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July 24, 2013

New Art Club Series Starts August 3

Is learning how to paint with acrylics or oils on your bucket list? Do you want to improve your painting skills?

The Southwest Art Club Series-Painting sponsored by Women in the Arts Inc. a non-profit organization is providing painting workshops taught by a qualified art instructor monthly starting in August and continuing through November.
Painting workshops will be held on August 3, September 7, October 5, and November 2.
Time: 10:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Workshops are free. Basic materials will be provided. Optional: Participants may bring their own canvas, brushes, and oil paints (no acrylic or watercolor)

Registration is required.
Limited to 15 participants, first-come first-serve basis.
For ages 18 and up


To learn more about Women in the Arts Inc., go to www.womeninthearts.org

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

July 17, 2013

Southwest Library Summer Reading Program 2013

This has been an exciting year for the Southwest Library's Summer Reading Program. During the week, we've shown movies, dug into the past, and explored natural disasters! Every Friday morning at 11am, we have a different presenter that educates and entertains. Our presenters included Mr. Tim the Comedy Magician, Juggling Jeff, Critter Encounters, The Selfish Giant Puppet Show, Hands-On Wildlife, and JiggleMan.

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Next Friday, the Hawaiian Dancers will be our guest performers. On August 2, we have Snake Education with a Twist, and on August 9, Yehaa Bob will be performing. We also have a variety of movies and craft programs for kids during the week. Stop by the Southwest Library to grab a copy of our full summer schedule or visit www.ocls.inf/srp. All programs are free, but please register to attend.

July 13, 2013

Art at the Library

The Southwest Library is proud to present the exhibit, Love from Moldova, paintings from artists Andriyesh Bukov and David Kogan. Both artists are originally from Moldova and enjoy working in various mediums, including acrylic, oil, and watercolor. The exhibit will be on display July through September 2013 at the Southwest Library.

Andriyesh Bukov worked with the Moldovan Operette, developing sets and costumes. His art has been featured in numerous galleries and art festival throughout Europe, including Germany, Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria.

David Kogan has been painting since the age of six. He received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Chisiniau, worked for Walt Disney World as an artistic decorator, and had his work featured in several exhibits throughout the U.S.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the art or the artists, contact Andriyesh Bukov at 904-483-0577. David Kogan can be reached through his email, davidkogan99@gmail.com.

July 9, 2013

Exploring the World of Animation with Elite Animation Academy at Southwest Library

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Here's your opportunity to learn about the world of animation!

Paulo Alvarado, Creative Director and Head Instructor of Elite Animation Academy in Orlando will cover the history of animation while placing a strong emphasis on drawing fundamentals such as volume, proportions, depth, pose and gesture. He will also explore acting and story and how these elements apply to the world of animation and help breathe life into characters.

Being offered two dates:
Saturday, July 20 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 3 2:00 p.m.

For ages 10 to adult. Registration required.

For more information, contact 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info

Southwest Book Club Meets July 16


Join the Southwest Book Club to discuss A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. Ralph Truitt, a wealthy businessman who lives in a remote nineteenth-century Wisconsin town has a troubled past. After advertising for a reliable wife, his ad is answered by Catherine Land, a woman who makes every effort to hide her own dark secrets. A tale of suspenseful seduction and an unexpected ending!

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.

Tuesday, July 16
7:00 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

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. Ralph and Catherine's story frequently pauses to give brief, often horrific glimpses into the lives of others. Ralph remarks on the violence that surrounds them in Wisconsin, saying, "They hate their lives. They start to hate each other. They lose their minds, wanting things they can't have". How do these vignettes of madness and violence contribute to the novel's themes?

2. The encounter between Catherine and her sister, Alice, is one of the pivotal moments of the novel. How do you view these two women after reading the story of their origins? Why do the two sisters wind up on such different paths? Why does Catherine ultimately lose hope in Alice's redemption?

3. The idea of escape runs throughout the novel. Ralph thinks, "Some things you escape.... You don't escape the things, mostly bad, that just happen to you" (pages 5-6). What circumstances trap characters permanently? How do characters attempt to escape their circumstances? When, if ever, do they succeed? How does the bird imagery that runs through the book relate to the idea of imprisonment and escape?

4. Did you have sympathy for any of the characters? Did this change as time went on?

5. Does Catherine live up in any way to the advertisement Ralph places in the newspaper (page 20)? Why or why not?

6. At the onset of A Reliable Wife the characters are not good people. They have done bad things and have lived thoughtlessly. In the end how do they find hope?

Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com.