November 2022 Book Sale

July 16, 2022 General Meeting

The business portion of the meeting was followed by one of our most popular programs about books we’ve recently read and would recommend. Each person in attendance talked about one or two books during the round table session.

Barb B. Installed as New Treasurer by Past President Monica R. at July 16 General Meeting

Some of July 16 general meeting attendees enjoying discussions about books.

Award Winners Collect Their Prizes

Two students who were unable to attend the award ceremony in May came to the library to receive their prizes and posed with their artwork.

Coloring the Earth Award Winner Poses with Her Art & Family Coloring the Earth Art Contest Winner Poses with His Art & Family

May Volunteer Appreciation Event

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library Board of Directors held a brunch to say thank you to members who have volunteered for our organization throughout the year.  It was held in the Gulf Coast Village auditorium in Cape Coral on May 21, 2022. GCV served a delicious brunch/breakfast buffet, and a good time was had by all.

FOCCL Board of Directors held the volunteer thank you event.

FOCCL team that helped at the brunch - Darcy H., Joanne E., Karen M.

Our Volunteers Who Attended Thank You Brunch

A Nice Selection of Donated Raffle Prizes

Terry B. won a cook book holder made in GCV wood shop.

May 2022 Award Ceremony

May 14, 2022 the Awards Ceremony was held for the 16th Annual Coloring the Earth children's art contest sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral Library and the Lee County- Cape Coral Public Library. This year, the theme was saving the Gopher Tortoise from the threat of habitat loss. (The names of winners and images of the winning art entries appear on this website under ART GALLERY.)

Children at the ceremony were fascinated by a tortoise (shown by Keynote Speaker Honey Phillips).

Some of the winners posed with Keynote Speaker Honey Phillips

Contest Chairperson Alessia Leathers waves to the camera.

Judging of the 460 art entries took place on May 3

Tasty Refreshments

April 21-23 Spring 2022 Book Sale was a HUGE success thanks to the help of over 40 volunteers.

Thousands of books for sale.

Volunteers Shirley S., Dawn L. & Joan S. look over some books

Craft items made from repurposed books were also on sale.

Volunteer Monica R.


March 26, 2022 FOCCL General Meeting

Linda G. handled PowerPoint slides

Karen M. & Linda G. at refreshment table

Joan S. gave great presentation on Determining Value of Used Books

March 2022 Reading Festival

The annual SWFL Reading Festival was held on March 5th, 2022 on the Fort Myers Regional Library campus. The Friends of the Cape Coral Library was a sponsor, and we had a very busy booth where children created entries to the Coloring the Earth art contest.  This year's contest theme: "Let's Save the Gopher Tortoise!"

Thanks to FGCU volunteers who helped us. We had 4 tables!

February 26, 2022

On February 26, 2022 the Friends of the Cape Coral Library had a booth at the annual Burrowing Owl Festival at Rotary Park in Cape Coral- a fun event for people of all ages. At our busy booth, kids created artwork about saving the gopher tortoise for the Coloring the Earth environmental art contest.

Bonita O. & Monica R. Pose by Cape Parks Van
Lots of People Entering Festival
FGCU Volunteer Lilly H. & Contest Chair Alessia L Kids Concentrate on Artwork


This was a well-attended meeting with 23 members and 11 guests all enjoying the program presentation on Creative Ideas for Repurposing Books.  A special "thank you" to talented crafters Carol Clement and Valorie Breen who not only provided hands-on demonstrations of how to make cool items from old books, but actually donated so many of their own beautiful creations to be given out as door prizes!

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