Meet the Author: DL Havlin - 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14 - Award-winning author, DL Havlin will discuss his latest book, "A Place No One Should Go." It is a suspenseful novella set in Florida's wilds and addresses one of today's most timely topics, modern man's ambivalence between morality and sexual infidelity. A philandering 21st Century man finds himself face to face with 15th Century evil-and his own conscience-when he takes his family on a canoeing/camping trip. Anyone who enjoys a great tale of suspense, learning about Calusa Indian spirituality, and adventures set in the outdoors will love this book. Sponsored by The Friends of the Pine Island Library.
Book Discussion: Li Cunxin's "Mao's Last Dancer" - 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23 - This is the heartening rags-to-riches story of Li, who achieved prominence on the international ballet stage. Born in 1961, just before the Cultural Revolution, Li was raised in extreme rural poverty and witnessed Communist brutality, yet he imbibed a reverence for Mao and his programs. In a twist of fate worthy of a fairy tale (or a ballet), Li at age 11, was selected by delegates from Madame Mao's arts programs to join the Beijing Dance Academy. Li's well-paced account of the ensuing cloak-and-dagger episodes that led to his defection to the West adds suspense to a tale already full of adventures, but there are no conventional bad guys to be found in it. Indeed, he writes with fine compassion for the Chinese consul who attempts to dissuade him from becoming an outcast; unlike me, he had to go back and would probably never manage to get out again. A true story that reads like fiction is an endearing portrait of a dancer who finds success against all odds, told in a warm funny and elegant voice._
11 a.m., Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9
This program is for the whole family and lasts about 30 minutes. Registration is required.
Kids Read Down Fines - 14 p.m., Saturdays, Feb. 4, 18
47 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 8, 22 - 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.
Roses are Red and Candy is Sweet - 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 - Roses are red, candy is sweet, come to the library for a wonderful treat!
Enjoy some of our favorite Valentine's Day stories and make a sparkly treat to take home.
Kids Read Down Fines - 14 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 4, 18
47 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 8, 22 - 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.
The Pine Island Public Library is located at 10700 Russell Road NW in Bokeelia. For more information about a program or to register, please call the library at (239) 533-4350. 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 library.leegov.com, 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.