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October 29, 2013

Meet Kid Author- Jordan

On Saturday, October 19, seventeen children and thirteen adults attended the Be an Author! program at Southwest Library presented by Maria Cox, Ph.D., co-owner of Dancing Lilies Press; Children's Book Publisher, and author of the loved Virginia -Lee series.

Over the next few months, Southwest Library will feature several of the children and their stories on our blog. The children or "kid authors" (in the same vein asTheodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham!) spent the afternoon learning a fun approach for how to write a story using descriptive sentences and how to draw illustrations to represent their story with different levels of detail.

Our first featured kid author is Jordan. He loves all kinds of cars but focused his story on one of his favorites, the Chevy Camaro. He called his story Cars: Chevy Camaro


October 21, 2013

New Program at Southwest: Body and Books

Experience the health benefits and rejuvenation of yoga-based exercises and a dose of read aloud literature. A great way to start your day! To see the program in action, watch WKMG Local 6 News taping on their Making a Difference segment.

Please dress in loose and comfortable clothing. No prior yoga experience is needed. All of the exercises can be done in a chair if needed or preferred.

For more information, call Sandy Mayer at 407. 835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Registration is required. For ages 18 and up.

Southwest Branch Library
Monday, November 4
10:30 A.M.

October 9, 2013

Southwest Book Club Meets October 15


Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. In Brunt's debut novel, 15-year-old June must come to terms with the death of her beloved uncle Finn, an artist, from AIDS in 1980's New York. The novel is both a painful reminder of the ill-informed responses to a once little-known disease and a delightful romp through an earlier decade. Named one of the best books of 2012.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. No registration needed. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Tuesday, October 15
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. Toby initiates a relationship with June that necessarily involves secrets kept from her parents. Can this ever be right? Is it ever okay for an adult to have a secret relationship with a child? Even if it's formed out of the best of intentions?

2. Every relationship in the book is tinged with jealousy and/or envy. How is this played out in each of the relationships? Can jealousy ever be a positive thing? Does loving someone too much always lead to jealousy?

3. "My mother gave me a disappointed look. Then I gave her one back. Mine was for everything, not just the sandwich"

Readers have said that they feel very negatively towards June's mother, Danni. How do you feel about her? How much is she to blame for the events in the book?

4. If you were around in the late 80s, do you remember anything about your perception of AIDS and the fear surrounding the disease?

5. Do you blame June for what happens to Toby towards the end of the book? Do you think June will ever forgive herself for what happened that night?

Questions obtained at www.litlovers.com

October 4, 2013

JJ Dennis Art Exhibit at the Southwest Library

mecocoa.jpg The Southwest Library is pleased to present the artist JJ Dennis. Her exhibit, Eccelctic Images and Oddities is featured throughout the library and will be on display through December. JJ Dennis is a local freelance writer and artist specializing in digital photography/manipulation, iphoneography, and mixed media art.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the art or the artist, please contact JJ Dennis at jjdennis13@gmail.com.