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At the Library: Bradley says goodbye after 12 years

By Staff | Mar 30, 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 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 fifteen 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!

There will be a break in programming while Ms. Naomi cooks up the Summer Reading Programs. Summer Reading starts June 14, so mark your calendars! There will be lots in store for teens as well.

To my dear friends and readers,

March 30, 2016 I will be retiring. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this column for the last 12 years. Doing so, I learned about books even I did not know the library had! The new Captiva Memorial Library manager will take over the column soon. To cover the gap between my last day and their first day I have put together some bibliographies of new and interesting reads. Until the new library manager takes over you will find them in this column space.

Thank you for your years of support. Here’s to a new page in my life ,which I plan to share with my many Captiva and Sanibel friends.