Library Programs - March/April 2014

All programs are free but require registration.
To register online,visit the Online Registration page -- or visit or call the library hosting the program.

Adult programs  
   Film series - Book discussions - Computing classes

Children's programs - Story times - Teen programs 

Adult Programs - Summer 2014 - MAY - JUNE - JULY  

All programs are free but require registration.

Registration begins Monday, April 7
To register online, visit the Online Registration page.

Reserved seats are released 5 minutes prior to the start of the program.
Doors open 15-30 minutes prior to the start of the program. Seats are not assigned.

Asterisked * programs sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Film Series

Animal Crackers (USA, 1930)
Thursday, May 1, 2 p.m. - Naples Regional
Directed by Victor Heerman; starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont
Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding.
Comedy, 97 minutes, b&w

Les Choristes (France, 2004)
Friday, May 2, 2 p.m. - South Regional
Directed by Christophe Barratier; starring Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Jean-Baptiste Maunier
The new teacher at a severely administered boys’ boarding school works to positively effect the students’ lives through music.
Drama, 97 minutes, color, French with English subtitles

Forbidden Planet (USA, 1956)
Wednesday, May 14, 2 p.m. - Headquarters
Thursday, May 15, 2 p.m. - Naples Regional
Tuesday, May 20, 5 p.m. - South Regional
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox; starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen
A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet’s colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret.
Drama, 98 minutes, color

Computer classes

Learn e-Resources @ Your Library!
Thursday, May 1, 2 – 4 p.m. - Vanderbilt Beach
Monday, May 5, 2 – 4 p.m. - South Regional
Thursday, May 22, 2 – 4 p.m. - Naples Regional
Instructor: Library staff
Need help downloading books or audiobooks? Are you curious to learn how to use library eResources such as Zinio (magazines), Freegal (music), Mango (language learning)? Do you want to learn how to request items using the catalog? If you have questions or need help using any of the (electronic) resources we offer, stop in anytime between the listed hours – reservations are not required. Be sure to bring your device and/or laptop if you have one.

Computer Basics
Thursdays, May 1 or 15, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Immokalee
Instructor: Naples Free Net teacher
No prerequisite necessary. This is an introductory hands-on computer class for beginners. Students will learn terminology, how to operate a PC and create and manage files. Class size is limited.

Word Processing
Tuesday, May 6, 2 - 4 p.m. - Estates
Instructor: David Chalick, librarian
This hands-on-class is designed to teach the basics of MS Word and other word processing programs including editing text, changing fonts, alignment and justification, saving, printing and more. Class size is limited.

Excel Spreadsheet Basics
Tuesday, May 13, 2 - 4 p.m. - Estates
Instructor: David Chalick, librarian
This course is designed to cover important features of an Excel spreadsheet for new users. Students will create and save a simple spreadsheet. They will also learn to use basic formulas, functions and formatting techniques. Class size is limited.

OverDrive Help
Wednesday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. - Headquarters
Instructor: librarian TBA
Have questions or need help with OverDrive? Bring your laptop and device for assistance on downloading audio or eBooks. Reservations are not required. Just stop in anytime between the listed hours.

Learn a New Language with Mango
Wednesday, May 28, 2 p.m. - Headquarters
Instructor: librarian TBA
Learn how to use Mango, our online language learning website. We’ll teach you how to begin language study from over 50 foreign languages using your computer, mobile device or tablet

Book discussions

The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Thursday, May 8, 2 p.m. - Headquarters
Moderator: Marilyn Hart, librarian
In a fictional tale that spans over two centuries and across the globe, Elizabeth Gilbert introduces us to the fascinating Whittaker family. Alma, the scientist daughter of a brilliant quinine tradesman, gets swept away in her love for an artist, Ambrose Pike. Alma’s story starts during the Age of Enlightenment, goes well into the Industrial Revolution, and is filled with memorable and lovable characters.

A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
Tuesday, May 13, 2 p.m. - Naples Regional
Moderator: Anna Karras, librarian
The author traces the Big Bang through the rise of civilization, documenting his work with a host of the world’s most advanced scientists and mathematicians to explain why things are the way they are.

Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra
Tuesday, May 13, 4:00 p.m. - Vanderbilt Beach
Moderator: Barbie Schulze, library staff
In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya a failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.

My Name is Mary Sutter, by Robin Oliveira
Wednesday, May 21, 2 p.m. - South Regional
Moderator: Denise McMahon, librarian
Mary Sutter is a brilliant young midwife who dreams of becoming a surgeon during the Civil War. Eager to run away from recent heartbreak, Mary travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of two surgeons, who both fall unwittingly in love with her, and resisting her mother’s pleas to return home to help with the difficult birth of her twin sister’s baby, Mary pursues her medical career against all odds.

Programs - Regional libraries

Headquarters Regional Library

* Mt. Rainier National Park
Tuesday, May 6, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Steven Valdespino, Founder Have Lecture will travel, Author, Professor
Enjoy a beautiful tour of this spectacular national treasure complete with music and sounds from nature. Get a feel for the flora, fauna, trails & night sky of this amazing park. A sidebar discusses the lurking volcanic menace of the area.

History of the Everglades
Tuesday, May 13, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Andy Webb, Park Ranger Everglades National Park
Some saw the Everglades as a land to be drained and conquered; still others believed it to be a sanctuary to be saved for future generations. Join us as we look at the Everglades from different perspectives over the last 500 years.

* Florida’s Water Birds
Tuesday, May 20, 2 p.m.
Presenter: David Southall
Naturalists and bird-watchers flock to Florida (pun intended) to enjoy our ornithological diversity. Aquatic and littoral habitats are particularly good for viewing the many species of shore birds and wading birds that abound throughout the year. Come and learn the difference between wading birds, shore birds, aquatic birds and seabirds and where they may be observed locally.

Naples Regional Library

* Conversations with History: How Sharp the Serpent’ s Tooth
Wednesday, May 7, 2 p.m.
Performer: Janina Birtolo
Janina continues her exploration of the lives of fascinating historical women with How Sharp the Serpent’s Tooth, an original one-woman play about Cleopatra, the Egyptian queen who gave rise to innumerable stories of romance and intrigue. Fully costumed, the play is a lesson in history and misconceptions, leadership and totalitarianism.

* Spies and Espionage - Fact versus Fiction
Wednesday, May 21, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Thomas Eastwood, retired special agent
A fascinating and insightful discussion on the motivation of spies and the techniques used to catch them. Learn how reality compares to fiction in this unique peek into the realm of espionage and counterintelligence.

South Regional Library

* Snowden and Manning - Traitor or Patriot
Thursday, May 1, 10 a.m.
Presenter: Thomas Eastwood
A detailed analysis of the criminal cases against Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning who leaked volumes of secrets to the press. We will examine what they did, why, if the positive offsets the damage, and if they are traitors.

* Tai Chi (Seven Class Session)
Mondays, May 5, 12, 19, 10 a.m.
Instructor: Karen Atkin-McNeil, certified Tai Chi instructor
Tai Chi promotes healing, stress management, increased memory and concentration. This is a simple and safe moving meditation. Please wear soft soled shoes and loose fitting clothes. Do not bring a mat or water.

* Pilates (Nine Class Session)
Mondays, May 5, 12, 19, 12:15 p.m.
Instructor: Yiota Kotokis, certified Pilates instructor
A step by step breakdown of the basic mat exercises Joseph Pilates made famous to help us engage our muscles properly & efficiently. Become more body aware using precise movements. All levels welcome. Please bring a mat, large towel or blanket, pillow and water.

* Yoga (Nine Class Session)
Mondays, May 5, 12, 19, 1:30 p.m.
Instructor: Yiota Kotokis, certified Yoga instructor
An introduction to yoga with a breakdown of the postures used to increase strength, improve flexibility and balance, while connecting to our center. Also introduces Kundalini yoga, which focuses more on breath, mudra, mantra & meditation. All levels welcome, specializing in beginners. Please bring a mat, towel or blanket, pillow and water. Wear comfortable clothes that you are able to move in, no shoes required.

* ZUMBA (Nine Class Session)
Mondays, May 5, 12, 19, 6 p.m.
Instructor: Angie McConnell, licensed Zumba® instructor
Zumba® exercise classes are “fitness-parties” that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration.

* Meditation (Eight Class Session)
Tuesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27, 9 a.m.
Instructor: Yolanda Beckers, certified meditation instructor
Learn how to experience deep relaxation and stress-free living. During these sessions you will learn how meditation can calm your mind and bring peace into your life.

* Spring Concert Series
Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.
Musicians: Kelly & Shelly
Kelly & Shelly worked with Dick Clark in the first American Bandstand stage production. Join them for a trip back in time in their tribute to Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, sharing the songs spanning 40 years of music from the 1950’s through 1980’s.

Joints: A Holistic Approach – An NCH Educational Program
Thursday, May 8, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Sue Graziano, RN, NCH Director of Orthopedics
This lecture focuses on a wellness plan designed to keep your joints healthy. Discussion will include nutrition, exercise, nutritional supplementation essential for joint health, and natural remedies designed to ease pain and promote tissue healing and recovery.

English Conversation Class
Tuesdays, May 13, 20, 27, 10 a.m.
Presenter: Roberta Reiss, Literacy Program coordinator
Intended for intermediate to advanced English learners. Come practice English conversations skills.

* Moonshine, Rum Runners and Low-Bush Lightning
Thursday, May 15, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: David Southall
Florida’s back-woods stills didn’t need Prohibition to become profitable but tripling the demand for alcohol almost overnight was a windfall for moonshiners in the Sunshine State. Join us for a look back at the craft and trade of illegal alcohol which flourished alongside citrus groves and palm trees even before Florida became part of the U.S.

* Beach Nesting Birds of Southwest Florida
Thursday, May 22, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Jerome Jackson
For least terns, black skimmers, snowy and Wilson’s plovers and other birds, the beaches of southwest Florida provide not only resting places, but also nest sites and nurseries. Through this program we will explore the diversity of beach-nesting birds in southwest Florida, their fascinating behavior, how they use the beaches, the diversity of their specializations for nesting, the problems they face, and conservation efforts used to protect them.

The Bay City Walking Dredge
Thursday, May 29, 2 p.m.
Presenter: Darren Flickinger, Park Ranger, Collier Seminole State Park
Through the sweat, blood, and tears of several original pioneers of southwest, Florida, a roadway through Florida’s Everglades was completed. The Bay City walking dredge is the unique piece of machinery that helped make this possible. However, even though much of the land is now forever changed US 41 (Tamiami Trail) gives the best example today of what life was like over a hundred years ago. Come experience this picturesque presentation that gives a glimpse of building a roadway through snake, mosquito, and alligator infested swampland!

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