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At the Library: Programs include lecture from Sobczak at Captiva Library

By Staff | Mar 23, 2016

Adult Program Series: Afternoon Sojourns

All programs start at 4 p.m., open to the public, free of charge, seating subject to room capacity, no reserve seating. Doors open at 3:45 p.m. Support for Captiva Memorial Library’s Afternoon Sojourns is provided by the Lee County Library System, the Captiva Memorial Library Board and the Captiva Civic Association.

Wednesday, March 23, at 4 p.m.: Florida Gulf Coast Symphony Quartet

A traveling quartet from the symphony will perform. Founded in 1996 by its current music director and conductor, Dr. Andrew Kurtz, the Gulf Coast Symphony is the premier community orchestra of Southwest Florida and one of the most dynamic community orchestras in the United States. They are recognized for their high-quality symphonic performances as well as their active community engagement and commitment to arts education. The traveling quartets perform in a variety of locations, including schools, as part of the symphony’s community outreach.

Wednesday, March 30, at 4 p.m.: Us and Them: Mankind’s Unique Relationship With Nature

Award-winning Sanibel author and lecturer Charles Sobczak will be premiering a new lecture. Us and Them is unlike any lecture Mr. Sobczak has ever given. His presentation begins with a long, hard look at the current status of the more than seven billion people inhabiting the planet and their overwhelming impact on earths’ natural systems; from the current rise of extinctions to the degradation of entire ecosystems. Who we are? How we got to this point and how do we move forward with the knowledge of our impact and scientific capacities we presentably have?

The second section looks at the struggle for wild places and the remaining wild animals face in this avalanche of human expansion. It also explores promising paths forward including setting aside natural preserves and marine reserves, as well as the concept of genetically re-engineering extinct species.

Sobczak has been a lecture for Road Scholars (formerly Elderhostel) for the past 15 years. His nature guides and novels have won both regional and national awards and he has done presentation for dozens of various organizations, such as The Harvard Club, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, The Estero Newcomers Club and the Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society. Excerpts from his books appear in several area newspapers and magazines. Anyone interested in the future of wilderness and the animals that need it should plan to attend this presentation.

Kids and Families!

Saturday, March 26, at 3 p.m.: Kamishibai Story Theater – Little Crab and other ocean tales

Join Ms. Naomi for Kamishibai Story Theater and make a crab out of a cupcake liner. “Kamishibai endured as a storytelling method for centuries, but is perhaps best known for its revival in the 1920s through the 1950s. The gaito kamishibaiya, or kamishibai storyteller, rode from village to village on a bicycle equipped with a small stage. On arrival, the storyteller used two wooden clappers, called hyoshigi to announce his arrival.”

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