The East County Regional Library offers topics for all ages. The following activities are free:
- Film Movement: Helena from the Wedding
2 p.m. June 1
Newlyweds Alex and Alice are hosting a New Year's Eve party for their closest friends at a remote cabin in the Canadian mountains. The other couples arrive in various states of discord, and the tensions are compounded when Alice's friends bring along a surprise guest--the very young and beautiful Helena. Alex and Alice try to keep the evening from spiraling out of control and their own marriage from coming apart.
- Book Discussion: Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
3:30 p.m. June 3
Join us for snacks and a lively discussion of this month's book. When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty faade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. Pagford is not what it first seems. The empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. The East County Book Discussion Group is open to all.
- Chess Anyone?
4 p.m. June 3, 10, 17 and 24
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.
- English Cafe
6 p.m. June 3, 10, 17 and 24
10 a.m. June 7, 14, 21 and 28
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.
- Food Preservation with Celia
6 p.m. June 4
Canning is a great way to preserve a farmers market purchase or your own home-grown produce. The key with home canning is it has to be done safely and correctly. Come for a lively look at canning. Presented by Celia Hill of the Lee County Extension Service.
- Play to Win: Florida's History of Gaming and Gambling
2 p.m. June 8
The "good ole days" weren't all work and no play! Learn how archaeologists study gaming and gambling to understand social interaction. Who was gaming in southwest Florida's past and what were they playing? Presented by the Florida Public Archaeology Network.
- Knitting Nook
5 p.m. June 12
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.
- Poetry Room
6 p.m. June 18
Poetry lovers unite! 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.
- Annamaria Alfieri: Author of Historical Mystery
10 a.m. June 19
A world traveler with a featured book on the Oprah Winfrey show, Annamaria will share a wonderful discussion about her books City of Silver and Invisible Country. If you like historical fiction, this is your ticket!
- Library Books for E-Readers
10 a.m. June 20
Learn how to check out library e-books to read on your Nook, Kindle, or other e-reader device. Please bring your reader to class (and your laptop if using a Nook reader). Class is limited to 10 participants. Registration is required.
- Dehydrating Foods with Celia
6 p.m. June 25
Dehydrating food is a great way to preserve a farmers market purchase or your own home grown produce. The key to success is it must be done safely and correctly. It will be a lively demonstration on dehydration. Presented by Celia Hill of the Lee County Extension Service.
- Baby-Parent Rhyme Time
10:30 a.m. June 8
10:30 a.m. June 10
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
10 a.m. June 19, 26
10 a.m. June 20 and 27
This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes.
- Kids Read Down Fines
4:30-5:30 p.m. June 12
3-4 p.m. June 29
Children and teens can earn a $2 coupon for every 15 minutes of reading, during the allotted time. A total of $8 per day may be earned. For ages 18 and younger. Coupons may be applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under only.
- East County Anime Club
3 p.m. June 5
Join a group of teens with an interest in Anime, Manga and other aspects of Japanese culture. Snacks provided by the Friends of the East County Regional Library. Registration is not required but the program is limited to 25 participants.
The East County Regional Library is at 881 Gunnery Road.
For more information about a program or to register, call the library at (239) 533-4200.
Check the Lee County Library System's Web site at: www.leelibrary.net to find out about programs at other locations. Call the host library, or Telephone Reference at (239) 479-INFO (4636), for more information.