2023 events/photos


Fall 2023 Book Sale Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who helped make it a success.

September 16, 2023 General Meeting

Our guest speaker, WINK News Meteorologist Greg Rule, gave a fascinating presentation on hurricane forecasting and preparedness- recapping the timeline of Hurricane Ian, what was learned and what can be done better if another major hurricane hits our area. His talk was both informative and entertaining. Greg was such a big hit with our members that we invited him back again for next year!

July 15, 2023 General Meeting  

We had over 20 attendees, and 3 guests joined as new members. Traditionally, the program for the FOCCL General Meeting in July has been a popular round table talk about Books We've Read. And this year did not disappoint; we enjoyed hearing about an especially wide variety of books on different themes and subjects. (Click here for a PDF with the list of books.)

May 16, 2023 FOCCL Volunteer Appreciation Event

The Friends of the Cape Coral Library Board of Directors held a luncheon to say thanks to members who have volunteered for our organization throughout the year. There were 40 guests in the library meeting room that day. A special thank you goes to Hospitality Committee Chair, Linda Gumm, for the delicious food and lovely table settings and to our Membership Chair, Joanne Eddy, for organizing the event as well as collecting (and even creating some!) really nice door prizes. A good time was had by all.

A large audience attended the ceremony to honor the winners of our "Coloring the Earth" 17th Annual Children's Environmental  Art Contest held at the Cape Coral Library. There was a presentation about the Florida Scrub-Jay by the President of  Peace River Audubon, Bren Curtis; the winners received their prizes; and everyone enjoyed the delicious refreshments. Thank you to Contest Chairperson Alessia Leathers for organizing the art contest every year and for putting together such an enjoyable awards ceremony. (See the Art Gallery tab on this website for photos of all 20 winning contest art entries, which are also framed and on display at the library art gallery through June 29.)

April 2023 Book Sale

Spring 2023  Book Sale Fundraiser held April 20-22 was a success thanks to our many volunteers and all the book lovers who shopped at the sale.

March 25, 2023 Annual General Meeting

Program was presented by Walt Irmen, Docent at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.

March 2023 SWFL Reading Festival

 On March 4, 2023 FOCCL had a booth at the annual SWFL Reading Festival held on the Fort Myers Regional Library campus. We had 4 large tables with paper, art supplies and materials about the Florida Scrub-Jay so kids could create entries for our Children's Environmental Art Contest. We also offered the parents info about our organization and events. It was a a busy day! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped!

At right: Young artist working on a contest entry


February 2023 Burrowing Owl Festival

On Feb. 25, 2023 FOCCL had a booth at the Burrowing Owl Festival at Rotary Park in Cape Coral. We offered information about our Children’s Environmental Art Contest “Coloring the Earth” for ages 5-12. The theme this year is Let’s Save the Florida Scrub-Jay! We had paper, art supplies and printed materials available so youngsters could create contest entries that day. Thanks so much to all the volunteers who helped at our booth!

January 21, 2023 50th Anniversary Celebration

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