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From Smithsonian Talks to Star Wars Miniatures

by Richard Luthmann

Lee County Library System rolls out an action-packed April with free programs across its locations. A blend of in-person and virtual events promises something for everyone, from toddlers to seniors. Highlights include an online Smithsonian event, confronting a son’s killer, genealogy tools, Spanish conversation, and a deep dive into power, love, and art.

Virtual Ventures and Author Encounters
Dive into diverse topics online. Paula J. Johnson whisks you to the Smithsonian’s American table on April 2. Experience a heartrending journey from murder to atonement with Diane Foley and Colum McCann on April 9. Genealogists who are short on time will find solace in the April 9 session on time-saving apps. Spanish learners can practice at the April 11 conversation club. Lastly, explore power dynamics with Xochitl Gonzalez on April 17.

Fort Myers Regional Library Unveils a World of Wonder
The library is a hub of creativity and learning, from poetry and public speaking workshops to a Fort Myers photo walk, graphic novel discussions, and songwriting on the plaza. Bird drawing, financial literacy, knitting, book discussions, and a peek into Stephen Hayford’s miniature worlds add variety. The month includes film noir, crafts, and speculative fiction discussions.

Children’s Corner: Stories and Discovery
Engaging children’s programs like Toddler Tales, Preschool Storytime, and Baby Rhyme Time are on the schedule, alongside unique offerings like Preschool Archaeology Storytime and a Fort Myers Fire Department visit. Children and teens can also “read down” their fines by participating in reading sessions.

Teen Time: Creative and Cultural Exploration
Teens have their unique lineup with open mic nights, anime clubs, STEAM activities, and a chance to paint like the masters. They’re invited to draw Florida’s birds and learn about identity theft protection, rounding off a month of educational and creative pursuits.

Lee County Library System ensures a rich tapestry of programs this April, fostering community, creativity, and learning. For more details or to register, call 239-479-INFO (4636) or visit