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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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