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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.
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.
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


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.


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.