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November 26, 2013

Meet the Artist- JJ Dennis December 3

Meet artist JJ Dennis. Her exhibit, Eccelctic Images and Oddities is currently 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.
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If you are interested in finding out more information about the art or the artist, please contact JJ Dennis at jjdennis13@gmail.com.

Southwest Library
Tuesday, December 3
7:00 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.

Meet Kid Author- Lorelai

Southwest Library is featuring several of the children who attended the Be an Author! program in October presented by author Maria Cox. The children or kid authors (in the same vein as Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham!) spent the afternoon learning a fun approach for how to write a story using descriptive sentences and to draw illustrations with different levels of detail to represent their story.

This week's featured kid author is Lorelai. She beautifully illustrated her story, Malika's Book with colorful flowers, a bird, and the sun.

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November 21, 2013

Southwest Art Club-Oil Painting Series

IMG_1496.JPGThe Southwest Art Club in partnership with Women in the Arts Inc. (WITA) held the last workshop in the Oil on Canvas series on Saturday, November 2 at the Southwest Library. The series was taught by Leah Wiedemer, a professional artist since 1988. These photos show Leah and some of the participants with their completed paintings. IMG_1575.JPG

Southwest Art Club events in partnership with Women in the Arts Inc. are being planned for 2014 starting in February. If you would like to learn more about the Southwest Art Club, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Meet Kid Author- Nicklas

Southwest Library is featuring several of the children who attended the Be an Author! program in October presented by author Maria Cox. The children or kid authors (in the same vein as Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham!) spent the afternoon learning a fun approach for how to write a story using descriptive sentences and to draw illustrations with different levels of detail to represent their story.

This week's featured kid author is Nicklas. Interested in adventure? Nichlas is. He wrote an activity-packed story called Derek's Adventures in the Forest.

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November 14, 2013

Southwest Book Club Meets November 19

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Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

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, November 19
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. Why was E.P. described as "a man who would upend much of what we know about habits"? What did researchers learn from him?

2. Do you think it was ethical for psychologists to study E.P.? Was he able to consent to research onducted on his memory and habits? Explain why (or why not) the benefits of this research outweigh the negative effects it may have had on his life.

3. On page 21 the author writes, "Habits are often as much a curse as a benefit." What are examples of habits that are beneficial or detrimental in your own life?

4. The author writes that it is possible to reawaken a habit, and that habits never disappear, but are changed by new cues, routines, or rewards. Describe a habit of yours that has been changed or replaced. Do you agree or disagree that this habit can be reawakened? Why? What would it take to reawaken your habit?

5. Make a plan for a new habit you would like to develop. Identify what you can use as a cue, the steps involved in creating a routine and the reward this new habit will deliver.

Questions obtained at litlovers.com

Meet Kid Author- Lucas

Southwest Library is featuring several of the children who attended the Be an Author! program in October presented by author Maria Cox. The children or kid authors (in the same vein as Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham!) spent the afternoon learning a fun approach for how to write a story using descriptive sentences and to draw illustrations with different levels of detail to represent their story.

This week's featured kid author is Lucas. He penned a story about the devastation of World War ll and called his book War.
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November 6, 2013

Meet Kid Author-Thomas


Southwest Library is featuring several of the children who attended the Be an Author! program in October presented by author Maria Cox. The children or "kid authors" (in the same vein as Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer by John Grisham!) spent the afternoon learning a fun approach for how to write a story using descriptive sentences and to draw illustrations with different levels of detail to represent their story.

This week's featured kid author is Thomas. He tells of his expertise with the computer game, Minecraft in his story called The Official Guide to Minecraft.
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