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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