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At the Library: Children, teens can read down their library fines

By Staff | Dec 23, 2015

Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25, the Captiva Memorial Library will be closed in observance of the Christmas holiday. The library will re-open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 26.

Kids! Do you have library fines? Take care of them by reading. Children and teens can earn a credit for every 15 minutes they read in a designated section of the library. Earn a total of $8 credit in one session. Credit is applied to cards issued to patrons age 18 and under only and applies only on charges on overdue materials. For available times to read contact Miss Naomi at the Captiva Memorial Library, at (239) 533-4890.

Fashion statements are an important aspect of holiday parties. Read the story of Donna Karan, a powerhouse within the fashion industry:

“My Journey”

by Donna Karan

“Donna Karan was born into the fashion business-her father was a tailor, and her mother was a showroom model and Seventh Avenue saleswoman-yet Karan dreamed of becoming a dancer like Martha Graham or a singer like Barbra Streisand. Fashion was her destiny, though. ‘My Journey’ traces Karan’s early days as an intern at Anne Klein, the creation of her Seven Easy Pieces, which forever changed the way working women dressed, and the meteoric rise of her company. Along with juicy industry stories, Karan candidly discusses her difficult mother and traumatic childhood, her turbulent romantic life, all the loved ones she has lost over the years, and the personal awakening that occurred just as she reached the height of professional and financial success. That awakening set Karan down a path of spiritual discovery and self-improvement. From est to Kabbalah, from silent retreats to leech therapy, Karan tried everything to find, as she writes, “calm in the chaos.” But she also reveals how a chaotic life, fueled by endless curiosity and childlike impulses, helped her design seminal collections season after season for global powerhouse brands Donna Karan New York and DKNY. She also details how she has channeled her creativity (and her urge to solve problems and nurture others) into philanthropic work, particularly her early outspoken advocacy for AIDS awareness and research, and the creation of her Urban Zen Foundation, focusing on integrated healthcare and education as well as preservation of culture, which led to her current efforts in Haiti. Karan’s life has been crowded with glamorous characters and adventures around the world. But she sometimes still feels like that awkward teen from Long Island who never fit in-which makes her all the more endearing. Brimming with Karan’s infectious energy, ‘My Journey’ is about much more than the fashion world: It is the story of a young woman whose vision and hard work made her a role model for women everywhere-a woman who dreamed big, fought to have it all, broke the rules, and loved passionately along the way.” *

* Book jacket/publisher description

-Senior Librarian Ann Bradley is branch manager Captiva Memorial Library.