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August 14, 2013

Southwest Art Club Series Begins

The Southwest Art Club Series in partnership with Women in the Arts Inc. (WITA) held the first workshop in the series on Saturday, August 3 at the Southwest Library. A series of four workshops with a focus on oil painting will be held the first Saturday of every month through November 2. Leah Wiedemer, a Florida artist is the instructor for the series.

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

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August 13, 2013

Southwest Book Club Meets August 20


Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. This book club favorite and historical fiction bestseller is a story about the love and friendship of a Chinese boy, Henry Lee and a Japanese girl, Keiko during the Japanese internment in World War II. Years later widowed Lee embarks on a personal quest that leads to memories of a love that transcended cultures and generations. This quest may also help him confront the choices he made many years ago.

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, August 20
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. From the beginning of the novel, Henry wears the "I am Chinese" button given to him by his father. What is the significance of this button and its message, and how has Henry's understanding of that message changed by the end of the novel?

2. What sacrifices do the characters in the novel make in pursuit of their dreams for themselves and for others? Do you think any characters sacrifice too much, or for the wrong reasons? Consider the sacrifices Mr. Okabe makes, for example, and those of Mr. Lee. Both fathers are acting for the sake of their children, yet the results are quite different. Why?

3. Does Henry give up on Keiko too easily? What else could he have done to find her? What about Keiko? Why didn't she make more of an effort to see Henry once she was released from the camp?

4. Should the men and women of Japanese ancestry rounded up by the US during the war have protested more actively against the loss of their property and liberty? Remember that most were eager to demonstrate their loyalty to the US. What would you have done in their place? What's to prevent something like this from ever happening again?

Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com

August 10, 2013

Summer Reading 2015 at Southwest Library


Summer is just around the corner! Have you registered your child for OCLS's Summer Reading Program at the Southwest Library? The fun begins June 6 and runs through August 8. Seating is limited for some of the events, so please register with your valid OCLS library card in advance. You can register for programs online (www.ocls.info/srp), over the phone (407-835-7323), or in person at the Southwest Library. Camp Savvy classes require a valid OCLS juvenile library card for registration. Many of these programs are for ages 6-12. Please verify the age restrictions before signing your children up. For a list of the preschool programs (ages 3-5), click here.

For a list of Camp Savvy classes, click here.

This year, the Southwest Library Will present:

Every Movie Has a Hero - Pow! Bam! Zap! Hero up with this ultimate free summer movie series! Tuesdays, June 9 - August 4, 10:30 am.

Summer Fun Kickoff with MIX105.1 - MIX105.1 will help get the party started this summer with fun, interactive events for the entire family. Tuesday, June 9, 3 pm.

DoDad's Lab: Superhero Powers Revealed - This comedy show will reveal the secrets of super powers using science! Friday, June 12, 11 am.

Superhero Training Camp - Train your superhero brain. Uncover your powers and learn new skills to improve the hero in you! Monday, June 15, 3 pm.

Tampa Taiko Japanese Drumming - March to the beat of your own drum with this ancient martial art form. Experience the exciting music of these magnificent large-scale instruments.
Friday, June 19, 11 am.

Games Galore - The library is the place to be with fun games for you and me. Join us for board games and crafts galore! Monday, June 22, 3 pm.

Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theatre Presents Robin Hood - Action! Adventure! A great story with toe-tapping music based on Howard Pyle's The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, a classic tale created especially for children. Friday, June 26, 11 am.

Superhero Science - There is more to superheroes than what meets the eye. Explore the science behind their powers through hands-on activities that will transform your mind! Monday, June 29, 3 pm.

Super Summer Scientists - Get ready for exciting summer fun as we create and explore hands-on science activities that will transform your mind! Every Tuesday in July at 3 pm.

The Bucky & Gigi Show - Bucky & Gigi will amaze and amuse you with their comedic clown show full of magic, juggling, circus skills and more! Friday, July 10, 11 am.

Animal Super Powers - Move over, Superman! Make way for nature's superheroes. Learn what truly amazing animals can do with real super powers. Monday, July 13, 3 pm.

Meet a Gatorland Wrangler - Gatorland brings the wild to the library! Get up close and personal with snakes and gators and learn all about these amazing creatures. Friday, July 17, 11 am.

Avengers' Academy - Young comic fans, unite and celebrate Earth's mightiest of heroes. Marvel at our stories, crafts and activities. Monday, July 20, 3 pm.

The Incredible Mr. Bob - Watch Mr. Bob entertain and captivate with his unique, impressive and incredible juggling routine filled with audience participation. Friday, July 24, 11 am.

Wii Love Gaming -If you love gaming like we love gaming, come get your game on at the library!
Monday, July 27, 3 pm.

Mr. Tim the Comedy Magician - Mr. Tim is a bumbling magician whose magic never seems to go as planned. Can you help him make the day magical? Friday, July 31, 11 am.

Color Yourself Heroic - What superhero would you be? Choose a hero name, a superpower and more as we create our very own heroes! Monday, August 3, 3 pm.

Hands-On Wildlife - Touch animals and learn all about their different habitats. Presented by Hands-On Wildlife Safari. Friday, August 7, 11 am.

Don't miss out on all the fun! Register today!