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September 15, 2014

Southwest Book Club Meets September 16

out_of_order.jpg Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss Sandra Day O'Connor's book, Out of Order: Stories from the Supreme Court. The former Supreme Court justice shares stories about the history and evolution of the Supreme Court that traces the roles of key contributors while sharing the events behind important transformations.

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, September 16
7:00 p.m.
Southwest 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. Do you agree or disagree with publisher's hype regarding Out of Order as a "rare glimpse into the Supreme Court's inner workings"? Did it live up to your expectations? Why or why not?

2. What alternative title would you give this book based on your experience reading it?

3. What did you know about the subject prior to reading this book? How has this book changed or enhanced your view of the subject?


August 28, 2014

Southwest Book Club- Here's What We're Reading in September

The Southwest Book Cub's selection for September is Out of Order: Stories from the Supreme Court by Sandra Day O' Conner.

It's available in the following formats: regular print, book on CD, downloadable audiobook, and an eBook. To check out or reserve a copy in one of these formats, go to the title listing in the library catalog. You will need a Orange County Library System library card to check out or reserve books.

Read a sample:

Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Branch Library. See you there!

August 12, 2014

Southwest Book Club Meets August 19

dog's_purpose.jpg Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose. More than just another charming dog story, A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? Readers will also get a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the bonds between people and animals.

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, August 19
7:00 p.m.
Meeting will be held in the reading/gallery area (look for the pumpkin-colored walls at the back of the library).

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. A Dog's Purpose is written from an animal's first-person point of view. How do you think this book would have been different if its narrator had been human? As the book unfolded, did you feel drawn into experiencing the world through a dog's senses? Was it an enjoyable, or uncomfortable, process? Did it surprise you, and if so, at what points?

2. One of the most compelling arcs of the novel is the way in which Bailey's understanding of his purpose--from being able to survive in the world outside the Yard, to being able to love and care for the boy, to ultimately being able to save people--evolves over time. Does our sense of purpose in life evolve in this way? Do the purposes themselves evolve--do we have different purposes as children and adolescents than as adults, or elders? Have you seen your own purpose change during your lifetime?

3. Have you ever had a special dog (or pet) who seemed to understand you?

4. Which of the dog's lives resonated most with you? Why?

Discussion questions obtained at: http://www.meetup.com/Walledlakebookclub/messages/boards/thread/34816172

August 5, 2014

New Book Club to Start at Southwest September 17

Do you like to read books about great lives and times?

If this rings true for you, the new book club at Southwest Library is for you! The Got a Life Book Club will discuss riveting life stories from the rich and famous to ordinary folks doing extraordinary things as presented in biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, and historical or travel narratives.
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At the book club's inaugural meeting, discussion will focus on Walter Isaacson's Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, showing how he helped to forge the American national identity and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

This book is available for check out at the Orange County Library System with a valid library card. It's available in book, audiobook, large print, and eBook formats.

Wednesday, September 17
10:00 A.M.
Southwest Library Meeting Room

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. No registration needed. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

July 28, 2014

Explore Origami Exhibit through Word Search Game

Explore Al Aki's origami and discover pieces on exhibit at the Southwest Library July through September in a whole new way...by completing a word search game! There are a total of 15 words in the word search puzzle; each word is a name of an origami piece featured in the exhibit. The origami art is displayed through out the library. Claim a prize (till supplies last) if you find all 15 words. One hint: the giraffe is hiding under natural cover!

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Al Aki's exhibit, Origami by Aki features several origami (the Japanese art of paper folding) pieces from the simple to the complex and intricate. One of the pieces, a swan contains 500 pieces of paper. Al is a local origami artist, expert, and instructor. He also is an actor. To contact Al, email: akial2003@yahoo.com; YouTube: Origami with Alvin Aki; and website: www.origamiland.com.

July through September
Southwest Library
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info

July 26, 2014

Southwest Book Club- Here's What We're Reading in August

The Southwest Book Cub's selection for August is A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron.

It's available in the following formats: regular print, large print, book on CD, downloadable audiobook on hoopla (available 24/7, no waiting!), and an eBook. To check out or reserve a copy in one of these formats, go to: http://www.ocls.info/shortlink/?U5894MWR. You will need a Orange County Library System library card to check out or reserve books.

Read a sample:

Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Branch Library. See you there!


Reduce Stress with Tai Chi, Aikido, and Ki Breathing August 2


Before summer is over and the rush of fall activities arrive, join Mr. Al Aki to learn stress management techniques using Tai, Chi, Aikido, and Ki breathing. Mr. Aki has over ten years experience using these techniques. Experience physical and mental benefits such as:

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*increased energy and endurance
*better balance
*more awareness
*quicker reaction times
*promotion of overall calmness

No prior experience needed. Wear loose and comfortable clothing. For ages 18 and up.
Registration required. For more information, call 407.835.7323; email southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, August 2
1:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

July 24, 2014

Photo Gallery-Meet the Artist- Patricia Castro de Paez


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Southwest Library hosted a Meet the Artist event for Patricia Castro de Paez on Thursday, July 10, 2014. Her flora-themed watercolor paintings are on exhibit at the library through September. Patricia is a local Orlando artist. For more information, contact her at: patriciapaezart@yahoo.com
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July 12, 2014

Southwest Book Club Meets July 15

light_between_oceans.jpg Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. This Australian author's award-winning debut novel tells the tragic story of lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabel who, after discovering a baby in a shipwrecked boat, must face the terrible consequences of their decision to raise the child as their own.

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, July 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. Do you think characters in the book do anything 'wrong'?

2. Light, literally and metaphorically, is core to the story. The incandescence of Janus Light, the oil lamps, electric lamps, the candles and the darkness they stave off, all serve to illuminate the characters and their changing era. Discuss the meaning of light in The Light Between Oceans.

3. The author describes the structure of the book as resting on a series of triangles, with different characters becoming the fulcrum at different times - e.g. Tom/Izzy/Lucy; Hannah/Frank/Grace; Violet/Bill/Isabel; Tom/Ralph/Bluey; Septimus/Hannah/Gwen. Do you agree? If so, what effect do you think the changes in balance have on the reader's experience of the story?

Discussion questions obtained from http://www.milesfranklin.com.au/

July 7, 2014

Meet the Artist-Patricia Castro de Paez July 10

Come meet artist Patricia Castro de Paez and see her exhibit, Summer on display at the Southwest Library July through September. Her exhibit features whimsical and vibrate original water color flora paintings.

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Thursday, July 10
6:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

Light refreshments will be served.

July 2, 2014

Featured Artists at Southwest July -September

The Southwest Library is proud to present artists, Patricia Castro de Paez and Al Aki. Both artists have exhibits on display from July through September. Paez photo.JPGPatricia's exhibit, Summer is a collection of original water color paintings. Her love and respect for the natural environment is whimsically and passionately expressed in these vibrate flora paintings. A Meet the Artist event is scheduled on Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. To contact Patricia, email patriciapaezart@yahoo.com

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Al Aki's exhibit, Origami by Aki features several origami (the Japanese art of paper folding) pieces from the simple to the complex and intricate. One of the pieces, a swan contains 500 pieces of paper. Al is a local origami artist, expert, and instructor. He also is an actor. To contact Al, email: akial2003@yahoo.com; YouTube: Origami with Alvin Aki; and website: www.origamiland.com.

April 19, 2014

Southwest Art Club Sculpture Workshop May 3

Southwest Library is partnering with Women in the Arts Inc. to bring to the community high quality art programs in 2014.
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Participants of this one-day workshop will create a figurine sculpture using environmentally-friendly Powertex material.

Level-Beginner
Instructor-Regine Dossche; Women in the Arts

Suggested donation amount (for art materials and supplies)-$15.00
Cash or checks only. Checks made to: Women in the Arts Inc.
For 18 years and up. Open to women and men.
Registration required. Limited space.

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

Saturday, May 3
1:00-5:00 P.M.
Southwest Library

For more workshop information and registration: southwest@ocls.info, 407.835.7323

April 10, 2014

Featured Artists at the Southwest Library - She Venezia & JJ Dennis

photo.JPGThe Southwest Library is proud to present the beautiful paintings of She Venezia as well as the unique mixed-media and photography of JJ Dennis. Both exhibits will be on display from April 1 - June 30.

She's exhibit, Say It With Animals, shows her joy of using mixed media and materials found in nature to capture the grace and elegance of different animals in her art. She states that, "trying to capture that certain look in their eyes, or the motion of their bodies provides a very therapeutic pastime...and I always make room for humor to enter the picture." She is also a member of the Orlando Chinese Brush Painting Society. For more information, please email She at shespider49@att.net.

mecocoa.jpg JJ Dennis's exhibit, What the Dickens!, is featured in the circular display at the back of the library. JJ is proud to be a part of the countywide celebration honoring the great Charles Dickens. Her mixed-media piece, A Solemn Consideration, was featured at the Orlando Museum of Art's What the Dickens! 1st Thursday event in March. She is a local freelance writer and artist specializing in digital photography/manipulation, iphoneography, and mixed media art.

Currently, her photography can be seen at 127 SoBo, the Winter Garden Art Association Gallery, and on May 1st at the Orlando Museum of Art's Inside/Out 1st Thursday event. More of JJ's work can be found on her Etsy site https://www.etsy.com/shop/theparlourobscura. She can also be contacted at jjdennis13@gmail.com.

April 8, 2014

Southwest Book Club Meets April 15

defending jacob.jpeg Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss the legal thriller, Defending Jacob by award-winning author William Landay. When his 14 -year- old son is charged with murder, assistant district attorney Andy Barber is torn between loyalty and justice as facts come to light that lead him to question how well he knows his son. Named one of the best books of the year.

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, April 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. What was the most damning piece of evidence against Jacob? Was there anything that you felt exonerated him?

2. How does gender play into the narrative?

3. Is Andy a good father? Why or why not?

4. How do modern science and technology figure into the story?

Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com and Novelist Plus.

March 28, 2014

Bobbie Starr- Marks 5 Years of Volunteer Service at Southwest

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Roberta (Bobbie) Starr was recognized for five years of service as a Friends of the Library (FOL) volunteer at Southwest Library. For the past five years, Bobbie has been welcoming parents and their children every Thursday to Storytimes and assisting the storytellers with everything from keeping attendance records to providing "sound effects" for a story!

Many thanks to Bobbie for her great service and dedication to the Southwest Branch.

To find out more about the Friends of the Library Volunteer program, visit www.oclsfriends.info

March 25, 2014

Southwest Book Club Meet and Greet with Mirta Ojito at UCF Book Festival

The Southwest Book Club will be attending a Meet and Greet with author Mirta Ojito at the 5th Annual UCF Book Festival to discuss her book, Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town. Drawing on firsthand interviews and on-the-ground reporting, journalist Ojito documents the true story of a Long Island immigrant's murder in 2008. With a strong commitment to telling all sides of the story, Ojito unravels the engrossing narrative with objectivity and insight, providing an invaluable look at one of America's most pressing issues.
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Ojito, a newspaper reporter since 1987, has worked for the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, and, from 1996 to 2002, the New York Times, where she covered immigration, among other beats, for the Metro desk. She has received numerous awards, including a shared Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 for a series in the Times about race in America. The author of Finding MaƱana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York City.

If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Sandy at Southwest Library for further details at southwest@ocls.info or call 407.835.7323. Admission to the Festival is free.

What: Southwest Book Club's Meet and Greet with Mirta Ojito
When: Saturday, April 5 10:00 a.m.
Where: UCF Book Festival at the UCF Arena


March 24, 2014

Southwest Art Club Portrait Drawing Workshop - April 5

Southwest Library is partnering with Women in the Arts Inc. to bring to the community high quality art programs in 2014.
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At this one-day workshop participants will learn to draw a self-portrait, improve observation skills, using line, shape, light, shade, proportion, and composition.

Level-Beginner to Intermediate
Instructor-Xiomara Aleksic; Women in the Arts

Suggested donation amount (for art materials and supplies)-$15.00
Cash or checks only. Checks made to Women in the Arts Inc.

For 18 years and up. Open to women and men.
Registration required. Limited space.

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

Saturday, April 5
2:00-5:00 P.M.
Southwest Library

For more workshop information and registration: southwest@ocls.info, 407.835.7323


March 11, 2014

9th Annual Southwest Author Series featuring H. Terrell Griffin- April 11

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Please join us for the 9th Annual Author Series featuring Florida author H. Terrell Griffin. The Author Series is presented in partnership with The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Book sale and signing will follow the program. This event is free and light refreshments will be served.

Friday, April 11
6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Southwest Branch Library

Griffin, a former board certified trial lawyer is the author of the Matt Royal mysteries set in Longboat Key, Florida. He and his wife, Jean live in Maitland and Longboat Key, Florida.

For more information on Mr. Griffin, please visit http://hterrellgriffin.com/

Southwest Book Club Meets March 18

Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. New York Times bestseller Flynn writes a masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.

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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, March 18
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. Consider Amy and Nick Dunne as characters. Do you find them sympathetic at first? Talk about the ways each reveals him/herself over the course of the novel. At what point do your sympathies begin to change (if they do)?

2. Do you find the Gillian Flynn's technique of alternating first-person narrations compelling...or irritating. Would you have preferred a single, straightforward narrator? What does the author gain by using two different voices?

3. A skillful mystery writer knows which details to reveal and when to reveal them. How much do you know...and when do you know it? In other words, how good is Flynn at burying her clues in plain sight? Now that you know how the story plays out, go back and pick out the clues she left behind for you.

4. Critics, to a one, talk about the book's dark humor and author's wit. What passages of the book do you find particularly funny?

Discussion questions obtained at litlovers.com.

February 19, 2014

Meet Kid Author-Nikita

Southwest Library has been featuring on this blog several of the children who attended the Be an Author! program last October presented by author Maria Cox. These 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 we feature our last kid author. Her name is Nikita. In her story, Art Projects Nikita shares how she enjoys feeling creative while making all sorts of beautiful and fun art.

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Special Note: Southwest Library would like to thank the kid authors who attended the program and shared on this blog. Keep writing stories and who knows, one day you may be a featured grown-up author at the library!

February 11, 2014

Meet Kid Author-Jordan

Southwest Library is featuring several of the children who attended the Be an Author! program last October presented by author Maria Cox. These 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 Jordan. You will learn what butterflies eat in Jordan's beautifully illustrated story, Colorful Butterflies.
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Southwest Book Club Meets February 18

devilinthegrove.jpg Join the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss Devil in the Grove. Author Gilbert King chronicles a little-known court case in which Thurgood Marshall saved a black citrus worker from the electric chair after the worker was accused of raping a white woman in 1949 with three other black men in Groveland, Florida. 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner for General Nonfiction.

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, February 18
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. Was there anything that made you think about Thurgood Marshall differently in terms of his role in American history based on what you've read in Devil in the Grove?

2. Reviewers have commented that Devil in the Grove has the narrative drive of a thriller. Did this book read or feel differently than other nonfiction books you've read in the past?

3. Four people were killed during this case, yet Marshall still saw it as a victory. Why do you think that was so?

4. Before reading the book, were you aware of the Ku Klux Klan's activities in Florida during the first half of the twentieth century? Do you believe that race relations evolved differently in Florida than in the rest of the South?

Questions obtained from back of book and Reading Group Guides

February 5, 2014

Southwest Art Club - Watercolor Workshop


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The Southwest Art Club in partnership with Women in the Arts Inc. held a watercolor painting workshop on Saturday, February 1. Fifteen participants learned the fundamentals of watercolor painting taught by professional artist, Regine Dossche. By the end of the workshop, each participant had created a floral-themed painting.

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Meet Kid Author- Aaditya

Southwest Library is featuring several of the children who attended the Be an Author! program last October presented by author Maria Cox. These 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 Aaditya. He has a lot of fun playing video games. Aaditya's story, Variety Video Game Story has the words and wonderfully detailed illustrations to prove it.


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January 28, 2014

Meet Kid Author- Nora

Southwest Library is featuring several of the children who attended the Be an Author! program last October presented by author Maria Cox. These 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 Nora. There is no doubt about it...Nora loves to dance! In her story, Dancing is Fun, Nora shares all the reasons why she feels so happy whenever she dances.
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Southwest Art Club - Watercolor Workshop February 1

Southwest Library is once again partnering with Women in the Arts Inc. to bring to the community high quality art programs in 2014.
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This one-day workshop explores watercolor for the beginner student in a step by step method. Explore color, composition, form, and light to create beautiful floral themes.

Level-Beginner
Instructor-Regine Dossche; Women in the Arts
Suggested donation amount (for art materials and supplies)-$15.00
Cash or checks only. Checks made to Women in the Arts Inc.
For 18 years and up. Open to women and men.
Registration required. Limited space.

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

Saturday, February 1
1-5 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

For more workshop information and registration: southwest@ocls.info, 407.835.7323

January 16, 2014

Southwest Book Club Meets January 21

anchee_min.jpegJoin the Southwest Book Club this month to discuss The Cooked Seed: A Memoir by Anchee Min. Author of the internationally bestselling memoir Red Azalea, Min now traces her journey from the painful deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the United States, where she endured five jobs, crime, and a painful marriage before the birth of a daughter inspired her writing career.

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, January 21
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. Consider the title of this memoir. Why was Min considered a "cooked seed" in China? Why would she choose this insult as the title for her memoir?

2. After her first trip back to China, Min realized "I did not yet know the American I was becoming, but I was sure that I was no longer the same An-Qi from China. I, who was defeated, was refusing to accept the defeat." (p. 134) Why did Min feel alienated from her family when she returned to China? What are some key events that demonstrate her resilience and her refusal to accept defeat?

3. What can The Cooked Seed teach Americans about China and its people? What can Americans learn about themselves by viewing their culture through Min's eyes?

4. Discuss the sources of conflict between Min and her daughter. Why was Min slow to recognize her daughter's struggles and unhappiness?

5. If you read Min's first memoir, compare The Cooked Seed to Red Azalea. What incidents in Red Azalea were revisited in The Cooked Seed? What kind of challenges did Min face in each memoir? How has her writing style evolved in the twenty years since Red Azalea was published?

Discussion questions obtained at http://media.bloomsbury.com/rep/files/the-cooked-seed-rgg-ce-nb.pdf

January 15, 2014

Meet Kid Author-Wyatt

Southwest Library is featuring several of the children who attended the Be an Author! program last October presented by author Maria Cox. These 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.
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This week's featured kid author is Wyatt. He is excited about teaching his pet dog, Peanut all sorts of new tricks. He shares the story in Teach My Dog.

Orlando Chinese Brush Painting Society Art Exhibit at Southwest Library

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The Southwest Library is pleased to present the works of the Orlando Chinese Brush Painting Society, founded by Sharon Aden Bennett.

This beautiful exhibit (on display January 1-March 31) features works from local artists who continue to learn and practice the long established techniques of Chinese brush painting. Chinese brush painting is one of the oldest, continuous artistic traditions in the world. Traditional painting essentially involves the same techniques as calligraphy, and is done with bamboo brushes and ink. The various pieces throughout the library utilize various materials and techniques, including rice papers, Silk, Splash ink, Solar creations, Shikishi board paintings, Suminagashi, Gyotaku, Crinkle, Collage, Alcohol inks, Oil, and Acrylic.

If you are interested in more information about the Brush Painting Society and the artists, please contact Sharon Bennett: flutterbug111@aol.com or She Venezia: shespider49@att.net, 407.290.1190.

January 7, 2014

Meet Kid Author Bryce

Southwest Library is featuring several of the children who attended the Be an Author! program last 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 Bryce. He loves playing baseball and scoring for his team. He shares the story in Bryce at Bat.

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