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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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