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January 9, 2012

Southwest Book Club Meets January 17


Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room. In this delightful, funny, and moving first novel, a librarian and a young boy obsessed with reading take to the road when the boy runs away from his parents who force him to attend anti-gay classes with a celebrity pastor. But who is really running 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.

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 is the "borrower" in the novel?

2. Under what circumstances is it acceptable to take a child away from his/her parents? Based on what you know about Janet Drake, is she an "unfit" parent?

3. Does one have to first become a parent or in Lucy's case, a parent proxy in order to come to terms with one's own parents?

4. In many ways, The Borrower is Lucy's coming-of-age story as much as it is about Ian. Is she, like Jim in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn freed at the end of the novel, or like Humbert in Lolita, diminished by her experiences?

5. What were the seminal books of your childhood? Are any of them mentioned in The Borrower?
(Discussion questions obtained from http://us.penquingroup.com/static/rguides/us/borrower.html)

Creating the Life You Love January 14

Life Coaches Mona El Alaoui and M.Ximena Olarte are experts in helping people achieve the best in their lives. They will facilitate a group coaching experience that will cover key elements of awareness and clarity; ways to define personal priorities leading to a balanced life; and commitment to personal priorities. The life you desire is waiting for you. Take the next step into your personal power!

Mona is a Certified International and Executive Life Coach. For more information about Mona go to: http://lifeskillsresourcegroup.com/Mona-El-Aloui/index.php
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M.Ximena is a Certified Life Coach Practitioner. To learn more about Ximena, go to www.maximenaolarte.com.
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For more information and registration, call 407.835.7323 southwest@ocls.info

January 14
1:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

January 6, 2012

Design Your Own Aquaponics System January 7

Imagine Your Own Health Food Factory.
Did you know you can create a sustainable garden and a fish farm at your home all-in-one? Aquaponics combines the practices of hydroponic vegetable gardening with at-home aquaculture. Shane Harris will show you can how you can set up your own aquaponics structure and start feeding your family with healthy, and locally, grown fish and vegetables. To learn more, visit

Saturday, January 7
11:00 a.m.
Southwest Branch

For more information about this library program, call 407.835.7323.