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January - March 2014     Volume: 18 Issue: 1
MWA, Florida Chapter – Author/Librarian Collaboration
Lake County librarians have been invited to assist with the planning of a panel for Sleuthfest. The first Librarian/Author Mash-Up will be held on Friday, March 1.
Charlene P. Smith Welcomes Retirement
Charlene P. Smith, Support Services Manager of the Lake County Library System, is retiring after over 17 years with the library system. She began her library career with the University of Florida libraries and later worked at the Winter Park Public Library.In 1990 she got her Master’s Degree from the University of South Florida.
Introducing the Library Foundation of Lake County
It is no secret that libraries are the heart of our communities. Patrons depend on their local library for internet access, for career resources and for continued development opportunities that include books, classes and networking.
Gary Earl, New Support Services Manager
Lake County Library System welcomes the new Support Services Manager. Gary was the Branch Supervisor at the Cagan Crossings Community Library in Clermont. He has been with the Library System for over 5 years, at the Cooper Memorial Library as well as the Leesburg Public Library in various capacities.
Capital Crime Writers – Writing Wrongs
In 1988, a small group of writers in the Ottawa Romance Writers Association (ORWA) decided that they were more inclined to mystery. Their roots in ORWA had shown them the benefits of a focused group and so Capital Crime Writers (CCW) was established. Initially there were five members and it was a struggle for a while. But then, with good intent and organization, things came together. A monthly newsletter was started and regular meetings began. Capital Crime Writers has grown to a group of over seventy members.
Murder on Bay Street
Join the BookFest and the Bay Street Players at the Historic State Theatre in Eustis as we welcome best-selling and award winning authors Robin Burcell from HarperCollins Publishers, Elaine Viets, Nancy J. Cohen and Deborah Sharp from the Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter. Single mothers, cops, hair dressers, mystery shoppers - today’s heroines balance relationships and careers or dead end jobs, and rescue themselves and others from danger.
Authors "Going Rogue"
Why some authors have left traditional publishing for the wild world of DIY (do it yourself). Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter authors, Julie Compton, Vicki Landis, Ann Meier will discuss self -publishing, the benefits and pitfalls.
Central Florida’s Civil War Veterans
Please join us for author and historian Bob Grenier and his latest book, Images of America: Central Florida’s Civil War Veterans. This book serves as a memorial and tribute to those courageous veterans and their families who endured through this tumultuous time in American history.
The Sisterhood: Strong Female Characters
If you’re interested in breaking the mold with your character, consider traits which society has typically not expected of females. This event will feature HarperCollins best-selling author Robin Burcell and from the Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter award winning authors Elaine Viets and Deborah Sharp.
Being a Writer is Cooler than Luke Skywalker + Voldemort + Katniss Everdeen Times Infinity
Chris Tozier returns to share his experience in two writing workshops, one for teens and one for "the rest of us". Chris is the author of Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus, the award-winning, middle-grade fantasy series set in the wilds of central Florida and published by Pineapple Press. He was selected as a 2011 State of Florida Artist Fellowship recipient and his poetry has appeared widely. Chris offers advice on how to write the second book in a series on his website http://www.christophertozier.com/
Canadian Crime Fiction
Over the past decade, Canadian mystery writers have made a splash on bestseller and award lists around the globe. Canada is the home of a disproportionately large number of mystery and crime writers that have achieved worldwide success. Three of Canada’s criminal masterminds and best-selling authors will join us this year. They include R.J. Harlick, C.B. Forrest and Vicky Delany, members of the Capital Crime Writers of Ottawa, Canada.
Killer Releases, Award Winning Authors
Special guest authors Robin Burcell, The Kill Order, Nancy J. Cohen, Shear Murder, Deborah Sharp, Mama Gets Trashed and Elaine Viets, Board Stiff will discuss the new releases at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14 in the W. T. Bland Public Library.
How to Get Published
The BookFest welcomes award winning author Nancy J. Cohen on Friday, March 14 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Fruitland Park Library. You’ve finished a novel. Now what? Do you need an agent? How do you find a publisher? Should you go the self-publishing route? What are the choices in today’s market? Get the scoop on the publishing biz from author Nancy J. Cohen, an award-winning author who writes both romance and mysteries.
An event that is Dangerously Delicious
This year, we’re throwing the ultimate BookFest party and you’re invited. Join us at 6 p.m. in the W. T. Bland Public Library for an event that is Dangerously Delicious with special guest, best-selling author Lisa Black.The opening event for the 2014 BookFest, will honor authors with food, music and fun. This year we will bestow upon 3 library staff the coveted title of Best Book Bytes Recipes and attendees can try a sample! Entertainment will be provided by Captain Harry, singer-guitarist-songwriter.
Dr. James C. Clark Returns
Dr. James C. Clark, popular guest author and historian returns to the BookFest for 3 appearances. His latest book, The Pineapple Anthology of Florida Writers is the first in a series of writings about Florida, fiction and nonfiction, by legendary writers who have come to Florida. Dr. Clark is the author of six books and has written for The Washington Post, Washington Star, Washington Monthly, The Nation, and Miami Herald. He is on the history faculty at the University of Central Florida. His books cover Florida history, including 200 quick looks at Florida's 10,000 years of history, from the arrival of the first natives to the present.
BookFest Will Continue the Annual Writing Workshops
Workshops on mystery writing will begin with Elaine Viets and The Basics: Anything You Were Afraid to Ask about Writing Your Mystery; Nancy J. Cohen discusses Plotting Made Perfect; Deborah Sharp will conduct Settings that Sizzle;and Robin Burcell presents Forensics and Fiction. Writers who are just beginning and those who are ready to get an agent will benefit from these excellent authors and experts in their field. A light lunch will be provided for those wishing to stay throughout the sessions.
Murder in the Library
East Lake County Library staff will host a murder in the library for the 2014 BookFest. This interactive experience will take place on Tuesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. Attendees will receive fictional names as they arrive and one of those characters will be the murderer. The names will come with talking points and all attendees will be asked to remain in character for the rest of the evening.
Delicious Reads, the 6th annual Authors’ Reception
The annual reception to celebrate the written word and to highlight the accomplishments of Florida’s outstanding authors is presented free to the public on Friday evening, March 14 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Leesburg Public Library. his is your chance to rub elbows with some of your favorite authors including Robin Burcell, James C. Clark, Nancy J. Cohen, Julie Compton, Vicki Delany, C. B. Forrest, Bob Grenier, R. J. Harlick, Victoria Landis, Ann Meier, Deborah Sharp, Christopher Tozier and Elaine Viets.
Delicious Reads with Roniece Weaver
Life Guru and cooking sensation Roniece Weaver, author of The New Soul Food Cookbook for People with Diabetes, is bringing her show to the Marion Baysinger Memorial Library on Tuesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. Famous for her cookbooks and nutrition classes, Roniece will help you bring out the best in you with simple, easy to follow tips and tricks for a guaranteed new you.
2014 Bookmark Design and Photography Contests
Each contest entry should illustrate the experience of reading, sharing or remembering good books. All students (K-12) and adults in Lake County are encouraged to enter as many times as they wish. Each contest entry should illustrate the experience of reading, sharing or remembering good books. All students (K-12) and adults in Lake County are encouraged to enter as many times as they wish. The awards will be announced at the annual Authors’ Reception, on Friday, March 14th at the Leesburg Public Library.
Quest for the Fountain of Youth and Florida’s History, Mythology and Art
This fantastic photo exhibit will be available for viewing from January 15 - March 15, 2014 in the W. T. Bland Public Library.
A Haunting Tale
It seems that the way we watch tv has changed. Instead of being glued to our television at certain time on a certain night of the week we are DVRing the show or binge-watch the show all at once.
Oldie but a Goodie
The first book in the Earth’s Children series. It is the dawn of modern humans when we meet Ayla.
2014 Teen Video Challenge
Create a video promoting Summer Reading at the library, and you could win $275 and a $125 award for your library! State winners will be shared with libraries across the country.
Science-themed summer reading programs for 2014
In October our 15 public libraries received the official Collaborative Summer Library Program manuals and librarians have been busy planning for summer 2014 ever since.
Literary Arts in Leesburg!
An exciting new addition to the Leesburg Fine Arts Festival March 8th and 9th will be a Literary Arts component including authors and storytellers.
Free or nearly-free Kindle/E-Reader Resources
There are many online resources to get e-reader content.
Literacy Tutors Needed
Would you like to volunteer and change a life? Lake County libraries need additional literacy tutors.
Topshelf Bookclub
March 18th the bookclub will be discussing "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain.
Exciting Programs at the Astor County Library!
Learn new things at the library in 2014.
Canasta
Canasta every Wednesday from 2-5 p.m. in Howey-in-the Hills.
Take a Jazzy Journey at Cooper Memorial Library
Another great season of programming, with fabulous events to capture everyone’s tastes and interests.
Quilting Class
Introduction to Quilting
Finn & Fiona Celtic Fairy Tales
Celebrate St Patrick's Day and all things Celtic with Finn & Fiona’s Celtic Fairy tales on Saturday, March 22nd, at 2pm.
October Mountain Washtub Band
Don’t miss this rousing performance by the popular October Mountain Washtub Band on Saturday, February 1st!
Paul De Ritter Jazz Trio
Come to enjoy jazz and other popular standards by the Paul De Ritter Jazz trio when they return to the Leesburg Public Library at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 18th.
Truth & Lies, Told with Sparkling Irish Eyes
Experience storyteller Maureen Belote as she shares Irish stories with a lilt in her voice on Saturday, February 15th at 2:00 p.m.
George and Martha Washington
What better way to celebrate Washington's Birthday than to meet George and Martha Washington and hear their story?
East Lake Happenings!!
The 10th annual East Lake County Library's Bluegrass Festival will feature a Bluegrass jam session with the very popular Blackwater Creek Bluegrass Band.
Celebrate Black History Month
The Leesburg Public Library’s celebration of Black History Month features free programs that are sure to entertain and educate both children and adults.
Happy New Year Everyone!
We have received so much in 2013 and out of sincere gratitude we are prepared to offer our patrons and peers more and more.
Library Improvements
As patrons step through the doors of the library, they will notice a brand new open and spacious feel to the entire building.
The Teen Scene
An invitation to City of Tavares Public Library Teens!
Club News
The City of Tavares Public Library is starting up several new language learning clubs.
Get With the Program
January and February are going to be filled with exciting happenings!
Photography Workshop
To welcome in the New Year, the Minneola Schoolhouse Library is pleased to bring you this free photography workshop on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 10:00 am ~ 12:00 noon at the library.
Piggy Banks for Story Time
The New Year begins a three month program which will focus on helping children understand the value of coins and the value of saving.
iPad Classes at Minneola Schoolhouse Library
“Discover your iPad” with two sessions of Beginners’ iPad Classes.
Join the East Lake County Book Club
East Lake County Library hosts a Book Club every last Monday of the month. Come join the discussion.
East Lake County Library's 12th Annual Poetry Contest Coming in April
Get ready Poets the East Lake County Library 12th Annual Poetry Contest.
W. T. Bland Public Library Programs and Events
Used book sale, Dr. Davis as Ben Franklin, Rick Smith Jr. and more!
Notes from the Fruitland Park Library
On January 22, 2014 the Lake County Library System and its member libraries will be participating in Snapshot Day.
   

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