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January 24, 2013

The Southwest Library Featured Artist - Koffi Mbairamadji


The Southwest Library is pleased to present the artist Koffi Mbairamadji. His exhibit, Wonders, is featured throughout the library and will be on display January through March.

Koffi, a self-taught artist, was born in Chad, Africa. Since coming to the United States, Koffi has lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Albuquerque, New Mexico, and now Orlando.
He became well-known as an artist living in the Minnesota Twin Cities area. One of his works, Peace was chosen to be in a newsletter at Georgetown Center for Liturgy in Washington, D.C. Another work, Pastor was used in liturgy at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Six of his works were chosen as greeting cards by Goodwill Industries of Minnesota. Koffi is also the author of a children's book, African Savannah Stories.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the art or the artist, please contact Koffi at nanatouh at yahoo dot fr or through his website http://www.flickr.com/photos/koffimbai.

January 22, 2013

Reduce Stress and Anxiety with Meditation January 26


Start the New Year learning how to reduce anxiety and cope better with stress in your life with the use of breathing techniques and meditation. Improve your health and heart condition while developing inner calm and a peaceful state of joy. Breathing techniques eliminate bodily toxins, unclutter the mind and pave the way for meditation, which clears the mind and develops inner balance.
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Presenter: Edely Wallace, founder and executive director of Yogamatrix Studio in Orlando, Florida and a master Yoga Instructor with over two decades of teaching experience. Edely has trained in Belgium, Brazil and the United States.

Saturday, January 26
11:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch Library

Registration is required. Please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info
You may also register online

January 9, 2013

Southwest Book Club Meets January 15

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Join the Southwest Book Club to discuss the book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann on Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00 p.m. in library study area. In 1925, renowned British explorer Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett embarked on a journey to find the city of Z, site of an ancient Amazonian civilization that may or may not have existed. Fawcett, along with his grown son Jack, never returned. But that didn't stop countless others from venturing into the jungle to find Fawcett or the city. Among the wannabe explorers is Grann, a staff writer for the New Yorker, who has bad eyes and a worse sense of direction. By interweaving the great story of Fawcett with his own investigative escapades in South America and Britain, Grann provides an in-depth and colorful tale of true adventure.

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 (at) 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. What is the Western world's attitude toward science and progress during Fawcett's time?

2. How does Grann portray Fawcett? What kind of a man was he? Would you describe him as a victim of his own obsession...as a romantic...a fool bent on his own destruction...a rational man of science...?

3. What draws Grann into the search for Fawcett--what initially sparks the author's fascination? Consider Grann's own difficulty in the Amazon, especially for a man who delights in air conditioning and fast food. Finally, what new information does Grann contribute to solving the mystery surrounding Fawcett's disappearance?

4. What are some of the more surprising, even shocking, accounts of jungle exploration you found in this work?

5. What does the book have to say about the native people of the Amazon?

Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com and NoveList Plus.