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At the Captiva Library: Divitto Kelly

By Staff | Jul 13, 2012

This is the week you have been waiting for! Come to the Captiva Memorial Library:

Wednesday July 18th at 6:30 PM, Teens will enjoy an Art Studio with Divitto Kelly.

Make a firefly using Styrofoam, tissue paper and glow in the dark paint.

Your firefly will glow in the night!

Kids and families! Thursday, July 19th at 3 PM, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge will present Creatures of the Night. While you were sleeping, you missed a lot! When the sun goes down, many animals are just starting their day! Become a night watcher and see how our five senses compare to those of nocturnal animals. Learn about Florida Owls and owl pellets.

If you are signed up for summer reading and your assigned lucky number comes up on the library display you win a special prize For a complete schedule of events or more information about summer reading, family fun and teen programs at the Captiva Memorial Library go to the Lee County Library website at library.lee-county.com , visit the Captiva Memorial Library or telephone the library at 5334890.

Program support is provided by the Captiva Memorial Library Board and the

Captiva Civic Association.

An array of fiction awaits:

Irma Voth: a Novel by Miriam Toews

“That rare coming-of-age story able to blend the dark with the uplifting, Irma Voth follows a young Mennonite woman, vulnerable yet wise beyond her years, who carries a terrible family secret with her on a remarkable journey to survival and redemption. Nineteen-year-old Irma lives in a rural Mennonite community in Mexico. She has already been cast out of her family for marrying a young Mexican ne’er-do-well she barely knows, although she remains close to her rebellious younger sister and yearns for the lost intimacy with her mother. With a husband who proves elusive and often absent, a punishing father, and a faith in God damaged beyond repair, Irma appears trapped in an untenable and desperate situation. When a celebrated Mexican filmmaker and his crew arrive from Mexico City to make a movie about the insular community in which she was raised, Irma is immediately drawn to the outsiders and is soon hired as a translator on the set. But her father, intractable and domineering, is determined to destroy the film and get rid of the interlopers. His action sets Irma on an irrevocable path toward something that feels like freedom. A novel of great humanity, written with dry wit, edgy humor, and emotional poignancy, Irma Voth is the powerful story of a young women’s quest to discover all that she may become in the unexpectedly rich and confounding world that lies beyond the stifling, observant community she knows.” *

Ed King by David Guterson

“A sweeping, propulsive, darkly humorous new novel by the best-selling author of Snow Falling on Cedars: a story of destiny, desire, and destruction that reimagines Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex for our own eraIn Seattle in 1962, Walter Cousins, a mild-mannered actuary-“a guy who weighs risk for a living”-takes a risk of his own, and makes the biggest error of his life. He sleeps with Diane Burroughs, the sexy, not-quite-legal British au pair who’s taking care of his children for the summer. Diane gets pregnant and leaves their baby on a doorstep, but not before turning the tables on Walter and setting in motion a tragedy of epic proportions. Their orphaned child, adopted by an adoring family and named Edward Aaron King, grows up to become a billionaire Internet tycoon and an international celebrity-the “King of Search”-who unknowingly, but inexorably, hurtles through life toward a fate he may have no power to shape. An instant classic-David Guterson’s most daring and dazzling novel yet-that brings a contemporary urgency to one of the greatest stories of all time.” *

Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman

“From the New York Times-bestselling novelist, a stunning story of a great medieval warrior-king, the accomplished and controversial son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Richard, Coeur de Lion. They were called ‘The Devil’s Brood,’ though never to their faces. They were the four surviving sons of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine. With two such extraordinary parents, much was expected of them. But the eldest-charming yet mercurial-would turn on his father and, like his brother Geoffrey, meet an early death. When Henry died, Richard would take the throne and, almost immediately, set off for the Holy Land. This was the Third Crusade, and it would be characterized by internecine warfare among the Christians and extraordinary campaigns against the Saracens. And, back in England, by the conniving of Richard’s youngest brother, John, to steal his crown. In Lionheart, Sharon Kay Penman displays her remarkable mastery of historical detail and her acute understanding of human foibles. The result is a powerful story of intrigue, war, and- surprisingly-effective diplomacy, played out against the roiling conflicts of love and loyalty, passion and treachery, all set against the rich textures of the Holy Land.” *

Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst

“From the Man Booker Prizewinning author of The Line of Beauty: a magnificent, century-spanning saga about a love triangle that spawns a myth, and a family mystery, across generations. In the late summer of 1913, George Sawle brings his Cambridge schoolmate-a handsome, aristocratic young poet named Cecil Valance-to his family’s modest home outside London for the weekend. George is enthralled by Cecil, and soon his sixteen-year-old sister, Daphne, is equally besotted by him and the stories he tells about Corley Court, the country estate he is heir to. But what Cecil writes in Daphne’s autograph album will change their and their families’ lives forever: a poem that, after Cecil is killed in the Great War and his reputation burnished, will become a touchstone for a generation, a work recited by every schoolchild in England. Over time, a tragic love story is spun, even as other secrets lie buried-until, decades later, an ambitious biographer threatens to unearth them. Rich with Hollinghurst’s signature gifts-haunting sensuality, delicious wit and exquisite lyricism-The Stranger’s Child is a tour de force: a masterly novel about the lingering power of desire, how the heart creates its own history, and how legends are made.” *

* Book jacket/publisher description