County? What is the most significant factor in whether the law is a force for good or evil in these stories?

4. Tort reform has received much publicity in recent years. Discuss the question of damages raised in stories such as "Fish Files," "Michael's Room," and "Quiet Haven." When should an injured person be entitled to financial compensation? What should drive the dollar amount of that compensation?

5. What makes Grisham's approach to storytelling so appropriate for short fiction? Linked by time and place, do the stories in Ford County form a novel, in a way?

Discussion questions were obtained at http://litlovers.com/guide_ford_county.html