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August programs at East Lee County Library

July 25, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The roster of activities at the East County Regional Library offers topics for all ages. The following activities are free and open to the public:

Adults

- English Cafe at 10 a.m. Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

- English Cafe at 6 p.m. Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Practice your English with English Cafe, a free, conversation session for adult ESOL and ESL students. Each 90-minute session provides adult learners an opportunity to practice speaking English with native speakers. Participants may start at any time. Advanced registration is not necessary.

- Chess Anyone? at 4 p.m. Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27

Rise to the chess challenge and join the fun. Chess enthusiasts of all ages are welcome. Bring your own chess set or use one of ours. Sponsored by the Friends of the East County Regional Library.

- Book Discussion: Eric Weiner's "The Geography of Bliss" at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 13

Join us for snacks and a lively discussion of a book that takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness." The book uses a beguiling mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor to investigate not what happiness is, but where it is. Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? Do citizens of Qatar, awash in petrodollars, find joy in all that cash? Is the King of Bhutan a visionary for his initiative to calculate Gross National Happiness? With engaging wit and surprising insights, Eric Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.

- Library Books for e-Readers at 2 p.m. Aug. 16

Learn how to check out eBooks and audiobooks to read on your Nook, Kindle and other eReaders or listen to on your portable devices. You are welcome to bring your device, but it is not required. Registration is required.

- Poetry Room at 6 p.m. Aug. 21

Join other like-minded people to talk about poetry and share what it means to you. Bring your favorite poem and listen to the poetry of others in a friendly, receptive environment. Registration is required.

- Knitting Nook at 5 p.m. Aug. 22

A fun, casual group of knitters and crocheters who love to get together to share project and technique ideas. Please note that this group is not facilitated by a professional knitting instructor, but is intended for the group members to learn from each other. Some materials will be provided for newcomers, or bring your own project to work on. Sponsored by the Friends of the East County Regional Library. Registration is requested.

Family

- Baby-Parent Rhyme Time at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 11

- Baby-Parent Rhyme Time at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13

Be prepared to tickle, jump and fly with your baby. These rhymes and songs are for infants, up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. This 20-minute program is filled with songs designed to introduce rhyming and movement to infants.

- Family Storytime at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 and 28

This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes.

- Toddler Storytime at 10 a.m. Aug. 22 and 29

- Toddler Storytime at 10 a.m. Aug. 23 and 30

Children 2 years old and their caregivers participate in song, fingerplays and short stories. The success of this age group depends on adult participation and encouragement. Toddler storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes.

- Meet a Miracle Baseball Player at 10 a.m. Aug. 25

Meet a player from the Fort Myers Miracle Baseball Team. He will talk about his career in baseball, answer audience questions, and sign autographs. Families and children of all ages are welcome to attend.

Children/teens

- End-of-Summer Dance Party at 2 p.m. Aug. 1

Celebrate all the reading you did this summer and dance to a non-stop party shuffle of Wii Just Dance Kids 2. Sponsored by the Friends of the East County Regional Library.

- Kids Read Down Fines at 3-4 p.m. Aug. 4

- Kids Read Down Fines at 4:30-5:30 p.m. Aug. 15

Children and teens can earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes of reading during the allotted time in the designated area of the library. For ages 18 and younger. Coupons may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under only.

- Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 22 and 29

- Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 23 and 30

Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) attend this storytime independently while parents or caregivers wait nearby in the library building. This storytime includes activities that require more participation and a longer attention span. Each preschool storytime lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required.

- Chess Anyone? at 4 p.m. Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Rise to the chess challenge and join the fun. Chess enthusiasts of all ages are welcome. Bring your own chess set or use one of ours. Sponsored by the Friends of the East County Regional Library.

- It's Where? Teen Scavenger Hunt from Aug. 8-30

Available during normal library operating hours: Monday-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.

Test your library knowledge. Find all the answers to the Back-to-School scavenger hunt questions and enter a random prize drawing for a pair of awesome headphones. Pick up the questions at the East County Information Desk. The drawing will be held on Aug. 31. Headphones provided by the Friends of the East County Regional Library.

- Wii Play Wii Dance at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15

- Wii Play Wii Dance at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28

Visit the East County Regional Library and play Nintendo Wii. Play your favorite Wii games. Dance to your favorite songs. Game choice will vary from program to program. Snacks will be provided by the Friends of the East County Regional Library.

- Teen Craft Program at 3 p.m. Aug. 20

Stop by after school and decorate your own special notebook. All supplies provided. Snacks provided by the Friends of the East County Regional Library.

- Monster Mics at 4 p.m. Aug. 21

Calling all teen rappers to the East County Regional Library. Bring your lyrics, bring your beats and share your songs and freestyles with others. Snacks provided by the Friends of the East County Regional Library. Registration is not required but the program is limited to 25 participants.

- Teens Sharing Poetry at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 22

Calling teen poetry lovers. You are invited to join other teens to talk about poetry. Bring a favorite poem or one you have penned and share it with others. This is the first Teen Poetry Room of the new school year. Other dates will be added in the future. Snacks provided by the Friends of the East County Regional Library.

- TeenReads Book Club at 3 p.m. Aug. 29

This is the first gathering of the East County Regional Library's TeenReads Book Club. Bring a favorite book that you read this summer and share what you liked with others. Book choices for upcoming meetings will be discussed. Registration is required.

The East County Regional Library is at 881 Gunnery Road in Lehigh Acres. For more information about a program or to register, call the library at (239) 533-4200. A sign language interpreter is available with five business days notice to library staff. Assistive listening system available; request at desk.

Check the Lee County Library System's Web site at: www.lee-county.com/library, or pick up an events calendar on your next visit, to find out about programs at other locations. Call the host library, or Telephone Reference at (239) 479-INFO (4636), for more information about a specific program.

 
 

 

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