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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 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/

January 28, 2014

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 15, 2014

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.

December 26, 2013

Walk Your Way to Health with Nordic Pole Walking January 4

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Do you know Nordic Pole Walking is:


  • Ideal for weight control as it can burn up to 40% more calories than regular walking
  • Time-saver for the time-strapped person: 30 minutes of Nordic walking benefits = 50 minutes walking without poles
  • Strengthens core muscles - toning abs, glutes and back muscles


Join us for an educational and hands-on demo and presentation to discover what Nordic pole walking is all about and why it is quickly catching on in America! Learn how easy it is to do and how it will benefit your health, weight, and well-being.

Presenter: Lori Clinch Adams is a trained Nordic Walking Coach since 2005. She has taught Nordic pole walking in Canada and the U.S. to hundreds of individuals. To learn more about Lori and Nordic pole walking go to www.polewalkingpolkco.weebly.com

There will be a drawing for a Hands-Free Walkin' Waist Pack and coupons for saving on lessons and pole combos. Don't miss this fun event...a great way to start a healthy New Year!

For ages 12 and up
Reservations required. Call 407-835-7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, January 4
1:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

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.

November 21, 2013

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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October 21, 2013

New Program at Southwest: Body and Books

Experience the health benefits and rejuvenation of yoga-based exercises and a dose of read aloud literature. A great way to start your day! To see the program in action, watch WKMG Local 6 News taping on their Making a Difference segment.

Please dress in loose and comfortable clothing. No prior yoga experience is needed. All of the exercises can be done in a chair if needed or preferred.

For more information, call Sandy Mayer at 407. 835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Registration is required. For ages 18 and up.

Southwest Branch Library
Monday, November 4
10:30 A.M.


July 24, 2013

New Art Club Series Starts August 3

Is learning how to paint with acrylics or oils on your bucket list? Do you want to improve your painting skills?

The Southwest Art Club Series-Painting sponsored by Women in the Arts Inc. a non-profit organization is providing painting workshops taught by a qualified art instructor monthly starting in August and continuing through November.
Painting workshops will be held on August 3, September 7, October 5, and November 2.
Time: 10:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Workshops are free. Basic materials will be provided. Optional: Participants may bring their own canvas, brushes, and oil paints (no acrylic or watercolor)

Registration is required.
Limited to 15 participants, first-come first-serve basis.
For ages 18 and up

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

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

July 9, 2013

Exploring the World of Animation with Elite Animation Academy at Southwest Library

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Here's your opportunity to learn about the world of animation!

Paulo Alvarado, Creative Director and Head Instructor of Elite Animation Academy in Orlando will cover the history of animation while placing a strong emphasis on drawing fundamentals such as volume, proportions, depth, pose and gesture. He will also explore acting and story and how these elements apply to the world of animation and help breathe life into characters.
http://www.eliteanimationacademy.com/

Being offered two dates:
Saturday, July 20 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 3 2:00 p.m.

For ages 10 to adult. Registration required.

For more information, contact 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info

December 6, 2012

December Art Exhibit at the Southwest Library

The Southwest Library is proud to unveil its December art exhibit, The Light Fantastic. This unique exhibit features the breathtaking photography of JJ Dennis along with the stunning origami/kirigami creations of Al Aki. The Light Fantastic is located in the lobby display and will run through the end of December.

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JJ Dennis is a local freelance writer and photographer, specializing in digital photography/manipulation and iphone/ipadography. The photos in The Light Fantastic were taken with a Nikon D70 digital camera using an 18mm-70mm lens and an iPhone 4 using the Camera+ app.

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Al Aki is a local origami artist/expert as well as an actor and voiceover artist. Al is also a Japanese storyteller at Walt Disney World. The pieces in The Light Fantastic are a combination of origami (the ancient art of paper folding) and kirigami (a variation of origami that includes paper folding and cutting to create beautiful designs).

If you are interested in finding out more information about the art or the artists, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest at ocls dot info. JJ Dennis accepts emails at jjdennis13 at gmail dot com or through www.spiritink.blogspot.com. Al Aki may be contacted at akial2003 at yahoo dot com or through www.origamiland.com.


November 9, 2012

The Southwest Orange Art Group Exhibit at the Southwest Library

The Southwest Orange Art Group's exhibit, The Joy of Creativity, will be displayed through the end of December. The members are local artists who work in various mediums, including acrylic, gouache, oil, pastel, and watercolor. Information about the artists contributing to this exhibit can be found in the circular display at the back of the library.
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If you are interested in finding out more about the art or joining the Southwest Orange Art Group's, please contact their founder and facilitator Debby Schmaltz at DebSchmaltz@gmail.com

September 19, 2012

Lymphatic Yoga with Edely Wallace September 25

edely_wallace2.jpg The Lymphatic System holds the key to sound health, clear mind and spiritual awareness. To keep this system flowing properly, Edely combines her vast knowledge of Yoga with the recent scientific discoveries about the Lymphatic System in a single effective method to help people restore and reach optimal health - Lymphatic Yoga. Join Edely to hear her discuss this exciting new approach and watch her demonstrate the practice of Lymphatic Yoga.

Edely Wallace, Master Yoga Instructor and Director of Yogamatrix Studio in Orlando has 26 years of Yoga teaching experience. She is certified as a Lymph Therapist by Foldi College and Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany (2011) and Vodder School in Walchsee, Austria (2012). Edely has been researching the Lymphatic System for over 20 years. She is the author of three books about Yoga and the Lymphatic System. A book sale and signing will follow the program.
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Tuesday
September 25
6:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

For more program information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest(at)ocls.info

Meet the Artist at Southwest September 22

Meet artist, graphic designer, and photographer Vesternel Coleman and custom framer and sculptor Leo Coleman (sister and brother) and view their exhibits at the Southwest Library.

Saturday
September 22
2:00 p.m.

For more event information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest(at)ocls.info

Enjoy art and light refreshments.

Exhibit Information
On the Wings of Imagination
Vesternel Coleman, an artist, graphic designer, and photographer has on display her works of abstract paintings and photography. Her paintings reveal the beauty of the imagination through the use of vivid colors; her photography reveals the beauty of the imagination through the use of nature. Ms Coleman has exhibited her art at different galleries throughout the Orlando area since 2005. In December 2011, she won a second place award at the Orange County Annual Juried Exhibition of the National Arts Program in Orlando.

The History Collection
Leo Coleman, a custom framer and sculptor has on display his framed collection commemorating historic events and individuals. Leo is known worldwide for his exquisite art collection and unique sculptures. Mr. Coleman is the owner of the Community Art Gallery in Orlando.


To contact the artists:
Vesternel: call 407.399.7378
Leo: call 321.945.5720 (office) or 407.616.2662 (mobile); email leocoleman153(at)yahoo.com

July 25, 2012

Art Exhibits at Southwest through September 2012

Sister and brother, Vesternel Coleman and Leo Coleman are displaying exhibits at the Southwest Library through September.

On the Wings of Imagination
Vesternel Coleman, an artist, graphic designer, and photographer has on display her works of abstract paintings and photography. Her paintings reveal the beauty of the imagination through the use of vivid colors; her photography reveals the beauty of the imagination through the use of nature. Ms Coleman has exhibited her art at different galleries throughout the Orlando area since 2005. In December 2011, she won a second place award at the Orange County Annual Juried Exhibition of the National Arts Program in Orlando.

The History Collection
Leo Coleman, a custom framer and sculptor has on display his framed collection commemorating historic events and individuals. Leo is known worldwide for his exquisite art collection and unique sculptures. Mr. Coleman is the owner of the Community Art Gallery in Orlando.

For more exhibit information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest(at)ocls.info
To contact the artists:
Vesternel: call 407.399.7378
Leo: call 321.945.5720 (office) or 407.616.2662 (mobile); email leocoleman153(at)yahoo.com

May 21, 2012

Evoke365 Exhibit at Southwest through June 2012

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Evoke365 is one of many projects by Evoke Ministries, an Orlando-based 501 c3 non-profit ministry dedicated to sharing the Gospel through creative mediums. The Evoke365 Project officially started July 1, 2010 with a group of 10 artists of various skill levels, committed to create one painting, every day for one year. The purpose of the project is to produce works of art in order to engage the community in discussions of faith and also strengthen artists within the Christian community to be bold in their creativity and confession of faith.

The Evoke365 Project artwork and paintings are on display at the Southwest Library through June. For more information regarding this exhibit, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

To learn more about the Evoke365 Project and Evoke Ministries, go to www.EVOKE365.com

January 9, 2012

Creating the Life You Love January 14

Life Coaches Mona El Alaoui and M.Ximena Olarte are experts in helping people achieve the best in their lives. They will facilitate a group coaching experience that will cover key elements of awareness and clarity; ways to define personal priorities leading to a balanced life; and commitment to personal priorities. The life you desire is waiting for you. Take the next step into your personal power!


Mona is a Certified International and Executive Life Coach. For more information about Mona go to: http://lifeskillsresourcegroup.com/Mona-El-Aloui/index.php
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M.Ximena is a Certified Life Coach Practitioner. To learn more about Ximena, go to www.maximenaolarte.com.
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For more information and registration, call 407.835.7323 southwest@ocls.info

Saturday
January 14
1:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

January 6, 2012

Design Your Own Aquaponics System January 7

Imagine Your Own Health Food Factory.
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Did you know you can create a sustainable garden and a fish farm at your home all-in-one? Aquaponics combines the practices of hydroponic vegetable gardening with at-home aquaculture. Shane Harris will show you can how you can set up your own aquaponics structure and start feeding your family with healthy, and locally, grown fish and vegetables. To learn more, visit
www.aquaponicbasics.blogspot.com

Saturday, January 7
11:00 a.m.
Southwest Branch

For more information about this library program, call 407.835.7323.

December 23, 2011

Winter Wonderland December 28


Take a break from the Florida winter and join us for a wintry mix of stories and crafts to celebrate the official start of winter. For ages 6-12.

Wednesday, December 28
3:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

For more information, call 407.835.7323

December 20, 2011

Holidays at the Library

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This holiday season the library has many programs you can enjoy with family and friends. You can check upcoming holiday library programs at the Orange County Library System.The Southwest Branch will be having a Holiday Harp program with Christine MacPhail on Wednesday December 21st at 2:00 p.m. Visit the Southwest Branch and check out our holiday displays and decorations. Our winter wonderland display was created by Southwest Library shelver, Jasmine.


The library has many resources to help you with your holiday entertaining needs. Also, don't miss the Winter Holidays Virtual Gallery. You will find listings of books, music, DVD's and other winter resources you can check out to liven up any party. No snow, no problem you can still try your hand at building a snowman on this interactive site.

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December 13, 2011

Holiday Harp with Christine MacPhail December 21

Enjoy a festive holiday performance with harpist Christine MacPhail. To learn more about Christine, go to
http://www.orlandoharpist.com
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Wednesday, December 21
2:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

Winter Movie Madness

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Celebrate winter with movies that warm your heart! For all ages.

Southwest Branch Library
Tuesday, December 20
Wednesday, December 21
Wednesday, December 28

Always starting @10:30 a.m. in the Children's area.

For more information, call 407.835.7323

December 7, 2011

Preschool Peek-A-Whoo at Southwest December 9

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All preschoolers are invited to hang out with owl and his night friends. Reading is a hoot with songs, stories, activities and more!

For more information, call 407.835.7323. For ages 3-5.


Friday, December 9
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch Library

November 23, 2011

Windermere Art Group (WAG) Art Exhibit through December 31

The Windermere Art Group (WAG) is celebrating their one-year anniversary by holding their first collaborative community art show at the Southwest Library through December 31. WAG members are artists who live in the Southwest Orlando areas of Dr. Phillips, Winter Garden and Windermere. The members meet weekly to paint, share information and friendship. They are thankful for the studio space provided by the St. Luke's School of the Arts program and its director, Ben Adams. The artists range in age with their most senior member in her 90's. The artists paint in several mediums including oil, acrylic, gauche, pastel and watercolor. One thing they all have in common is the joy of creativity through their art.
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If you are interested in finding out more information about the art, the artists or joining the Windermere Art Group, please contact their founder and facilitator Debby Schmaltz at DebSchmaltz AT gmail DOT COM

Holiday Marzipan Display through December 31

Marzipan artists Maria Haro and Gabriela Speller are displaying their holiday-themed marzipan pieces at the Southwest Library through December 31.
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Maria creates beautiful handcrafted marzipan napkin ring pieces by merging the traditional art form of marzipan from her birth country of Ecuador with the holidays - American style. Gabriela provides her design skills to add the finishing touch to the display. Maria and Gabriela may be contacted at marzipan.holders@gmail.com.
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November 2, 2011

African Cats: Movie and Craft Program November 5

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Get set for an incredible adventure to one of the wildest places on Earth - The African savanna.

Enjoy a movie and craft activities.

For ages 6-12.

Call 407.835.7323 for more information.


Saturday, November 5
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Branch Library

October 26, 2011

Boo! October 29

pumpkin.jpgWear your costume and join us for a spooky good time. Boo!

For ages 6-12.

Southwest Library
Saturday, October 29 11:00 A.M.

For information and registration, call 407.835.7323.

September 12, 2011

Yoga Based Interactive Body Awareness with Gerry Lishin Sept. 17

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Join Gerry Lishin, certified Yoga instructor, author and owner of South West Orlando Yoga in a hour long class using progressive and nontraditional Yoga techniques. Explore and awaken within you a whole new world of body awareness, structural alignment, and posture recognition. This is non-traditional yoga approach and experience.
To learn more about Gerry and South West Orlando Yoga go to www.swoyoga.com or see his many videos teaching Dynamic Prop Usage on YouTube.

Participants need to be able to stand and use arms/hands/knees/hips for at least 30 minutes. Please dress in loose and comfortable clothing.
For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, September 17
1:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch Library

July 25, 2011

Meet the Artist: Shelley Overton July 28

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Meet the Artist: Shelley Overton
Thursday, July 28
6:30-8:30 P.M.
Southwest Library
7255 Della Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Shelley Overton, local artist is displaying her work of paintings, mixed media, and jewelry at the Southwest Branch Library starting July 1 through September 30.

Light refreshments will be served.

Learn more about Shelley and her art at www.shelleyoverton.com

For more information about this event, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Save the Green: Coupon Tips and Tricks July 26

This is not your average way of couponing!
Learn how to save at least 50% on your grocery bill by discovering all the avenues to find coupons, when to use the coupons and how combining certain coupon "tricks" can save a lot of your hard earned money! You will also learn the best methods of organizing coupons so that you can be more effective in saving money and efficient with your time! Do some damage to your grocery bill!

Presented by Jennifer Pratt of Modern Life, Coupon Wife.

For more information, call 407.835.7493.
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Tuesday, July 26
6:00 P.M.
Southwest Library

July 5, 2011

Shelley Overton Inspire Art Exhibit July -September 2011

shelley_overton.jpg Shelley Overton, local artist is displaying her work of paintings, mixed media, and jewelry at the Southwest Branch Library starting July 1 through September 30.

Ms Overton was born in Denver, Colorado and has lived all over the country. She has a B.A. degree in Communications from the University of Colorado and an A.S. in Graphic Design from Tampa Technical Institute. Shelley was drawn to art during childhood and has been an artist for 38 years. Realistic, fanciful or serious, Shelley creates a wide range of emotions which come through in her art. She utilizes bright colors with a dramatic backdrop of black. She never lets convention stop her expression and inspiration. In summary, Shelly's art brings out joy in the beholder. Learn more about Shelley and her art at www.shelleyoverton.com

Plan to meet Shelley at a Meet the Artist event at Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 on Thursday, July 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about this exhibit, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info


June 8, 2011

Accordions in the Library June 11

accordion.jpg June is National Accordion Awareness Month. Celebrate with performances and fun facts about this unique instrument with the Central Florida Accordion Club.

Saturday, June 11
3:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

June 6, 2011

Kung Fu Library - Summer Program June 8

Join us in protecting the Valley of the Library. Uncover the secrets of China and unlock the strength of the Dragon Warrior with stories, activities and crafts.

For ages 6-12.

For more information, call 407.835.7323

Wednesday, June 8
3:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

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May 16, 2011

Preschool: Duck, Duck, Goose May 20

Quack! Quack! Honk!

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Fun stories, activities, and crafts about ducks and geese await preschoolers at this exciting program.

Ages 3-5

Southwest Branch Library
Friday, May 20
10:30 a.m.

Writing Your Life with Patricia Charpentier May 21

We all have a story to tell - our life.
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Writing instructor and coach, Patricia Charpentier will show you how to get started on the process of writing your personal or family history, step-by-step, using everyday language and real-life examples. She believes that the only way to do this task wrong is to not write your story at all. Learn more about Patricia Charpentier and writing your life story at http://www.writingyourlife.org/

Registration required. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or southwest@ocls.info

Southwest Branch Library
Saturday, May 21
2:30 p.m.

May 9, 2011

Al Aki - Origami Exhibit

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Al Aki, local origami artist and expert is currently displaying intricate works of origami, the ancient art of paper folding. Al also is an actor, does voiceovers and is a Japanese storyteller at Walt Disney World.

Al's Origami by Aki exhibit runs through June 30 at the Southwest Branch Library.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info. Al Aki may be contacted at (email) akial2003@yahoo.com or (website) www.origamiland.com.

May 7, 2011

Maria Fernandez "Essence of Life" Photography Art Exhibit

Maria Borrajo Fernandez, local photographer and artist is currently displaying her collection of photography and acrylic paintings. Her exhibit captures breathtaking views of people - young and old, animals, nature, and lands near and far.

Maria was drawn to painting and drawing at a young age. She was later accepted into the National Institute of Art (San Alejandro) in Havana, Cuba. Learning like the masters in the old traditional way, Maria studied drawing, painting, sculpture and other media. She also worked in pottery, hand-painted tiles, portraits and murals through the years. It was during her travels, Maria discovered her joy of taking photos. With photography, Maria has learned to express herself by controlling light, color and composition. With the camera, she is also able to create portraits by capturing a person's feelings and expressions in many different ways.

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Maria's Essence of Life exhibit runs through June 30 at the Southwest Branch Library.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info. Maria may be contacted at webbolt@aol.com.

Free Job Seeking Webinars May 12 and 19

tutor.com2.jpg Jumpstart your job search by attending free career webinars with career expert and author Barbara Safani.

How to Write a Winning Resume
Learn how to create a powerful, effective resume that gets attention and interviews. Whether you're just out of college, changing careers or getting back into the work force, this webinar is for you.

Thursday, May 12
4:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

How to Interview Like a Pro
Do you know the latest interview styles and techniques? This webinar will show what to do and what not to do during your next job interview.

Thursday, may 19
4:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

Both webinars are hosted by Tutor.com

Limited seating. Registration is required. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

May 2, 2011

Pirates from the High Seas May 7

Ahoy all Buccaneers!

Come cruise with us on a pirate adventure. Climb on board and use your imagination to be the best pirate you can be. Have fun enjoying swashbuckling stories, activities and more!

Ages 6-12

For more information, call 407.835.7323

Southwest Branch Library
Saturday, May 7
10:30 a.m.

April 18, 2011

Poetry Time with Uncle Charles April 23

April is National Poetry Month.

Have fun with poetry! Be inspired! Meet local poet and actor, Charles Waters. Mr. Waters will perform his original poetry during his program, Poetry Time with Uncle Charles.

Mr. Waters was a featured poet in the 2010 edition of 30 Poets/30 Days - a celebration of children's poetry during National Poetry Month. He also will be performing his poetry at the International Reading Association's annual conference in Orlando this May.

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For ages 6 to adults. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, April 23
2:15 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

Poetry Read with Southwest Middle School Language Arts Students April 23

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Join the Advanced Language Arts students from Southwest Middle School taught by Sandy Donnan for a poetry read. Original works of poetry will be read by the students, followed by a Q&A time. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

Saturday, April 23
1:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage April 23

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Get a jump-start celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (starts in May)!

Go on a storytelling adventure with Mr. Al Aki, origami instructor and actor; and Natasha Harrison, actress as they tell the story of Lissy and her origami friends (based on the book Lissy's Friends by Grace Lin).

Recommended for ages 5 and up.

While you are here, be sure to see Mr. Aki's origami exhibit featuring beautiful and complex origami (paperfolding) pieces located in the main section of the library. The exhibit runs April through June.

Saturday, April 23
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch Library

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

April 5, 2011

Preschoolers: It's About Time Program April 8


Come learn about the different times of year and the times of the day with fun activities and crafts to help prepare for kindergarten.
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For ages 3-5. For more information, call 407.835.7323

Friday, April 8
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch Library

March 31, 2011

6th Annual Southwest Author Series April 15

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The 6th Annual Southwest Author Series presented by The Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips features David Mielke. Award-winning Florida novelist David Mielke discusses his slew of laugh-out-loud mystery novels A Dish Best Served Cold and the sequel A Nation Best Served Hot.
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Mielke's style of writing and quick-witted characters have drawn him favorable comparisons to such talented Florida novelists as Carl Hiaasen and Bob Morris. Don't miss this exclusive chance to get up close and personal with one of Florida's most entertaining and talented authors.

For more information on the author visit, go to www.davidcarlmielke.com. Book sale and signing follows program.

Southwest Branch Library
Friday, April 15
6:30 p.m.

March 9, 2011

New Disney Digital Books Collection

The Disney Digital collection is now available through Overdrive with your library card. This collection of approximately 700 titles offers a unique opportunity to see Disney characters from movies and animated classics in a short story format. There are books on Hannah Montana, Raven, and the Pirates of the Caribbean as well as more conventional titles like Beauty and the Beast.

To access this collection, go to www.ocls.info/downloadables, select Overdrive and click on the Disney caption. This collection is compatible with a PC or MAC. One of the great things about the collection is that Disney titles are available to any user at any time simultaneously. You can also look up words in a little dictionary option at the top and you can turn the pages with a wand.

Select your Disney title today!

March 1, 2011

Meet the Artists March 7

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Meet the artists from Women in the Arts Inc. and student artists from the Community School of the Arts.

Browse artwork from the Celebrating the Genius of Women: Renaissance Women Today exhibit featuring artists: Arlene Hammond, Mary Jo Burgiel, Regine Dossche, Rusty Wahl and Valerie Herrel.

Also, enjoy artwork featuring students of the Community School of the Arts: Anaily Riascos, Anita Seiter, Aqueena Fernandez, Elena Chow, Imani Eugene, Jeremiah Benjamin, Nathanael Douglas, Olivia Martin and Sophia Sanders.

Then join the artists at a reception featuring an awards program, a special performance by Emilie Joudi-Vick; opera singer, a poetry recitation, choir music and light refreshments.

Both exhibits are on display through March 2011.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Meet the Artists
Monday, March 7
6:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

February 21, 2011

Seniors vs Crime Program February 23

It is an unfortunate fact that senior citizens are one of the most targeted groups when it comes to financial and fraud crimes. That's why it's important for senior to have the knowledge to keep their assets safe. Learn how to prevent identity theft, credit card fraud and other current scams and schemes. Presented by Seniors vs. Crime, a special project of the Florida Attorney General. For more information regarding the Seniors vs Crime program and fraud/identity crimes go to http://www.seniorsvscrime.com/.
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Wednesday, February 23
3:00 P.M.
Southwest Library

February 7, 2011

Transformational Healing: Yoga and Reiki February 12

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Learn the healing benefits of yoga and Reiki with Master Reiki and yoga instructor, Ximena Olarte. Attendees should wear comfortable clothes to participate in a yoga session and a Reiki session.

Registration required. For more information and registration, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Saturday, February 12
1:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch Library

Women in the Arts Inc. Exhibit January-March 2011

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The Southwest Library is proudly hosting the Women in the Arts Inc. exhibit, "Celebrating the Genius of Women: Renaissance Women of Today." The exhibit features five artists:
• Arlene Hammond, Oil paintings
• Mary Jo Burgiel, Watercolor
• Regine Dossche, Watercolor, sculpture
• Rusty Wahl, Mixed Media
• Valerie Herrel, Sculpture

This group exhibit celebrates the genius of contemporary women artists as the Library honors women's contributions during Women's History Month in March.

The exhibit also features drawings and paintings based on Leonardo Da Vinci and Mona Lisa by nine students from the Community School of the Arts programs:


  • Anaily Riascos
  • Anita Seiter
  • Aqueena Fernandez
  • Elena Chow
  • Imani Eugene
  • Jeremiah Benjamin
  • Nathanael Douglas
  • Olivia Martin
  • Sophia Sanders
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A Meet the Artist reception will be held Monday, March 7, 6:30-8:30 P.M. in the library's Meeting Room. The reception will feature an awards program, and a special performance by opera singer Emilie Joudi-Vick. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information regarding Women in the Arts Inc. and the Community School of the Arts, contact:
Maria Guerrero, President and Founder
E-mail: womeninthearts@gmail.com.
www.womenintheartsinc.org

January 27, 2011

Nutrition for Busy People with Pamela Vergari Jan. 31

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It's a new year and it can be a new you too! This program will help you get on track with improving your eating habits.

We all know when life get hectic, it's easy to neglect healthy eating habits. Certified Holistic Health Coach Pamela Vergari will teach you ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on the go. Pamela will also speak about the benefits of organic and the dangers of a diet high in processed foods.

For more information, call 407.835.7323.

Monday, January 31
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

December 13, 2010

Holiday Handbells with Marie Loefller Dec. 18

Holiday music in the library.

Come hear festive holiday tunes from solo handbell musician Marie Loeffler. Learn more about Ms Loeffler at www.belldancer.net

For more information, call 407.835.7323.

Southwest Library
Saturday
December 18
2:00 p.m.

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November 8, 2010

Holistic Healing for Pets Program November 9

cute-cat-dog.jpg See how your pet can benefit from an all-natural healing approach. Veterinarian Dr. Michael Wright will discuss how Nutritional Response Testing is used with animals, what types of pet food you should be buying and online resources for caring for your pet.

Southwest Branch
Tuesday, November 9
7:15 p.m.

For more information, call 407.835.7323.

October 12, 2010

Xinlin Fan Art Studios Exhibit October-December 2010

An exhibit featuring the art students at Xinlin Fan Art Studios of Orlando is on display at the Southwest Library October through December 2010. Children and adult students of Xinlin Fan are showing their works of oil and acrylic paintings depicting landscapes, portraits and still lifes; sketch/drawings and sculpture.
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Xinlin Fan was an Art and Crafts artist of the Research Institute of Guizhou Artists Association of China, member of the Chinese Artists Association and an associate professor in China from 1982 to 1993. He was a former senior artist at Walt Disney Animation. Today, Xinlin remains a visiting professor of two universities, Guizhou Normal University and Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute of China. In China, he became devoted to the education of students. His focus is to develop a student's artistic potential and help create a life-long interest in the arts. Xinlin has done many workshops in the United States and Canada. He has 30 years teaching experience. Many of his former students now teach at universities and are professional artists. Also, students of Xinlin have won awards in significant art shows and exhibitions.
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Xinlin teaches art classes for children and adults at the Xinlin Fan Art Studios in Orlando. His teaching methods have achieved astounding results with all ages, including those with learning disabilities. Classes are offered in quick sketch, sketch, color, still life, landscape, portrait, art creation and clay sculpture. For more information regarding the Xinlin Fan Art Studios, please call 407-370-2826 or email xinlinartstudio@yahoo.com.

October 5, 2010

Southwest Celebrates National Reading Group Month

Attention Local Book Clubs! Win a Publix Gift Certificate!

Whether you belong to a book club in your neighborhood or church, at work or at the library, you know the value and joy of shared reading. In honor of National Reading Group Month, Southwest Library is having a prize drawing in October for book club members to enter and win a gift certificate from Publix for their book club. Buy refreshments for your next club meeting! In addition, the winning book club will be able to share their reading experiences with others in the community by being the featured book club on the Southwest Blog.

You may register for the drawing in person at the Southwest Library or in the "Comments" area of this blog post. Please include your name, library card barcode/number, phone and/or email and the name of the book club you attend. Be sure to stop by our Book Club Resources Table to learn about tools the library has to offer to enhance your book club experience. Want to join or start a book club? The library can help you with that too.
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Drawing Rules:
1. Open to Orange County Resident library card holders age 18 or older.

2. Not open to the Southwest Book Club attendees and Orange County Library System
employees or their families.

3. Must attend a book club (book club defined as 3 or more people meeting on a regular schedule at which time the main focus is to discuss a selected book or books). Sorry, due to the nature of the prize drawing, online book clubs do not qualify.

4. One entry per book club attendee.

5. Drawing winner will be notified either by phone or email.
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September 17, 2010

Latin Harp with Gilbert Romero September 21

gilbert_romero.jpg Southwest Library is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. In honor of this celebration, come listen to the acoustic soft sounds of spicy harp from talented Central Florida musician Gilbert Romero. Learn more about Mr. Romero and hear samples of his music at http://www.myspace.com/gilbertromeroharpist.

For more information, call 407.835.7323.

Tuesday, September 21
3:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch Library


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August 17, 2010

Becoming a Pilot Program August 19

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The sky's the limit! Have you always been interested in learning how to fly?

Professional flight instructors from Air Orlando will answer your questions about becoming a pilot, whether you are interested in obtaining your private license or becoming a commercial pilot. Learn about costs, time commitment and technical advancements that have made personal flying safer than ever before. Find out more more about Air Orlando Aviation at http://www.flyairorlando.com/.

Arrive early and enter for a chance to win a free 30-minute discovery flight from Air Orlando!

If you can't make this presentation, take part in a webinar on Saturday, August 21 at 10 a.m. To register, please go to http://www.flyairorlando.com/webinar/.

For more program information, call 407.835.7323

Thursday, August 19
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

July 28, 2010

Ashley Bailey Art Exhibit at Southwest July-September

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Ashley Marie Bailey is displaying her exhibit, Random July through September at the Southwest Library. A Gotha resident, Ashley is currently an art student at Stetson University. Her art exhibit features paintings, pencil drawings, sculpture and mixed media.

Ashley always loved to sketch as a child, but it was as a high school student she began to explore art in all its' various forms. Her works of art have been on display at Olympia High School, the Grand Bohemian Gallery, and the Winter Park Art Festival. Ashley plans pursue a career in the art industry following the completion of her undergraduate studies.

Note: The image is a painting by Ashley titled, "Mountains."

For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

July 26, 2010

Transformational Healing: Yoga and Reiki July 31

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Learn the healing benefits of yoga and Reiki with Master Reiki and yoga instructor, Ximena Olarte. Attendees should wear comfortable clothes to participate in a yoga session and a Reiki session.

Registration required.

For more information and registration, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.
Register online at http://www.ocls.info/Programs/default.asp


Saturday, July 31
1:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

July 23, 2010

Simple Exercises, Extraordinary Health July 27

HEAL, these are the first four letters of HEALTH.

We have to know how the body heals in order to achieve health and it all starts with how you treat your body each day. Dr. Victor Tricoche from Yachter Family Chiropractic Center will teach you how to help your body in the process of healing with some simple but very unique exercises that can be done at work or home. Remember health is a journey not a destiny.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or go to www.ocls.info

Tuesday, July 27
3:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library


June 23, 2010

Central Florida Bass Fishing Program June 26

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There may be no better way to enjoy the Great Outdoors than by casting a line into fresh waters in search of that big catch!

Steve Boyd, successful tournament angler and owner of Florida Bass Adventures Guide Service, will discuss topics such as equipment, lure selection, casting in tight situations, proper presentation and big bass behavior. This great advice is sure to lead you to a great day on the water. Learn more about Steve at orlandobassguide.com.

For more information about this program, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, June 26
3:00 P.M.
Southwest Library

June 11, 2010

Online Book Clubs Program June 15 & June 21

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Now it's as easy as opening your email. Pick the type of books you like and read at home, work or school. It only takes 5 minutes a day! Learn more about the Library's online book clubs and how to join. Register for one of the sessions listed below.

For ages 13 to adult. Limited seating. Reservations required. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Tuesday, June 15
7:00 p.m.

Monday, June 21
10:30 a.m.

Southwest Branch Library

Rolfing Program at Southwest June 14

What is Rolfing?

Rolfing Structural Integration has the ability to dramatically alter a person's posture and structure, and unlike other manual therapies such as massage and chiropractic, Rolfing has permanent results. Rolfing can potentially resolve discomfort, release tension and alleviate pain. During this interactive workshop, Certified Rolfer Lu Müller-Kaul of Balance Orlando will evaluate the movement of attendees and discuss how Rolfing can restore flexibility, revitalize your energy and leave you feeling more comfortable in your body.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Monday, June 14
6:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

May 19, 2010

Juvenile Arthritis: Family Connect Day at Southwest Library May 22

kids-get-arthritis-too2.jpg Arthritis is a misunderstood disease that affects all ages. Out of the 46 million Americans suffering from the disease, 50% are under the age of 50, and 300,000 are children! Mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Arthritis Foundation Family Connect Day, a networking event where you will meet children, young adults and people of all ages living with arthritis. To learn more about arthritis, go to the Arthritis Foundation.

For more information, contact 407.835.7493 or southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, May 22
2:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library


Juicing for a Healthy Diet at Southwest Library May 22

juice.jpgHard to get the recommended 5-8 daily servings of fruits and vegetables into your diet? Consider juicing!

Juicing can play a major role in insuring a healthy diet by making it easier to consume the recommended 5 - 8 daily servings of fruits and vegetables. One glass of pure raw fresh juice per day may help improve the immune system, increase energy, strengthen bones, clear skin and lower the risk of disease. A Certified Nutritionist from Chamberlin's Natural Foods Market will discuss juicing and provide tasty samples while they last.

For more information, contact 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Saturday, May 22
12:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

April 20, 2010

Alex Molina Art Exhibit at Southwest April-June

The Southwest Library presents Alex Molina's exhibit, Eclectic Vision of Fine Art and Photography April through June 2010. Alex is skilled in graphic design, web design, photography, drawing and painting. His art pieces are created in the photorealism and abstract styles. Alex draws inspiration from loved ones, mentors, and artists such as Dali, Michelangelo, Van Gogh, Alberto Vargas and Boris Vallejo. From this inspiration he has developed a style all his own.
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To learn more about Alex and his art, visit his website at www.gallerymolina.com. For more information regarding his exhibit at Southwest Library, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Get Ready for K! Programs at Southwest

Preschoolers will hear songs and stories to help them begin learning the skills that they will need to start kindergarten. This series of six programs will introduce reading, math, basic concepts, basic skills, health and safety, and art.
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Ages 3-5. Call to register: 407.835.7323. Get more ideas for how to prepare your child at www.ocls.info/kindergarten.

Fridays, April 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7 & 14
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Library

Spring Origami with Jean Kinsey & Friends April 24

Celebrate Spring by creating season-themed origami pieces. Origami is a traditional Japanese art form of paper folding.
Recommended for ages 6 to adult. Children under 10 must be accompanied by parent/guardian.
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Limited seating. Reservations required. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, April 24
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Library

April 19, 2010

Award-Winning Author Bob Morris at Southwest Library April 23

baja_florida.jpgbob_morris.jpg Don't miss the 5th Annual Author Series featuring accomplished Florida author, Bob Morris this Friday, April 23 at the Southwest Branch Library. Morris will discuss his successful mystery books including his newest title, Baja Florida. Morris is a former columnist for the Orlando Sentinel and lives in Winter Park. His debut novel, Bahamarama was a finalist for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Mystery Novel.

Come early and meet Mr. Morris. Enjoy complimentary refreshments. This event is presented in partnership with the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Friday, April 23
6:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

Vegetarian Cuisine: Peruvian Style April 20

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Hey vegetarians! Are you looking for new ideas to spice up a meal? Just want to learn more about vegetarian cooking and options? How about trying Peruvian cuisine?

Peruvian cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world and is on par with some of the top cuisines such as French, Chinese and Italian. Chef Rama will talk about vegetarian cooking in a culinary style that combines flavors from four different continents. Chef Rama will make a Mushroom Cebiche appetizer dish and provide samples for the audience. To learn more about Chef Rama, go to http://www.cheframa.com/.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Tuesday, April 20
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

April 12, 2010

National Poetry Month

Sweetpea.jpgApril is National Poetry Month. Southwest branch offers you varied poetry and word play books from the classics to the contemporaries for both adults and children. For more information and library programs, please visit OCLS' website:


Adult Poetry Virtual Gallery
Library materials & programs, poetry YouTube play list and much more.
Kids & Teens Poetry Virtual Gallery
Take a "Poetry Challenge" online!
Read the Books --- Topic "Poetry & Word Play"
Need a suggestion? Click "Topic Search" button and click "Poetry & Word Play". Then, select your children's grade level.

March 30, 2010

Bob Morris - 5th Annual Author Series at Southwest April 23

baja_florida.jpgbob_morris.jpgMark your calendars for the 5th Annual Author Series featuring accomplished Florida author, Bob Morris. Morris will discuss his successful mystery books including his newest title, Baja Florida. Morris is a former columnist for the Orlando Sentinel and lives in Winter Park. His debut novel, Bahamarama was a finalist for an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Mystery Novel.

Come early and meet Mr. Morris. Enjoy complimentary refreshments. This event is presented in partnership with the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Friday, April 23
6:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library

March 24, 2010

Foreclosure Foresight Program March 27

thhf.jpgIf you or a loved one is in danger of losing your home, you do not want to miss this program! Foreclosure experts from The Helpful Hands Foundation (THHF) will provide opportunities for homeowners to identify ways to avoid foreclosure by learning about:
  • mortgage rights
  • assets
  • financial warning signs
  • work and educational opportunities
THHF offers counseling and guidance for loan modifications to negotiate a reduced interest rate and adjust the value of the home to current real estate prices.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Saturday, March 27
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Library

March 22, 2010

Transformational Healing: Yoga and Reiki March 27

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Learn the transformative healing benefits of yoga and Reiki with Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master, Ximena Olarte. Attendees should wear comfortable clothes if they wish to participate.

Registration is required. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.



Saturday, March 27
1:00 P.M.
Southwest Library

March 15, 2010

Celtic Harp Music at Southwest March 17

christine_harpist.jpgCome to the library to enjoy a Celtic music performance by harpist, Christine MacPhail in honor of St. Patrick's Day. To learn more about Christine MacPhail go to http://www.orlandoharpist.com/

Wednesday, March 17
2:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch Library

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.


March 10, 2010

Disaster Preparedness with the American Red Cross March 13

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Are you prepared to handle disaster or an emergency? March is American Red Cross Month.

Local volunteers will provide information on how to prepare for an emergency or disaster. Learn how to build an emergency disaster kit, create a family communication plan and how to register for the safe and well program.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, March 13
Southwest Branch
2:00 P.M.


February 15, 2010

Water and Air Safety in Your Home Progam February 20

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According to the EPA, indoor air can be two to five times more polluted (and sometimes as much as 100 times more polluted!) than outdoor air. Learn about sustainable practices you can do in your home to maintain your family's health. Presented by the Orange County/UF-IFAS Extension. Class workbook available for purchase.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info
Saturday, February 20
2:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch Library

February 13, 2010

Chili Redux: An Edu-tasting Program February 15

bowl_of_chili.jpgOrlando's new Chili Daddy has taken chili to a whole new level by using tasty ingredients to create chili dishes such as Mango Pork, Thai Basil and Smoked Chicken Wing.

Come learn what it takes to make the perfect bowl of chili from Chili Daddy himself! Try some for yourself with free samples!

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Monday, February 15
6:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch

February 11, 2010

Very Fine Valentines Program February 13

valentineheart.jpgCraft a Valentine's surprise for that special someone. Celebrate Valentine's Day by making a variety of season-themed craft projects. Recommended for ages 6-12.

Saturday, February 13
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Library

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

January 27, 2010

Valentine Craft Program January 30

valentine2.jpgLearn to make a valentine accordion card for someone you love! Come to the valentine craft program with papercraft artist, Mamie Velez.

Recommended for ages 6-12. Registration is required. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Southwest Library
Saturday, January 30
10:30 A.M.

January 20, 2010

Women in the Arts Inc. Exhibit at Southwest Library

MVC-004F.JPGThe Southwest Library presents Women in the Arts Inc., "Celebrating the Genius of Women" exhibit January through March 2010. This exhibit features five artists and selected student artwork from the Community School of the Arts. The type of art includes watercolors, photography, printmaking, acrylics, sculpture and jewelry. In March, the exhibit will be part of the celebration of Women's History Month. Women in the Arts Inc. is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and raising public awareness of women's contributions to the arts including performing and visual arts at public and private venues. To learn more about Women in the Arts Inc. and watch a video of the featured artists' work, click here.

Women in the Arts Inc. programs include annual scholarships awarded to female art students in visual and performing arts and to the Community School of the Arts program which offers tuition-free quality art instruction boys and girls in grades 4-12 from the Orlando area. For more information, contact Maria Guerrero 407.491.3884 or email information@womenintheartsinc.org.

Take opportunity to talk with the artists and learn more about their creative work at a Meet the Artist event being held at the Southwest Library on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

December 23, 2009

Benches in the Southwest Courtyard

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December 9, 2009

How to Sing Like an American Idol December 12

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Then don't miss this opportunity to gear up for the next season of American Idol. Learn how to sing like the best! Vocal coach Elisabeth Drake will conduct a beginner's vocal lesson. Those brave enough to stand up and sing a song will be judged and coached by Elisabeth. Learn more about Elisabeth at www.elisabethdrakemusic.com. For more information about this program, call 407.835.7481.

Saturday, December 12
3:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch

Holiday Recipe Swap December 12

christmas_cookies.jpgThe holidays are fast approaching. Share your favorite family holiday recipe and get help with great new food ideas for the season. Come to the Holiday Recipe Swap! For more information and registration, call 407.835.7481.
Saturday, December 12
2:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch

December 5, 2009

December is Safe Toys & Gifts Month

Xmas Gift.jpgThere are estimated 235,300 emergency room treated injuries related to toys in 2008 alone according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's [USCPSC] annual report 2008. Among the figure above, 73% (172,700) were to children less than 15 years of age and 35% (82,300) were to children less than five. Unfortunately, there were 69 reported cases of toy-related deaths among children under fifteen between 2006 and 2008.

December is a month of gift giving. Let us be reminded that we should not overlook safety precautions and age groups when we purchase or wrap toys and gifts for our loved ones. Have a safe, happy holiday everyone!

Additional information and safety tips are available at following websites:
Safe Kids USA.org
ToyInfo.org [Toy Industry Association]
USCPSC's Toy-Related Deaths and Injuries Calendar Year 2008
USCPSC's "Toy Hazard Recall" page
USCPSC's "Toy Safety Publications" page

November 30, 2009

Holiday Citrus Craft Program December 5 at Southwest Library

orangepomander.jpgThe holiday season is here. Create your own natural holiday craft - a orange and clove pomander! All craft materials are supplied. Recommended for ages 6-12.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, December 5
10:30 A.M.

November 12, 2009

New Perspectives for Your Financial Future November 14

money_sign.jpgYou've been doing the right things to prepare for your financial future, and while your goals haven't changed, the economy has. It's time for a practical, straightforward approach. Learn how to find a safe place for your savings, determine the best options for your 401(k), identify new strategies to save for retirement, and choose a college savings plan or finance a college education. Presented by Ameriprise Financial. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info
Saturday, November 14
11:00 A.M.
Southwest Branch

November 11, 2009

National American Indian Heritage Month

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Additional information and calendars of events are available at following websites:
Smithonian Education
National Museum of the American Indian
National Park Service (National Register of Historic Places)
American Indian Library Association

November 4, 2009

Canine Social November 7

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Bring your dog to the library to mingle with other friendly canines and their owners and receive free flavorful treats from Woof Gang Bakery. Enter a raffle for Woof Gang Bakery gift certificates and browse the library's collection of books and DVD's related to dogs and dog care. Grab the leash and bring the family for a fun event with your furry friend!

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, November 7
1:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

November 2, 2009

Strengthening Your Immune System November 5

chinese herbs.jpg Learn how traditional Chinese Medicine, Chinese herbs and foods can help build up your immune system and help fight flu viruses without the dangerous side effects of antibiotics and other medications.

Presenter: Dr. Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Doctor of Oriental Medicine at the Aesthetic Acupuncture Clinic in the Orlando/Dr. Phillips area.

Registration required.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Thursday, November 5
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

October 29, 2009

It's Looking Brighter at Southwest

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October 21, 2009

It's Fall at Southwest

Southwest Library is all decked out for Halloween and the fall season! Thanks to Friends of the Library volunteer, Mamie Velez for creating these fun displays.
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October 12, 2009

Coal Fired Pizza Tasting at Southwest October 12

pizza.jpgPut your eye on the pie; that is a pizza pie! Come to a coal fired pizza edu-tasting event.

Grab a slice of Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza and find out why this unique style of cooking is actully good for the environment.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Monday, October 12
6:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

October 7, 2009

Learn more about Benefits of a Raw Food Diet - October 17

Join Chef Olive Mackey in a discussion on raw/living foods and learn of their benefits. Recipe demo and tasting will follow program.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Southwest Library
Saturday, October 17
2:00 p. m.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro - October 15

Arturo Macias of ArtzPhoto will describe five ways you can start taking photographs like a professional.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Southwest Library
Thursday, October 15
6:00 p.m.

September 14, 2009

Local is Lovely Program September 15

fruitsandvegetables.jpgChef Tony Adams of Big Wheel Provisions will explain why buying local food is the best choice,and talk about some of the best local products.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Southwest Library
Tuesday, September 15
6:00 p.m.

September 10, 2009

Mold Matters Program September 12

Got mold?

Learn about mold from mold detection experts Charles and Danielle Dobbs, authors of Mold Matters: Solutions and Prevention. In this presentation, attendees will learn about mold, how it can affect health and building structures, what are red flags, what to do if mold is visible or suspected, and steps to take to control moisture. This presentation is for everyone wanting to learn about mold. Bring your questions.

To learn more about the presenters, visit http://www.molddetectionexperts.com/a4_credentials.htm

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Southwest Library
Saturday
September 12
2:00 p.m.

August 12, 2009

Five-Star Decor on a Shoestring Budget August 18

ikealogo.jpgOn a shoestring budget? You don't have to be part of the jet set to live well. Get fresh, budget friendly ideas for infusing your personal style and a dash of order into your home from IKEA Orlando's gurus of affordable home furnishing. Free giveaways for everyone from IKEA.

For more information call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info




Tuesday, August 18
6:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

August 5, 2009

Experience the Library! Making the Most of Your Library Card August 10

OCLS.jpgAre you a new cardholder? Has it been awhile since you last visited the library? Not sure about what the library offers beyond books? This class is for you! Come learn how to make the most of your library card. Experience the Library like never before! Recommended for ages 13 and up. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info Monday, August 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Southwest Branch.

July 27, 2009

Hip Hop You Don't Stop July 29

musicnotes.jpgCelebrate stories with a beat! Hip hop on in for stories, activities and crafts.

Recommended for ages 6-12.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info



Wednesday, July 29
3:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch

July 24, 2009

The Ugly Duckling: An Artist's Tale for Preschoolers July 28

theuglyduckling.jpgLive a day in the life of Jerry Pinkney by creating art and listening to stories. Weave tales with stories, crafts and fun! In conjunction with the Orlando Museum of Art's exhibiton Jerry Pinkney: Aesop's Fables and Other Tails.

Recommended for ages 3-5.
Registration is required.
For more information and to register, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info


Tuesday, July 28
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Library

July 21, 2009

Art Exhibit Mother Nature at Southwest July - September 2009


Mother and son have joined in an artistic endeavor to present the exhibit Mother Nature at the Southwest Library July through September. The exhibit features mother Sheila Diamantaras's paintings and son Fellipe Behrens's photography both celebrating the beauty and moods of Mother Nature.

Sheila Diamantaras developed an interest in painting while watching her father, a famous scenographic painter in Brazil. At age 12 , she began learning the art of painting under his guidance. Besides painting, Sheila has taken porcelain classes and had porcelain exhibitions in Spain and Portugal. In 1990 she began taking classes at Calouste School to gain knowledge of new painting skills and techniques. In 1996, Sheila and her two sons moved to Orlando. Sheila continues to paint and teach painting classes.
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Fellipe Behrens was born in Brazil. He moved to Orlando with his mother and brother when he was 11 years old. He became interested in photography and graphic arts while taking classes in these subjects in high school. Fellipe was encouraged by his instructors to pursue a career in photography and was invited to take photos of the high school softball team. Today, Fellipe keeps his dream alive by doing freelance photography works such as modeling, settings, sports, and learning new ways to be creative with a camera.
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Don't miss an opportunity to meet Sheila and Fellipe at a Meet the Artist event to be held on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library.
For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

July 20, 2009

Muggles, Mudbloods, and Wizards July 22

harrypotterhalfblood.jpgCelebrate the release of the new Harry Potter movie with a story and craft program! Recommended for ages 6-12. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info
Southwest Library
Wednesday, July 22
3:30 p.m.

July 14, 2009

SUMMER HAPPENINGS @THE SOUTHWEST BRANCH LIBRARY

While the temperature is rising outside we're cooling off with lots of fun inside the library. The pictures depict two programs that were held during the month of June and July. "Crazy For Crayola" brought out the artists in all and "Tokyo Jam" sent us into candy shushi delights with our budding artists!
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July 7, 2009

Adventures Across America July 8

fireworks.jpgThe celebration of America continues this Wednesday at Southwest. Go on an adventure by enjoying crafts and fun celebrating America. Recommended for children ages 6-12.
Wednesday, July 8
3:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch

June 30, 2009

Tokyo Jam Teen Program July 1

mangacharacter.gifKonichiwa Teens! Let's jam the Tokyo with exciting Japanese entertainment, crafts and games. For ages 13 - 18.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info


Wednesday, July 1
3:30 p.m.
Southwest Library

June 24, 2009

Florida's Great Outdoors Program June 25

floridastateparks.jpgCool, sparkling springs, shady campgrounds and luxuriously rustic cabins can all be discovered in Florida's State Parks. In honor of Great Outdoors Month, staff from Lake Louisa State Park will be on hand to talk about the abundance of opportunities to experience...the Real Florida. Hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing and horseback riding are only a few ways to enjoy thousands of acres of parkland just a short drive from your home.

Visit the Florida State Parks website to learn more about Florida's great outdoors and locations.

For more library program information, call 407.835.7323.

Thursday, June 25
3:00 p.m.
Southwest Library


June 23, 2009

Hula Day Children's Program June 24

palmtrees.jpgAloha! Explore islands of fun with stories, hula hooping and the limbo plus island crafts! For ages 6 - 12.

Registration is required, call 407.835.7323 to register or email southwest@ocls.info

Registration Ends: 6/24/2009 at 12:00 AM
Other Information: Carry your card! Customers who present their library cards at programs and events will be eligible for priority seating.

Seating my be limited for some events. Groups with 10 or more children, please call 407.835.7323 to register in advance.


Wednesday, June 24
3:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch

June 18, 2009

Get Fit: Mommy Boot Camp June 23

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Are you struggling with extra baby weight? Don't know how to get those extra pounds off and get back in shape? How would you like to boost your metabolism, lose weight and have fun doing it?

Omar Morales, Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist and founder of Fit Mom Boot Camp, will show you how to lose weight, boost your metabolism, and tone your entire body faster than you ever thought possible. Part of the Fit for Life series at Orange County Library System.



Tuesday, June 23
2:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

An Artist's Tale for Preschoolers June 23

littleredridinghood.jpgLive a day in the life of Jerry Pinkney by creating art and listening to stories. Preschoolers, weave tales with stories, crafts and fun! In conjunction with the Orlando Museum of Art's exhibition Jerry Pinkney: Aesop's Fables and other tails. Recommended for ages 3-5.


Registration is required, call 407.835.7323 to register.
Registration Ends: 6/23/2009 at 12:00 A.M.
Other Information: Carry your card! Customers who present their library cards at programs and events will be eligible for priority seating.
Seating my be limited for some events. Groups with 10 or more children, please call 407.835.7323 to register in advance.


Tuesday, June 23
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Library

June 15, 2009

Integrative Medicine and Pain Management June 20

sunset.jpgLearn how Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can help ease chronic pain and increase the quality of your life. You will also learn tips and exercises for pain management to practice daily at home.

Presenter: Dr. Alexander Kitade, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Kitade Wellness Center in Orlando, FL

Limited Seating. Reservations Required.
For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info


Saturday, June 20
1:30 p.m.
Southwest Library

June 11, 2009

Meet the Artist Vesternel Coleman June 16

V Coleman The Hidden City.jpg Meet artist, graphic designer and photographer, Vesternel Coleman on Tuesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library. Vesternel is a freelance artist, graphic designer and photographer. She has a degree in graphic design. Vesternel's exhibit features abstract paintings, black and white photography, montage and digital art. The exhibit runs through the end of June.

Enjoy live music and refreshments too!

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info


Blood Drive at Southwest June 12

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Blood Drive on Friday, June 12 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

All donors will receive:

  • Free T-Shirt from Florida's Blood Centers
  • Free Tropichiller Cream Smoothie from Pollo Tropical
  • 50% Off Admission to Capone's Dinner Show (unlimited food and drinks)


Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org or call 1-888-9-DONATE

June 1, 2009

Origami Extravaganza June 6

origamianimal.jpgLearn how to create origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding with origami artists, Al Aki and Jean Kinsey. Check out Mr. Aki's origami website at www.origamiland.com

For ages 7 and up. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Limited seating. Reservations Required.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info


Saturday, June 6
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch

WorkForce Central Florida Open Labs June 1 and 8

workforcecentralflorida.gif Looking for a job? Need to write a resume or update your current one?

Stop by anytime during these open labs and let our representative from WorkForce Central Florida show you tips and tricks on looking for jobs and resume writing.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Place: Southwest Branch
Date: 6/1/2009
Time: 3:00 -5:00 p.m.

Place: Southwest Branch
Date: 6/8/2009
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

May 23, 2009

Origami Adventures for Children May 30

papercraneorigami.jpgTake an adventure with us as we learn about the culture and art of Japan. We'll kick off this hour of fun by telling the story of the paper crane. Following the story, each child will have the opportunity to delve into the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Recommended for ages 5-12.

This program is presented by Adventure Clubhouse, Inc. To learn more about Adventure Clubhouse and their summer programs, go to http://www.adventureclubhouse.com/

For more information about this library program, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Saturday, May 30
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Library

May 18, 2009

Planning Ahead Program May 19

sunset.jpgFor most people, a loved one's death is one of the most painful experiences they will go through. Planning ahead can make this time less difficult for the famiy members left behind. Steve Harding from Woodlawn Cemetery & Funeral Home will explain the importance of planning ahead to relieve the burden for loved ones at the death of a family member or loved one.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info
Tuesday, May 19
6 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library


May 9, 2009

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Allergies, Asthma and Sinus Congestion

chinese herbs.jpg Do you suffer from allergies, asthma or sinus congestion? Learn how acupuncture and Chinese herbs may help improve your breathing and clear the sinuses from Dr. Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Doctor of Oriental Medicine at the Aesthetic Acupuncture Clinic in Orlando. Sample a taste of the Breathe Easy soup from Healing Herbal Soups.



Tuesday, May 12
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info
Reservations Required

Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-B-Que May 11

barbeque.jpgGet ready for the summer barbecue season with Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-B-Que. Learn secrets to making great barbecue and taste some succulent samples.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info



Monday, May 11
6:00 p.m.
Southwest Library

April 27, 2009

May Day Celebration May 2

MaypoleDancing.jpgCelebrate May Day with crafts, stories and fun!

Recommended for children ages 6-12.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info




Saturday, May 2
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch

ACUPUNCTURE AND WEIGHT LOSS

needles.jpg Elena Farrance, director of the Center for Holistic Health & Education, uncovers numerous reasons why people gain weight or find it difficult to lose weight. You will learn to understand the root causes of imbalances that have affected your weight problems, and receive recommendations to make healthier choices.

For more information please call:407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info
Saturday, May 2
1:30 p.m.
Southwest Branch

April 25, 2009

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program April 28

volunteerorlando.jpgTake an active role in your community. Meet a representative from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and learn about available volunteer opportunities. This program is presented by the Orange County Library System and the Florida United Way.

For more information on volunteering, go to VolunteerOrlando.org



Southwest Branch
Tuesday, April 28
6:00 p.m.
407.835.7323

April 16, 2009

Snakes in a Library April 18

snakeslibrary2.jpg Professional snake handler, Chief Rowley will educate and entertain with an up close comical show of live snakes from near and far. You will have a chance to meet special snake guest, "Lucky" the Albino Burmese Python. Each participant will take home a U.S. Snake I.D.!

For more information about Chief Rowley and Snake Education ("with a twist") Inc. go to www.snakeeducation.com

Southwest Library
Saturday, April 18
11:30 a.m.
407.835.7323

April 15, 2009

4th Annual Author Series - Bill Belleville April 17

billbelleville2.jpgSend out an S.O.S. (Save Our Surroundings) with award-winning conservationist, environmental writer and documentary filmmaker Bill Belleville. Hear about his many adventures to beautiful lands as far away as Russia, Australia and Latin America and as close to home as Sanford, Florida. Belleville has written five books and more than 1,000 articles and essays, contributed to eight national anthologies and scripted and co-produced seven films. His work has been well received by critics and industry experts alike. Belleville's River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida's St. Johns River was chosen as the Central Florida Reads book for 2005.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.billbelleville.com or call 407.835.7323.

Book sale and signing will follow the program.

This event is presented in partnership with the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club.


Southwest Library
Friday, April 17
6:30 p.m.

April 14, 2009

Vesternel Coleman Painting and Photography Exhibit April - June 2009

V Coleman The Hidden City.jpgVesternel Coleman's exhibit, Discovering Art through Painting and Photography runs April through June at the Southwest Library. Vesternel is a freelance artist, graphic designer and photographer. She has loved the arts since childhood. She started painting professionally in 2003. She has a degree in graphic design. Vesternel's exhibit features abstract paintings, black and white photography, montage and digital art. Her abstract paintings reveal the beauty of nature through the use of vivid colors; while her photography and digital imaging capture the splendor of everyday surroundings. Her latest work titled "Just Woman" is dedicated to all women. The abstract painting shown is titled, The Hidden City.

The public will have opportunity to meet Vesternel at a Meet the Artist event scheduled at Southwest Library on June16, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info. The artist may be contacted at vcpaintings@netzero.com.

April 13, 2009

Sleep and Cardiovascular Disease

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Join us for a discussion on sleep disorder awareness and understanding the association between Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and various cardiovascular illnesses such as Hypertension, Diabetes and Stroke.

For more information please call: 407.835.7323 or email southwest @ocls.info.

Saturday, April 18

10:30 a.m.

Southwest Branch

Earth Day Craft Program April 17

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Kids come find out how you can save the planet and help us celebrate Earth Day with environmentally-friendly crafts. Make Earth Day today and every day.

Recommended for ages 3-6. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info



Friday, April 17
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Branch

April 9, 2009

Blood Drive at Southwest April 10

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Blood Drive on Friday, April 10 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

All donors will receive:

  • Free Miniature "Squeeze" Bus from Florida's Blood Centers
  • $25 Gift Certificate to Affinity Hair Salon
  • Buy One Get One Free Admission to the Outta Control Dinner Show
  • 15% off coupon to Elephant Bar Restaurant (good for savings all year long)
Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org or call 1-888-9-DONATE

April 8, 2009

Minimizing Your Energy Costs


Mary S. Kennington, Extension Agent @ocfl.net will help you find out ways to reduce your energy costs with a few simple steps. Get information on how to be more efficient when using your ceiling fan, doing the laundry and more.


For more information please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Thursday, April16,2009
6:30 - 7:30
Southwest Branch

March 30, 2009

Chairs at Southwest Get a New Look

MVC-001F.JPG The beautification and remodeling projects continue at Southwest Library thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club. The chairs in the reading area recently received new upholstery. The great color and easy-to-clean fabric are winners with staff and customers. MVC-002F.JPG

March 17, 2009

Child Safety For You and Your Kids

Pho_ChildSafety_BikeKids.jpgJoin us for a fun, interactive learning program that will teach your young child important safety tips. We will cover several safety topics, including Bike, Fire and Car safety. Your child will have a great time coloring and playing games while learning! We will also show a short video in which McGruff the Crime Dog teaches children how to protect themselves from dangerous strangers. And, not to leave out the parents, at the end we will give away a free Child Identification Kit to each parent. The Child Identification Kit includes a DNA swab kit, fingerprinting, growth chart, dental chart, and area for your child's other personal information. All materials will be provided...just bring yourselves.

For more information call: 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, April 4
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch


March 12, 2009

Peace Corps Stories March 18

peacecorpslogo.jpgListen to returned volunteers currently residing in Central Florida talk about their individual experiences abroad as part of the Peace Corps.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship.
The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals:
Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women
Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served
Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans

At this program, you also will learn how to apply to be a part of this prestigious 48-year-old federal service agency.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Wednesday, March 18
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch

March 9, 2009

All About Animals Program March 14

allaboutanimalsprogram.jpgLearn about animals and make your own wild collage with artist and animal enthusiast, She Venezia.

Recommended ages 6-12.
Registration is required.
For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

Be sure to enter the "Guess How Many Animals are in the Picture" contest. Guess the right amount (or close to it) and win a prize! The animal collage used in the contest was created by She.

And don't forget to see She's "Safari, Faithful Friends and Nature" exhibit on display at the Southwest Library through March 31st.

All About Animals Program
Saturday, March 14
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Branch

March 3, 2009

WorkForce -Retrain for a New Career Program March 5

workforcecentralflorida.gif Looking for a new career?
Wanting to retrain for a different career?
Feeling left behind?

As industries change over time, so do the jobs available in the workforce. If you are feeling behind the curve, here is your chance to learn about the Workforce Investment Act and other programs that can help you get back on your feet. Presented by Workforce Centeral Florida.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Thursday, March 5
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch

February 26, 2009

Preschool Pajama Party March 6

pajama party.jpgHey, Preschoolers come on over for an exciting pajama party just for you! Don't forget to wear your pj's. Get ready for fun with stories, games and crafts. Recommended for ages 3-5.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info




Friday, March 6
10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch

February 25, 2009

Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders March 7

Learn to understand Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) from Jerry Hamilton, family services supervisor at the Alzheimer Resource Center. Get information on the diagnosis, treatment, Alzheimer's stages,dementia and the effects of this debilitating disease on friends and family.

For more information call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Saturday, March 7
Southwest Branch
10:30 a.m.

February 12, 2009

Free Blood Pressure Screenings February 18

bloodpressureheart.jpgIt's fitting that both Valentine's Day and American Heart Month fall in February. With heart disease the number-one killer in the U.S., it's important to foster a healthy diet, develop an exercise routine and maintain a healthy weight by keeping calories in check. Receive heart healthy tips from the American Heart Association and free blood pressure screenings from Project Pressure.

Project Pressure's mission is to get Central Florida BP healthy with the area's biggest, most comprehensive community-wide health program yet! The multi-month health campaign aims to reduce high blood pressure throughout the Central Florida Community by increasing Blood Pressure awareness and Cardiovascular Risk awareness.

For more information call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Wednesday, February18
4:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch

February 5, 2009

Southwest Celebrates Black History Month

MVC-005F.JPGFebruary is Black History Month. The Southwest Branch has created a display of books, CD's and DVD's honoring Black Americans. There is a variety of fiction and non-fiction material for children, teens, and adults.

Be sure to visit our Library's Black History Month Viritual Gallery for more resources, information and programs.

UCF Engineers Without Borders Program February 7

earthglobe.jpgEngineering a better world!

Join the UCF Engineers Without Borders chapter as they describe their compelling project to develop a cost effective and technically feasible way of providing clean water to the people of Mare Brignol, Haiti. A community of 10,000, these people regularly travel hours over rocky terrain to their only water supply, contaminated streams. For more information regarding the UCF Engineers Without Borders chapter please go to http://www.ewbucf.org/

For more information about this program, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info




Saturday, February 7
1:30 P.M.
Southwest Branch

February 2, 2009

Valentine Origami Program February 7

valentineorigami.jpgGet in the mood for Valentine's Day. Come to Valentine Origami and learn how to make Valentine Day -themed origami from Dr. Alexander Kitade and Hitomi Kitade of the Kitade Wellness Center in Orlando. Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.

For all ages. Children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Call 407.835.7323 to register or email southwest@ocls.info


Saturday, February 7
11:00 A.M.
Southwest Branch

January 23, 2009

Blood Drive at Southwest January 28

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Blood Drive on Wednesday, January 28 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

All donors will receive:

  • Free T-shirt from Florida's Blood Centers
  • Buy one get one free admission to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
  • Club Red enrollment (after 2 donations, receive a $10 Darden Gift Card)
Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org (Enter Account Sponsor Code of 42345) or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

January 22, 2009

Extreme Garage Makeover Program January 24

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If organizing the garage is one of your New Year resolutions, don't miss the Extreme Garage Makeover program. Kay Gallegos of Clutterbusters!! will show you how to organize your garage the way you always wanted it to be. For more information about Clutterbusters!! go to http://www.clutterbusters.com

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As these photos show, Clutterbusters!! helps you change a messy garage to a clean and organized one.



Saturday, January 24
11:00 A.M.
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info


January 12, 2009

She Venezia Animal Collages Exhibit January - March 2009

MVC-002F.JPGShe Venezia, Graphic Artist is currently displaying her exhibit of one of a kind animal collages at the Southwest Library January through March. MVC-004F.JPG

She began her collage studies during high school. After studying animal husbandry at S.U.N.Y. at Delhi, she started working as a graphic artist in New York City in 1971. In 2001, She decided to combine her lifelong passion for animals, art and conservation by forming 'Say It With Animals'; her one of a kind framed animal collages with an animal quote overlaid onto the art.

Moved by the needs of animals, She has done work for various animal rescue organizations and shelters, pet stores and individuals. Cats, dogs, horses, hamsters, turtles, snakes, skunks and tarantulas have been a part of her family. She hopes her art will inspire others to get involved to make the earth a better place for all animals.

She will present a program for children ages 6-12 called "Say It With Animals" on Saturday, March 14 at 10:30 A.M. Children will get an opportunity to learn about various wildlife and create their own animal collages.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

January 6, 2009

The Healing Power of Reiki Program January 10

reikiprogram.jpgStart the new year with learning about Reiki from Reiki Master, Ximena Olarte. Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of healing and self-improvement. Ms Olarte will discuss the practice and benefits of Reiki. A demonstration of Reiki will also be conducted.

For more information call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.




Saturday, January 10
1:30 P.M.
Southwest Branch

December 31, 2008

Little Moments Big Magic Program January 8

bigbrotherbigsister.jpgJanuary is National Mentoring Month. Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida to see how you can improve the life of a child through a professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationship. Be part of something for someone this year!

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email us at southwest@ocls.info

Thursday, January 8
6:00 P.M.
Southwest Branch

December 29, 2008

Job Search Resources on Display

Are you looking for a job?
Need to update your resume?
Looking for a new career?
MVC-002F.JPG MVC-005F.JPG Be sure to check out our job search resources display featuring books, audio books, DVD's, and related websites. Also featured is information on how to access the Ferguson's Career Guidance Center database which provides resources on more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, advice on applying for a job, acing a job interview, sample resumes and cover letters, scholarship and internship opportunities, and videos covering specific job skills and industries. Access it from your home or office computer with your library card. This display was created by Southwest Library staff, Charlene McClellan and Sandy Mayer.

December 8, 2008

Get Clean for the Holidays December 13

getcleanproducts.jpgCheryl Cook of Health Wise Now will show you how to make your home the cleanest and safest place possible for your family and friends this holiday season. Become familiar with Get Clean products; the same nontoxic, all-natural cleaning products used in the White House, and one of Oprah Winfrey's 2007 favorite things!



Saturday, December 13
3:30 P.M.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info

December 3, 2008

Kids and Balloons Go Together Program December 13 & 27

balloons.jpgCome see an experienced balloon artist give a 30 minute demonstration to kids from the ages of 7 - Adult. It's a high energy, fun-for-everyone demonstration that will get the audience's attention and get them started on their way to twisting poodles, Spiderman and much more.




Saturday, December 13 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 27 10:30 a.m.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info
Reservations Required
Must be 7 years or older
Must give 24 hour cancellation notice to allow others on the waiting list to attend.

November 20, 2008

Blood Drive at Southwest Library November 21

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Blood Drive on Friday, November 21 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

All donors will receive:

  • Free $10 Public Gift Card
  • 50% off a 1 day/2 park or 2 day/2 park admission ticket to Universal Orlando
  • FREE order of Papa John's breadsticks
  • 50% off Adult Admission to ICE! at Gaylord Palms
  • Buy One Get One Free Admission to Gatorland
  • Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations, receive a $10 Darden Gift Card)
Plus: Every donor from November 1-30 will automatically be entered to win a 3 day/2 night stay to live like a rock star at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando and enjoy dinner for two in The Kitchen.

Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org (Enter Account Sponsor Code of 42345) or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

November 4, 2008

Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Auto-Immune Disorders November 6

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Learn how acupuncture and Chinese herbs may help you feel better and have more energy from Dr. Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Doctor of Oriental Medicine at the Aesthetic Acupuncture Clinic in Orlando.



Thursday, November 6
7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info
Reservations Required

October 23, 2008

Autumn Origami for Everyone October 25

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Fall is here! Celebrate the season by learning how to make autumn-themed origami pieces.
Join Dr. Alexander Kitade and Hitomi Kitade from the Kitade Wellness Center as they teach this theme-based origami program which promotes creativity, motor skills and fun. All ages welcome.

Saturday, October 25
11:00 A.M.
Southwest Library
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info

October 22, 2008

Stephen B. Holloway, FloridaMosaicMan "Tropical Mosaics" Art Exhibit

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"Tropical Mosaics" an exhibit of 35 pieces of tropical mosaic art by artist, Stephen B. Holloway, TheFloridaMosaicMan, is being held at the Southwest Library October through December 2008. Stephen's mosaics are made of pieces of glazed ceramic tile. His mosaics are inspired by the shapes, variety, and colors of tropical flora.

Stephen's passion for mosaics began when he took a few mosaic classes in college. Following his retirement as an architect in 2001, Stephen began creating mosaic art as a creative adventure with the intention of producing a legacy for his two children and his grandchildren.

Stephan begins the process by taking a photo. It is his goal to artfully interpret what he sees in the photo and to lock in that vision with each piece of tile. It usually takes one month to complete a piece of mosaic art.

The public will have an opportunity to meet Stephen and learn more about his mosaic art during a Meet the Artist event at Southwest Library on November 13 at 7:00 p.m.

If you have questions or would like more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

October 7, 2008

Southwest Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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October 6, 2008

Southwest Gets Ready for Fall

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August 27, 2008

Baby Signs® Program September 6

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Saturday, September 6
10:30 A.M.
Southwest Branch
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info

August 6, 2008

Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society Exhibit July - September

The Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society is exhibiting their artwork and tools of the trade at Southwest Library this July through September.

The Society is a group of artists continuing their education in the ancient techniques of Chinese Brush Painting. Chinese Brush Painting is the oldest art form in the world. The artist's tools include an ink stone, ink stick, bamboo brush, and rice paper. The use of lines and strokes are the elements that give Chinese painting its unique quality. It requires discipline and trust in the process to master.

The Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society had been featured on PBS's Arts Connection on Channel WMFE and in the July 2007 issue of the Central Florida Lifestyle magazine.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

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July 22, 2008

Helpful Tips for a Healthy You Program July 26

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Don't miss this opportunity to learn to be more healthy!




Saturday, July 26
11:00 a.m.
Southwest Library
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info
Reservations Required

July 14, 2008

Deborah Martindale Interior Designer Exhibit July -September 2008

MVC-004F.JPGDo you know what an interior designer does? The photo on the left is Deborah's design for the interior of a large home called "The Castle." Deborah Martindale, Interior Designer is displaying some of her works of the trade at the Southwest Library this July through September.

Deborah holds a BFA in Interior Design from American Inter-Continental University, Atlanta, Georgia and an Associate's degree in Science Architectural Design from Valencia Community College, Orlando, Florida.

Deborah has worked at various interior-design jobs and assignments including: Bloomingdale's at Millenia Mall; Festival of Trees Museum at Loch Haven; Expo Design Center in Nashville, Tennessee; and holiday decorating at the Ronald McDonald House. Deborah has also done custom window designs. In 2000, her interior design creations were sponsored at the Walt Disney World Biz Show exhibition.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

July 10, 2008

Southwest Gets New Wall Color

The last phase of the remodeling projects at Southwest Library funded by Dr. Phillips Rotary Club got underway last week. The "back area" (aka our art gallery, reading area, laptop center, second meeting room, and relatively quiet study area) got a new coat of paint. The custom color appropriately named "southwest reading room" adds a dash of sophistication and splash of vibrancy to the area. Staff and patrons alike love the new color.
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In the weeks ahead, wall panels, new coverings for the chairs, additional plants, new carpet border and other assessories will be added to the area. The Reference and Large Print sections have been moved to make room for the remodeling changes.
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Keep reading this blog for remodeling updates!

May 17, 2008

Sports and Fitness Month

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May is Sports and Fitness Month!!

Please stop by the Southwest Library and checkout our display table with materials that will help you to get ready for the summer.


Mes del libro para Latinos

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Mayo es el Mes del Libro para Latinos.
Estan invitados a visitar la sucursal de Southwest. Vea nuestra mesa de exibicion con libros, novelas, poemas, musica, peliculas, para ninos y adultos. Usando su tarjeta de Biblioteca puede llevarlas a su casa las que estan sobre la mesa de exibicion asi como las que estan en las estanterias y disfrutar con su familia.

May 8, 2008

Craig Crawford to Speak at Southwest Library May 9

crawf184.jpgIt will be politics plus at Southwest Library. Political commentator and author, Craig Crawford will be speaking at the library on Friday, May 9. Crawford is one of Washington's most popular pundits. He has made regular appearances on cable for CNBC and MSNBC. He is the author of two books - The Politics of Life: 25 Rules for Survival in a Cruel and Manipulative World and Attack the Messenger. Book sale and signing will follow the program.

This is the third program in the annual Author Series at Southwest Library presented in partnership with the Dr. Phillips Rotary. The Crawford program is sponsored by Tiger Bay Club of Orlando, Inc. and Highwoods Properties. Refreshments will be provided by Publix and Bice.

Friday, May 9
Social begins at 6:30 p.m.; program at 7:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library
407.835.7323

April 30, 2008

Take Our Sons & Daughters to Work Day April 24

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As the photos show, Serina had a great time helping staff and customers. But, she admits she least liked shelving books. The Southwest staff want to thank Serina for sharing part of her day to learn about the work done by her grandmother and for being an excellent library worker!
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April 18, 2008

Tomas Mac Master - Great Central Florida Photography Exhibit

MVC-004F.JPGMVC-003F.JPGTomas has been taking pictures since he received his first camera at age 14. As an adult, he studied and worked in the computer networking field. But, Tomas never forgot his passion for photography. He often did professional work on the side which included portraits, nudes, weddings, product advertisement, industrial, underwater, and aerial photography.

In the last few years, Tomas has been experimenting with digital photography. Today, his main equipment includes a standard 50mm f/1.4mm Canon 20D camera with a 17-40mm F/4.0L lens and a very sturdy tripod. He has a special interest in landscapes, HDRI, and panoramas. Tomas's passion for photography has led him to study every possible technique and develop his own view through the lens. To learn more about Tomas and his photography, go to www.tomasmacmaster.com

Tomas's photography works will be on exhibit at the Southwest Library April through June. For more information, please ask Library staff, call 407.835.7323 or southwest@ocls.info

April 8, 2008

Blood Drive on April 16th @ Southwest Branch Library

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 16 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

Donate and Receive:
*A free "No Brainer" t-shirt from Florida Blood Center
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations, receive a $10 Darden Gift Card)

Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org (Enter Account Sponsor Code of 42345) or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

April 3, 2008

Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Joint Pain April 10

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Come hear Dr. Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Doctor of Oriental Medicine discuss how Chinese herbs and acupuncture are used to treat joint pain and joint disorders. Sample different herbs.
Southwest Library
Thursday, April 10
7:00 p.m.

Dr. O'Shaughnessy is owner of Aesthetic Acupuncture Clinic in Orlando and author of the book, Traditional Chinese Medicine- Esthetician Guide which shows the aesthetician how to incorporate Chinese Medicine into their skin analysis or treatment. To learn more about Dr. O'Shaughnessy go to http://www.aestheticacupunctureclinic.com/

Limited seating. Reservations are required. For more information and registration, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

March 17, 2008

Gaming at Southwest March19

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Wednesday, March 19
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
407.835.7323
southwest@ocls.info
Mark your calendar "Gaming at Southwest Library every 3rd Wednedsay of the month 3-5 p.m."!

February 29, 2008

Library Games people can play

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Turn the library into a game board by making up games for your children, youth group or your classroom.
Make up a Scavenger Hunt giving a clue that can be used to lead to a certain book, author or subject.
Make a Match Game using the titles by an author who has written primarily adult fiction but has also written a children, juvenile or young adult book. See if your favorite author has written for kids and grownups. Make sure you have three columns: 1) author, 2) adult title and 3) kids title. To get you started look up http://iii.ocls.info/ Jan Karon, Mary Higgins Clark, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson or Carl Hiaasen. This might encourage a love for your style of reading.

Go to Armoredpenguin.com site and make your own Word Search. Make a list of famous people who have written for kids such as Madonna, Henry Winkler, Billy Crystal, Sarah Ferguson and John Lithgow. Check out Wikipedia.org and look up Celebrity Authors. After the names have been found in the word search the next step would be to look up the title or see if it is currently on the shelf. For younger kids just do a word search of one word book titles.

Just exploring the libraries sources will be a game for you as you create fun for the young. Also check out the books on parties located at 793.2 & 793.21 while you are visiting us in person or on line. We have books for baby showers, bridal shower, birthday parties, family gatherings and more.

February 6, 2008

GO RED!!!!

February is American Heart Month so be sure to stop by the Southwest Library and look at the different items we have on display.
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If you'd like to know more information, visit the American Heart Association 's website.

February 4, 2008

Denise C. Williams "Denise's Creations" Exhibit January - March 2008

MVC-007F.JPGDenise C. Williams, International Interior Designer is currently exhibiting her designs at the Southwest Library January through March 2008. Denise holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design and is now pursuing a Master's degree in Arts Educational Curriculum and dance ministry. Denise hopes to maintain two careers as an E.S.E. teacher and open an interior design studio. Her favorite art medium is charcoal. She enjoys decorating, listening to music, walks in the park or a botanical garden, traveling, and playing board games with her sons. Denise states her sons are her main inspiration.

For more information, contact Southwest Library at 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

January 28, 2008

Rae Delfosse Oils and Watercolors Exhibit January - March 2008

MVC-001F.JPGRae Delfosse, local artist is currently exhibiting her oil and watercolor paintings at the Southwest Library January through March 2008. Rae began her art training during her teen years in Chicago at the Art Institute and the Frederic Mizen Academy. After obtaining a degree in art education, Rae taught high school art in the Jacksonville area for many years. She also co-founded and taught at a local art school and exhibited her art work in many galleries and art shows over the years. Rae relocated to Orlando in 2006. Today, Rae paints nature scenes of Florida flora, scenic views, portraits of children, and old world architecture using primarily oil and watercolor. Rae's aim is to create works of art which bring joy to people in their homes and workplaces.

If you are interested in learning more about watercoloring painting, register to join Rae in a demo/class on Saturday, March 8, 2008, 11:00 a.m. at the Southwest Library. Basic art supplies will be provided. This is for people age 12 and up. For more information or to register, please email southwest@ocls.info or call 407.835.7323.

November 28, 2007

Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Holiday Health December 6

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Come hear Dr. Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Doctor of Oriental Medicine discuss how Chinese herbs and acupuncture can help you battle holiday stress. Sample different herbs and healthy soups!
Southwest Library
Thursday, December 6
7:00 p.m.

Dr. O'Shaughnessy is owner of Aesthetic Acupuncture Clinic in Orlando and author of the book, Traditional Chinese Medicine- Esthetician Guide which shows the aesthetician how to incorporate Chinese Medicine into their skin analysis or treatment. To learn more about Dr. O'Shaughnessy and her clinic go to http://www.aestheticacupunctureclinic.com/

Limited seating. Reservations are required. For more information and registration, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Party in Style Program December 5

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Party in style this holiday season by learning a few tips about hair up-do's. Check out a demonstration on how to do your own, fast and simple up-do's.

Southwest Library

Wednesday

December 5

11:30 a.m.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323.

November 26, 2007

Holiday Origami December 1

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Join Al Aki, origami instructor to learn how to create holiday-themed origami pieces. A local artist, Mr. Aki is well-known to the Southwest Library community. He has taught several origami classes for children and adults at the library. Mr. Aki has been a origami teacher and demonstrator for many years and owns his own business Origami by Aki. He also is involved in storytelling and acting.

Holiday Origami will be held Saturday, December 1 at 11:00 a.m. There is limited seating. Reservations are required. All children age 10 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No prior experience is necessary. Supplies will be provided. Call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info for more information and reservations.

Don't miss this great holiday program!

November 20, 2007

Blood Drive on December 5 @ Southwest Branch Library

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Wednesday, December 5 from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

Donate and Receive:
*Free $10 Publix Gift Card
*50% off Adult Admission to ICE! at Gaylord Palms (for donor only)
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations, receive a $10 Darden Gift Card)

Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org (Enter Account Sponsor Code of 42345) or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

Help save lives-give blood on December 5! Happy Holidays!

November 16, 2007

Break Dance Session on November 17

Break Out!

Calling all breakers! Whether you are new to breaking or you have your own crew, we want all b-boys and b-girls to come to the library for a class on this urban street dance. This program is for those ages 13-18. Saturday, November 17 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 407.835.7323.

This program is part of the A.R.T.: Art Revolution for Teens series funded by the Hot Topic Foundation and Disney's Helping Kids Shine Grant.

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September 25, 2007

Fiesta Time at the Library September 27

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by coming to "Fiesta Time" at the Southwest Library on Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. Join the fun with lots of Latin moves, music, taste and cultural traditions.

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Any person requiring special accommodations by contacting the location where the event is held at least seven days prior to the event. 407.835.7641 (TDD)
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September 19, 2007

Kelly Eklund Photography Exhibit

"Photography by Kelly" is currently on exhibit at the Southwest Library during September and October. Kelly's exhibit includes black and white, sepia (brown tones) and color photos featuring nature and people.
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Kelly found her passion in photography while she was a sophomore in the Visual and Performing Arts Program at Dr. Phillips High School. Currently, Kelly is going to college and works at SeaWorld where she shoots photos of shows and special events. In her free time Kelly shoots portraits, weddings and engagement photos.

Kelly is inspired by nature. She loves to photograph nature and its' beauty. Kelly uses a Nikon D50 SLR, a Canon Rebel GII film SLR and a Konica TC film camera. For more information regarding Kelly's exhibit, please contact the Southwest Library at 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Kelly may be contacted at KellBello4@aol.com

September 10, 2007

Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Women's Issues Program September 13

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Michelle O'Shaughnessy, Doctor of Oriental Medicine and owner of Aesthetic Acupuncture Clinic in Dr. Phillips Orlando will discuss Chinese herbs and acupuncture for women's issues and stress on Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Learn about and view samples of Chinese herbs used in the treatment of infertility, menstrual issues, menopause, weight loss and stress. See an acupuncture demonstration.

Dr. O'Shaughnessy is the author of the book, Traditional Chinese Medicine- Esthetician Guide which shows the aesthetician how to incorporate Chinese Medicine into their skin analysis or treatment. To learn more about Dr. O'Shaughnessy and her clinic go to http://www.aestheticacupunctureclinic.com/

August 9, 2007

Dare to Have a Beauty Escape Program August 11

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Come join Rashmi of Rashmi's Beauty & Boutique on Saturday, August 11 at 12 noon to learn great beauty tips. Experience and receive free eyebrow threading. Relax and enjoy!

Please RSVP by calling 407.835.7481.

Any person requiring special accommodations to participate due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting Southwest Library at 407.835.7323 prior to the event. 407.835.7641 (TDD)

July 30, 2007

Blood Drive on August 15 @ Southwest Branch Library

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 15 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

Donate and Receive:
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations you receive $10 in Darden Restraurant Gift Certificates)
*FREE Mini Physical
*Wet 'N Wild Discount Coupon

Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.
All Gift Cards will be mailed to the donor's home address

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org (Enter Account Sponsor Code of 42345) or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

Help save lives-give blood on August 15!

June 18, 2007

Sy Tyson Mixed Media Exhibit June-August 2007

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Vibrant, colorful prints of flowers, people, nature and geometric designs to three- dimensional black and white prints describes Sy's artwork. Sy's love of flowers and rare plants is portrayed in much of his art. His artist's tools - a colored pencil and an ink pen. Sy always felt the need to express himself. As a child, he was forever drawing or doodling. Sy is now retired after working at various interesting careers including bank vice-president, IBM engineer, and business owner of a company that made clocks. These days Sy is very busy creating lovely works of art for all to enjoy. In fact, Sy is not completely happy unless he is creating.

Sy's work will be on exhibit June through August at the Southwest Library. For more information on Sy Tyson and his art, visit his website at www. sytyson.com
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June 5, 2007

Summer Reading Program Kicks Off June 8

The Super Slammin' Summer Reading Program will kick-off at Southwest Library on Friday, June 8th! This reading program is for school-age children ages 6-12. It includes storytelling, games, activities and contests.

Join the Pirates Dinner Adventure this Friday at 10:30 a.m. for a "treasureful" reading adventure. Other Friday morning programs this summer include:
June 15 - Power Reading with Ronald McDonald 10:30 a.m.
June 22 - Butterfly Lady 10:30 a.m.
June 29 - Dr. Doreen Spleen 10:30 a.m.
July 6 - Friends of Planet Earth 10:30 a.m.
July 13 - Fighting the Heat: Firefighter Heroes 10:30 a.m.
July 20 - Soup-er Chef Chartreuse 10:30 a.m.
July 27 - Daring Deanna 10:30 a.m.

Additional Special Programs on Wednesdays include:
June 13 - Secrets Revealed 2:00 p.m.
July11 - Transformers 2:00 p.m.
July 25 - Underdog Saves the Day 2:00 p.m.

The Summer Reading Program concludes on Saturday, August 4 with a Super Slammin' Bash at the Downtown/Main Library at 3:00 p.m. A grand prize drawing will be held!

For more information about these programs and registration, please call 407.835.7323 or go to www.ocls.info/children/KidsConnect/default.asp

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April 17, 2007

The Author Series at Southwest Library

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The Dr. Phillips Rotary Club and the Orange County Library System invite you to attend this year's Author Series, "Face to Face with Martha Powers" on Friday, April 27, 6:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library.

Martha Powers, an award-winning fiction writer is the author of eleven novels. She will be discussing her latest novel, Death Angel. Death Angel is Powers's third suspense thriller that involves a parent's worst nightmare, a missing child. More suspense is added when the child's father becomes the prime suspect. Power's other suspense thrillers include Sunflower and Bleeding Heart.

Powers did not always write mystery thrillers. Her novel writing career started in the romance genre. In fact, she publiished nine Regency romances, including two nominated for the Golden Medallion, the Romance Writers of America national award for published authors.

Powers also adds humor columnist, freelance editor and public speaker to her career list. She currently resides in South Florida and is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America. More information about Powers and her books can be found at her website http://www.marthapowers.com

Refreshments will be provided by Publix and Bice Ristorante. No admission fee, but donations welcome.

For more information about this program, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info.

April 6, 2007

Exhibits at Southwest

Southwest Library currently has two exhibits being held March through May 2007.

Artists from the Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society have several of their paintings on exhibit throughout the library. The Society is a group of artists who practice the long-established techniques of Chinese brush painting. Chinese brush painting requires the use of bambo brushes, black ink or watercolor pigments and rice paper which is soft and gentle. This art form demands discipline, first of oneself, and then of one's tools. In March, three Society artists presented a demonstration/class at the library (see Photo Gallery).
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Carol Smith, local collector is displaying her collection of photos, books, documents and other articles dealing with Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. During Black History month in February, Carol presented a program on her collection (see Photo Gallery).
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For more information regarding these exhibits, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest(at)ocls.info

March 26, 2007

It's Game Time @ Southwest

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It's time to have fun!!!

Come and Join us on April 18th, Wednesday, from 3:00-5:00 pm. Southwest is going to have it's first GAMING NIGHT where kids and teens are all welcome. You will get to check out our new gaming consoles and play games such as Dance Dance Revolution. Snacks will be provided.

***Must be a regular library card holder to attend***

For more information on Gaming Nights, call us at 407.835.7323 or check it out here: Gaming @ OCLS

March 16, 2007

Crafts and Arts Programs at Southwest March 24

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March is National Craft Month. Celebrate the month by coming to the Southwest Library on Saturday, March 24 to learn to make an advanced origami piece or experience the ancient art form of Chinese brush painting.

Advanced Origami with Al Aki at 11:00 a.m.: Al Aki, a local Origami demonstrator and instructor will teach participants how to create a 30-piece Geodesic Sphere. This program is for experienced folders only. To demonstrate folding skills, please bring a "crane" to the class for the instructor to view.

Oriental Brush Painting at 1:00 p.m.: Artists/members of the Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society will be giving an demonstration of various Chinese brush painting techniques. Participants will be able to learn and practice these techniques.

Both programs will result in beautiful art work created by you and for you to take home!

The programs require reservations. You may register online by going to www.ocls.info and clicking on "Classes and Programs," then click "Calandar of Events." Click on the program name and enter your card number and last name. You may also register by calling 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info
A library card is not necessary to attend the program, although you will need a card to register online.

March 14, 2007

Your Heart, Health, and Chelation Therapy Program with Dr. K. Kalidas

Dr. Kirtii Kalidas will be at the Southwest Library on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. to present an in-depth seminar on natural and safe ways to better your heart health; including chelation therapy.

Over the past few years Dr. Kalidas has provided quality health programs at the Southwest Library. He is one of the few physicians who hold duel doctorate degrees in both traditional and naturopathic medicine, and is thus uniquely positioned to truly integrate both disciplines to optimize wellness. For more information regarding Dr. Kalidas and the Center for Natural & Intregrative Medicine go to http://www.drkalidas.com/

Reservations are required. For more information and reservations, please call 407.832.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

February 9, 2007

Senior Safety: Driving and Mobility Program February 15

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Did you know as people age their vision, hearing and reaction times may diminish? Older drivers may benefit from adjusting their driving patterns to match their current reaction times and judgment.

Join Fran Carlin-Rogers of the Senior Resource Alliance to learn about issues relating to older drivers and options for life-long mobility.

Thursday, February 15, 2007
3:00 p.m.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323

February 8, 2007

Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman February 13

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During National Black History Month come learn about the Underground Railroad and the life of Harriet Tubman from Carol Smith, local collector and quilter. See a collection of Underground Railroad-related photos and documents and a quilt depicting symbolism that was used to aid escaping slaves on their journey to freedom.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.

You may view Carol Smith's collection on exhibit at the Southwest Library during March and April 2007.

Reservations are required. Call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info for more information and reservations.

January 25, 2007

Blood Drive on Feb. 28 @ Southwest Branch Library

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Wednesday, February 28 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

Donate and Receive:
*Brevard Zoo (One free admission plus $1 off admission for up to 3 guests
*Crispers (Buy one menu item over $4.99, get one FREE)
*Pirates Dinner Theatre (50% off donor and one guest plus 25% off four additional guests)
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations you receive $10 in Darden Restraurant Gift Certificates)

Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org (Enter Account Sponsor Code of 42345) or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

Help save lives-give blood on February 28!

January 22, 2007

Tom MacCubbin Gardening Program January 25

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Join gardening guru, Tom MacCubbin on Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. for "Winter in the Garden" program. Mr. MacCubbin will offer tips and advice on edible landscaping and fall vegetable gardening. Learn from one of the best!

Registration is required. For more information and registration, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info

January 20, 2007

Don't Forget! Learning How to Remember Program January 31

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"What was her name?" "Where did I put my keys?!"

Does this sound like you? Start out this New Year by learning how to remember better. You can improve your memory! Join us for a special workshop for seniors led by Laura D' Arcy of Orlando Regional Healthcare's Memory Disorder Clinic on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

January 12, 2007

Portraits of Hunger Exhibit

Portraits of Hunger is an award-winning photography exhibit showcasing the faces of individuals and families in need in Central Florida. This exhibit developed as a way to bring visibility to the invisible problem of hunger in our community.

The photos were taken by local amateur and professional photographers who interacted with the individuals and families in need, the agencies providing food, and the volunteers lending a hand. The exhibit makes its permanent home at the Second Harvest Good Bank of Central Florida. A traveling exhibit such as this one at Southwest Library is available for select events and community awareness activities. The exhibit is sponsored by Albertsons.

Portraits of Hunger is on exhibit at the Southwest Library January-February 2007. For more information about hunger in our community and donations, go to www.foodbankcentralflorida.org

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December 19, 2006

Blood Drive on Jan. 3 @ Southwest Branch Library

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Wednesday, January 3 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm in the library parking lot. Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

Other Benefits:
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations you receive $10 in Darden Restraurant Gift Certificates)
*Free mini physical.

Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org (Enter Account Sponsor Code of 42345) or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

Help save lives-give blood on January 3!

December 4, 2006

Southwest's New Look Update

The remodeling of Southwest's entrance is near completion. In the last few weeks a bright red wallcovering was put on the back wall and a great looking display case was installed. Just a few more details to be added and Southwest's new look will be finished!

This remodeling project is part of the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club Library Project (see March 29, 2006 post on this blog).

Come in and see the more bright and beautiful entrance. Watch for more Library Project updates and photos on this blog.
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November 29, 2006

Wanna' Write a Book? December 6

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Have you always wanted to write a book but not sure how to start? Then join published author and Central Florida Romance Writers member Louise Gougeon on Wednesday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m. and learn the process of writing a book.

Reservations are required. Please call 407.835.7481, (TDD) 407.835.7641.

Any person requiring special accommodations to participate due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting the location where the event is held at least seven days prior to the event.

Fingerprinting and Photo ID for Children December 4

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Free electronic fingerprinting and photo ID offered by the Children's Safety Village of the Orange County Sheriff's Office will be held at the Southwest Library on Monday, December 4 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

This free service is for children ages 2 and up. The parent retains the cards and no records are kept by law enforcement.

Reservations are required. You can make an appointment/reservation by calling 407.835.7481; TDD: 407.835.764.

If you have further questions, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest(at)ocls.info

Note: Any person requiring special accommodations to participate due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting the location where the event is held at least seven day prior to the event.

November 20, 2006

Joshua Mantyla Paper Clip Art Exhibit November/December 2006

Most people use paper clips as a simple and quick way to hold papers together. Well, artist Joshua Mantyla has found another use for them. He creates paper clip sculptures! Yes, that's right -sculptures from a small motorcyle with rotating wheels to a 3-foot mouse - all made from paper clips.

The first piece of paper clip art made by Joshua was a flower for a girlfriend. Next he began twisting up flowers for all his co-workers. Then a friend challenged him to make something bigger. The friendly challenge resulted in a paper clip dog sculpture. The friend was impressed and Joshua's experimentation with creating paper clip sculptures just kept growing. Joshua has no formal art training. The closest "artistic" experience he can think of is taking four years of high school shop. When it comes to creating his paper clip art, Joshua states all he does is "first see with my eyes, then I try to see the object with my mind's eye.

Joshua's paper clip art will be on exhibit at the Southwest Library November/December 2006. Come in and see this unique art form. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info
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The big mouse took Joshua 3,000 total hours to complete.

November 13, 2006

Tom Davis Photography Exhibit - "The Beauty of Realism"

Tom Davis, professional chef and hobbyist photographer is currently exhibiting his photography titled "The Beauty of Realism" at the Southwest Library through January 2007. His photos feature nature, animals, people and food. Tom, a chef could not leave out this last category!

Tom's interest in photography began at age 11 when his father bought him his first camera. In high school, Tom got to use a 35 mm for the first time. Tom continues to learn more about photography by reading books, practicing, and by trial and error. Tom states, "As a photographer, I like to capture the natural beauty of the subject. I use some manipulation, but prefer to see things for what they are. Some subjects you only have a short time to photograph or they are gone or forever changed. Sometime you have to wait for the right moment."

For more information, email southwest(at)ocls.info or call 407.835.7323
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November 6, 2006

The Best in Beauty November 8

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Take some time for yourself and come to the Southwest Library for a little spa treatment on Wednesday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m.

The Sanctuary Salon and Day Spa staff will be offering free beauty treatments - eyebrow threading, skin and hair consultations or a mini-massage, plus answering all your beauty questions.

So get that spa glow! But hurry, regisration is required. Please call 407.835.7481 for more information and to reserve your appoinment time today.

For more information about the Sanctuary Salon & Day Spa, please click here. They are located at 8911 Conroy Windermere Rd, Orlando, Florida 32835.

October 23, 2006

Southwest's New Look!

For the past few weeks, Southwest customers have walked in on a mess! Contractors have been busy remodeling the front entrance - putting in new flooring, lights, and wall covering. The project is almost complete with only some more wall covering and display furniture left to install. This remodeling project is part of the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club Library Project (see March 29, 2006 post on this blog).

Come in and see the more bright and beautiful entrance. Watch for more Library Project updates and photos on this blog.

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October 16, 2006

Sandra Namur Art Exhibit

The Southwest Library is pleased to present "A Mother's Peace: Paintings in the Impressionism Style," an exhibit by local artist Sandra Namur. Sandra's paintings will be on display October through December.
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Sandra was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She completed her first picture at age five and has not stopped creating art. She is a master of drawing and other art techniques. Sandra has won numerous awards for her art from around the world including Brazil, Paris and Mexico. In 2004, her painting "Paris Garden" (shown above on right) was on exhibit at the Orlando Museum of Art. Sandra is married and a mother of two sons. Her greatest artistic inspiration is the 19th century Impressionist painters. But she draws much inspiration from her family too. In fact, family and painting bring much peace to her heart.

For questions or comments about the exhibit, please call 407.835.7323 or email mayer.sandy(at)ocls.info. Also, be sure to stop and see the display of art books on Impressionism and Impressionist artists.

October 11, 2006

Patio Concert with Doug Spears October 18

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Join us on the patio for a chance to sit back, relax and relish this live performance with guitarist, Doug Spears on Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.

*Well-crafted lyrics
*Memorable melodies
*Smooth, rich vocals
This is a formula for great contemporary folk music - that's Doug Spears!

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

October 5, 2006

Spanish Music at the Library October 7

Celebrate National Hispanic Month at Southwest Library!
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Come listen to members of the St. John Vianney Choir perform Spanish music on Saturday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m.
The choir has performed and delighted Southwest patrons in the past with their vocal and instrumental arrangements. So sing along, dance or just watch. Enjoy!

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Blood Drive on Oct. 25th @ Southwest

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The Little Red Bus Team is doing another Blood Drive on Wednesday, October 25th, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Southwest Library.
Additionally, they have a new program called eDonor where you can view your donating history as well as make appointments online. Just log onto www.fbcdonor.org to make an appointment. (Enter Account Sponsor Code of 42345)

Save 3 lives by giving 1 pint of blood.

Benefits you can receive:
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations you receive $10 in Darden Restraurant Gift Certificates)
*Buy one...get one free admission to Silver Springs (valid up to 6 people- coupon expires 12/31/06)***
*50% off one-day two park ticket or a two-day ticket to both Universal Orlando parks (donor only)***
*Free mini physical.

***while supplies last

Note: A photo ID is required for all donors.

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

September 21, 2006

Mind Your Own Knitting September 30

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Join us for a free knitting class sponsored by Knit and Knot on Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 3:30 p.m.

Bring your creativity and enthusiasm. Materials will be provided. Plus watch a spinning wheel demonstration of how yarn is made. All ages are welcome.

For more information regarding this program, call 407.835.7323.

Did you know the library has many materials such as books, DVDs, and VHS to help you learn how to knit or do other needlecrafts? Check our library catalog at www.ocls.info for material selections.

September 18, 2006

Advanced Origami with Al Aki September 23

Take your origami skills to the next level this Saturday!

Experienced paper folders can learn to construct advanced origami shapes during a class with Al Aki, owner of Origami by Aki this Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 12:30 p.m. This class is not for beginners or those with little origami experience. To demonstrate folding skills, please bring a "crane" which you have completed to the class for the instructor to view.

Registration is required. For more information and registration, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at)ocls.info

September 12, 2006

Al Aki Origami Exhibit September-October 2006

Local artist, Al Aki is well-known to the Southwest Library community. This is Mr. Aki's fourth origami exhibit at the library since 2003. His origami pieces are always popular with children and adults. He has also taught several origami classes for children and adults at the library. Mr. Aki has been a origami teacher and demonstrator for many years and owns his own business Origami by Aki. He also is involved in missionary work and acting.

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Mr. Aki's origami exhibit will be on display at the Southwest Library during September and October in the circular display located in the center of the library.

Experienced paper folders plan to attend Mr. Aki's class, "Advanced Origami" on Saturday, September 23 at 12:30 p.m. Registration is required and the completion of a "crane" prior to attending the class. For more information about the exhibit or Mr. Aki's upcoming class, call 407.835.7323 or email mayer.sandy (at) ocls.info

August 22, 2006

Children Informational DVD and VHS Tapes Have Moved

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Where have all the children's informational tapes gone? You know the ones with the Dewey Decimel numbers on them.

During the last few weeks the Southwest Library shelvers have been busy moving all the children's tapes from their old location to join the juvenile nonfiction books side by side on the shelves. For example, if a patron is looking for a book about improving math skills, math-related DVD or VHS tapes will be found shelved right with the books...and that goes ditto for geography, history. science, etc. Patrons now can enjoy a sort of "one-stop shopping" when it comes to children's nonfiction/informational materials! Also, library staff hope the move will increase patrons' awareness of the library's great audio-visual informational materials.

So far the comments from patrons regarding the move have been positive. Please let us know what you think. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

August 14, 2006

It's Back to School Time!

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Summer is quickly coming to a close because it's Back to School Time! Orange County students made their way back to the classrooms on August 7.

To help students and parents make the transition back, check out the 'It's Back to School Time' display at the Southwest Library. These resources and materials will help make the 2006-07 school year the best ever!

For more information and resources, visit the OCLS Back to School Virtual Gallery.

August 1, 2006

Eat Together, Stay Together!

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Celebrate Family Meal Month @ Southwest Library! Find out how to make the most of your family meal time with Tanya Olick of REACH Wellness Nutrition & Fitness Solutions.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 @ 3 P.M.
For more information, call us at 407.835.7323

Note: Any person requiring special accomodations to participate due to a disablity may arrange for accomodations by contacting the location where the event is held at least seven days prior to the event.

July 19, 2006

Kamae Te! Martial Arts @Your Library August 5

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Martial Arts combines discipline and skill for the mind. Experience the skill in person by attending a demonstration by the Victory Martial Arts School of Life on Saturday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m.

Registration is required for this program. For more information and registration, please call 407-835-7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info
For more information about Victory Marial Arts, click here.

July 17, 2006

Flyball July 22

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Learn a new sport this summer - with the family dog! Watch the dogs of the Express Delivery Flyball Team race through relays and make amazing catches. Find out how this competitive sport can keep you and Rover active, fit and healthy.

This outdoor program will be held on Saturday, July 22 at 10:00 a.m. on Southwest Library grounds.

For more information about this program, call 407-835-7323.

For information about Flyball, click here to see the North American Flyball Association's website.

July 13, 2006

Legal Survival: Wills and Trusts July 20

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Don't be misinformed! Don't be confused!

Find out the facts about taxes, probate, advance medical directives and estate planning. Come join an expert from the Orange County Bar Association on Thursday, July 20 at 3:00 p.m.

For more information about this program, call 407-835-7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info
For more information about the Orange County Bar Association, go to http://www.ocbar.org

July 6, 2006

Mabel Vege-table Summer Reading Program July 7

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Mabel Vege-table, gardening guru and punster will make you giggle as she puns her way through families of vegetables, fruits, and spices on Friday, July7 at 10:30 a.m. We guarantee you will enjoy your vegetables this time!

Mabel Vege-table is one of the many great special events held during OCLS's 2006 Summer Reading Program for school-age children. For more summer reading program information and schedule, go to http://www.ocls.info/Children/KidsConnect/default.asp

June 30, 2006

Edely Wallace of the Yogamatrixstudio Teaching Programs July 8 and 15

Edely Wallace, director of the Yogamatrixstudio at Dr. Phillips Marketplace will be teaching two yoga programs during July at the Southwest Library:

Yoga for Stress Relief on Saturday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m. This yoga program teaches specific poses and proper breathing techniques that increase physical, mental and emotional health. Special focus will be on deep relaxation. For adults.

Yoga for Kids on Saturday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m. This is a fun movement-based program to help kids develop flexibility, attention, coordination, concentration and ultimately; a sense of relaxation. Many of the postures and breathing techniques are based on animal movements; making the program a fun and creative experience! For children and teens.

Participation in these yoga programs is voluntary. All participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and to bring a mat/towel for floorwork. Note chairs will be provided for those participants with mobility or disability concerns.

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Photo: Edely teaching a "Yoga for Kids" program.

Edely was featured as "Someone You Should Know" in the April 2006 issue of Windermere Lifestyle magazine where she shared her miraculous story of recovery and healing.

Edely holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Central Florida (1997). She began her study of Yoga in 1983, two years after a serious road accident that took the lives of more than thirty people and confined her to a wheel chair or bed for the same period of time. Unable to walk, she dedicated the next five years to an intense study of Yoga. She read innumerable Yoga books in four different languages and practiced with a private Yoga instructor for almost two years. Through this unique combination of events, she acquired a method that not only restored her capacity to walk but contradicted the medical statement that she would never be able to walk without support. From 1988 to 1992 studied in the Andre Van Lysebeth Yoga School in Brussels (Belgium) for one month per year.

Edely is a certified yoga teacher in several yoga traditions such as Kripalu, Iyengar and Sivananda. Have also studied with Eric Schiffman, Gary Kraftsow and Rama Berch. Edely has been teaching Yoga nationally and internationally for 17 years, holds the position of Yoga Consultant for “Orange County Public Schools”, Executive Board Member (Treasurer) of the National Yoga Alliance, founder and director of Yoga and Health Center of Orlando - YHCO.

Don't miss these exciting yoga programs taught by a great instructor! For more information, please call 407-835-7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info

For more information about Edely and the Yogamatrixstudio, please go to www.yogamatrixstudio.com

June 27, 2006

Lillian Verkins "In Love with Nature" Art Exhibit

Lillian Verkins, a local artist is currently exhibiting a collection of landscape and flower themed paintings, "In Love with Nature" at the Southwest Library through August 2006.

Lillian was introduced to the arts as a returning college student in her 30's. She received a BFA in printmaking/photography from UCF in 1987. Lillian works in varied forms such as oriental brush painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and mixed states. She has shown her art work at various art galleries such as UCF (one-person show), Sosa, Eitharong, Osceola Center for the Arts, and the Casselberry Art House.

Lillian shares "art was extremely personal and therapeutic to me than and now. It is an extension of my emotional persona and a palette of my feelings which are shown in all the art forms I use - from angst to serenity, it's all palpable."

Below are a few of Lillian's paintings on exhibit:
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To learn more about Lillian and her exhibit, please contact the Southwest Library at 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info

Am-Jam Productions June 30

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In the mood for a good puppet show?

Am-Jam Productions is running with puppets to Southwest Library this Friday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m. Come watch exciting new puppet productions. Am-Jam Productions is Central Florida's newest puppet production company. To find out more information about the company, go to www.Am-jamproductions.com

Am-Jam Productions is one of the many great special events held during OCLS's 2006 Summer Reading Program for school-age children. For more summer reading program information and schedule, go to http://www.ocls.info/Children/KidsConnect/default.asp

June 14, 2006

Summer Reading Program-Wagging Tales June16

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The Wagging Tales volunteers of the SPCA of Central Florida present a reading program to bring pets and children together for a "pawsitive" reading experience. Come meet "Colonel" and her SPCA volunteer on Friday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Southwest Library. "Colonel" is a part golden retriever and labrador who was trained as a guide dog but now works as a visitation and "wagging tales" dog. Storybooks about how dogs become guide dogs will be read and; of course, "Colonel" will be happy to shake paws after the program.

To learn more about the SPCA of Central Florida or the Humane Society, go to http://www.ohs-spca.org/
To learn more about Orange County Library System's Summer Reading Programs, go to www.ocls.info/kidsconnect

June 5, 2006

Child Safety Seminar June 17

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The Child Rescue Network will be presenting a safety seminar on Saturday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m. The Child Rescue Network is partnering with the Orange County Library System to provide safety seminars geared for parents to offer tips on keeping children safe.

This seminar will help educate parents on the dangers that exist and explain methods to teach kids how to recognize and react to potentially dangerous situations. Even Internet safety will be discussed!

To learn more about the Child Rescue Network, visit their website at www.childrescuenetwork.org or call 1.877.209.KIDS (5437).

For more information about this library program, please call 407.835.7323.

June 3, 2006

Tails from the Litterbox June 6

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Have you been wondering what professional pet sitting service to select for your precious four-legged friend? Are you interested in starting your own pet sitting services?

Julie Brooks of Just Beclaws Petsitting will be able to answer just those questions and more! Julie is a professional pet sitter and business owner in the southwest Orlando area. Please join her on Tuesday, June 6 at 5:00 p.m. Your pets will thank you!

For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info

May 31, 2006

Oriental Brush Painting Program June 3

Are you interested in learning about an ancient art form and trying a few brush stokes of your own?

Come join members of the Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society this Saturday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. for a demonstration in Chinese brush painting techniques. Attendees will be able to learn and practice various brush techniques. Those who attended this program in January are welcome back!

The Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society is a group of local artists who continue to learn and practice the long-established techniques of Chinese brush painting. Sharon Bennett, leader/instructor of the Society also teaches brush painting and other fine art classes at the Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando.

For ages 6 to adult.

For more information, contact 407.835.7323 or email southwest (at) ocls.info

May 17, 2006

Reading with Radio Disney AM 990 May 20

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Celebrate the beginning of summer at the Southwest Library with Radio Disney AM 990! Reading with Radio Disney AM 990 is an interactive storytelling event showcasing adventures in reading with a positive message. Kids, ages 5 to 12 can join in for storytelling, games, and trivia fun. Participants will recreive a free Radio Disney AM 990 goodie bag.

Come join us for this exciting program on Saturday, May 20 at 3:00 pm.

May 3, 2006

Kindermusik!

Celebrate National Music Week at Southwest Library! Share music with infants and young children through an interactive Kindermusik session led by Erin Guiltner on Monday, May 8 at 10:45 am.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323. Registration not required.

Any person requiring special accommodations to participate due to a disability may arrange for accomodations by contacting Southwest Library prior to the event.

May 2, 2006

Southwest Library and Dr. Phillips Rotary Club Welcome Local Author Larry Guest

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Please join the Southwest Library and the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club for a victory celebration on Friday, May 5 from 6-8 pm. Special guest and local author, Larry Guest, former sports editor for the Orlando Sentinel will be speaking at this after-hours event to celebrate the fund-raising effort by the Dr. Phillips Rotary Club to enhance the entrance and children's area of the Southwest Library.

Larry Guest is author of Built to Win, The Payne Stewart Story, Arnie: Inside the Legend and Larry Guest LIte. Book sales and signing will follow with $5.00 from every purchase going to the Dr. Phillips Rotary Library Fund. Refreshments are generously being provided by Roy's Restaurant.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323. R.S.V.P.'s appreciated.

April 25, 2006

Constructing Your Financial Future Program May 6

Financial advisors, Vanessa and Tony Derrico will present a program at Southwest Library on Saturday, May 6, 2:00-4:00 pm on contructing your financial future. Topics to be discussed will include retirement planning, your earning potential, investing, and much more.

Reservations are required. For more information and reservations, please call 407.835.7323.

April 15, 2006

Blood Drive April 26 at Southwest

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The Southwest Library will be hosting a Little Red Bus Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 26 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. in the library parking lot. Three lives can be saved by donating 1 pint of blood.

Other Benefits:
*Enrollment into Club Red (after 2 donations you receive $10.00 in Darden Restraurant Gift Certificates).
*Each donor receives a $10.00 Publix gift card.
*Free mini physical.
Note: A photo ID is required for all first time donors.

For more information about the Little Red Bus and donating blood, please go to floridasbloodcenters.org or call 1-888-9-DONATE.

Help save lives-give blood on April 24th!

April 6, 2006

Facts about Southwest Library

Did you know?
*Southwest Library opened March 21, 1989 as a result of a cooperative project between Orange County Library System and Dr. P. Phillips Foundation who constructed the building.

*At 15, 000 square feet (including the Dr. Phillips' Community Room), Southwest Library is the largest branch in the Orange County Library System.

*Southwest Library has a staff of 17 including circulation clerks, shelvers, librarians, and computer techs.

*Southwest Library Friends of the Library volunteers provided 846 volunteer hours in 2005.

*Southwest Library has a collection of 110,000 items (books, DVDs, music CDs, audio books, periodicals, children's material, and computer games).

*Southwest Library has 15 public access computer stations with access to about 70 databases covering arts, entertainment, business, personal finance, homework help, genealogy, automotive, health, and more.

*Southwest Library's 2005 circulation was 444,000 items.

*2005 walk-in visits at Southwest Library totaled 299,850.

*Southwest Library offers various programs for all ages, weekly storytimes for pre-school children, and computer classes from beginning to advanced levels.

*Southwest Library initiated a blog in April 2006 for users to check often for updates on programs, classes, art exhibits, book club news, and new library materials. Users may email, post comments and suggestions.

Get to know your library! Come visit us today! For more information, click here.

April 3, 2006

Drop Everything and Read Day-April 12

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In honor of her creator and beloved author Beverly Clearly's 90th birthday, "Ramona" is leading National Drop Everything and Read Day (D.E.A.R.) on April 12th. D.E.A.R. is a special reading celebration to remind and encourage families on this day to make reading together on a daily basis a family priority. The whole idea is to encourage reading. Families can read right at home or can go to the library to make the day even more special. All you need is a book, your family, and 30 minutes!

National Drop Everything and Read Day is sponsored by the National Education Association; National PTA; and the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association; in partnership with HarperCollins Children's Books.

Be sure to pick up free bookmarks and handouts available at Southwest Library to help remind you to drop everything and read on this day!

April 1, 2006

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month.

National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets as a month long national celebration of poetry. Be sure to check out the special display table at Southwest Library for books on how to write poetry, various poet's works, "Master Poets" VHS collection, and audio books. You will find poetry materials for children and adults.

And be sure to check out the National Poetry Month gallery located in our Virtual Library for more information on poetry databases, materials, websites and upcoming library poetry programs.

Celebrate poetry this month!

March 29, 2006

Dr. Phillips Rotary Library Project

The Dr. Phillips Rotary Club, currently under the leadership of Richard Maladecki has announced the "Dr. Phillip's Rotary Library Project." The purpose of the "Library Project" is to enhance the Southwest Library at Dr. Phillips. A funding drive has been started to beautify the interior entrance area and to redesign the children's area. Project partnerships include the Orange County Library System and the Dr. Phillip's Foundation.

Businesses, families, schools, and library users in the Dr. Phillip's area are invited to contribute to the fund. Donor cards may be picked up at the Southwest Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email southwest@ocls.info

Watch for updates in the Southwest blog regarding this exciting project!

March 25, 2006

Get Health @Your Library

The Medical Library Association finds the following web sites particulary useful in finding credible health information on the Internet:

*Cancer.gov
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
*familydoctor.org
*healthfinder
*HIV InSite
*Kidshealth
*Mayo Clinic
*MEDEM: an information partnership of medical societies
*MEDLINEplus (English/Spanish)
*NOAH: New York Online Access to Health

The Orange County Library System also offers many health and medicine related databases in our virtual library. Click here for a complete listing. You will need your library card and PIN to access from your home or office.

March 20, 2006

Kapuschat Acrylic Paintings Exhibit

Southwest Library proudly presents "Acrylic Paintings" by local artist, Elsie Kapuschat.

The exhibit will run from March-May 2006. Elsie started formal painting classes at age 13 in her native Columbia, although she says she always enjoyed painting things as a young child. Elsie picked up a brush again in her 50's after a 30-year absense from painting. Elsie's paintings cover a variety of themes. Elsie describes herself as a freestyle artist; painting portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. Bold colors that jump off the canvas and grab you best describe her works of art.

For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email mayer.sandy@ocls.info

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March 18, 2006

Chef Tom Davis "Chocolate Spring Delights"

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Local chef, Tom Davis will be at Southwest on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 pm to present "Chocolate Spring Delights." Watch Chef Tom work his magic with chocolate. Best of all, get to sample some of his sweet creations and take a few recipes home with you.

Think Spring! Think Chocolate! Don't miss this tasty program. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 407.835.7323 or email mayer.sandy@ocls.info

March 8, 2006

National Women's History Month

March is National Women's History Month.

Did you know?
In 1826 the first public schools for girls open in New York and Boston.
In 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman to receive a medical degree in U.S.
In 1920 Women win the right to vote in Federal elections.
In 1981 Sandra Day O'Conner becomes the first woman appointed to the U. S. Supreme Court.

Come and see the special display table at the library or click here to learn more about women's history and resources on our website.

March 2, 2006

Making It! Celebrating Crafts @ Your Library

March is National Crafts Month. For those of you who craft, this is your month to learn a new craft, complete a half-finished project, or teach your favorite craft to someone. For those of you who do not craft, this is your month to start. Did you know doing crafts has emotional, social, and physical benefits? Reducing stress and promoting relaxation, providing something to do with your family or friends, building self-esteem, and learning a new skill to keep your brain sharp are just a few of those benefits. Most of all doing crafts is just fun! National Craft Month is sponsored by the Hobby Industry Association, a non-profit trade organization consisting of over 4,000 member companies engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of craft and hobby products.

During the next few months be sure to check out the special display at Southwest featuring DVD's, videos, and books on various crafts for adults and children. Also, be sure to take a look at craft displays which will be on exhibit.

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February 28, 2006

Dr. Kalidas to Speak on Stress, Hormones and Your Health

Dr. Kirti Kalidas, M.D., N.D. from the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine will be at Southwest Library on Saturday, March 4 from 2-4 pm to discuss how stress and hormones affect your weight, health, and wellness.

Dr. Kalidas is a Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine who has been practicing for more than ten years. Dr. Kalidas spent an additional two years broadening his medical knowledge at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is now one of the few physicians in the country who hold duel doctorate degrees. To learn more about Dr. Kalidas and the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine, please go to http://www.drkalidas.com

Registration is required. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or see Southwest staff.

February 25, 2006

Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society Demonstration

The Orlando Oriental Brush Painting Society had several art pieces and related items on exhibit at Southwest for the past few months. The exhibit will officially close on February 28th.

The Society is a group of artists who are continuing their education in the long established techniques of Chinese brush painting. The study of brush painting requires the use of a bamboo brush, black ink or watercolor pigments, and rice papers that are soft and gentle. Chinese brush painting demands discipline, first of oneself, and then of one's tools.

On January 14 several instructors from the Society presented a demonstration and class to 38 children and adults. Participants had an opportunity to learn and practice specific chinese brush painting techniques using watercolors and rice paper. If you missed this great program, you will have a chance to attend another demonstration by the Society on June 3, 2006. Watch for more details.

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How has the Library Changed Your Life?

Libraries can change lives. They are places of lifelong learning and opportunity that can help people discover the world. If you have a story about how the library has changed your life, send it to Woman's Day. It might be one of four chosen to be highlighted in an upcoming issue of the magazine!

Tell your story in 700 words or less and send it to womansday@ala.org by May 10, 2006. For more information and the official rules, visit www.womansday.com/alaPut it in Writing @ Your Library is sponsored by the American Library Association and Woman's Day magazine as part of The Campaign for America's Libraries. The Campaign is a multi-year public awareness and advocacy campaign designed to promote the value of public, school, academic, special libraries and librarians in the 21st century.

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February 18, 2006

Tom Davis "Photo Realism" Photography Exhibit

Tom Davis' "Photo Realism" photography exhibit features b/w and color photography of local nature and sites. After purchasing a digital camera, Tom's love of taking pictures has not stopped. Tom has been an active amatuer photographer for about three years.

When he is not shooting photos or learning new ways to use his camera, Tom works long hours as a pastry chef for an Orlando hotel. In fact, some of you may know him as "Chef Tom" and remember his tasty and informative "chocoholic" programs at Southwest. In fact, Tom will be presenting another chocolate program here in April-but more about that later. Tom resides in Orlando.

Tom's "Photo Realism" exhibit will run February/March 2006 at Southwest. Come check it out!

February 10, 2006

A Long Time Coming

Welcome to the Southwest Library blog!

As the title says, it has been a long time coming. Last October we were ready to go public when the server which housed the blog crashed and we lost everything . It has been a long and sometime frustrating road back, but finally we are here.

Check this blog often to stay updated on upcoming computer classes, children and adult programs, book club discussions, art exhibits, new library materials, and more. And email us your questions, comments, and suggestions.