SWFL Fine Craft Guild Exhibit, arts & crafts, book discussion, more at Cape Coral Library in December
The Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library is located at 921 SW 39th Terrace. The Friends of the Cape Coral Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer organization that raises funds through book sales, membership dues and grants to purchase goods and services that aren’t included in the County Library budget and to provide enhancements to the library experience.
The Friends sponsor the art gallery and the butterfly garden in addition to many of the programs and activities that are offered to the public free of charge and are listed below. Visit “http://www.capefriends.org”>www.capefriends.org for more information about the Friends of the Cape Coral Library.
Fall book sale fundraiser a big success
Thank you to all who donated books, CDs and DVDs throughout the year and to those who shopped at our recent event. We also appreciate the support of the library staff, the local media and most of all our many members who volunteered at the sale!
To donate books, CDs and DVDs
for future book sales
The book sales, which raise funds to support library programs, are held each April and November. Donations of books, CDs and DVDs can be accepted all year round. Small quantities (1 box or less) can be dropped off at the Cape Coral Library circulation desk. Please mention that they are donations for the Friends’ book sale.
For donations of 2 or 3 boxes, you may be asked to drive around to the back door of the library to drop them off. For large donations (Request a receipt, since they’re tax deductible.) you can have books picked up at your home by calling the Friends’ hotline at 239-349-2572 and leaving a clear message with your phone number, so someone can call you back.
SWFL Fine Craft Guild showing
at library through Dec. 30
“Hand in Hand Art,” an exhibition showcasing original handmade art pieces created by members of the Southwest Florida Fine Craft Guild, will be featured in the library through Dec. 30.
The gallery, sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library, is designed to give local artists the opportunity to share their work in a public forum without fees or commissions.
The SWFFCG is the only 3D art guild in Southwest Florida and has been encouraging high standards of performance and accomplishment in fine crafts since 1971, according to Christine Vogensen, guild president who is a mixed media artist. Members create art employing metal, glass, wood, stone, fiber, clay, mixed media and photography.
Currently there are more than 70 active members of the guild. Within the art community they provide teaching demonstrations, art scholarships and local exhibitions. Guild meetings are held monthly at the Cape Coral Art Center (formerly called the Cape Coral Arts Studio) on Coronado Parkway.
“Each work in the exhibition represents an artist’s feelings, thoughts and imagination which they use to manipulate an art medium or mediums to craft a handmade art piece,” Vogensen explained. “Some pieces are individually created while others may be a collaboration of two or more artists. The results are unique art objects crafted by creative hands and minds.” All work in the Guild’s exhibition is strictly juried and must be original, she emphasized. Pieces made from kits, commercial patterns, molds, decals or patterns that are the dominant design are not acceptable. No giclees or reproductions are permitted in Guild member shows.
Bimonthly exhibitions at the library may be viewed during its regular business hours. For more information about the library gallery, contact me, art gallery chairperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some programs of note
for adults in December
Visit the Lee County Library System website at www.leelibrary.net, click on “Programs & Events,” then “Cape Coral” for monthly calendar with descriptions and for registration information. If you would like to receive an email each month with the library’s new Events & Programs Newsletter, visit www.leelibrary.net/subscribe. (Or pick up a flyer at the Circulation Desk at the local library.)
* Thursdays (Dec. 5 & 19), at 1:30 p.m. – Exploring Arts & Crafts
— Dec. 5 – Paper Quilling – Registration required.
— Dec. 19 – Flat Wool Needle Felting – Registration required.
* Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. – Book Discussion “Only Child” by Rhiannon Navin. Squeezed into a closet with his classmates and teacher, first-grader Zach Taylor hears shots ring out in his school. The gunman takes 19 lives and forever changes the fabric of this close-knit community. While Zach’s mother seeks justice by holding the shooter’s parents responsible, Zach retreats into his hideouts and loses himself in a world of books and art. Armed with newfound understanding, Zach sets out on a journey toward healing and forgiveness.
* Wednesdays (Dec. 4 & 11) at 2 p.m. – Seniors Eating Well. This series is designed to help older adults improve their nutrition and health status. Information, tips and recipes will be shared during each session. Presented by the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Family Nutrition Program.
— Dec. 4 – Cooking and Seasoning with Herbs.
— Dec. 11 – Savory Soups.
Many ongoing programs for adults
Visit the Lee County Library System website at www.leelibrary.net, click on “Programs & Events,” then “Cape Coral” for monthly calendar with descriptions and for registration information. If you would like to receive an email each month with the library’s new Events & Programs Newsletter, visit www.leelibrary.net/subscribe. (Or pick up a flyer at the Circulation Desk at the local library.) Ongoing programs include Download Drop-in, English Cafe, Writing Club, Coloring for Grownups, and Chess Anyone?
Many ongoing programs for teens and kids
Visit the Lee County Library System website at www.leelibrary.net, click on “Programs & Events“, then “Cape Coral” for monthly calendar with descriptions and for registration information on teen programs plus kid’s programs and storytimes. (Or pick up a flyer at the Youth Services desk at the local library.) If you would like to receive emails each month with the library’s new Events & Programs Newsletter, visit www.leelibrary.net/subscribe.
A program of note for kids in December
* Wednesday, Dec. 11, 4 p.m. – LEGO Fun at the Library. Come to the library for LEGO building fun. Challenge cards will be offered for inspiration. Bricks provided by the library. For grades K – 5. No registration required.
Storytimes for children and families
Ongoing storytimes include Family Storytime, Preschool Storytime, Toddler Tales, Baby Rhyme Time and Special Needs Storytime. Refer to library website, the library’s new Program and Events Newsletter (Subscribe via library website.) or flyer at the Youth Services desk for any registration info.
Library general information
and regular hours
Phone number for Cape Coral Library: 239-533-4500
To register for programs & for information: www.leelibrary.net.
The Cape Coral Library is open:
Monday through Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The library will be closed for the following holidays in December:
Closed for Christmas Holiday on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25
Closed for New Year’s Holiday on Dec. 31
Monica Rahman is Publicity Chair and Past President of Friends of the Cape Coral Library.