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May Art and Artists:

Main Library: Mick West’s Photography
Community Room: Kathy Parsons’ Watercolors
Display Case: Cynthia Hartman's Jewelry

Friends of the Thousand Islands Annual Meeting
Wednesday, May 6 at 6pm

The public is welcome to attend the Friends of the Thousand Islands’ Annual Meeting to learn about current, upcoming, and ongoing conservation efforts in the Thousand Islands.

Discover the Library: Catalog Classes
Thursday, May 7 at 11am or Wednesday, May 13 at 4pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Explore the library’s collections from the comfort of your home with our online catalog. You may be familiar with our Classic Catalog, which retires on May 18. These classes will introduce you to the updated look and helpful features of the Discover Catalog, which allows you to search for books, place holds, renew items, and pay your fines online, available anywhere with an internet connection.

Local Author James Clark: Presidents in Florida
Thursday, May 7 at 2pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

UCF historian James Clark’s book Presidents in Florida captures the history of presidents who came to campaign or just to play in Florida. There is Herbert Hoover camping in Fort Myers, FDR surviving an assassination attempt in Miami, JFK writing his Pulitzer Prize-winning book in Palm Beach, and Abraham Lincoln trying to split Florida from the Confederacy. Dr. Clark talks about the dramatic and entertaining legacy of the presidential politics in the Sunshine State. Copies will be available for sale and signing.

Free Friday Movies: Award-Losing Films
Fridays through May 15 at 3pm

These nominees didn’t always go home with the gold, but each one shines in its own right. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served.
May 8: The Theory of Everything, rated PG-13, 124 minutes
May 15: Selma, rated PG-13, 127 minutes

Smartphones and Tablets 101
Tuesday, May 12 at 10:30am for Android devices and 2pm for Apple devices

Still trying to figure out your smartphone or tablet? Learn the basics about how your device works, what it can do for you, and how to get the most out of these helpful machines. It would be beneficial to come to class prepared with your account names and passwords for your App Store, Google Play, and/or email accounts so that you can participate in demonstrations. Taught by Barb Barrett, a former teacher with a lifelong interest in technology. Please register in advance for the class that addresses your device; enrollment is limited. Cost is $5.

Local Author J.J. White: Prodigious Savant
Wednesday, May 13 at 2pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Award-winning author J.J. White’s newest novel Prodigious Savant explores the sad dichotomy that juxtaposes isolated brilliance with developmental disability. A 1960s teen wakes up with new prodigious talents that earn him fame and celebration. His genius intertwines with paranoia and an increasing tendency to violence, creating the suspense in this gripping thriller that is ultimately about overcoming obstacles both internal and external and achieving the dreams that can bring you happiness. Copies will be available for sale and signing.

Our Sea Turtles: Up Close and Personal
Wednesday, May 13 at 6pm

Celebrated naturalists and local authors Blair and Dawn Witherington will share stories from their new book, Our Sea Turtles, about the mysterious lives of these intriguing marine animals. Their presentation will include facts and photographs that let you get up close and personal with local sea turtle species. Blair, a biologist who has worked intimately with sea turtles for 30 years, and Dawn, a graphic design artist specializing in nature, have authored other books on natural history, including Florida’s Living Beaches, Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas, and two books on seashells. Copies of Our Sea Turtles will be available for sale and signing.

Spiritual Wisdom on Health and Healing: Open Discussion
Wednesdays, May 13 & 27 at 6pm, in the Captain’s Room

What is the greatest creative force you can use for healing? How do miracles occur? Where does healing come from? How can you heal the past to help yourself now? Learn techniques to help you find the answers to these questions and many more. See yourself and your state of health from a higher perspective than you’ve likely ever imagined possible. All are welcome to attend this open discussion using the Spiritual Wisdom on Health and Healing booklet by Harold Klemp (provided free of charge to attendees). Presented by local members of Eckankar.

Savvy Travel With Your SmartPhone
Thursday, May 14 at 10:30am, in the Jane von Thron Room

You can use your smartphone to find the best flights, keep track of your travel schedule, simplify your packing list, map your route, call your car, ease you to sleep, and more. Find the apps and methods to increase your travel know-how by using technology you can hold in your hand. This class is taught by Barb Barrett, a former teacher with a lifelong interest in technology. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited. Cost is $5.

Local Author Cy Foley: The Truth Lies
Thursday, May 14 at 2pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Local author Cy Foley’s novel is a saga of Florida’s frontier that unravels the mysterious secrets of a powerful family’s past. The untamed flat land hammocks and moldering sawgrass swamps, whip cracking cow hunters and deep woods homesteaders will leave you wondering what is real when The Truth Lies. Copies will be available for sale and signing.

Health for Life: Natural Solutions to Digestive Problems
Friday, May 15 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Dr. Sylvie Morin, DOM, of Health for Life Medical Clinic will address natural and alternative methods to heal and protect your body from common digestive problems such as acid reflux, digestive distress, constipation, irregularity, ulcers, hernias, IBS, GERDS, and colitis. Please register in advance for this free lecture.

Food Is Our Best Medicine
Saturday, May 16 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room

What you eat affects all aspects of your health and wellness. Find out what foods can dramatically delay the aging process, help you lose excess weight, sleep better and even heal most of your health imbalances. With her experience in acupuncture and herbal and nutritional medicine, Dr. Jeanne Maguire, A.P., PhD, has helped thousands heal from chronic health issues.

Sea Turtle Preservation Society: Turtle Talk
Saturday, May 16 at 2pm (1:30pm for Volunteer Registration)

The Sea Turtle Preservation Society will present an introduction to local sea turtle species, biology, and conservation that includes slideshows, informational pamphlets, and models of turtles for guests to discuss and touch. This educational presentation is also a prerequisite for any volunteer activity involving hands-on work with turtles. Register at the program from 1:30 to 2pm or online.

iPhone Photography
Tuesday, May 19 at 6pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Want to do better at capturing memories as they happen? You can take better-looking photos with your iPhone to share on Facebook, send to your friends, or just spread your artistic wings. Ruth Bleakley will show you photography basics with your iPhone, like how to set up nice looking shots, compensate for bad lighting, and do some basic editing. All versions of the iPhone are welcome, though the latest software update (iOS8) has the most photographic capability. Cost is $5. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

Handmade Books: Japanese Bookbinding
Tuesday, May 26 at 6pm, in the Captain’s Room

Bookbinder Ruth Bleakley will help you create your own hand-sewn notebook using a Japanese method of binding, or “stab” binding, with different decorative papers for covers. No experience needed – easy for beginners. Kids that can handle a needle and thread are welcome with their parents to assist. Cost is $10; all materials are provided, as well as instructions for you to take home. Please pre-register; enrollment is limited.

Free Friday Movies: Bon Appétit
Fridays, May 29 – June 26 at 3pm

Your mouth will water throughout these movies that feature food in a starring role. Don’t worry, free popcorn and refreshments will be served.
May 29: Chef, rated R, 115 minutes
June 5: The Lunchbox, rated PG, 106 minutes
June 12: Waitress, rated PG-13, 108 minutes
June 19: Julie and Julia, rated PG-13, 124 minutes
June 26: The Hundred-Foot Journey, rated PG, 122 minutes

Sea Turtle Preservation Society: Sea Turtle Emergency Response
Saturday, May 30 at 10am (9:30am for Volunteer Registration)

The journey from the egg to the ocean is fraught with hazard for sea turtles. The Sea Turtle Preservation Society will host an informative program about the challenges hatchlings face and how professionals address them, as well as what to do if you encounter a hatchling in trouble. Feel free to arrive a little early if you’d like to register as a volunteer.


Mondays, 11am, Overeaters Anonymous. This group meets each Monday in the Jane von Thron Room. For further information contact Tom M. at 321-784-8092.

Tuesdays, 10am, Writers' Workshop. New and experienced writers are welcome to these meetings in the Captain's Room. Call Mary Burruss at 321-783-6997 for more information.

Tuesdays, 4pm, Al-Anon Family Group. Friends and family of alcoholics meet every Tuesday in the Captain's Room.

2nd Tuesday, 1pm, Tuesday Beach Readers Book Club. The next meeting takes place May 12 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be Room by Emma Donoghue.

3rd Tuesday, 2pm, PlayReaders Group. All attendees are provided with a copy of the play and are encouraged to participate. The next meeting takes place on May 19 in the Jane von Thron Room. Contact Shirley Finke for details at 321-613-2667.

Wednesdays, 2-4pm, Socrates Café. Engage in stimulating conversation on a variety of philosophical and existential topics. No reading or preparation required. Topic for May 13: Under what conditions, if any, would you sacrifice an innocent life to save two?

2nd Wednesday, 11:30am, Morning Book Discussion Group. Newcomers are welcome to attend. The next meeting takes place May 13 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be The Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa.

Thursdays, 1-4pm, The Watercolor Group. This social, non-instructive painting group is open to anyone with an interest in watercolors. Bring your materials and paint with fellow artists. For further information, contact Cathy Brion at 321-258-2011 or Jo Lincoln at 321-868-0163.

Fridays, by appointment only, SHINE Individual Counseling. Trained SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselors assist seniors and the disabled with their Medicare and Medicaid questions in Study Room 4. SHINE one-on-one counseling is free, unbiased, and confidential. For more info or to schedule a counseling session call 321-323-9418 or email

Fridays, 10am-1pm, Master Gardening Clinic. Master Gardeners answer questions about plants, pests, diseases, etc, in this open house held each Friday in the Captain's Room. Contact Marion Anderson for details at 321-784-1874.

4th Friday, 10am-12pm, Open House with Commissioner Jim Barfield in the Captain’s Room. Citizens of District 2 can address issues of concern with their County Commissioner. The next open house will be held on April 24.


Tuesdays, 2-3:15pm: Gentle Yoga with Emily Hain. This relaxing, non-competitive class is appropriate for beginners and those experienced with a gentle, mindful practice. Students must bring a yoga mat and be comfortably able to get up and down from the floor. Cost is $5 per session.

Fridays, 10:30-11:30am: Senior Fitness for Fall Prevention. Exercise physiologist Kent Dobbins specializes in in biomechanics and exercises designed for people over 60. This class increases stamina, strength, energy, balance, and helps reduce risk of falls. Movements are low-impact and can be adapted for sitting or standing participants. FREE; all equipment provided.


StoryTime Tuesdays, through May 12
10:15am, Toddler Time
(ages 5 and under)
4:30pm, StoryTime (ages 4-7)

Wednesday, May 13 at 4pm

Join in for building challenges, individual and team projects, contests and themed events. Bring your own bricks or dig into our collection to create unique designs. Please sign up in advance with the Youth Department.

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