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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.